H. Sebnem Duzgun

Fred Banfield Distinguished Endowed Chair and Professor, Mining Engineering

Sebnem Duzgun

Dr. H. Sebnem Düzgün, was born in Nazilli, Turkey, and graduated the second in the class of 1992 from the Department of Mining Engineering at Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey. She started her graduate studies in the Department of Mining Engineering. She got her M.Sc. and Ph.D. Degrees in 1994 and 2000, respectively, from the same department. She was a visiting scholar in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT from 1998 to 1999 with an award given by the Turkish Scientific and Technical Council (TUBITAK). She was appointed as an assistant professor in the Geodetic and Geographic Information Technologies Program at METU in 2001. She performed research as a postdoctoral fellow from 2004 to 2005 at Norwegian Geotechnical Institute and International Center for Geohazards with a grant from the Norwegian Research Council. She then returned to the Department of Mining Engineering at METU in 2006 as an associate professor and became a full professor in 2010. Dr. Düzgün was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s experienced researcher fellowship in 2014 and used it to research at the Geophysical Institute at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany between 2015 and 2016. She has been over 20 years of experience in research and teaching in mining engineering on mine closure and reclamation, quantitative sustainability assessment for mining projects, risk and safety analysis for coal mines, mine environmental monitoring using remote sensing, reliability-based design and analysis of rock slopes, uncertainty modeling in rock engineering, and interdisciplinary topics including geographic information systems, remote sensing, spatial and spatio-temporal data mining, landslide and earthquake risk assessment, critical infrastructure resilience.

She is also on the Editorial Board of various scientific journals, namely Landslides, Journal of Sustainable Mining, Sustainability, Computers, and Geosciences; International Journal of Emergency Management; Georisk Journal; Energy Exploration & Exploitation; and The Open Construction and Building Technology Journal. Since 2008, Dr. Düzgün has served as an expert evaluator and reviewer for the FP7 and Horizon 2020 European Commission`s Research and Innovation Programs (including the themes ICT, Secure Societies, Critical Infrastructure and the RFCs-Research Fund for Coal and Steel). She is a member of SME, ASCE, ARMA, ISRM, IEEE, and ISPRS, USSD.

Dr. Düzgün has authored four books, published over 15 book chapters, more than 70 papers in peer-reviewed scientific Journals, over 150 papers in conferences. She is the principal author of the book entitled Remote Sensing of the Mine Environment. Dr. Düzgün’s recent research areas involve quantitative risk and resilience assessment for mining hazards and geohazards, big data analytics, Earth observation in geosciences, virtual/augmented/mixed reality (VR/AR/MR) and serious gaming for technical training and collaborative decision making and quantitative methods for sustainability assessment. Dr. Düzgün has established the collaborative immersive VR laboratory at Mines. She was the founder and former CEO of the software company, Kuzgun Informatics, in Turkey, contributor of two ceramic art exhibitions, the drummer of a local band, and is the mother of two sons.



  • B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D., Mining Engineering Middle East Technical University
  • Diploma in Analysis and Management of Geological Risks CERG’99, University of Geneva


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Curriculum Vitae


Courses Taught
  • MNGN 428/429 Senior Design
  • MNGN 548 Information Technologies for Mining Systems (Online)
  • MNGN598 Autonomous Robotic Exploration System Design,
  • MNGN 598 Big Data Analytics for Earth Resources Sciences and Engineering