Advisory Board


Professor Michael Moats

Mike is an Associate Professor of Metallurgical Engineering within the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He recently joined the faculty at Missouri S&T after serving at the University of Utah for the past seven years. Mike received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in metallurgical engineering from UMR in 1992 and 1995. He received his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of Arizona in 1998 for his work on copper electrorefining and the problem of anode passivation. Besides his academic experience, Prof. Moats has worked for ELTECH Systems as a researcher and manager developing ceramic coated titanium anodes for industrial electrolysis and ARMCO Grinding Systems as a quality control metallurgist. Mike holds four patents, has authored or co-authored 65 publications and one book. He is on the SME-MPD Executive Committee, helped organize Electrometallurgy 2012 and is serving on the organizing committees for Ni-Co 2013 and Copper 2013 for TMS. Prof. Moats is also the coordinator for the Copper Refinery Group, an industrial consortium of eight North and South American copper refineries.


Professor Michael Mooiman

Assistant Professor at Franklin Pierce University, Mike has Master’s degrees in Chemistry and Business and a PhD in Metallurgical Engineering. He has spent most of his career in the extractive metallurgy and precious metal business starting as a gold miner in South Africa. He has served as vice president of production and general manager for Metalor Technologies USA, one of the largest precious metal companies and refiners. He has published over 25 papers is also the holder of two U.S. Patents for precious metal recovery. He is the President of Argo Advisors International, a consultancy and engineering company that specializes in the precious metals and extractive metallurgical industries. Mike has worked and consulted for major metallurgical research organizations and metals operations in the USA, South Africa, Europe, and Canada. He is a member of the Mineral, Metals and Material Society and a Board Member of the New England Chapter of the International Precious Metals Institute.

David Minson

Mr. David Minson

David Minson provides both technical and strategic consulting services to the mining and metallurgical industry. He graduated with a BSc (Hons) Engineering from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London, and moved to Southern Africa with Anglo American Plc, working on mines in Namibia, Botswana and South Africa. In 1986, David joined Delkor in a process engineering role supporting mining-process, industrial, paper and municipal industry applications. In 1993, David relocated to Chile taking and subsequently founded Delkor South America and opened new offices in Peru and Canada. Later that year, following the acquisition of Delkor by Bateman Engineering, David became the group CEO of Delkor and oversaw the integration of Delkor into a single financial entity with 300 staff located on every continent with annual revenues growing 300% from 2008 to 2014. David speaks fluent Spanish and lives just north of Vancouver, BC, Canada.


Dr. Andreas Siegmund

Dr. Siegmund received his master degree and PhD at the Technische Universität Berlin. He is currently senior Vice President Process Technology at Gas Cleaning Technologies LLG and owner of LanMetCon. Previously, Andreas served as President at Quemetco Metals Ltd., Vice President of research & development at RSR Technologies, and was head of non-ferrous process department at Lurgi Metallurgie GmbH. He was convener of Non-Ferrous Group of EU Committee for Developing and Implementation of European CE Certification Safety Standards on Equipment and Machinery. He has written over 40 technical and operational papers for the Lead, Zinc and Copper industries and holds several patents. He is an active member of TMS, SME, GDMB and Qualified Professional member at MMSA. He was co-organizer for PbZn 2000 and 2005, chairman of PbZn 2005, and served as co-organizer for several other conferences including the EMC conference series.