Dr. Satyabrata Behera

Assistant Professor
Department/School/Unit Name
Department of Mining Engineering, IIT (BHU)
Phone No(s): 8967630665, 7205423945
Email: sbehera.min@iitbhu.ac.in
Area of Interest: Drilling & Blasting Technology, Ground Vibration, Surface Mining Technology, Metalliferous Mining, Mine Environmental Monitoring

About me

Dr. Satyabrata Behera is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mining Engineering at IIT BHU, Varanasi. He previously served as a Deputy Manager at Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), overseeing the raw material division with a focus on iron ore production. Dr. Behera holds a PhD from IIT Kharagpur, specializing in rock drilling and blasting, explosive utilization, rock fragmentation, and blast-induced ground vibration. He completed his B.Tech and M.Tech in Mining Engineering from NIT Rourkela.

Dr. Behera holds a Second Class Manager's Competency Certificate (Restricted to Metalliferous Mines) from DGMS and is certified in First Aid, equipped to handle emergencies in mining operations. He has participated in numerous conferences, enhancing his expertise through engagements both in India and internationally. His deep knowledge and practical skills continue to shape the future of mining engineering education and practice.


July 2016 – October 2021

Ph.D. Department of Mining Engineering, IIT Kharagpur, India

Thesis title: Prediction of Rock Damage through Nearfield Ground Vibration Analysis for Surface Blasting.

2011 – 2016

B. Tech – M. Tech (Dual Degree) Department of Mining Engineering, NIT Rourkela, India

Thesis title:  Estimation of Aerosol Optical Depth using MODIS satellite data and its relation with particulate matter concentration in the mining regions.

2009 – 2011

Higher Secondary examination Newton College of +2 Science, Sambalpur, CHSE board, Odisha, India


Matriculation examination Sri Aurobindo School, Burla, BSE board, Odisha, India


Work Experience 

 March 2023 - Present 

Assistant Professor (Department of Mining Engineering), IIT BHU, Varanasi

January 2023 - March 2023

Deputy Manager (Mining)Steel Authority of India Limited.

January  2019 - December 2022

Assistant Manager (Mining)Steel Authority of India Limited

July 2016 - January 2019            

Research Scholar, Rock Excavation Engineering Lab, Department of Mining Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India

Online Certification Courses

NPTEL - National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning

Conducted by Prof. Kaushik Dey, Department of Mining Engineering, IIT Kharagpur

Assisted by Dr. Satyabrata Behera, Department of Mining Engineering, IIT BHU, Varanasi

1. Drilling and Blasting Technology, August 2018 – Sept 2018, January 2023 - April 2023. 

2. Network Analysis for Mines and Mineral Engineering, February 2019 - Mar 2019. 

3. Underground Mining of Metalliferous deposits, July 2021 - October 2021.

4. Surface Mining Technology, July 2021 - October 2021


Research Publications

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1.Behera, S., & Dey, K. (2024). Finite Element Modelling for Predicting Backbreak in Rock Blasting Operations. In Proceedings of the 50th Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique. Savannah, Georgia, USA: International Society of Explosive Engineers.

2. Behera, S., and Dey, K. (2023). A 3D nearfield vibration model for simultaneous blasting of multiple holes in the sedimentary rock formation. Materials Today Communications, 35, 106229. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mtcomm.2023.106229

3. Behera, S., and Dey, K. (2022c). A mathematical model for estimating nearfield peak particle velocity in a 3D space surrounding a blasthole. Rock Fragmentation by Blasting - Fragblast 13, 337–346.

4. Behera, S., and Dey, K. (2022b, June 17). A blast damage predictive model for improving safety in surface mines. Challenges in Safety and Environmental Management in Mines (CSEMM), NIT Rourkela, India.

5.  Behera, S., and Dey, K. (2022a). A PPV-Based Prediction Model to Construct Damage Envelop for Crater Blasts. Journal of The Institution of Engineers (India): Series D, 103(1), 13–23. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40033-021-00294-x

6. Behera, S. (2021). Prediction of Rock Damage through Nearfield Ground Vibration Analysis for Surface Blasting. [Thesis, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur]. http://www.idr.iitkgp.ac.in/xmlui/handle/123456789/11782

7. Behera, S., and Dey, K. (2020, December). Introduction of a new model for estimating Blast-Induced Rockmass Damage and comparison with Ansys explicit dynamics model. International Webinar on Safe Mining and Advanced Resources Technology (SMART – 2020), Kharagpur, India.

