Originally published by TMS – March 2017.
Congratulations to Joalet Steenkamp of Mintek, South Africa, and her coauthors, Derek Hayman and Jacobus Sutherland, for winning the TMS Best Pyrometallurgy Paper Award for 2017, to be awarded in San Diego next week.
Says Joalet: “I fell in love with pyrometallurgy at the tender age of 17, when I witnessed for the first time a furnace being tapped. At the tapfloor of the COREX at ISCOR Pretoria Works, there was something magical in the combination of light, energy, and danger that simultaneously stirred my primal instincts to ‘run for your life’ and ‘go closer and have a look’. I stayed, looked, and now at the age of 43, the TMS EPD award validated this special bond I have with furnaces being tapped. I am deeply thankful.”