Adrian Berghorst works at New Concept Mining in South Africa as Manager International Business Development. He has been with New Concept Mining for four years, with experience in Research and Development of innovative support products for underground mines around the world. He graduated with a BSc Mechanical Engineering degree.
Mining Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences (Ural branch)
I graduated Perm State University with the degree of Master in Applied Mathematics and Informatics in 2009. Since 2009 I’ve been engaged in research activities in Mining Institute of the Ural Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences as a research assistant.
Now I’m also a senior lecturer in Perm State University and hold classes on database management and analytics.
My experience includes projects of technological process simulation and optimization in underground mines (extraction, transportation, ventilation) with leading mining companies in Russia and former Soviet Union countries. In particular, I’ve taken part in the development of a simulation software tool for mine ventilation ‘AeroSet’ and implementation of automatic ventilation systems for mines.
The area of my research interests is mine data analytics, automatic control systems, specific software development.
As far as the institute is closely working with Aerosfera Ltd, a manufacturer of mine ventilation equipment and control systems, I’ve become a head of Aerosfera’s international business department this year. My aim is to introduce our scientific developments implemented in soft and hardware on the international market.
Now I’m working on the thesis in support of candidature of a technical degree (which is analog for Ph.D.), the topic for which is dynamic ventilation control in underground mines.
André van Wageningen is currently the Manager of Technology and Development at Europe’s largest gold mine, the Kittilä Mine. He has 15 years of international experience living and working in Canada, Sweden and now Finland. Throughout his career he has had a focus on technology and a keen interest for optimization. Currently he is also actively involved in several EU sponsored mining research projects. André has an MSc in Mining Engineering from Delft University of Technology and an MBA from Edinburgh Business School.
In Kittilä he has been involved in projects such as Ventilation On Demand, Heat Recovery, Automation, Software implementations and larger infrastructure projects. He has good eye for the bigger picture, but still strives to keep things simple and doesn’t take no for an answer.
When not working he can be found enjoying the outdoor activities Lapland has to offer.
M.SC in Mining Engineering from University of Luleå, Northern Sweden 1976. Worked with Boliden since 1981 with Room & Pillar, Cut &Fill mines and Open pits in Sweden, Canada, Spain, Ireland and Saudi. Project manager for mine design and mine production systems for several expansion steps of Boliden’s Aitik mine and underground feasibility projects. Project manager for mine production control and automation systems since early 2000. Implementation of Boliden’s mine operation control in Garpenberg early 2000 continued with autonomous LHD’s during mid2000. Currently assistant program manager for Boliden’s Mine Automation program focusing on optimised production scheduling and machine automation.
Claude Schimper has over 30 years of gold mining industry experience. He joined Kinross Gold Corporation as Vice President & General Manager, Kupol Gold Mine, in April 2010, and assumed the position of the company’s Regional Vice President for the Russian region in July 2014. Before Kinross, Claude was COO of Balkan Resources Inc., and had earlier worked at Placer Dome, Canada, and several South African mines including AngloGold Ashanti’s Mponeng gold mine.
Claude received a South African National Higher Diploma in Metalliferous Mining at the Technikon Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa).
Dr. Alp Malazgirt is the YilMaden Holding CEO, Metals and Mining division of the parent Yildirim Group of Companies, www.yildirimgroup.com, based in Istanbul, Turkey, a rising star amongst the Turkish industrial conglomerates. Active in more than 11 sectors Yildirim Group is fast becoming a global company with its holdings and assets spanning over some 20+countries.
Dr. Malazgirt’s tenure at Yildirim coincided with the expansion of its metals and mining business in two countries, Turkey (EtiKrom) and Sweden (Vargon Alloys) to six countries: Voskhod Oriel chrome mining operations in Kazakhstan, Tikhvin Ferroalloy Plant in Russia, Bear Metallurgical Company in Butler, USA, and the recently acquired Best Coal Company in Colombia. YilMaden Holding is now the world’s second largest high quality high carbon ferrochrome producer in the world. YilKrom, another YilMaden company owns both exploration and production licenses in Turkey which are currently being explored. Dr. Malazgirt has played a key role in the post-merger integration of these cross border acquisitions and has been instrumental in the transformational changes undertaken in these otherwise poorly performing or even bankrupt companies.
