Roger Thompson is Professor of Mining Engineering with Curtin University's Western Australian School of Mines.
Roger graduated from Camborne School of Mines in 1984 and 1990 with the degrees BSc(Hons)(Mining), MSc(Mining) and gained his PhD through the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Pretoria in 1996. He is a registered Professional Engineer (South Africa), Member of the Institute of Engineers (Australia)(Civil College) and certificated manager for coal and gold mines.
Following a number of years in mining production, in 1991 he took up a post as Senior Lecturer, and from 2003 the post of Professor of Mining Engineering, at the University of Pretoria. In 2000/2001, he was guest researcher at the NIOSH and Colorado School of Mines as a Fulbright Scholar. In 2008 he moved to Curtin University WASM in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.
Roger has undertaken numerous contact research and consulting assignments, centred on the design, improvement, rehabilitation and management of mine haul roads for a number of the world's leading surface mining operations. He is the co-author and author of numerous peer reviewed publications in the field of mine haul road design, as well as the 2011 SME Mining Engineering Handbook contribution on mine haul road design. He also runs Masterclass training in mine haul road design, construction and management locally and internationally.