The 2013 Syd S Peng Ground Control in Mining Award
Awarded To: Ismet Canbulat
The Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME) is pleased to announce that Dr Ismet Canbulat has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the SME Syd S. Peng Ground Control in Mining Award. Established in 2005, the Syd S. Peng Award recognizes individuals that have demonstrated technical and scientific excellence in advancing the understanding of ground control technologies or approaches by either publication or direct applications in the mining industry.
When notified about this award, Ismet responded, "I am extremely thrilled and honoured to receive this prestigious award; this is one of the most memorable events of my professional career. I sincerely thank the SME and the selection committee for recognizing my contributions with this award. Many of my current and past colleagues have contributed to my professional growth I therefore accept the award on behalf of all of us. Thank you."
Ismet received his BSc Mining Engineering degree from Istanbul Technical University. He moved to South Africa in 1993 and worked for the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). While working at the CSIR he obtained his MSc Mining Engineering degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and his PhD from University of Pretoria.
After 10 years in research, Ismet moved to consultancy and worked for Groundwork Consulting and later at Strata Engineering in Australia. In 2006, Ismet joined Anglo American Metallurgical Coal in Brisbane, where he is currently the Principal Geotechnical Engineer for underground operations. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Mining Engineering Department of the University of New South Wales, where he lectures Strata Control Graduate Diploma Courses.
Ismet is a member of Engineers Australia, Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Australian Geomechanics Society, International Society for Rock Mechanics, Bowen Basin Underground Geotechnical Society. He is also a registered Professional Engineer through Board of Professional Engineers Queensland. Ismet has been author and co-author of over 40 technical papers published in refereed journals and conference proceedings.
Ismet and his lovely wife Semsa have been married happily for 20 years and have a son, Tolga. They all live in Brisbane Australia.
The purpose of the award is to provide recognition to individuals that have demonstrated technical and scientific excellence in advancing the understanding of ground control technologies or approaches by either publication or direct applications in the mining industry.