Ismet Canbulat

Current positions held

Professor & Head of School at Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering (MERE), UNSW Sydney
Kenneth Finlay Chair of Rock Mechanics


Professor Ismet Canbulat is a mining engineer with over 30 years of experience in research, consultancy, management, on-site and academia. He has BSc, MSc and PhD degrees from Istanbul Technical University, University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Pretoria respectively. In South Africa, he worked for the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), where he was a Research Area Manager in the Rock Engineering Programme. After 10 years in research, he moved to consultancy and worked for consulting companies in South Africa and Australia as a Principal Engineer. In 2008, Ismet joined Anglo American in Brisbane, where he was the Principal Geotechnical Engineer. Since 2014, Ismet is Professor, Head of School and Chair of Rock Mechanics at the School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering, UNSW Sydney.
Ismet’s principal research interests and expertise lie in rock mechanics theory and application, ground control and rock mass classification, design of pillar and roof support systems, numerical modelling in addition to other areas in mining engineering including mine design, layout selection and geotechnical impact assessment, risk management and advanced risk-based design and evaluation, ground stability aspects of mine closure and subsidence assessment.
Ismet is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia and the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and, a member of the Australian Geomechanics Society, International Society for Rock Mechanics, Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration.
Ismet is an author and co-author of numerous technical papers published in refereed journals and conference proceedings; peer-reviewed research reports submitted to funding organisations in Australia and South Africa; and consultancy reports submitted to over 60 metalliferous and coal mines.
Ismet is a recipient of a number of international and national awards