Dr. Malazgirt as the YilMaden Holding CEO initiated many innovative projects including the recycling of “legacy” tailings both at the EtiKrom and Voskhod operations, extensive exploration projects on the concessions and licenses owned by YilMaden, and many corporate social responsibility projects which have received numerous accolades and awards from organizations such as the EBRD, EMEAFinance, ICDA, and CIS National Business Rating Agency. He focused on training and educating the local talent to fully staff the operations and providing equality of opportunity to the local community members. All in all, he stressed the importance of being a good corporate citizen of the community and earn the “social license to operate”.
Prior to joining Yildirim Holding and relocating to Istanbul, Turkey, Dr. Alp Malazgirt lived in Korea where he was an Associate Dean and Associate Professor of business management and worked as a consultant on many high tech projects related to metals and mining. Perhaps most importantly, he was instrumental in the development and commercialization of a few mineral processing projects including extraction of lithium from seawater, which later the technology rights were sold to POSCO, and underwater manganese nodule leaching.
Prior to his tenure in the Far East, he was in the USA and had a distinguished career in the Silicon Valley with two silicon chip manufacturing companies. His last position was the Vice President of Global Operations. After his 18 years in the high tech field, he started a solar photovoltaic panel company and later was the founding member of two service company ventures which are still going strong in California. He has more than 25 years of commercial experience working in the high-tech and management fields and is the recipient of many awards.
Dr. Malazgirt has a BS degree in metallurgical engineering from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, and an MS from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and a Ph. D. in Materials Science and Engineering with a minor in chemical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, California, USA. He is the recipient of three patents and has published in excess of 20 technical articles and made more than 50 presentations at international venues.
Dr. Malazgirt can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Agah Meric Sevim is the EIPA Group CTO and Technical Consultant of EIPA Consult GmbH, a subsidiary of EIPA Eisen Palmen GmbH, located in Aachen, Germany – a company with more than 115 years of corporate history. Dr. Sevim is active in the field of wear protection in several industries all over the world, e.g., mining, cement, energy, wood processing, etc. Within the EIPA Group he is responsible for choice and development of surfacing materials and development of its applications. Moreover, for implementation of new processes and developments of application methods of existing processes, in order to meet the main target of increasing lifetime for heavy machinery due to wear exposure. The wear solutions are mainly processed by welding/ hardfacing/ cladding and thermal spraying. His main focus is in consultancy both of the own group and third parties. Beside this he is actively working in customer service for EIPA Consult and its related Group companies.
Part of his work is also the attendance and active support of the German Welding Society (DVS). He is part of three different technical committees FA01, FA02 and FA03 and is elaborating DVS codes of practice and guidelines which are constantly adapting these sets of rules to the state of the art.
Prior his career at the EIPA Group he was working as Technical Director at one of the largest Flux cored wire producers in Europe in the field of hardfacing. His focus for several years was the design and production of flux cored wires for hardfacing, including production and development of flux cored wire lines. He has developed many hundreds of welding wires that are used worldwide to fight against wear.
Dr. Sevim has a Dipl.-Ing. degree in Civil Engineering, RWTH Aachen University, and a Dr.-Ing. degree in Mechanical Engineering, RWTH Aachen University, Welding and Joining Institute. Beside this he is International and European Welding Engineer since 2003 and actively working in that field. Dr. Sevim can be reached via email at email@example.com.
Following her PhD in English and additional studies in law and business administration, Mrs Hebestreit worked for 8 years for the European Aluminium Association for communication, EHS and marketing. Then she became the EHS manager for Eurometaux (non-ferrous metals) and in 1997 she took over Euromines as the director of the organisation, which she is till today.
In 2000 she also became the Secretary General of the European Carbon and Graphite Association which she has been heading since.
Since 2001 she also became Secretary General of the International Barytes Association.
Since summer 2012 she also holds the elected position of the President of the European Technology Platform on Sustainable Mineral Resources.
Dr. Ormala graduated in 1974 and received his PhD in 1986 from the Helsinki University of Technology. He was a Senior Research Engineer at the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) 1974-1987. 1987-1999 he was the Secretary of the Science and Technology Policy Council of Finland. 1999-2013 he worked at Nokia as a VP, Business Environement. He was in charge of developing favourable business environment for Nokia globally. He has more than 60 scientific publications. In 1992 he led an international evaluation of the economic and social impacts of the Eureka Scheme. 1996-1999 he chaired the OECD Workin Group of Technology and Innovation Policy. In 2004 he chaired the Five-Year-Assessment of the EU Research Framework Programme covering 1999-2003. He was 2008-2012 the President of Digitaleurope. 2008-2010 he was a member of the Board of Helsinki Univerisity of Technology and a member of the Board of University of Oulu 2010-2014. In 2013 he joined Aalto Univeristy Business School as a Professor of Innovation Management.
