Felipe is currently a Master of Philosophy candidate in Mining Engineering (Advanced blasting modelling and Geotechnical risks control) at The University of Queensland and works as a Senior Mining Engineer at JKTech for Drill and Blast studies as well as the development and application of advanced three-dimensional numerical modelling. He is a member of the board of directors of the Chilean Association at UQ where he also provides support as a Research Officer Casual for mining projects.

He obtained a Bachelor of Applied Science and Mining Engineer degree with honours from the University of Santiago in 2013; with 8+ years’ experience in open-pit as well as underground mining operations across diverse projects within the mining and explosives industry in South America, South Africa, The U.S., and Australia.

Before joining The University of Queensland and JKTech, Felipe worked 4.5 years at AEL mining services (African Explosive) as a D&B engineer where he was responsible for blast designs, instrumentation, software application, and training industry personnel on electronic initiation. He finished his journey at AEL managing all the regulatory affairs required to import, storage, transport, manufacture, and commercialise explosives and their respective raw materials, including a successful trial of explosive manufacturing service in one of the largest open-pit mining operation in Chile.

Previously, he worked 2 years supervising and planning underground mining operations at El Teniente (CODELCO), and Minera San Pedro Ltda.