Khandelwal, Manoj (A/Prof)

Position:Associate Professor, Mining Engineering
Phone: 03 5327 9821

Research keywords

  • Rock Mechanics
  • Rock Blasting and Blast Vibrations
  • Slope Stability, Geotechnical Properties
  • Soft Computing Applications in Mining

Short biography

Dr Manoj Khandelwal is an Associate Professor and Undergraduate and Postgraduate Program Coordinator of mining engineering at Federation University Australia and is an Australian Endeavour Fellow. Before joining Federation University Australia, Dr Khandelwal worked as an Assistant Professor of mining engineering at Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture & Technology, India. Dr Khandelwal was a postdoctoral researcher at Monash University, Australia and a Senior Research Fellow at the Central Institute of Mining & Fuel Research, Dhanbad, India. Dr Khandelwal has more than twenty years of research and teaching experience in Australia and India. Dr Khandelwal has been recognized as a leading expert in mining geomechanics and rock blasting.


  • Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education, Federation University Australia
  • Ph.D. in Rock Blasting, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India
  • M.Tech. in Rock Mechanics, Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi, India
  • B.Eng in Mining Engineering, College of Technology & Engineering, Udaipur, India

Teaching Areas

  • Rock Blasting
  • Rock Mechanics
  • Surface Mining
  • Mining Economics

Scholarships and Awards

  • Top 2% Scientist in the World List published by Elsevier and Stanford University, 2023, 2021 and 2020
  • Keynote Speaker: Geotechnical International Conference Webinar GEIC Dec 2020 Organized by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  • Top Peer Reviewer Award in Geosciences, Engineering & Cross-Field by Publons, 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016
  • Endeavour Executive Award, 2015 by the Govt. of Australia.
  • SRG Information Technology Award by the Mining Engineers’ Association of India, 2014.
  • Young Mining Engineer of the Year Award by the Mining Engineers’ Association of India, 2012.
  • Fast Track Proposal for Young Scientist by the Dept of Science and Technology, Govt of India, 2010.
  • Engineering Research Fellowship by the Monash University, Australia, 2010.
  • Young Engineer Award by the Intuition of Engineers (India), 2009.
  • Endeavour Research Fellowship from the Govt of Australia, 2008.
  • Young Scientist Award by the Indian Science Congress Association, 2006 (by the then honourable PRESIDENT OF INDIA).
  • Senior Research Fellowship from Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India (2003 - 2007).
  • GATE Fellowship by Ministry of HRD, Govt of India (2000 - 2002).

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