2017 Advisory Board

  • Marcelo Andrade

    Raw Material and Ironmaking Manager ArcelorMittal

    Marcelo Andrade was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro Brazil.

    He attended to Rio de Janeiro Federal University  where he graduated in Chemical Engineering in 1992 in sequence he did a Master Degree in Industrial Engineering in the same university. 

    Marcelo joint Tubarao Works (steel mill located in Vitoria in Southeast of Brazil) in 1994 . This mill latter become part of Arcelormittal group. He worked in that mill for 13 years working in Coke Plant, Blast furnace and Sinter Plant as process engineer and operational manager.

    In 2007 he was invited to join Arcelormittal Global R&D as Raw Material and Ironmaking Manager in its facility in East Chicago Indiana and since then he is leading R&D initiatives in the areas of Cokemaking, Sintering , Ironmaking, DRI and Recycling.

  • Dr. Neil J. Bristow

    Principal/Managing Consultant H&W Worldwide Consulting Pty Ltd, Australia

    Dr. Bristow has been actively involved in the steel and steelmaking raw materials industries for over 22 years. During this time, he has led numerous investigations in coal and iron ore technical and market research, minerals strategy development, and market planning for BHP’s coal business, and was Chief Analyst for BHP Billiton’s Carbon Steel Materials Group, leading the Market Intelligence Group in Singapore.

    His key expertise in steel, metallurgical coal, iron ore, and manganese ore and ferroalloys, coupled with strategic vision and long term analysis on future directions in emerging markets, saw him as an early proponent of the rebirth of the global steel industry, the rise of China and of coal’s growth story, together with a strong belief in China’s emergence as a major seaborne metallurgical coal importer. He has been a strong advocate for India’s growing coal demand.

    In April 2009, he formed H&W Worldwide Consulting, putting his strong market analysis and strategy skills to good use across bulk commodities, including iron ore and coal –for both coking and thermal.

    As an internationally recognized expert in areas of steel and steelmaking raw materials, long term trends and scenarios, he has written and presented numerous publications at highly respected international conferences and meetings.

    • Australia
  • Jorge Caldeira

    Manager Technical Marketing Jellinbah Group, Brazil

    Jorge Caldeira has been actively involved in the ironmaking and ironmaking raw materials industries for 40 years. He is a graduated Metallurgical Engineering from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro in 1977 and got a Master´s degree in Coal Science at the Pennsylvania State University in the USA in 1981. Had an extension program with Professor Harry March at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in the UK in 1985.

    As a professional, he worked for CSN- Brazilian National Steel Co. for 16 years (12 years at their R&D Centre leading coal & coke projects and 4 years as General Manager Coke Oven and By-Products operations as well as Head of the Central Laboratories.

    Since 1993, he has started his own consulting company – COALBIZ - and has rendered technical and commercial services to various coal suppliers from Australia, USA and  Canada and to end user from various countries such as Brazil, India, Vietnam and Thailand. For the last 24 years, he has also been with the Australian Jellinbah Group where he currently serves as their Manager Technical Marketing.

  • Jason Halko

    Supervisor Technical Marketing Teck Coal Limited

    Jason has worked at Teck Coal Limited and its predecessor companies for over 20 years.   He spent 12 years working in geology, primarily at the Line Creek mine near Sparwood, BC.  He then transferred to the Logistics department where he worked for 4 years.  In 2013 he accepted a position in the Technical Marketing group and has been working out of the corporate office in Calgary for the past 4 years.  Jason received a Bachelor of Science degree (Co-op) from the University of Lethbridge

  • Wayne Harman

    Division Manager, Solid Fuels Procurement ArcelorMittal USA LLC

    Mr. Harman has responsibility for all metallurgical coal purchasing for the USA and Canada and all coke purchasing for the USA for ArcelorMittal USA LLC.  Prior to this he was responsible for the purchase of all electricity, natural gas, industrial gases, and liquid fuels for ArcelorMIttal USA LLC.  He previously held positions of project management, operations management, technical sales and sales management within the industrial gas business, and he served as a nuclear submarine officer in the U. S. Navy.  Mr. Harman holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the U. S. Naval Academy and a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Catholic University of America. 

  • Dr. John F. Quanci

    VP of Engineering and Technology SunCoke Energy

    Dr. John F. Quanci is SunCoke Energy’s Vice President of Engineering and Technology, and Chief Technology Officer.  In his present position, Dr. Quanci is helping build critical competencies and improving/advancing SunCoke’s existing technology as well as leading the development of next generation coking technology for both US and international applications in the pursuit of global growth opportunities.

