Mohan Yellishetty

Assoc Professor

  • 23 College Walk, 60

    3800 Clayton


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Assoc. Prof. Mohan Yellishetty is an Australian Endeavour Fellow and Chartered Mining Engineer with an established teaching and research profile in the field of mining and environmental engineering. He possesses more than two decades of promising research and an altruistic academic career in Australia, the USA and India, which enabled him to develop a broad skills base in all aspects of the mining cycle. He has been involved with mining education for nearly three decades and has conducted a fair amount of research in this discipline. His research and academic work experience at Monash University and CSIRO, Australia, Yale University, USA and IIT Bombay, India have provided him with the opportunity to undertake high-quality research work and contribute significantly to the mining engineering discipline and publish widely in reputed high-impact journals. He has career publications of ~45 journal papers and book chapters and ~40 international conference papers and presentations. His career H-index of 18 (Scopus).

A/Prof Yellishetty has been recognized as one of the leading experts in the area of ‘Sustainable Mineral Resources’ and ‘Life Cycle Assessment’. A/Prof Yellishetty has very strong teaching and research interests in the following areas:

A/Prof Yellishetty has been working with several international mining companies, universities and research organizations. This has directly led to a number of MoUs / contract research agreements/projects between Monash University and others.

A/Prof Yellishetty’s research has positively influenced both public policy and industrial practice. His major disciplinary public service contributions include:

His teaching philosophy combines a solid theoretical background backed by real-world examples, through the integration of field-based, project-based and hands-on learning experiences for his students. He pioneered the use of a variety of pedagogical practices, such as developing an industry-centric curriculum and industry-based learning to achieve effective teaching-learning outcomes that not only contributed to the strong student engagement but have prepared the students for employment within the Australian and the global mining industry. His teaching and research are mutually informing, complementary and inseparable. He strongly believes that excellence in teaching involves constantly re-evaluating what and how he is teaching, and continually striving for the most creative and effective methods to maximize student learning and student success.

A/Prof Yellishetty made significant contributions to setting up Mining Engineering (now Resources Engineering) program at Monash University. As the founding academic, he not only taught and coordinated a significant number of units (~9 units) in the initial years of the offering but made sure that that the program received the provisional (2013) and full (2018) accreditation with commendation from the Engineers' Australia.

A/Prof Yellishetty’s research group has done pioneering work in creating world’s first agent-based dynamic criticality model. A/Prof Yellishetty and his international research team have created an Australian-first geospatial database of all known active and inactive hard rock mine sites across the country.

A/Prof Yellishetty co-founded the Critical Minerals Consortium at Monash University in 2020 with aim to improve our understanding of minerals criticality and to provide advice, ideas and expertise to assist policy makers.

A/Prof Yellishetty’s research achievements were covered by more than three dozen media outlets in Australia and overseas, including ABC, ABC radio, The Australian Mining, Quarry, etc.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

External positions

Member, o International Advisory Board & Governing Council , Amity University

2018 → …

 Honorary Research Fellow, China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing


Research area keywords

  • Mining engineering
  • Mine rehabilitation
  • Critical Minerals
  • Work Integrated Learning
  • Industrial Ecology
  • Mine closure
  • Mine waste management
  • Tailings management


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