Michael Dello-Iacovo, PhD Candidate


Michael Dello-Iacovo

Michael Dello-Iacovo is a PhD student in the School of Mining Engineering at UNSW Australia. He received BSc (2014) in Geology, Geophysics and Spatial Information from the University of Adelaide. Michael is currently associated with Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research (ACSER). He was awarded the Newmont Prize in Geophysics in 2014 for the best undergraduate geophysics thesis.

Research Profile 

Michael's current academic research is focused on developing methods to understand the internal structure, composition and geomechanics of asteroids, comets and other planetary bodies for the purposes resource exploration, mining and asteroid deflection. Primarily, seismic techniques are examined, with a focus on re-purposing terrestrial techniques for use in an off-Earth environment. He also explores the many ethical and societal implications associated with space research. 



A/Prof Serkan Saydam
School of Mining Engineering
Research Affiliate, Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research



Conference papers:

Dello-Iacovo, M., Anderson, R.C. & Saydam, S. 2017, A novel method of measuring seismic velocity in off-Earth conditions: Implications for future research, 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (The Woodlands, Texas).

Online articles:

Dello-Iacovo, M., On terraforming, wild-animal suffering and the far future, Sentience Politics Essay Prize 2016, https://sentience-politics.org/files/Dello-Iacovo-On-terraforming-wild-a....

Dello-Iacovo, M., Extinction alert: saving the world from a deadly asteroid impact, The Conversation, 6 September 2016, https://theconversation.com/extinction-alert-saving-the-world-from-a-dea....




Michael Dello-Iacovo 
Postgraduate Research Student
School of Mining Engineering
Australian Center for Space Engineering Research
School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications
Kensington Campus, Building G17 
UNSW Australia
E: m.dello-iacovo@student.unsw.edu.au
W: www.michaeldello.com