Managing Director at
H&W Worldwide Consulting Pty Ltd
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.
Mr. Harman has responsibility for all metallurgical coke purchasing for Cleveland-Cliffs. Prior to this he was responsible for the purchase of coke and coal for the former ArcelorMittal USA operations and prior to that for all electricity, natural gas, industrial gases, and liquid fuels procurement for ArcelorMittal USA. He previously held positions of project management, operations management, technical sales, and sales management within the industrial gas industry, 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 Technologyat
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
Sam Sheyn Consulting
Manager of Technology and Operations. Cokemaking, AK Steel Corporation 2005-2019
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.
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
Dr. Shiju Thomas
U. S. Steel Research and Technology Center
Dr. Shiju Thomas is a Research Consultant in the Process Innovation Group at U. S. Steel Corporation’s Research and Technology Center in Pittsburgh, PA. In this capacity, he leads and manages research, development, and process innovation projects focused on metallurgical cokemaking and blast furnace ironmaking. He has over 20 years of R&D experience in the field of material science and chemical engineering. He received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from LSU (GEAUX Tigers !!!)
Dr. Hardarshan S. Valia
Coal Science Inc., USA
Dr Hardarshan Valia retired as a Staff Scientist at Inland Steel Research Laboratories (now Arcelor Mittal), and is currently the President of Coal Science, Inc. He has published more than 85 scientific articles and various book chapters including in “Making, Shaping, and Treating of Steel,” and in “New Trends in Coal Conversion,” 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 (Iron & Steel Society), the Joseph Kapitan Award (Association for Iron & Steel Technology), and the American Iron & Steel Institute Presidential Medal. He received his Ph.D. in Geology from Boston University.
Anthony (Tony) Knutson
Principal Analyst – Met Coal Researchat
Tony Knutson joined Wood Mackenzie’s coal research team in Annapolis, Maryland in 2018
Tony has over 20 years of operations, fuel supply, exploration, project and consultant management, regulatory, stakeholder engagement and market dynamics experience across coal and power generation industries. At Wood Mackenzie, he covers global coking coal markets and Canadian supply as part of WM’s global coal research team.
Prior to Wood Mackenzie, Tony worked for an Independent Power Producer based in Calgary, Canada in their Corporate Development group in increasingly senior leadership roles. He was involved in advancing an underground export coking coal mine, 500 MW coal fired power plant, and procuring coal for a 150 MW power plant. Tony began his career with a large Canadian utility in their coal supply department, eventually working at Highvale Mine, Canada’s largest surface coal operation in a management role.
Tony holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology degree from the University of Calgary (Canada), an Honours Diploma in Geological Technology from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (Canada) and a Master of Earth and Energy Resource Leadership from Queen’s University at Kingston (Canada).
Becky E. Hites
Becky is a global steel industry professional who has served as an equity analyst, project finance and mergers and acquisitions investment banker, cost modeling expert, industry trend macro and micro consultant, expert witness and C-level strategic planning consultant. Included in her credits are being on the Institutional Investor All-American Research Team for Metals in 2001 and four consecutive years of recognition in 1993 to 1996 by the Wall Street Journal for earnings accuracy. She’s a proven leader with deep financial, operation, trade and market relationships with steel producers, traders, processors and users.
In 2012, she formed Steel-Insights, LLC, a strategic consulting firm focused on the steel, metals and manufacturing industries, which was profitable in its 1st full year of independent operation, generating a six figure top line with a 40% gross margin and has generated over $1 million of revenue since inception adding new clients in every year since forming the firm. She produces reports on the strength of the US and global economies, the global steel cycle, USA mill profitability and utilization, and specific product market micro analysis. Prior to Steel-Insights, Becky was a Managing Partner of World Steel Dynamics Inc., the world’s leading steel information firm run by Peter Marcus, where she worked for almost a decade tracking and forecasting trends in the global steel industry.
Sr. Engineer Supervisor of Qualityat
Currently residing in Fernie, British Columbia. Attended University of Alberta and got a degree in Materials Engineering in 2007.
Began working at Fording River Operations as a Metallurgist with Elk Valley Coal company, which later became Teck Coal. In Teck I have worked as a Metallurgist at Teck’s Fording River Operations, Greenhills Operations, Line Creek Operations and its Lead-Zinc smelter. For the last 3 years I have been working with Technical Marketing for our Coal Business Unit.