    Dr. Quanci has over 25 years in US and overseas experience in process research, development, plant optimization and in plant manufacturing experience, and has managed a breadth of organizations internal and external to Petroleum industry such as Mobil Research, Mobil Oil, BP/Mobil, Exxon/Mobil, Sunoco, Rodel and Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials (now Dow Electronic Materials).  Prior to SunCoke, his most recent position was Director, Corporate Technology within Sunoco’s Corporate Engineering & Technology organization in which he leads their initiatives to consolidate and leverage process technology/expertise across all of their business units.  

    Dr. Quanci earned a Ph.D. and Masters in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science in New York City.  Dr. Quanci is also a registered Professional Engineer and has over forty US and international patents and patent applications.

  • Dr. Samuel Sheyn

    Manager of Technology and Operations in Cokemakin AK Steel

    Manager of Technology and Operations.  Cokemaking, AK Steel Corporation 2005-present

    Senior Stuff Engineer.  Cokemaking, AK Steel Corporation 1990-2005

    Director of Research Laboratory . Eastern Coal and Chemicals  Institute, Russia , 1985-1989

    Senior and Principal Research Fellow.  Eastern Coal and Chemicals Institute, Russia , 1973-1985

    Over 40 years experience in all aspects of Cokemaking including R & D, Operations, Quality and Process Control, Environmental and Safety management.

    20 publications and 2 patents, Russia, related to cokemaking, preheat charge technology, heat transfer in coke ovens and process optimization.

    Education:

    Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Metallurgical Engineering. Eastern Coal and Chemical Institute, 1979 – 1985

    MS, Metallurgical Engineering. Ural State Technical University, 1967-1973

    AIST Cokemaking Technology Committee, Chair, 2014-2016

  • Viktor Stiskala

    Head of Technology Coal & Coke - Senior Manager, Hot Metal Production ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG, Germany

    Viktor Stískala is a Dipl. Engineer in cokemaking and ironmaking with 25 years’ experience in coal research and cokemaking process. Before joining ThyssenKrupp in 2012 on position of Senior manager he worked as R&D Coal and Coke Cluster leader and Program coordinator in Arcelor Mittal and was a manager of ArcelorMittal Corporate Coke Lab in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Over his career in the Czech Republic he served in two election periods as President of the Czech Cokemaking Society and was also national representative in European Coke Committee.

    • Germany
  • Shiju Thomas

    Research Scientist US Steel

    coming soon!

  • Jim Truman

    Director - Global Metallurgical Coal Markets Wood Mackenzie, USA

    Jim Truman is the Director - Global Metallurgical Coal Markets with Wood Mackenzie. He is a geologist by training, having attended West Virginia University and the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, he worked for a number of major coal companies and has specialized in the evaluation of the Central Appalachian coal industry. He now focuses on trends in global metallurgical coal trade.

    • USA
  • Dr Hardarshan S. Valia

    President Coal Science Inc., USA

    Dr. Hardarshan Valia started his career in steel industry in 1979 at R&D Laboratories of Inland Steel Company (now Arcelor Mittal) in East Chicago, Indiana as a research engineer and after 22 years retired as Staff Scientist. Thereafter, he started his own consulting firm, Coal Science Inc His expertise is in the field of coal selection and blend design for non-recovery and slot oven coke making, prediction of coking coal quality of coal reserve, use of poor quality coals and additives in coke making, coke behavior inside the blast furnace and coal selection for use as Blast Furnace PCI.  Dr. Valia has published more than 85 scientific articles and various book chapters including in Making, Shaping, and Treating of Steel,  and co-authored a book entitled Indiana Coals and the Steel Industry, and is a contributor to American Iron and Steel Institute’s web site. He has been honored with the Joseph Becker Award by the Iron & Steel Society for distinguished contributions in the field of coal carbonization and technology. He also received Joseph Kapitan Award by the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (for best paper)  and was the recipient of the American Iron & Steel Institute Medal for a co-authored paper. He also was invited to participate in the Eminent Visor Program sponsored by CCSD/CSIRO, Australia. Dr. Valia received his M.A. in Geology from Bryn Mawr College and Ph.D. in Geology from Boston University.

  • Tim Wojtowicz

    President Dorchester Energy

    Tim brings 35+ years of experience in project development, consulting and division management with such firms as SunCoke Energy, Koppers Industries and coal subsidiaries of Enron and Occidental Petroleum.  Tim is a proven performer with an extensive coal background including full profit and loss management of a 1200 employee longwall mining division, international and domestic coal and coke sales, as well as marketing and business development expertise.