Dr. Mauricio Zapateiro is an Electronic Engineer from Universidad del Norte (Barranquilla, Colombia, 2005) and Ph.D. in Information Technologies from Universitat de Girona (Girona, Spain, 2009). As an expert in control and automation technologies, he has developed his work in different countries. He has had the opportunity to cooperate with the Washington University in St. Louis, (St. Louis, United States), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Urbana, United States) and the University of Agder (Grimstad, Norway) in topics related to the suppression of vibration in civil engineering structures by means of automatic damping systems. He obtained a three-year post-doctoral appointment at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain) where he explored the vibration problem in smart structures and automatic damping solutions. He was also a researcher at Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná (Paraná, Brazil) where he had the opportunity to work on the control of nonlinear systems applied to vibration mitigation and applications of chaotic systems to secure communication systems. His experience in the control of systems in different areas led him to his current job at EDMA Innova (Girona, Spain) where he is an R&D Control and Automation Engineer. There he is enrolled in the European Union-funded project Optimore where he is charge of the development of control systems for the comminution and separation processes of tungsten and tantalum minerals.
Eero Yrjö-Koskinen is the Secretary General of the Finnish Network for Sustainable Mining, a platform for cooperation between the mining industry and its key stakeholders. During the past few years, the network has produced new sustainability standards for mining and exploration, as well as a toolbox for local actions, which provides practical information on how to consult and involve landowners, civil society organisations and other stakeholders before starting operations in the field. The preparatory work has now been finalised and the mining companies are currently in the process of implementing the new instruments in practice. All the documents have been translated into English, and they are freely available from the following address: www.kaivosvastuu.fi/in-english/.
Eero has previously worked as the Executive Director of the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation, the largest environmental NGO in Finland. In addition, he worked for over ten years at the European Parliament in Brussels and the United Nations in Bolivia. He holds a Masters degree from Social Sciences. He is married and has two adult children.
B.Sc in mining tech from University of Luleå in northern Sweden 2009. Started to work in Boliden’s open pit copper mine Aitik 2009. Initially with short term production planning and project management. From 2013 as supervisor for production drilling. Manager mine planning since March 2016.
My focus the last year have been to standardize planning procedures in Aitik and to establish an integrated plan for production and maintenance.
Right now managing the implementation of new software’s in the mine planning process.
Erkki Kuronen works currently as the Chief Geologist at Sotkamo Silver Oy. Company’s most advanced project is the Silver Mine -project in Sotkamo, additionally it develops silver, gold and zinc deposits in the Nordic region.
Erkki has more than 20 years’ experience in exploration, resource modelling, project development, mine production and management. He believes and strives for change in the transformation of the industry. Before joining Sotkamo Silver in late 2016, he worked as a Group Geology and Mining Manager at Mondo Minerals.
Over the past 15 years, Greg has been leading high profile complex integrated IT Infrastructure projects covering Banking, Insurance, Transportation, Energy and Mining. In his most recent engagement at DeBeers Canada, Greg was responsible for the end to end project management and delivery of all technical systems at the newly commissioned Gahcho Kué diamond mine in the Canadian Northwest Territories. Describing himself best as a “technology diplomat” with a background in computer engineering at UofT and an MBA from Queen’s University, Greg’s specialty is in bridging the gap between IT and various other lines of business to drive innovation at every stage of the project lifecycle from developing the necessary business case to kick-starting projects through to implementation and support.
Harry Sandström has MSc degree in chemistry and geology from University of Helsinki 1979 and 1984 and respectively. He has been working in Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) in different directorial positions from 1977 till 2006 and was member of management team. He was in charge to outsource laboratory services from GTK to company called Labtium Oy and was the CEO of the company and its subsidiary Laponia Laboratories AB from 2006 till 2011. After that he has been working as a senior consultant in Spinverse Innovation Ltd till 2016 being eg. in charge of over 100 m€ Finnish Green Mining Programme, compiling the offering of Finnish mining technology and coordinating Finnish-Russian arctic mining cooperation. From 2015 till 2016 he consulted as a business development manager EIT RawMaterial GmbH. In summer 2016 he came back to GTK being programme director of MINING FINLAND programme aiming to promote foreign investments to Finnish mining industry and to facilitate export and international networking of Finnish mining technology companies.
