Department Overview

 | Post date: 2019/11/18 | 
Having a long history in training mining experts and geoscientists, Mining Engineering Department of Amirkabir University has such a unique position and unprecedented popularity in Iran for being comprehensive and having several fields of mining and geology engineering (rock mechanics, tunneling, groundwater resources, geophysics, dam construction, geochemistry, petroleum extraction and exploitation, environment, …), as well as significant research and educational facilities. Graduates of this department can carry out operational and research projects in the fields such as exploration, exploitation, and mineral processing. The main goals of this department have been always to train specialists in the field of mining to progress the mining industry as well as meet the widespread industrial needs.
General trend of the department research activities is to familiarize students with issues and difficulties related to mining industry and emphasizing on practical research, promoting and developing the spirit of research and innovation, improving the quality and quantity of training courses and providing relative facilities for the participation of academic staffs and students in internal and external conferences and presenting scientific articles in accredited international journals.
In the department, "Industrial Relations" center has been established to improve the connection with industry. This center has signed some research and educational cooperation agreements with many research centers and institutes, ministries and industrial enterprises.

Dean: Dr. Majid Ataee Pour
Director of industrial relations: Dr. Amirreza Azadmehr
• Director of Mine Exploitation and Rock Mechanics group: Dr. Davood Molladavoudi
• Director of Mine Exploration and Possessing group: Dr. Abbas Maghsoudi

Department History

The department of Mining Engineering was founded in 1974 as the Mining Engineering and Metal Extraction Institute and offered an undergraduate program in mining exploitation with accepting 15 students. A few years later, two undergraduate programs, mining exploitation and exploration, were launched. To complete the chain of minerals from exploration and exploitation to the production of metals and metal materials, in 1994 two specialty fields of "industrial metallurgy" and "extractive metallurgy" were introduced. Annually, about 50 undergraduate students are admitted in mining engineering through the university entrance examination. Along with the development of postgraduate education, master's degree in mining engineering in the fields of "rock mechanics", "mining exploration", "mining exploitation", “mineral processing" and "tunneling" was launched, and annually admits students through the university entrance examination.
The master’s degree in rock mechanics was founded in 1992. We are honored to be the first mining department to offer a Ph.D. degree in 1996. In 2006, after offering a Ph.D. program in mineral processing, this department had four programs (rock mechanics, mining exploration, mining exploitation, mineral processing) to train Ph.D. students. Annually, about 50 undergraduate and 40 graduate students in 7 programs are admitted in our department. The number of our labs (X-ray laboratory, flotation laboratory, geotechnical laboratory, geotechnics laboratory, thin section laboratory and etc.) in terms of laboratories’ variety and facilities, is one of the most unique and greatest in Iran.

Honors and Achievements
  • Making a trilateral agreement between the Department of Mining Engineering, Karmania Mespazhouhan Company and Iran Minerals Production and Supply Company to establish a mining and mining industry innovation center at the department.
  • Researching, compiling, designing and manufacturing a set of Asian material hydraulic roller jack (Reverse Engineering).
  • Creating a database of capabilities of research, technical, engineering, research and development centers in Tehran province based on assessment of users’ needs.
  • Studying and identifying the fresh footwall dolomitic wall of mineral (Bauxite) and modeling it using specific electrical resistance and chargeability methods in Jajarm mine area.
  • Prefeasibility studies of beneficiation.
  • Studying and evaluating the problems and difficulties of industrial units and developing and implementing an industrial consulting system.
  • Preparing a road map for identifying and extracting lithium resources in Iran.
  • Removal of metallic pollutants from wastewaters and sludge of power plants using carbon materials to produce advanced materials for storing energy.
  • 3D modeling of fractures and stability analysis of western and central mines of iron ore in Sangan (Khaf).
  • Compiling the technical knowledge and extracting gold and silver from copper anodic slime on a pilot scale by recycling all precious metals.
  • Achieving the goals set out in the agreements related to the new industries plans for the localization of new technologies through industrial research at various stages.
  • Carrying out a research project on compiling the international standards for the classification of mining events.
  • Offering workshop consulting and supervision services for excavating and stabilizing the walls of a multipurpose high-rise building in Farmanieh (Tehran).
  • The initial agreement with the stone manufacturers union of Mahalat city, Markazi State, to establish the first research center of decorative stones in Mahalat.
  • Making a contract with Iran Minerals Production and Supply Company to study and design the processing of zinc oxide ore in Mehdi Abad, Yazd.
  • Making a contract with Iran Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization (IMIDRO) to carry out a research project on the design and production of portable breathing apparatus for working in coal mines.
  • Making a contract with Abbasabad Meskavan Copper Company to carry out a research project on geophysical studies of Abbasabad copper deposit, Shahroud, by IP and RS methods.

Research/International Research

International activities
  • Making a contract with GIZ Institute in Germany and holding short-term training courses for professors and experts of Afghanistan universities supported by the institute, which was initially held in summer 2016.
  • Trying to attract foreign students, especially from Middle-eastern and Persian-speaking countries.
  • Trying to recruit a fellow professor from abroad.
  • Holding joint courses for master and Ph.D. degrees with the University of Freiburg, Germany, and the University of Montana, Austria.
  • An oversea patent for the department.
  • Holding the international training courses for IMIDRO (Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization).


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