- Prof. John Napier, a rock engineer with special expertise in rock engineering and numerical engineering, form part of the research staff employed in the Harmony chair.
- Prof. William Spiteri is an explosives engineer and has contributed significantly to the establishment of an explosive rock-breaking course for the mining industry.
- Prof. Bharath Belle and Prof Jan du Plessis are mine ventilation engineering specialists and were appointed to enhance the training of future ventilation engineers to undertake active ventilation research interventions on mines.
- Prof. Con Fauconnier is an honorary professor and alumnus of the Department and has been instrumental in several departmental initiatives, including fundraising to establish new facilities at UP, the most recent being the Mining Industry Study Centre on the Hatfield Campus.
- Prof Jan du Plessis