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MEI Online: People News: Africa: September 12th 2002


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:: New Head of the Department for Metallurgical Engineering at Tuks

Professor Chris Pistorius has been appointed the new Head of the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering at the University of Pretoria. He succeeds Prof. Roelf Sandenbergh who has been appointed Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology at UP.

Prof. Pistorius obtained his B.Eng. and M.Eng. degrees in 1987 and 1988 respectively, from the University of Pretoria and proceeded to complete his Ph.D. in 1991 at the University of Cambridge. He joined the department in October 1991 as associate professor and has been professor since January 1997.

Currently, Professor Pistorius is supervising or co-supervising the activities of seven part-time and four full-time postgraduate students. Twenty graduate students have thus far successfully completed their studies under his supervision or co-supervision.

Prof. Pistorius is registered as a professional engineer with ECSA, and active as consultant through the Firm REOUP (owned by UP). He is rated as a -B'-grade (internationally recognized) researcher by the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa. His current research interests in pyrometallurgy include chlorination oftitania slags, mould flux behaviour, fundamentals oftitania slags, reduction kinetics and process modelling as the basis of control, and in corrosion protection by paint, and electrochemistry.

Prof. Pistorius is a member of various professional societies such as the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Academy of Science of South Africa, and the Corrosion Institute of Southern Africa (of which he is the vice-president). He is the author or co-author of 34 papers in refereed journals, and presenter at numerous conferences.

The Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering is the only one of its kind in South Africa, offering integrated undergraduate and graduate programmes which span the full spectrum of metallurgy, including minerals processing, hydrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy, physical metallurgy, and corrosion. Prof. Pistorius says the vision for the department is to gather and maintain a team of skilled acadamic staff, who can develop our graduates, and can lead industrially relevant research projects that span this metallurgical spectrum.




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