Researcher biography

Associate Professor Italo Onederra is an internationally recognised expert in explosives and blasting engineering technology. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) with honours from the University of Melbourne, Master of Engineering Science and PhD from the University of Queensland. He is currently the Director of the Centre for Future Autonomous Systems and Technologies (FAST) at the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering

For the last 22 years, Italo has been actively involved in R&D and expert consulting in Australia, South America, Africa and Europe. He has published extensively in peer reviewed journals and conferences; and contributed to several book sections and technical reports.

Over the years, Italo has demonstrated leadership and outstanding impact in research and industry uptake. He is the co-inventor of a novel nitrogen oxide free explosive; the developer of advanced fragmentation modelling techniques incorporated into commercial software reaching industry and academia in over 60 countries; and has helped pioneer the use of physics engines in new blast movement modelling techniques currently adopted by industry to maximise metal recovery. Currently he also leads a multidisciplinary research group focussing on advanced preconditioning and fragmentation techniques applied to future mineral extraction methods that will have significantly reduced environmental impacts.