Dr. Muhammad Zaka Emad ( Associate Professor )

My work experience includes teaching and research at McGill University, Montreal, and UET Lahore, Pakistan. In May 2007, I joined the Department of Mining Engineering, UET Lahore as a Faculty Lecturer. I taught courses including Intro to Mining, Rock Mechanics, Engineering Geology, Mine Survey lab, and Slope stability. I was also assigned to prepare and invigilate examinations, grade, and prepare the results. I organized and supervised two weeks of field survey camps in the summer at Abbottabad, Khyber Paktoon Khawa (Years 2007 to 2010). I also took part in the accreditation process for the Mining Engineering program.

In 2010, I secured a Ph.D. position at McGill University, which I joined in Fall semester 2010. From 2010 to 2013, I worked on a collaborative research grant for my Ph.D. research. The case study mine was Birchtree mine in Thompson, MB, and the funding agencies for the project were NSERC and Vale. In the process, I published my research in Journals and presented it at conferences. McGill University awarded me excellence in research awards in 2012, 2013, and 2014. I was also awarded a medal for excellence in research by the McGill University. I have also been a part of leading and organizing training workshops at McGill University. I also carried out field trips to Val-d’Or, QC, Abitibi, QC, and Sudbury, ON. After my Ph.D., I continued as a Post-doctor fellow at the Mine Design Lab at McGill University, where I worked with Vale mines in Sudbury.

In 2014, I returned to Pakistan and joined Mining Engineering Department at UET, Lahore. I taught courses including Rock Mechanics, Ground Control Engineering, Explosives Engineering, my Power Drainage, and Materials Handling, Rock Slope Engineering, Stability of Underground Openings, Geological Investigation & Ground Characterization, and Tunnel Design. I also worked on upgrading existing courses and developing new ones for undergraduate and postgraduate programs. I also conducted an industry survey and performed benchmarking of the curriculum. I served as a member of the accreditation committee for preparing and organizing accreditation visits on Outcomes-Based Education (Washington Accord) criteria 2017, 2018 & 2020. I served in the committee for drafting continuous quality improvement (CQI) policy and mechanism in the department. I initiated and executed a new MSc program “Tunneling and Underground Excavation Engineering” in 2017. I also organize and carry out field trips for the 5th-semester class every year. I also supervised nine MSc thesis and eight final year projects. Currently, I am supervising three Ph.D. students and two MSc students. I also secured and managed funded competitive research and training grants from national and international organizations. I published a total of twenty-one journal publications and seventeen conference papers. I also worked on surface and underground mining projects to solve their problems with in-kind support from the industry.

Latest Qualification : Ph.D. (Rock Mechanics)

Teaching Courses

  • MIME 426 Mine Development and Services
  • MIME 333 Materials Handling
  • MIN E 360 Rock Mechanics
  • MIN E 130 Elements of Mining
  • MINE 270 Engineering Geology
  • MIN E 340 Surveying (Lab)
  • MIN E 415 Strata Control
  • Geo E 516 Slope Stability
  • Geo E 502 Rock Mechanics
  • MIN E 380 Explosive Engineering
  • Min.E-360: Rock Mechanics

Research Interest

  • Blast vibration monitoring
  • Materials Handling
  • Ground control in mines and tunnels
  • Rock mechanics - lab and in-situ testing, and numerical modelling
  • Underground mine design and mine services
  • Thin seam coal mining
  • Flyrock and air deck blasting
  • Tunnel design through soft rock
  • Mine backfill
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Dr. Muhammad Zaka Emad
Associate Professor

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