Dr Sevda Dehkhoda is a Senior Mining Engineer with Hatch, a global consulting firm across the mining, energy and infrastructure sectors. Based in Brisbane in Australia, Sevda applies her knowledge in mining technology and innovation, bridging the gap between development and widespread application. She holds a Bachelor and Master of Science in Mining Engineering, and a PhD in pulsed water jet rock breakage from University of Queensland. Sevda’s core expertise is in rock fracture mechanics and alternative rock breakage systems for hard rock mining.
Over the last decade, Sevda has led development and testing of several mining related technologies for continuous hard rock mining, automation and sensing for rock breakage systems. With unique capabilities in modeling physical phenomena and developing targeted testing programs to capture key mechanisms, parameters and processes, Sevda has made significant scientific and industry contributions in understanding of actuated disc cutting (ADC), pulsed water jet rock breakage, and hybrid microwave rock breakage systems.
Sevda’s career spans over academia, research & development, and technical consulting for mining and civil industries in Australia and the Middle East. Throughout that time, Sevda has published over 40 journal articles, peer reviewed conference papers, research reports and white papers, and has served as a reviewer for international conferences and scientific journals in the areas of mechanical cutting, water jet rock breakage and alternative rock breaking systems. She is an adjunct senior lecturer at the University of Queensland and co-advises PhD students at leading Australian university including Monash University, University of New South Wales and University of Tasmania.
Sevda has previously served as Secretary (2012-13), interim Chair (2013), and Vice-Chair (2017) of Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) QLD; and as ISRM liaison (2015-2019). She is also currently an AGS national council member; and a member of the Engineers Institute of Australia (MIEAus), Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), and Australian Tunneling Society (ATS).