Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Oliver Langefeld

Head of the Department of Underground Mining Methods and Machinery

Current research areas

  • Blue Mining
  • Repositories and Construction Materials
  • Mining Technology and Innovation
  • Post-mining
  • Innovative teaching and communication
  • Safety and Ventilation Engineering

Areas of competence in research & teaching

  • Mining machinery
  • Mining methods
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Sustainable & Responsible Mining
  • Post-mining
  • Backfilling and waste disposal in underground mines

Professional career

2009 - 2015        

Vice President for Studies and Teaching at the TU Clausthal

2008 - 2009        

Dean of the Faculty of Energy & Economics

2005 - 2008        

Vice Dean of the Faculty of Energy & Economics

Since Oct 2001      

Univ. Professor for Mining Methods and Machinery at the Clausthal University of Technology, Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany

1985 - 2001        

Deutsche Steinkohle (project engineer, mining engineer, head of tunnelling department, head of organization department)



RWTH Aachen Doctorate (Dr.-Ing.)

1979 - 1985

TU Clausthal, graduate mining engineer

Further scientific activities

Since 2019                   

- Member of the "Scientific Committee of 39th APCOM" in Wroclaw (Application of Computers and Operations Research in the Mineral Industry)

- Member of the National Organizing Committee of the 30th Annual General Meeting of the Society of Mining Professors, July, Bochum, Germany

- Member of the "Scientific Committee" of the scientific conference "6th Mining Energy and Raw Materials" in Bochum, Germany

2019 - 2020

"Deputy Director of Academic Committee" of Yunnan Key Laboratory of Sino-German Blue Mining and Utilization of Special Underground Space.

Since 2017

- "Chair Guest Professor" at Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming, China.

- Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board at the Rammelsberg World Cultural Heritage Mine, Goslar, Germany

Since 2016

Member of the "International Committee of SDIMI" International Conference on Sustainable Development in the Minerals Industry

2014 - 2018

District Chairman of the Ring of German Mining Engineers

2013 - 2017

Chairman of the Education Committee of the Society of Mining Professors

2012 - 2015

Vice President of the Academy of Geosciences, Hannover

2011 - 2015

Member of the Advisory Board of the Coordination Office for Student Counseling in Lower Saxony, Hanover

Since 2011

Member of the Supervisory Board of the Rammelsberg World Cultural Heritage Mine, Goslar

2009 - 2015

Member of the Advisory Board of the Academy of Geosciences, Hanover

2007 - 2012

Member of the Board of the Lower Saxony Energy Research Center, Goslar

2004 - 2017

Head of the Mining Committee at the GDMB, Gesellschaft der Metallurgen und Bergleute e.V. (Society of Metallurgists and Miners)

2003 - 2006

Reviewer for R&D projects at the Research Fund for Coal and Steel in Brussels


Telefon: +49 5323 72 - 24 40
E-Mail: oliver.langefeld@tu-clausthal.de

Institut of Mining
Erzstraße 20
38678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld

Research profiles and publications

Areas of competence

Mining machinery, Mining methods, Mine planning, Occupational Health & Safety, Sustainable and Responsible Mining    

Member of the editorial board and reviewer of the following journals:

Mining Reporter – Glückauf

Mining Technology

International Journal of Mining Science and Technology