Fidelis SuorineniActing Dean, School of Mining and Geosciences, Nazarbayev University
Dr. Suorineni has enviable knowledge in the broad spectrum of mining and geosciences, and has played leadership roles within this spectrum in Ghana, Canada and Australia. Prior to joining NU, Dr Suorineni worked at UNSW Sydney as Professor and Inaugural Chair of Mine Geotechnical Engineering in the School of Mining Engineering, Senior Research Engineer and Adjunct Professor with term appointments at Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada and as Senior Lecturer in the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi School of Mines, Tarkwa (Now University of Mines and Technology (UMaT)). Dr. Suorineni obtained his B.Sc. from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana; M.Sc. from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Britain and Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo, Canada. Dr. Suorineni is a globally recognised award winning academic with over 30 years’ experience in teaching, research and consulting in Africa, North America and Australasia.
In 2016 Dr. Suorineni was appointed International Member of the Technical Committee on Mining Engineering of China ENFI Engineering Co Ltd. He is also a Visiting Professor to Northeastern University in Shenyang, China. He has given several invited lectures and workshops around the world including, Poland, Turkey, Chile, South Korea, Ghana, China, Brazil and Kazakhstan. Dr. Suorineni has the rare distinction of winning the Douglas Hay Medal twice for best papers published in Transactions of the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy (Section A): Mining Technology in 2012 and 2015. He was also co-Author of the best paper published at the 13th Congress of the International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM) in Montreal in 2015. Dr. Suorineni is a permanent member of the International Organizing Committee (IOC) of the World Mining Congress and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM), London. He is also a member of SME, CIM, AusIMM and SOMP. Dr. Suorineni has published over 120 papers in journals and conference proceedings, and holds two IPs. He is a Reviewer for several high impact international journals and serves on two journal editorial boards.