8. Behera, S., and Dey, K. (2018, December 24). Blast-Induced Ground Damage Assessment Through Numerical Analysis. RBT 2018 - National Seminar on Rock Blasting Techniques - Challenges and Opportunities, Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research, Dhanbad.

9. Behera, S., and Dey, K. (2017). Blast Induced Rock Damage – A Review of Estimation and Measurement Methods. In Sustainable Mining Practices (pp. 163–183). Narosa publishing house.

10. Gorai, A. K., and Behera, S. (2017). Estimation of PM2.5 Concentration from MODIS-based Aerosol Optical Depth (AOD) Level in the Mining Regions. In Sustainable Mining Practices (SMP 2016) (pp. 239–251). Narosa Publishing House Pvt. Ltd.

11. Behera, S. (2016). Estimation of Aerosol Optical Depth Using MODIS Satellite Data and Its Relation with Particulate Matter Concentration in The Mining Regions. [Thesis, National Institute of Technology Rourkela]. http://ethesis.nitrkl.ac.in/8275/






Consultancy Project

 Current Projects 

Project - 1 

Funding Agency: BGR Mining and Infra Limited,

Title of work: Scientific Study of Deep Hole Drilling and Controlled Blasting for M/s BGR Mining and Infra Ltd, Badam Coal Block of NTPC, Hazaribagh, Jharkhand, 

Project Duration: April 2024 - present

Investigator: Dr. Satyabrata Behera (PI), Prof. Piyush Rai (Co-PI), Dr. B N V Siva Prasad (Co-PI)

Project No.: 



 Completed Projects 

1. Funding Agency: Western Coalfields Limited, Title of work: Scientific study to measure the vibration due to the effect of blasting in nearby Piraya village of Gokul OCM, Umrer area, Project Duration: October 2018 to November 2018, Investigator: Dr. Kaushik Dey, Technical Support: Satyabrata Behera, Project No.: IIT/SRIC/MI/SNVG/2018-19/063.

2. Funding Agency: Western Coalfields Limited, Title of work: Scientific study to measure the vibration due to the effect of blasting in NMUG to OC Mine of Majri area., Project Duration: May 2019, Investigator: Dr. Kaushik Dey, Technical Support: Satyabrata Behera, Project No.: IIT/SRIC/MI/SNVG/2018-19/063.

3. Funding Agency: Bharat Aluminium Company Limited Title of work: The status of Five-year progressive mine closure activities of Chotia coal mines for the period between Fy 2015-2016 and fy 2019-2020, Project Duration: 2020 to 2021, Team of Consultants: Dr. Kaushik Dey, Satyabrata Behera, Project No.: IIT/SRIC/MI/MPRC/2019-2020/185.




1Awarded 1st place on October 3, 2023, in the hackathon organized by the Ministry of Coal and CMPDI on the topic 'technology to detect the effect of blasting on the propagation of cracks on structures'.

2. 36th National Convention on Quality Concepts (NCQC 2022). Theme: "Integrated Quality Concepts - the Gateway to Global Leadership." Team name: UDYAM, SAIL - BSL, Kiriburu Iron Ore Mine, Team Coordinator: Satyabrata Behera. Awarded: Excellent.

3. MHRD Scholarship 2016 for doctoral studies. 

4. MHRD Scholarship 2015 for M.Tech studies.


1. Mine Surveying      | (MN212)  L-T-P : 3-1-2 Credit: 13

2. Mine Disasters       | (MN473)  L-T-P : 3-0-0 Credit: 09



1. Mine Surveying

PhD Students

1. Mr. Gaurav Kumar 

Area of Research: Blast Induced Pollutions. 


 M.tech Students 




Internship Students

1. Mr. Shivam Barla (May 16, 2024 to July 12, 2024) 




Administrative Responsibilities

  • Member of Departmental Post Graduate Committee (DPGC), IIT BHU, Varanasi.
  • Warden of Visvesvaraya Hostel, IIT BHU, Varanasi from 03 June 2024.