Welcome Handita

Handita Reksi Dwitantra Sutoyo has joined the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum at NTNU to undertake a 3-year PhD-project in the field of Petroleum Engineering with supervisor Carl Fredrik Berg and co-supervisor Heiner Schumann from SINTEF Industry. The focus of this PhD will be on reduction of emissions from hydrocarbon production through alternative energy efficient drainage strategies. He has been working as reservoir engineer for 7 years with several companies. Handitas recent experience is with Medco EP Indonesia working in field of reservoir modelling. He had his MSc. from IFP School, France in field of Reservoir and Geoscience Engineering and Petroleum Engineering from Institut Teknologi Bandung. In addition, he has BSc. from Institut Teknologi Bandung in Petroleum Engineering.

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Welcome Özge!

Özge Akyildiz has joined the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) to undertake a 3-year PhD-project in the field of Mining Engineering. Supervisor and co supervisor are Hakan Basarir and Steinar Løve Ellefmo, respectively. Her MSc thesis subject was the assessment of the applicability of some empirical equations for the prediction of particle size distribution from blasting in quarries. The thesis covered engineering geological evaluations, image and data analysis. After gaining her MSc degree, she expanded her research interest and focused on the implementation of machine learning algorithms to mining engineering applications. Özge will be working on the modelling and the optimization of blasting operations.

Özge has B.Sc and M.Sc in Mining Engineering from Faculty of Mines, Istanbul Technical University (Turkey). She worked as a research assistant at the Mining Engineering Department for six years and contributed teaching in undergraduate classes such as Rock Mechanics, Mine Production Technology, Blasting Technology and its Applications.

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Welcome Ahmad

Dr. Ahmad Hassanzadeh has joined the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) to undertake a European Union-founded project (HARARE) in the field of waste valorization, metallurgy and mineral processing. Ahmad intends to selectively separate finely disseminated iron-oxide minerals and calcite using conventional and innovative physical and physicochemical techniques. Through this, Ahmad will introduce sustainable solutions to the metallurgical treatment of Al industry with low CO2 emission and favorable circular economy.

Ahmad has a BSc. in Mining Engineering (Exploration) from Sahand University of Technology (Iran) and pursued his MSc. and PhD. in Mineral Processing at Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman (Iran) and Istanbul Technical University (Turkey). For almost three-years he industrially worked as a process engineer for National Iranian Copper Industries Co (NICICO) and later spent six months as a researcher at Montan University of Leoben (Austria) when he was awarded the Erasmus Exchange Program in 2016. Ahmad moved to Germany in 2017, worked a research associate (Post-Doc) at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR). He has published more than 35 peer-reviewed scientific articles (h-index 13, citation 503) in high-prestigious journals in the last five years and won 2020 MEI Young Person´s Award as well as Minerals Travel Award 2020. Since 2019, he is an editor in Physicochemical Problems of Mineral Processing journal. Ahmad speaks five languages fluently as Persian, German, Turkish, English and Azerbaijanian (his mother tongue).

He loves travelling, meeting, socially and culturally interacting with new people, tasting brand new meals and learning some languages while chatting on fascinating scientific themes. He loves playing chess physically or virtually and plying football as his favorite sport in his leisure time.

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Welcome Mustafa

Mustafa Guner has joined the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) to undertake a 3-year PhD-project in the field of Mineral Processing Engineering. The supervisor is Przemyslaw B. Kowalczuk (Professor, Department of Geoscience and Petroleum – Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU) Mustafa’s research “RFC-Upscaling Proposes the Reflux Flotation Cell» aims to evaluate a newly designed flotation machine which is Reflux Flotation Cell (RFC) with the Cu-Ore coming from the copper site of KGHM and flotation parameters will be tested on lab-scale and pilot-scale experiments. Positive or negative consequences of using RFC will be discussed using those data in terms of capacity and recovery increase, water consumption, the content of concentrates and tailings.
The project is funded by EIT Raw Materials and FL Smidth & Co. A/S (Denmark) and KGHM Polska Miedz Spólka Akcyjna (Poland) are partners of the project.
Mustafa has B.Sc and M.Sc in Mineral Processing Engineering from Department of Mineral Processing Engineering, Istanbul Technical University (Turkey). He worked as an R&D Metallurgist in the metallurgical laboratory of a gold production company in Eskisehir (Turkey) for two years.

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Welcome Pshem!

