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Dr Aleksander J. Mendecki

Chairman and Head of Research

In 1981 Aleksander obtained his PhD in seismology from the Silesian University of Technology (Poland), where he worked as an Assistant Professor. In 1985 he took up the position of Head of the Seismology at Anglo American plc in South Africa. In 1991 he was appointed the Managing Director and Head of Research at ISS International Limited (ISSI) and, in 1994, also the Managing Director of ISS Pacific (ISSP). In 2010 he founded the Institute of Mine Seismology in South Africa and Australia. IMS acquired both ISSI and ISSP and Aleksander became its Chairman and Head of Research.

His main areas of expertise are monitoring seismic rock mass response to mining, quantification of seismic sources and near-source ground motion, deterministic and probabilistic seismic hazard assessment in mines, and the application of quantitative seismology to rock mass stability. He is the main author and editor of Seismic Monitoring in Mines, (Chapman and Hall, London, 1997).