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Distinguished engineer and author of Pyrosim software, Dr Rodney Jones, shared his passion for continued professional development with Witsies.

Distinguished engineer and author of Pyrosim software, Dr Rodney Jones, was the guest speaker at the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment’s graduation ceremony on the morning of 31 March 2017.

Jones, a former president and an Honorary Life Fellow of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, spoke about his passion for life learning and the importance of joining a professional body to support one’s career development.

About Dr Rodney Jones

Dr Rodney Jones is the Immediate Past President and an Honorary Life Fellow of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, a professional institute that looks after the interests of almost 5 000 mining and metallurgical engineers.

Jones, a registered professional engineer, has worked for over 30 years in the Pyrometallurgy Division at Mintek where he is currently a Senior Technical Specialist. A Wits alumnus, Jones holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Wits, and also obtained his Masters and PhD qualifications in metallurgical engineering from this University. He also holds a BA degree in logic and philosophy from UNISA.

His key research interests are in the field of computer simulation and the design of high-temperature processes and the development of thermodynamic software. He is the author of Pyrosim software, for the steady-state simulation of pyrometallurgical processes.  This software has been used in 22 countries around the world. Jones has also been part of the team that developed processes for large-scale industrial applications that includes cobalt recovery from slags in Zambia, battery recycling in Switzerland and ferronickel production in New Caledonia. 

He is one of the inventors of the internationally patented ConRoast process – an environmentally friendly way of recovering platinum group metals from ores that are otherwise very difficult to process.

An NRF Internationally Acclaimed Researcher, he is a member of the Board of Trustees for OneMine.org, and serves as the Chairman of the International Committee on Ferro-Alloys. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, the South African Institute of Chemical Engineers and a Member of the Royal Society of South Africa. He serves the Engineering Council of South Africa as a member of the Professional Advisory Committee for Metallurgical Engineering. 

Dr Jones has served as a Visiting Professor at the Center for Pyrometallurgy at the University of Missouri-Rolla and has also lectured at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia.

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