Dr. Dirk van Zyl is the Professor and Chair of Mining and the Environment, Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
B.Sc., Civil Engineering, 1972, University of Pretoria, South Africa
B.Sc. (Honors), Civil Engineering, 1974, University of Pretoria, South Africa
M.S., Civil Engineering, 1976, Purdue University
Ph.D., 1979, Purdue University
Executive Master of Business Administration, 1998, University of Colorado
Areas of expertise: Life cycle systems; the contributions that mining makes to sustainable development; Mine earth structures (tailings, heap leach and rock management facilities)
Project experience: He has been involved internationally in many mining projects focusing on mine earth materials. These projects covered the whole mining life cycle, from exploration to closure and post-closure, in a large range of climatic and geographic environments. His present research is in the area of oil sand tailings, the contributions that mining makes to sustainable development as well as the application of life cycle assessment to mine earth structures.