Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Research Assistant



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Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





Harshit is a Research Assistant in the Mineral, Energy, and Environmental Engineering Research Group in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial College London. He is a mining engineer with top-level academic profile and seven years of research and consulting experience. His area of research includes:

  1. Forecasting of rock bursts and gas outbursts in underground mines.
  2. Coupled numerical modelling-based design optimisation of different underground mining and underground coal gasification layouts.
  3. Laboratory characterisation of cement, coal, and rock samples for application in carbon capture and storage (CCS), geothermal energy, and underground mining. 


Harshit is currently pursuing Doctor of Philosophy at Imperial College London. He is a serving as a Young Leader in the Society for Mining Metallurgy and Exploration, USA. He is a Chartered Engineer, registered in India. His affiliation includes being a life member of prestigious professional societies including the Society for Mining Metallurgy and Exploration, USA, the Institution of Engineers (India), Mining Engineers Association of India, Indian Science Congress Association, and Toastmasters International.

He has a Master of Technology in Mine Safety Engineering from Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research, (AcSIR), India, and a Bachelor of Technology in Mining Engineering (First position and Institute Silver Medallist) from National Institute of Technology (NIT), Rourkela, India.

Harshit was working as a Scientist at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research - Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research (CSIR-CIMFR), India before joining Imperial College London. He has executed several research projects designing underground mining layouts to increase coal production. Prior to this, he worked in a technical consulting firm conducting safety audit and risk assessment of mines.

He has contributed to several collaborative projects and authored research papers published in various peer-reviewed journals and presented in numerous conferences.



Jahanbakhsh A, Liu Q, Mosleh MH, et al., 2021, An investigation into co2–brine–cement–reservoir rock interactions for wellbore integrity in co2 geological storage, Energies, Vol:14, ISSN:1996-1073, Pages:1-20

Cao W, Yildirim B, Durucan S, et al., 2020, Fracture behaviour and seismic response of naturally fractured coal subjected to true triaxial stresses and hydraulic fracturing, Fuel: the Science and Technology of Fuel and Energy, Vol:288, ISSN:0016-2361, Pages:1-15

Ghosh N, Agrawal H, Singh SK, et al., 2020, Optimum Chain Pillar Design at the Deepest Multi-Seam Longwall Workings in India, Mining Metallurgy & Exploration, Vol:37, ISSN:2524-3462, Pages:651-664

Agrawal H, Pal BK, Chatterjee S, 2019, Optimization of opencast mines using minimum cut algorithm – a case study from iron mine, Journal of Mines, Metals and Fuels, Vol:67, ISSN:0022-2755, Pages:469-478


Agrawal H, Cao W, Durucan S, et al., 2020, Development of a probabilistic risk assessment methodology to evaluate the effect of lithological heterogeneity on rock bursts and gas outbursts in longwall coal mining

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