Prof. Mutale Chanda

Department of Mining Engineering

Academic Qualifications:

  • B.Eng. 1974 in Mining Engineering
  • M.Sc. 1979 in Mining Engineering 
  • PhD. 1981 in Mining Engineering

Professor Mutale Chanda: (B.Eng, 1974.) University of Zambia; (M.Sc. 1979) Mining Engineering, Queen’s University at Kingston in Ontario, Canada; ( PhD. 1981) Mining Engineering, University of Wales Cardiff,  UK. Teaching interests including courses in  Rock Mechanics and Time Dependent rock Deformation; Advanced Rock Mechanics, Mine Mechanisation, Drilling and Blasting, Geotechnical Engineering, Rock Strength and Failure, Soil Mechanics, Rock Fragmentation, Shaft Sinking, Mine Planning and Management.  Teaching has been conducted at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Research interests are in the areas of Drilling and Blasting, Material Characterisation, Mining Technology and Ground stability studies. This research, culminating in more than 30 and 20 refereed article publications in journals and technical reports respectively. He has also supervised many students at undergraduate and post graduate levels of study. He has been active in consultancy, generally in the area of rock mass classification and strength.  He is currently working on an advanced manuscript of a book in the area of technological use of explosives and blasting techniques in mining.k

Professor Chanda has diligently served the University in many capacities.  He served the University as Vice – Chancellor (1998-2002). Acted as Dean School of Mines on numerous occasions; Head of the Department of Mining Engineering (1985-1995), Assistant Dean General (1994-1996) Member of the University Senate (1993 – 1997);. Assistant Dean Post Graduate (1994 – 1996) and (2013). He has served on numerous other committees at University and School level.  He was the first and founding Coordinator of the United Nations  University Institute for  Natural Resources in Africa, Mineral Resources Unit, (UNU/INRA/MRU)( 1993-1998);  Served on many Disciplinary Committees of the University and the School of Mines.

National committees include the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) (2003 – 2008), appointed by the Republican President; Salaries Review Commission (SRC) (2008-2012) appointed by the Republican President. Task force member on Feasibility study for the establishment of the Zambia Catholic University (ZCU) (2003-2005); Council member ZCU (2006 – 2012), both appointments by the Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC).
 He has during his 40 years of service at UNZA, served on over 50 university and public life committees. Currently, he is  serving as Governor,  on the Board of Governors of the Policy Monitoring and Research Centre (PMRC) (2012-to Date); Board Chairman of the Livingstone International University of Tourism Excellence and Business Management (LIUTEBM). He is also a Member, of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO), Task Force on Sustainable Mining Practices.   

Professional memberships include Membership to the Engineering Institution of Zambia (EIZ) (1985-1997) (Now Under renewal); Member, International Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE) (2008 to Date).

Membership to professional bodies
Engineering Institution of Zambia (EIZ) (1985-1997) (Now Under renewal); 
Member, International Society of Explosives

  1. VAN ZYL D, CHANDA, M. W.  And BRUNE.  J. “WFEO Task Force: Environmentally Sound Engineering Technologies and Practices in Mining.” Proceedings, 6th International Conference on Sustainable Development in the Minerals Industry, Milos Island Greece, June 2013.
  2. KRISHNA, R., CHANDA, M. W. and AHMED, A.H., “Zambia’s Zeal for Gemstones: A Review of Historical Development”. International Conference on Management Science and Management Innovation (MSMI) 2014.
  3. SYDNEY,M., CHANDA, M. W. “Support Design for Mining in a Seismically Active Environment: A Case Study of Mufulira Deeps Mine, Zambia.” Imperial Journal of Interdisplinary Research (IJIR), Vol 3 Issue 1, 2017.
  4. DZIMUNYA, N., KRISHNA, R., CHANDA, M. W., “Design and Dimensioning of Sublevel Stoping for Extraction of Thin Ore (<12m) at very Deep Level: A Case Study of Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), Zambia.” Mathematical Modelling of Engineering Problems, Vol. 5 No. 1, 2018.
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