Senior Research Scientist, Solutions for Natural Resources and Environment
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.
HELENA WESSMAN-JÄÄSKELÄINEN works as Senior Scientist in Solutions for Natural Resources and Environment at VTT. Her previous position was at KCL (Finnish Pulp and Paper Research Institute) as Research Scientist and Research Coordinator for Sustainability. Helena has a long expertise in developing sustainability indicators for forest and mining industry and building sustainability networks between industry and its stakeholders. The recent focus has been environmental impacts of water use. During her working history, Helena has coordinated several national and international research projects. She has been the Finnish liaison member in ISO 14046 Water Footprint – Requirements, Principles and Guidelines and the expert member in EU European Innovative Partnership in Raw Materials and in Environmental Group of CEPI.
Task leader since 2015 in H2020 MobileFlip where aim is to evaluate sustainability for mobile and flexible industrial processing for biomass.
Project coordinator in Finnish Tekes Green Mining project ‘Sustainable Acceptable Mining’ ( 2013-2016), a multi-level sustainability project to define sustainability indicators that takes account social, environmental and economic aspects along the mine value chain.
Project coordinator in Finnish Bio-Cluster (FIBIC) project EffFibre Environmental indicators for forest industry (2010-2013), developing sustainability indicators for Finnish forest industry and fibre based products.
Finnish liaison member in ISO 14046 Water Footprint – Requirements, Principles and Guidelines (2009-2014) and ISO 14073 TR 14073 Illustrative examples on how to apply ISO 14046 (2014-2015).
Workpackage leader in EU FP6 EFORWOOD Industrial systems (2005-2010).
Expert member in EIP (European Innovative Partnership) of Raw Materials, OG3. Preparing a H2020 proposal for Sustainable Mining in European level since 2012.
Expert member in the Environmental Group of CEPI (Confederation of European Paper Industries).
Northey,S., Mudd,G., Saarivuori, E., Wessman-Jääskeläinen, H., Haque, N. (2016). Water footprinting and mining: Where are the limitations and opportunities? Journal of Cleaner Production 135 (2016) 1098-1116.
Wessberg, N., Wessman-Jääskeläinen, H., Kohl, J. (2016). What the Finnish mining industry could learn from the Australian mining industry. VTT Reports 264
Wessman-Jääskeläinen, H. (2014): A socially and environmentally friendly future. Blazes of brilliance, International Innovation, issue 167, December 2014
Wessman, H., Salmi, O., Kohl, J., Kinnunen, P, Saarivuori, E., Mroueh U-M. (2014). Water and society: Mutual challenges for eco-efficient and socially acceptable mining in Finland. Research paper for Journal of Cleaner Production / Special volume for Mining, 2014
Wessman et al: Development of Water Footprint as an environmental indicator -challenges from company perspective, 2012. Extended abstracts, 15th EMAN Conference Helsinki Sept. 2012
Wessman Helena: Factors contributing to improved environmental performance in the Finnish kraft pulping industry. Tappi International Journal, Vol 6:9, 2007.
Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) is the official expert authority on air quality in Finland. FMI provides impartial research and services with expertise covering a wide range of air quality activities including research, testing and development of air quality measuring methods and equipment, emission inventories, dispersion models and the chemical analyses of air quality. FMI develop its services and research methods continuously and with definite aim to improve and provide knowledge on air quality and services are used by Finnish and international authorities, public sector institutions, municipalities, towns, energy producers and industry as well as leading energy and environmental consultancies.
Mining is producing different size of particles. Particles itself causing negative impact to health and environment. In addition, mining based particles includes usually metal or heavy metal compounds which increase negative impacts. By air quality measurement source of particles can be identified and further action plan for decreasing number of particles can be done.
Ms. Jenni Latikka is head of Air Quality and Energy group at the FMI. Her group is responsible on air quality services providing e.g. air quality measurements and laboratory services for mining, emission inventories and dispersion modelling. Personally she is meteorologist and responsible on producing meteorological information for modelling and measurement analysis, and dispersion modelling.
Born and raised in a mining family with a MSc in process metallurgy, Jon is currently leading the Scania Site Optimisation Project, a newly launched service framework to optimise production flow through implementation of lean principles.
