Sevda Dehkhoda works on mechanised rock excavation and breakage technologies for hard rock mining.

Skills and experience:

Sevda’s research focuses on cutter/rock interaction and mechanics of rock failure in dynamically activated mechanical cutting tools and alternative breakage methods such as high-pressure water jet. She aims to reduce the energy required for breaking hard rocks, improving the efficiency and efficacy of the excavation machines.

With a diverse academic and professional background, Sevda has identified gaps in knowledge, developed potential technology solutions and led cutting edge research projects. Her unique capabilities include modelling of physical phenomena, developing testing programmes to capture key mechanisms, parameters and processes for evaluating novel technology options.

Sevda has also worked as a technical consultant in the area of rock engineering and geomechanics with highly reputed consulting and advisory firms for civil and mining industry in Australia and the Middle East. She has served as the secretary and interim chair of the Australian Geomechanics Society Queensland chapter.


BSc (Mining Engineering), MSc (Mining Engineering), PhD (Mining Rock Fragmentation)

Additional representations:

  • National Committee member, Australian Geomechanics Society
  • Australia Liaison at the International Society for Rock Mechanics (2015-2019)
  • Member of Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
  • Member of the Institution of Engineers Australia, MIEAust

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Dr Sevda Dehkhoda