Professor Bruce Hebblewhite
Professor of Mining Engineering
Professor Bruce Hebblewhite is the Professor of Mining Engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia. He has over 45 years of international mining experience; including 3 years working with Cleveland Potash in the UK while studying for his PhD; 17 years in a consulting and research management role in the Australian mining industry (at ACIRL Ltd); and 25 years in academia at UNSW, including 12 years as Head of the School of Mining Engineering (2003 – 2014). Bruce retired from this role in 2014 but continues at UNSW in a part-time capacity.
From 2006 to 2009 Bruce was the inaugural Executive Director of the Australian collaborative educational joint venture, Mining Education Australia (MEA). He was also a former President (2008-2009) and then the Secretary-General of the international Society of Mining Professors (SOMP), from 2012 to 2018.
Bruce has been the recipient of a number of international awards recognising his special interests and experience in mining geomechanics and ground control; and also in mining education and research. These have included the 2012 Syd S Peng Ground Control Award from SME in the USA; the 2017 SME Rock Mechanics Award; the 2017 Ludwig Wilke Award for contribution to international mining research and education, from the Society of Mining Professors; and the 2020 Institute Medal from the AusIMM for contributions to education, training and research.