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The 2003 MPD Outstanding Young Engineer Award  

Awarded To: S. Jayson Ripke

In recognition of significant contribution as a young individual within the Mineral Processing/Extractive discipline.
Jayson Ripke is currently the Pelletizer Process Control Engineer for Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. Northshore Mining Company. Ripke is responsible for pellet quality, process optimization, and process control. He is also the Northshore representative for an important cost-saving alternative fuels project.

Ripke has been an active SME member since 1994. He has presented ten technical papers at SME Annual Meetings and has had 6 technical papers at local Duluth and U.P. section meetings. Ripke is the Chair of the 2003 SME Metallurgical Processing Unit Committee and was the Chair of the 2002 SME Pyrometallurgical Processing Unit Committee. Ripke has also chaired eight technical sessions at SME Annual Meetings over the past seven consecutive years, and several more at local section meetings. Ripke has reviewed several technical papers for publication in Mining Engineering and Minerals & Metallurgical Processing.

Ripke graduated from Michigan Technological University with a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and M.S. and B.S. (Cum Laude) degrees in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. He was actively involved as president of the MTU Four Wheelers and vice-president of Superior Search and Rescue. Ripke received scholarships from the SME Industrial Minerals Division, WAAIME, Cleveland-Cliffs, MTU, and ASM. The Department of Energy and the Minnesota Iron Ore Cooperative Research program funded Ripke's research. Ripke developed novel ways to improve iron ore pelletizing by understanding bonding and strengthening mechanisms. Some of his important contributions, such as water chemistry in pelletizing, the bentonite fiber bonding mechanism, the "BESt" test for evaluating pellet binders, and fly-ash based binders can be read about in his over 35 publications. Most of his papers were reviewed and published in highly respected books and journals such as Minerals Engineering, The International Journal of Mineral Processing, American Foundry Society Transactions, Advances in Flotation Technology, and Minerals and Metallurgical Processing. Ripke now applies his methods to his plant-scale operations and is currently working to improve costs, pellet quality, and filter production rates.

About The MPD Outstanding Young Engineer Award:

The MPD Outstanding Young Engineer Award, established in 1984, recognizes significant contribution of a young individual within the Mineral Processing/Extractive discipline.


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