Project Management

The project is managed by by Prof. Merete Tangstad of NTNU who is supported by a committee consisting of Dr Eli Ringdalen from SINTEF, Dr Joalet Steenkamp from MINTEK, and Prof Paul Beukes from North-West University.

Merete Tangstad at NTNU – photographer: Ole Morten Melgård

Prof. Merete Tangstad has previously worked in the metal production industry for 14 years with operations, but mainly with research. Since 2004 she has been a professor at the NTNU working in the same areas. She has more than 80 publications within the topic, and has been co-author in 4 books. She is, or has been, supervising 15 PhD students within metal producing technology. She has also been a co-author of the books “Production of manganese ferroalloys” (Tapir 2006), Handbook of the production of ferroalloys (Ferromanganese and Silicon/Ferrosilicon chapter) and author and editor of Metal production in Norway.

Merete’s research outputs are available at NTNU and at researchgate.

Dr. Eli Ringdalen took her MSc in ore geology and her PhD in metallurgy. She has been working for 25 years in mining and metallurgical industry in different companies and her industrial experience includes production of Ferrochromium, of Manganese alloys and of Silicon and Ferrosilicon. She is now Senior Research Scientist at Sintef where she has been working since 2007. She has 25 publications in peer reviewed journals, and a broad expertise in management of industrial and research projects of various scales.

Eli’s research outputs are available on researchgate.

Joalet Steenkamp at MINTEK

Dr. Joalet Steenkamp has 12 years’ experience in industry – operations, projects and research environments (steelmaking, ilmenite roasting and smelting, and manganese ferroalloy production) – and 3 years’ experience in academia where she taught courses in pyrometallurgy on both undergraduate and post-graduate level. She joined MINTEK in December 2014 after completing her PhD studies. Her main research interests are production of manganese ferroalloys and furnace tapping.

Joalet’s research outputs are available at MINTEK and on researchgate.

Prof. J.P. Beukes worked in the research and development industry (Mintek) for 2.5 years, before joining Xstrata Alloys (then the largest FeCr producing company in the world) where he held various senior positions, e.g. production manager and operations manager. He was co-responsible for the fundamental design of Lion Ferrochrome (Steelpoort, South Africa), at that stage the world’s largest single phase FeCr expansion. In late 2007 he joined the North-West University and started the Chromium Technology group. He has co-authored 53 publication in ISI accredited peer reviewed journals (excluding peer reviewed conference proceedings), 3 book chapter and 2 patents. He has also supervised/co-supervised 6 PhD and 18 MSc studies that have been completed since 2008, and is currently supervisor/co-supervisor of another 15 post graduate studies that are in process.

Paul’s research outputs are available on researchgate.

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