Przemyslaw (Pshem) has been hired as a professor in minerals engineering at the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum (IGP). He took a MSc in Materials Science (hydrometallurgy) at the Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, in Poland, and then continued with a PhD in Minerals Engineering (flotation) at the same university. In May 2012 Pshem defended, with honours, his PhD thesis, and then spent six months in the scientific group of Prof. Hylke J. Glass at the Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter. In 2016, he was awarded a Doctor of Science degree (DSc, habilitation) for contributions to the scientific literature. In 2012-2021 he worked, first as an assistant professor, and then as an associate professor at the Wroclaw University of Science and Technology in Poland. In 2017-2021 he worked as a postdoc in mineral processing (marine minerals) at IGP. In 2018 he was invited by Prof. Stoyan Gaydardzhiev as a guest lecturer and researcher at the University of Liege in Belgium. In 2019, Faculty of Applied Science of University of Liege awarded him as the honorary collaborator for the academic year of 2019-2020. Pshem is also hired as a guest professor at the School of Minerals Processing and Bioengineering, Central South University in China.

Pshem has been extensively working on mineral processing and hydrometallurgy with recent focus on processing of marine minerals and REEs. At NTNU he will be participating in several European projects (EIT RM Reflux Flotation Cell; Harare; EIT RM DSM-Summer School), supervising students, PhDs and postdocs.

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Welcome Jessica!

Jessica Ka Yi Chiu has joined the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) to undertake a 4-year PhD-project in the field of Engineering Geology and Rock Mechanics. The main supervisor is Charlie Chunlin Li (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) and co-supervisors are Ole Jakob Mengshoel (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Computer Science), Karl Gunnar Holter (Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Norwegian Geotechnical Institute) and Vidar Kveldsvik (Norwegian Geotechnical Institute).
Jessica’s project “Optimising rock support design: installation and mapping in hard rock based on automated joint detection and artificial intelligence (machine learning and evolutionary computation)” aims to investigate the possibility of designing rock support and perform objective rock mass mapping based on automated joint mapping of scanned profiles through AI methods. The project’s ultimate goals are to streamline the process, increase the quality, and possibly reduce the amount of rock support compared to current practices.
Jessica has BSc. in Earth Sciences from the University of Hong Kong, and MSc. in Geosciences from University of Oslo.
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Welcome Lewaa!

Lewaa Hmadeh has joined the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) to undertake a 3-year PhD-project in the field of Drilling Engineering . The main supervisor is Behzad Elahifar (Associate Professor, Department of Geoscience and Petroleum – Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU) and the co-supervisor is Sigbjørn Sangesland (Professor, Department of Geoscience and Petroleum – Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU). Lewaa’s research “Applications of bismuth alloys in well completion and well plugging» aims to evaluate and test bismuth as an alternative sealing material. The research will propose and evaluate applications of bismuth alloys in well completion and P&A, and will model the interaction between bismuth alloy and steel/cement/cap rock formation. At advanced stages, the project will integrate digitalization in the planning of Plugging and Abandonment operations. This research is part of SFI SWIPA which is an initiative that aims to obtain a scientific understanding of permanent well barriers and allocate for improved well barrier design methodologies

Lewaa has a B.E. in Petroleum Engineering from the Lebanese American University, and pursued his MSc. in Drilling Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

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Welcome Stefanie

Stefanie Lode has started as a Senior Engineer at the Electron Optical Laboratory at the Department. She has studied geology at the J.W. Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main, Germany and finished with a Diplom (~equivalent to MSc) degree (thesis and mapping) in 2007. Afterwards, she worked on a temporary position at the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) in the Mineral Processing laboratory on the scanning electron microscope on a variety of projects. In 2011 Stefanie moved to St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, and obtained her PhD in Economic Geology at Memorial University in 2016. She continued at Memorial as postdoctoral researcher applying an integrated field and laboratory approach using automated mineralogy (MLA) to investigate onshore reservoir sandstones. From 2018 to 2021 she worked as postdoctoral researcher in the Scanning Electron Microscope laboratory of the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) on lower Cretaceous marly chalks and chalks, but also a variety of economic geological and industrial projects using automated mineralogy (ZEISS Mineralogic) and participated on a mapping campaign in NE Greenland.

She has a broad geological and mineralogical background ranging from research related to mineral resources (VMS, Ni-PGE et al.) and related hydrothermal processes, as well as clastic and carbonate rocks, to lithogeochemicy and S-Pb-Nd isotope systems. All research involved various analytical methodologies, especially optical and electron microscopy (manual and automated).

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Welcome Mehman!

Mehman Ahmadli has joined the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) to undertake a 3-year PhD-project in the field of Subsea Technology. The main supervisor is Tor Berge Gjersvik (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) and as co-supervisors are Sigbjørn Sangesland (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) and Rory MacKenzie (TOTAL). Mehman’s project “Valves and materials – design concepts for simplifications” will investigate new possibilities for valves and actuators assuming all-electric control system and exploit alternative designs (valve types, materials, and placements) exploiting possibilities from rearrangement of equipment that are proposed to enable low-cost subsea field development.

Mehman has B.Eng. and MSc. in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot-Watt University and Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

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