Prof Dirk Van Zyl
The University of British Columbia
Dirk Van Zyl is Professor and Chair of Mining and the Environment at the Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. Dirk has more than 40 years experience in research, teaching and consulting in tailings and mine waste rock disposal and heap leach design. During the last decade, much of his attention has been focused on mining and sustainable development, mine life cycle management, tailings consolidation and mine closure.
Dirk received a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering in 1972 and a B.Sc. (Honors) Civil Engineering in 1974, both from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He also received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Geotechnical Engineering from Purdue University in 1976 and 1979, respectively. In 1998 he completed an Executive MBA at the University of Colorado. He is a registered professional engineer in the US and British Columbia.