P. Chris Pistorius is a metallurgical engineer whose research focuses on
Metals Production: Iron & Steelmaking
1991 Ph.D., Corrosion, University of Cambridge
1989 Master of Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, University of Pretoria
1988 Bachelor of Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, University of Pretoria
Materials Science and Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University hosts 11th North American Materials Education Symposium
In early August, Carnegie Mellon University hosted the 11th North American Materials Education Symposium (NAMES), the first to be held in person since 2019.
Engineering faculty receive NSF funding for decarbonization research
A decarbonization project led by EPP’s Valerie Karplus has received a $1.5 million research grant from the National Science Foundation that runs from 2023 to 2025. Karplus’ collaborators are MSE’s Chris Pistorius, EPP’s Paulina Jaramillo, and EPP’s Edson Severnini.
Scott Institute announces 2022 seed grants for five projects
The Scott Institute has announced its latest seed grant awards worth $1.42 million to five research projects led by CMU Engineering faculty.
The Pittsburgh Business Times
Pistorius gives lecture at AISTech convention
MSE’s Chris Pistorius took the stage at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center to deliver the Brimacombe Memorial Lecture.
The New York Times
Pistorius in NYT on materials for knives
MSE’s Chris Pistorius was mentioned by The New York Times about the environmental impact of a stainless steel knife.
Advancing modern steel research allows us to access unique properties while lowering the carbon footprint, and it’s important for education.
Pistorius interviewed for WTAE’s “State of Steel”
A two-part series from WTAE TV shows how steel-making will be a key piece of the regional economy in the future, as steel plants adapt to a world of advanced manufacturing and diminishing reliance on fossil fuels. MSE’s Chris Pistorius discusses new technologies for steel-making in the 21st century for WTAE’s “State of Steel.”
Pistorius comments on U.S. Steel’s double-edged new technology
U.S. Steel plans to invest $1B on a new kind of steel-making process that combines casting and rolling. This new technology could cut energy consumption in half and open up a new kind of steel production, said MSE’s Chris Pistorius. However, the new facility will also raise the stakes on accident prevention and reduce jobs.
Materials Science & Engineering
Pistorius and Assis receive Adrian Normanton Award in metallurgy
MSE’s Chris Pistorius and Ph.D. student Karina Assis have been awarded the Adrian Normanton Award from The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Minin (IOM3).
The New Yorker
Pistorius quoted in The New Yorker about Southern steel
MSE’s Chris Pistorius is quoted in The New Yorker on the automation of the steel industry in the American South.
Pistorius quoted on cokeless steel production
Steelmakers are looking to make steel without coke, which is an expensive, carbon-rich form of coal that contributes heavily to air pollution. But can blast furnaces function well without coke, or will the steel industry have to make other, more drastic changes to the steelmaking process?
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