With over 10 years of experience in the industry, Jon has been responsible for many projects ranging from metallurgy, mining, and energy. Dubbed as a subject matter expert within Scania, Jon’s specialty is in streamlining and optimising process flow in order to achieve higher productivity and eliminate waste.
Jonna Kalermo-Poranen (M.Sc. (Econ./Information systems)) has been working with virtual environments and simulations since 2010. The topics have included R&D for driving simulation, virtual environments for training and exercise testing (sports), game testing processes, serious gaming and recently, virtual reality for mining education and training. She is working as a project manager at Kajaani University of Applied Sciences. One of her tasks is to innovate new projects that take advantage of applying game technologies and virtual reality for mining industry.
Network Coordinator and Research scientist at Geological Survey of Finland
Kaisa Turunen has a MSc degree in geology from the University of Helsinki. She is working as a network coordinator and research scientist in the Industrial Environments and Recycling unit (TUK) of Geological Survey of Finland. Her main task is to coordinate the Finnish Mine Water Excellence Network and her research focuses especially on mine water. Studies related to mine and industrial environments and resource efficiency at GTK aim at solving challenges related to environmental protection and the social license in sustainable resource use. The aims are to create new innovations and customer-oriented applications for mine and industrial environments (sites), mine and process waters, and recycling of wastes and by-products.
Kari Tuomala has 29 years of working experience in power engineering and industrial management. He is one of the founders and CEO of Merus Power located in Nokia, Finland. Before founding Merus Power in 2008 Kari was eight years a CEO of Nokian Capacitors a company famous for its capacitors, SVC’ and Series Compensation systems for transmission utilities. He has made his earlier industrial career in international projects and operations in Wartsila inc. were he held engineering and management positions in Finland, Singapore, Hong Kong and Netherlands. Kari holds a M.Sc in Engineering from University of Technology, Helsinki, Finland.
Kari Vyhtinen (M. Sc. in Mineral Processing and Executive MBA) joined Nordkalk in January 2014 and as a COO is responsible of the production function within Nordkalk. Prior to joining Nordkalk Kari was the Chief Mining Officer of Talvivaara Mining Company. Kari started his career working at Outokumpu’s nickel mines in Western Australia and later with the technology supplier Outotec.
M. SC in Mining engineering from University in Trondheim 1992. Worked as Coalminer at Spitzbergen 1986-1987, and as mine engineer in Dolomite and marble mine in Norway from 1993 – 1995. From 1995 to 2008 with Aggregates production as Plant manager , and plant developer in Heidelberger cement companies in Norway. Mine manager at Tellenes Ilmenite mine ( open pit ) at Titania AS since 2008.
Lasse Kaiponen, M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering is a Oulu university graduate with half a decade of experience with online environmental solutions and measurement technology. Currently Lasse is leading EHP’s sales team in Finland. As a nature fan his interest towards environmentally friendly technology solutions for mines is genuine. #dam safety #online environmental monitoring #water balance monitoring
Nathan Flesher is the Vice President for MineLens and is located in the Silicon Valley office.
Nathan joined McKinsey in 2006, after completing a PhD in mechanical engineering and has served a variety of mining clients globally.
Experience at open pit and underground mines worldwide including operations, maintenance, capital, and continuous improvement
Focus on development of analytical tools to support implementation of transformation programs
Large scale operations transformation
Analytics and digital operations
Relevant work experience at McKinsey
Improve mine maintenance facility productivity, including technical system improvements and customized supervisor coaching
Diagnose and implement a lean mining operations strategy including underground, surface, and maintenance operations across multiple sites while building client internal CI capability
Develop and implement cost improvement programs including labor productivity, purchasing, outside services, process chemicals, and a mine portfolio optimization
Evaluate the market for heavy mining equipment and develop a supplier negotiation strategy
Perform due diligence for a proposed regional mining joint venture
Develop a global mining asset acquisition strategy and evaluation of target assets
Previous work experience
Research in test, design, structural health monitoring, and modeling of materials for structural applications, failure analysis, and energy absorption
Risk management consultant for an international insurance program focused on operational and mechanical risk evaluation and mitigation
Mine site infrastructure construction of preparation plants, belt lines, pump houses, and material handling systems
Dr. Flesher graduated from Stanford University with a Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering in 2005. Prior to attending Stanford he received, in 2001, a M.S. degree in Applied Mechanics as well as a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia
Oleg Maksimov joined Nordgold at the beginning of 2012. Previously, he worked as a consultant and project manager at various international strategy consulting companies – Booz Allen Hamilton and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants with a focus on operational topics in the steel and mining industries.
