Executive Team

Mining3 is led by a strong leadership team with diverse backgrounds in research, technology, technology transfer, financial, and legal expertise.

Prof Paul Lever

Chief Executive Officer

Prof Paul Lever was appointed the CEO of Mining3 in May 2012. He is also the Professor of Mining at the University of Queensland.

Skills and experience:

Paul has extensive research experience in the fields of robotic and automated mining systems, smart mining machines and systems and intelligent data analysis techniques. He has worked on projects that include intelligent control algorithms for an automated (robotic) excavator and developing the science of bucket/material interactions to improve the performance of large excavators.

He held several positions at Mining3 prior to becoming CEO that included Research Director, Vice President for Business Development and Program Leader. Before joining Mining3 in July 2000 he was head of the Mining and Geological Engineering department at the University of Arizona.

Qualifications:

Prof Lever obtained a BSc in Mining Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and received his MSc and PhD in Mining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.

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Susan Grandone

Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director, Mining3 Canada

Susan was appointed as the COO of Mining3 in August 2018 and the Managing Director, Mining3 Canada in January 2018.

Susan is responsible for leading Mining3 Canada’s activities, and deepening existing and developing new collaborative partnerships with industry, academia, and research organisations in the North American region.

Skills and experience:

Susan joined Mining3 as a Program Director in 2015. Over the past 15 years, Susan has gained significant hands-on operations experience at Freeport-McMoRan, Barrick, Rio Tinto and other global mining companies. She has more than 20+ years of experience leading multi-cultural teams, conducting scientific research, and delivering mega-capital projects and complex scientific studies in mining, industrial, and manufacturing sectors.

Previously Susan worked with CRCMining in 2003 as a Work Area Leader. In this role, she led research projects which investigated  ODC hard rock cutting technology, monitoring while drilling/rock recognition technologies, and optimisation of dig, load and haul practices.

With a professional career focused on the mining industry, Susan brings experience in research, project management, inventing and patenting technology and commercialisation.

Qualifications:

MBA 4.0 GPA – University of Phoenix, 2010
Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (Caterpillar), 2002
Project Management (Ernst and Young), 1998
BS – Geology 3.7 GPA – Illinois State University, 1990

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Dr Erik Isokangas

Program Director

Erik Isokangas is a specialist in mining process analysis, design, and the implementation of new technologies for current and future mining systems.

Skills and experience:

Erik is a Program Director at Mining3. He leads research in mine process modelling and simulation, integrated mine process design and implementation, and the development of technologies for future mining systems.

Erik previously worked for Metso, a global equipment supplier to the mining industry, most recently as the Director of In-pit Solutions supporting mining customers in the design and feasibility of in-pit crushing and conveying systems. Prior to this, he led a consulting team in Finland, focused on process integration and optimisation for mines in Europe, Russia, the Middle East, and Africa.

Erik also worked for Thiess, a major mining contractor, managing and developing new technologies to support mining operations, including productivity monitoring systems, modelling and simulation of complex mining operations, benchmarking, laser-scanning systems, and data visualisation.

Qualifications:

Erik holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Doctorate in Mineral Processing from the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) at The University of Queensland.

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Dr Ewan Sellers

Research Leader

Ewan Sellers is a specialist in rock mechanics with broad experience in numerical modelling, instrumentation, seismology and blasting.

Skills and experience:

Ewan is a Research Leader at Mining3 as well as having an overarching role as the Research Director within the Mineral Resources division at CSIRO. 

He has worked in the mining industry for over 25 years focusing on hard rock mining.  His most recent role was as a Manager – Mine Process Solutions with JKTech in Brisbane. Ewan has led a similar research group in South Africa and worked as a consultant involved with improvements across the value chain in several mining companies.  

Qualifications:

PhD in Geomechanics from the University of Cape Town.

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Ray Wedmaier

Program Director

Ray Wedmaier is a mining engineer with over 35 years working experience in the mining industry. He has had direct involvement in mine operating, technical and corporate roles as well as worked with industry partners as consultant, supplier and mining researcher.

Skills and experience:

Ray is a Program Director at Mining3. He leads research in the areas of automation and sustainability.

Ray has held a number of leadership roles across the mining industry. He has supervised teams in finance, technical and operations capacities, lead multi-disciplinary study teams on international joint venture projects and has a demonstrated capability for influencing projects and strategies. Ray has a passion for the value that resource professionals can deliver and has coached and mentored senior and principal level practitioners in the mining industry.

He worked for Rio Tinto for 15 years in roles ranging from business analyst, mining advisor, project management and evaluation, operations support and business transformation and has held senior technical roles working in several mid-tier underground mining operations in Tasmania.

Ray has multi-commodity experience, open cut and underground technical and operating experience in both major as well as mid-tier mining organisations. He has a developed business acumen, complimented by a strong technical background, that allows him to readily identify valuable opportunities.

Qualifications:

Ray holds a Bachelor Degree in Mining Engineer and a Doctorate in Blast Fragmentation research obtained at the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) at the University of Queensland. Ray also holds a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment obtained through the Securities Institute of Australia (now FINSIA).

Ray gained a Doctorate in Blast Fragmentation research at the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) while working on AMIRA Advanced Blasting Technology Projects P93D, E and F. Following graduation, he worked as a Research Fellow on an ACARP research project on the Assessment and Control of Coal Damage and Loss. The project won an award for excellence in open cut mining research. Following successful completion of this project, Ray was awarded two ACARP projects on throw blasting and application of dozer technology to open cut coal mines.

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