Ryan Goodfellow

  • Research Fellow
  • PhD (Mining and Materials Engineering), 2014, McGill University, Canada
  • BEng (Mining Engineering), 2009, McGill University, Canada
Current Research:
  • Stochastic optimization of mining complexes with non-linear and non-additive processing characteristics
  • Computational aspects of high-order spatial statistics
Research Interests:
  • Global optimization of open pit mining complexes with uncertainty
  • Material destination policies for blending operations
  • High-order stochastic simulation methods
Work Experience:
  • Research assistant, COSMO – Stochastic Mine Planning Laboratory, 2009 – 2014
  • Research assistant (internship), Remnant pillar stability project, NSERC & McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Research assistant (internship), Process Integration & Optimization, Metso Minerals Process Technology, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
  • Mine planning (internship) – CVRD Inco, Sudbury, ON, Canada
  • Explorations geologist (internship), Inco, Thompson, MB, Canada


Amina Lamghari

  • Research Associate
  • PhD (Computer Science), 2008, University of Montreal, Canada
  • MSc (Applied Mathematics), 1996, Mohamed V University, Morocco
  • BSc (Applied Mathematics), 1995, Mohamed V University, Morocco
Current Research:
  • Mine planning and related optimization problems
  • Stochastic optimization with applications to open pit mine design and production scheduling
Research Interests:
  • Combinatorial optimization, heuristic methods, scheduling applications
  • Mathematical programming, generalized monotonicity, linear complementarity problems
Work Experience:
  • University of Avignon et des pays de Vaucluse, France, invited teacher-researcher, 2009
  • HEC Montreal, Canada, teaching assistant, 2008-2009
  • University of Montreal, Canada, teaching assistant, 2005-2009

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Ilnur Minniakhmetov

  • Research Fellow
  • Ph.D. (Applied Mathematics and Computational Physics), 2013, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (State University) (MIPT), Russia
  • M.Sc. (Applied Physics and Mathematics), 2010, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (State University) (MIPT), Russia
  • B.Sc. (Applied Physics and Mathematics), 2008, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (State University) (MIPT), Russia
Current Research:
  • Research in pertinent aspects of global optimization of industrial mining complexes
  • Developing New Global Stochastic Optimization and High-Order Stochastic Models for Optimizing Mining Complexes with Uncertainty
Research Interests:
  • New Stochastic Simulation Methods
  • History Matching and Uncertainty Estimation
Work Experience:
  • Keldysh Institute for Applied Mathematics, Junior scientific researcher, 2011-2013
  • TimeZYX – National Center for Development of Innovative Technologies, Geological software development supervisor, 2008-2011

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Luis Montiel Petro

  • Research Fellow
  • Ph.D. (Mining Engineering), 2014, McGill University, Canada
  • Postgraduate formation in open pit mining, 2008, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Paris, France
  • B.Sc. (Mining Engineering), 2005, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia
Current Research:
  • Integration of open pit and underground operations in strategic mine planning under uncertainty
  • Metaheuristics / heuristics to solve large combinatorial optimization problems
Research Interests:
  • Stochastic global optimization of mining complexes
  • Combinatorial optimization in mine planning
Work Experience:
  • Research assistant, COSMO – Stochastic Mine Planning Laboratory, Montreal, Canada, 2009-2014
  • Internship in Mine Planning, Imerys Ceramic France, Z. I. de Beaujard, France, 2008
  • Mine Production Engineer, Argos Cement Company, Montebello, Colombia, 2005-2007

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Ray (Jian) Zhang

  • Research Fellow
  • Ph.D. (Industrial Engineering), 2013, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada
  • M.Sc. (Management Science and Engineering), 2007, Northeastern University, Shenyang, China
  • B.Admin. (Management Information System), 2005, Northeastern University, Shenyang, China
Current Position:
  • Assistant Professor of Business Technology Management, University of Calgary