We would like to welcome Neda Dadashzadeh and Ali Hashemi to the RockEng team!

Dr. Neda Dadashzadeh has over 5 years of comprehensive experience in geomechanics and advanced numerical modeling for stability assessment of surface and subsurface infrastructures. She is specialized in underground rock mechanics, ground response to excavation, and support design for tunnelling and mining. Her Ph.D. research was focused on the numerical analysis of stress-induced damage in hard rocks, which gave her particular skills in developing calibrated numerical models for predicting rock engineering issues related to deep excavations, including brittle damage and rock bursting. Additionally, she is experienced in slope stability analysis and rockfall assessment of natural and engineered rock slopes.

Dr. Ali Hashemi has recently completed his Ph.D. from the Mining Department of Queen’s University. He has over six years of experience in various aspects of mining and geomechanical engineering. In his Ph.D. thesis, he investigated the dynamic fracturing of rock material under blast loading. Using advanced numerical techniques and experimental approaches, he provided novel solutions for the improvement of rock fragmentation in mining industry. In addition, he has introduced a new destress blasting pattern for the purpose of rock mass preconditioning in burst prone deep underground spaces. Ali has hands-on experience in mining operations, which provides him with great insight in solving the practical problems and challenges at operating mines.