Fernando Vieira is a Program Director of various applied research and technology innovation projects at Mining3.

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Fernando joined Mining3 as a Program Director in February 2016. He leads research in rock cutting technologies, rock mass characterisations, fibre optic sensing technology and is the Program Coordinator for the CRC ORE Program 2: Separate.

For almost 30 years, Fernando has gained significant global mining experience with Rio Tinto, Anglo Gold Ashanti, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Anglo American in different regions including South Africa, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Ghana and Australia.

In these roles he has managed production teams at mine operating sites, scientific teams at research centres such as the CSIR, and led technical assurance and engineering design teams for global mining companies.


Masters in Science Mining Engineering from Porto University – Portugal, a PhD in Rock Mechanics from the University of the Witwatersrand – South Africa, an MBA from Fundação Getulio Vargas – Brazil and is currently an Associate Professor at the University of NSW.

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Dr Fernando Vieira