At Nordgold, Oleg is responsible for the implementation of Business System Programmes, efficiency improvement, and cost reduction initiatives.
Olli Riekkinen is the CEO and founding partner of Millisecond Digital, a Finland based spin off company from Nokia and Microsoft mobile, established by 5 colleagues all having 10+ years of experience in big data, analytics and complex data integration projects of global scale. Olli and the team are passionate about providing new innovative solutions and agile data integration services helping mining operators to increase their daily operation efficiency drastically by making their vehicles and legacy machinery of any brand connected and social. Learn more about Millisecond CAN#VAS for mining vehicle analytics suite @ www.millisecond.fi
Pekka Tanskanen, M.Sc. (Geol.), graduated from University of Oulu, Department of Geology in 1993. Previously he has worked as an ore exploration geologist at Geological Survey of Finland. Since 1998 he started working as a researcher and a research manager in the Laboratory of Process Metallurgy, University of Oulu. Starting from 2008 he has also had University Teacher position. He has a broad experience in industrial processes and materials, especially in high temperature processing of materials. He has worked as a researcher and research manager in several tens of industrially related research projects concerning development of different parts of metallurgical, mining, and chemicals industry processes. He has participated in the development of Keliber’s processes already since 2001. Tanskanen has also worked as a research consultant for small mining companies since 2012
Pernilla Lirell, Section Manager Mining Engineering Production and Planning Technology. Also managing one part of Boliden Mine Automation Program, Production Control.
M.Sc in Production technology from Luleå University of technology. Then working in Manufacturing industry for 8 years before entering the mining industry.
Starting at Boliden as an Operations Developer Pernilla has a focus on Lean and TOC concepts to drive the organization and production towards continuous and consisting improvements.
Boliden Mine Automation Program is focused on driving new technologies into our mines and sharing the experience in the mining industry. With the Mine Automation program Boliden get a long term commitment to improve the productivity and safety in our mines.
Perry Zalevsky is the Industry Principal for Mining & Metals for OSIsoft, LLC, a leader in operational intelligence and infrastructure software. Perry previously worked at Alcoa and PPG Industries and at several supply chain software companies. Perry was also the Industry Principal for Mill Products and Mining at SAP. He has worked with many mining and metals companies world-wide and has traveled internationally as a consultant. Perry holds a BS degree in Applied Mathematics and an MS degree in Operations Research, both from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
Pertti Lamberg (PhD, geology) CEO of Keliber Oy, Finnish company targeting to be producer of high quality lithium carbonate in near future. Pertti has more than 20 years’ experience in mining industry and academia. He has held several positions in Outokumpu and Outotec the last one being Director at Outotec Oyj (Plant Products). 2011-2016 Pertti worked as a Professor in Geometallurgy in Luleå University of Technology. Pertti has wide technical expertise from exploration, resource characterization, geometallurgy and process design.
Stephen is a stakeholder-focused, research leader who enjoys connecting high level research capability to address critically important global sustainability challenges, but which have local, operational impact. Particular areas of focus are mineral exploration under deep cover, deep mining, complex processing, unconventional hydrocarbon resources, and aspects of energy technology.
Stephen’s main roles, as the Executive Director of the Institute for Mineral & Energy Resources, are to build inter-disciplinary project teams, make strategic investments into capability, and to engage with industry and government stakeholders. Stephen is a Metallurgical Engineer by training with about 30 years of postgraduate experience and he has worked in the minerals industry for Mount Isa Mines.
Raul Mollehuara Canales (RMC). RMC holds Chemical Engineering and Master in Water Resources Management – Hydrogeology degrees. RMC has been working in the mining sector (private, public and consultancy) for many years in Peru and Australia and has built in-deep technical expertise in operations and projects associated with mine water, mine waste and mine closure. RMC’s areas of interest has linkages with research opportunities, innovation and technological development in mine waste management and mine rehabilitation.
RMC is a technical consultant in mine water, mine waste and mine closure solutions at WatEn-ST. Currently investigating advanced techniques for the characterization of tailings storage facilities at Oulu Mining School in the University of Oulu as part of his Doctoral research.
