This year's prize winners were Professor Emeritus Sverre Eldar Olsen, consultant Dr. Tor Lindstad and Professor Merete Tangstad. They were given the award for their book Production of manganese ferroalloys. The book was published in 2006 and is today read by manganese producers and researchers in all parts of the world.
Sverre Eldar Olsen is the main author of the book, and with his industrial experience from Odda Smelteverk and A/S Bjølvefossen and his research and teaching career at Sintef and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, he has been very significant for Norwegian industry. In total, he has published more than 200 texts and guided many students through their MScs and PhDs. Sverre Olsen has also been an important source of support for industry, and today many of his students hold central positions in Norwegian industry. Additionally, he must be given much of the honour for the increasing interest talented women are showing in training within metallurgy.
Tor Lindstad's background is also from industry, where from 1960 to 1968 he worked at FFI, Norsk Hydro, Kjeleforeningen Norsk Energi and Boliden AB. However, he spent the bulk of his career at Sintef and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Tor Lindstad has been involved in several collaborative projects with the industry, and has been the supervisor for several PhD candidates.
Merete Tangstad is a former student of Sverre Olsen, and today she is a Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in the field of process metallurgy. Despite her young age, she has already managed to build an international reputation though her academic articles and lectures about manganese production. She gained industrial experience from Elkem and Eramet Norway, where she made significant contributions to improving our understanding of the processes in ferro-manganese and silico-manganese production. Recently, she has also contributed to developing studies within metallurgic processing of solar cell silicon. In total, Merete Tangstad has published about 70 texts and been the supervisor of 15 PhD candidates.
This year's prize can in many ways be said to be a follow-up to last year's prize, as there are several similarities between them. Firstly, the publication of a book on metallurgy was mentioned in both descriptions, and secondly, there were three prize winners with ties to Norwegian industry and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Additionally, the books were published several years ago and had thus proved their importance within the production of silicon and manganese, respectively.
Elkem's research fund wants to contribute to ensuring that more talented students choose to study metallurgy. With the award of this year's prize, the Board of the fund hoped to contribute to some of the high-tech work happening in metallurgy in Norway becoming more well-known and to inspiring others to continue to build on current knowledge.