Dr Joalet Steenkamp, Chief Engineer in Pyrometallurgy has been appointed a representative for the Professional Development Committee (PDC) of the Extraction & Processing Division Council (EPD) effective 30 March 2021 for a two-year term.
The EPD is one of five Technical Division of the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) in the USA and is home to those TMS members whose work is related to the extraction and processing of minerals and metals.
The EPD Council’s role is to govern the activities of the division and receives input from assigned society functional committees and TMS staff members.
In her role as PDC representative, Dr Steenkamp will provide strategic leadership for professional development program activities that address the needs of professionals working on the extraction and processing of minerals and metals specifically.
The PDC’s responsibilities encompass both technical and non-technical professional development programs as well as certifications through a variety of delivery formats, including in-person courses, webinars and one-on-one mentoring activities.
Commenting on her achievement, Steenkamp said, “I am honoured to have accepted this nomination which will allow me to serve the international community by doing something I am passionate about, namely the development of people in (pyro) metallurgy. I do believe that related opportunities offered to me by Mintek and the University of the Witwatersrand in the past few years, contributed to my nomination – something I am extremely grateful for. What I appreciate about serving on the Industrial Advisory and Pyrometallurgy Committees at TMS in the past is how much the inputs of volunteers are valued and how easy it is to get ideas implemented.”
The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) is a professional association that connects minerals, metals, and materials scientists and engineers who work in industry, academia, and government positions around the world. TMS currently supports nearly 14,000 professional and student members on six continents. The TMS Annual Meeting and Exhibition is typically attended by around 5000 delegates from all over the world which supports its slogan ‘The world comes here.
“The TMS Annual Meeting and Exhibition is a great opportunity to rub shoulders with the best in metallurgy from all over the world. This year, due to COVID-related travel restrictions imposed by many countries, the 150th meeting was hosted online for the first time. It still was a great experience but I prefer attending in person,” Steenkamp said.