M.Sc in energy- and environmental engineering of Karlstad University, Sweden. Started working at Zinkgruvan – Lunding Mining in december 2016 as project manager and energy coordinator, with previous working experience from New Zeeland and Sweden in biogas, water purification and fluegas condensation systems.
My work at Zinkgruvan mainly involves managing projects related to energy improvement.
I was first introduced to mining industry in 2004 when, as a M.Sc. student, I had the opportunity to visit the apatite mine of Kemira GrowHow Oyj in Siilinjärvi, Eastern Finland. Environmental chemistry and geology were the areas of my interests throughout my M.Sc. studies, which eventually led to a master’s thesis dealing with phosphorus sorption by phlogopite-rich tailings from the Siilinjärvi mine.
The investigations carried out with phosphorus inspired me to continue working with the tailings as a Ph.D. student. I was granted a Ph.D. degree in 2013 with my doctoral dissertation handling the utilisation of the mine tailinings from Siilinjärvi as a remediation agent for lead-contaminated shooting range soils and as a sorbent of phosphorus in wastewater treatment.
I am nowadays working as a post-doctoral researcher in the University of Helsinki. I am particularly interested in the utilisation of by-products from mining and other industries in environmental applications and in finding novel and sustainable solutions to the management of industrial wastes.
Tomi Korhonen joined to Sleipner Finland at 2014 as a Managing Director. His main responsible is to expand the global footstep of Sleipner products. Previously he have worked around different industries in technology site. He have work mainly with Industrial Management as well on Sales Management. Main areas globally have been over all the Europe as well African countries, China, Australia and Brazil. Tomi have Logistics engineer background with main focus of Industrial Management. Currently he is finalizing his Executive MBA studies what he is doing together with his work. The main interest in his career have been focus of operational excellence as well focus of functional losses. That is also the area where Sleipner can help their customers.
M.Sc.(tech) Tommi Kauppinen is an expert in applied mathematics and he has been working on linear programming methods concerning the exploration phase of mining for his doctoral dissertation (will be accepted before autumn 2017). He has studied extensively the laser-based online measurements for rock drillcores, but also methods to promote sustainability in exploration. In addition, his interests include the use of virtual reality in exploration, and developing countries’ possibilities to enhance sustainability of mining operations, e.g. by urban mining
Dr. Topias Siren has worked as a rock engineering and rock mechanics consultant since 2008. His projects have included the rock mechanically the most demanding projects in Finland. Between 2011 and 2015 he was in charge of rock mechanics research for the Finnish underground repository for spent nuclear fuel. Major part of the work was conducting an in situ experiment at the depth of -345 m to determine the rock strength and the development of new rock characterization techniques. At that time a new rock stress measurement technique based on shallow overcoring from tunnel surface was developed. He was in charge of a project that evaluated that the new technology produced reliable rock stress measurement results. Since then he has been involved in rock stress measurements with the new technique in deep mines up to -1400 m. His dissertation thesis demonstrated that in high stress conditions deep underground a stress-induced excavation damage zone (EDZSI) exists and that structural features control the rock mass strength at the nuclear waste disposal site in Olkiluoto. He is the Chairman of the Board of Stress Measurement Company and Rock Mechanics Consulting Finland providing expert services to Mining companies and SNF management organizations, and has a post as post-doctoral researcher at Aalto University. His research topics include Time-dependent and Mechanical behaviour of brittle Crystalline rocks; Underground Thermal energy storages; and On-line Risk Management in Deep Mines.
Project researcher, Ph.D, Department of Applied Physics,
University of Eastern Finland
Tuomo Nissinen is a post-doctoral researcher working in the Department of Applied Physics of University of Eastern Finland in Kuopio campus. He graduated as a M.Sc. in 2012 and as a Ph.D. in 2016 from the same department. During his M.Sc. and Ph.D. studies, he investigated utilization of porous nanomaterials in biomedical applications, especially in targeted cancer treatment. Currently, he is working with using similar porous nanomaterials to remove and extract heavy metals from waste waters and leachates.
Tuomo Nissinen is also developing a new method for on-site, real-time heavy metal analyses of water samples. He is running a Tekes funded technology project and is the leader of the team 3A Water in the Helsinki Challenge, a science based idea competition. Both projects are aiming to develop and commercialize the heavy metal analyzing technology.
He has published 8 peer reviewed papers in scientific journals, worked in several Tekes and Academy of Finland funded projects involving private companies. He has also obtained several personal grands from foundations.