Professor Yves Potvin is the Director of the Australian Centre for Geomechanics at UWA.

He has over 30 years experience in rock mechanics and mine design and has previously held managerial positions at Mount Isa Mines, the Noranda Technology Centre and worked as a mining engineer at Noranda Mines, Gaspe Division.

Yves' research at the Centre in the late 1990s and the ensuing training courses the centre developed and ran had already contributed to the mining industry's achievement of a 75 per cent reduction in rockfall injuries.

Subsequently, Yves developed the High Energy Absorbing (HEA) mesh, which  won him the 'Inventor of the Year'Award' in 2008 for its capacity to greatly reduce  the  safety risks in underground mines.