Department of Electrical and Mining Engineering

Mr WP Nel

College of Science, Engineering and Technology
School of Engineering
Department: Electrical and Mining Engineering
Senior Lecturer
Tel: 011 471 2596


MBA, B Com & B Com Hons (Econ), BSc (Maths & Physics), National Diploma & Higher Diploma (Metalliferous Mining), Mine Managers Government Certificate of Competency (Metalliferous Mines)

Fields of academic interests

Research Interests:

  • Engineering Education
  • Mineral, Energy and Natural Resource Economics
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Contribution of worked-out mines to energy and water storage, and Sustainable Development
  • Multi-disciplinary research

Field of Specialisation

  • Mining Engineering
  • Engineering Management and Mine Management
  • Engineering Economics and Mineral Economics

Journal articles

Selected Publications:

  • Nel, WP. 2015. The power of the worked-out mine: Conceptual designs for mine-based pumped-storage hydroelectricity, in Proceedings of the 23rd International Symposium on Mine Planning and Equipment Selection (MPES 2015), The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, edited by C Musingwini, S Rupprecht, B Genc & RK Singhal: 723 – 736.
  • Nel, W.P. 26-30 June 2014. Towards a structured PQM decision-making approach: rethinking the Mining Engineering PQM at an open, distance e-learning University. 2014 Society of Mining Professors (SOMP) Annual Meeting. The Maslow Hotel, Sandton, Gauteng (Full paper / Conference proceeding on CD: pp31-44;
  • Nel, WP, 2012, 3rd ed., ‘Managing Technology and Innovation’, Chapter 18 in ‘Management for Engineers, Technologists and Scientists’, 3rd ed, Kenwyn: Juta
  • Nel, W.P., May 2014. Universities and Decision-making: Programme and Qualification Mix – Four Learning Pathways. Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Vol 114, pp. 411-418 ( 1)
  • Nel, W.P., 3-7 Oct 2004, The diffusion of fuel cell vehicles and its impact on the demand for platinum group metals: Research framework and initial results, International Platinum Conference, ‘Platinum adding value’, Sun City, South Africa, pp. 287-328, SAIMM Symposium Series S38.

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Professional positions, fellowships & awards

Professional Affiliation:


Short Biography:

Mr Nel is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Mining Engineering, College of Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET), University of South Africa (UNISA). He was the Coordinator for Mining in the Department for a number of years until December 2015. Over a number of years at Unisa and Technikon SA, Willie was responsible for modules ranging from Metalliferous Mining, Surface Mining, Mine Engineering, Engineering Management, Technology Management and Mining Technical Services to Engineering Economics and Fuel Cell Technology & Systems.
He started his career in deep-level gold mining.

Willie is the editor and co-author of a book with the title, “Management for Engineers, Technologists and Scientists”.

Willie has experience as external examiner and lecturer at a number of South African Universities.

Willie is currently registered for an M Com (Econ) with the dissertation topic: “The evolution of thought on the availability of non-renewable natural resources in the long run”.