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November 1–5, 2015

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Anode Technology for the Aluminum Industry
November 1–5, 2015 ● Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Euel Cutshall has worked in the carbon anode area of the aluminum industry for more than 35 years. For the past six years, he has worked as a consultant, focusing on optimization of anode production in the green mill, baking, and rodding areas. His emphasis has been on improving quality and consistency of the anode production process using existing equipment and raw materials. Cutshall received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Florida in 1977. He worked for Reynolds Metals Company for 23 years in the anode R&D area, the last seven years as manager of Reynolds R&D Laboratory. He then worked at Alcoa for seven years as an anode technology manager.

Cutshall has numerous publications and patents and is an active member of TMS. Within TMS he has served as Anode Area Session chair, Anode Area Subject chair, Aluminum Committee chair, Light Metals Division chair, and as TMS president in 1998.
Les Edwards is Chief Technology Officer at Rain CII Carbon and is responsible for customer technical support and R&D activities related to Rain CII Carbon’s and Ruetgers’ sales of calcined pet coke and coal tar pitch to the aluminum industry. Edwards joined the company in 1998 and works out of the Rain CII Carbon office in Covington, Louisiana. He has a B.S. from the University of Western Australia and an MBA from Tulane University in New Orleans. Prior to joining Rain CII Carbon, Edwards spent 11 years working in the aluminum industry in Australia.

Stephen Lindsay currently works as a senior smelting specialist for Alcoa. His background includes numerous technical and managerial capacities at Alcoa’s various smelting locations for more than 35 years. Linsday’s responsibilities include alumina quality, metal purity, electrolysis and bath, and fume control systems.

Barry Sadler has been involved in the aluminum industry for more than 30 years in a range of positions, but always with a focus on anode carbon technology. He earned his B.S. in metallurgical engineering from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 1982 and Ph.D. in metallurgy from University of Queensland in 1992. Sadler has worked in research, production management, organizational development, and corporate technical management for Comalco/Rio Tinto in Australia and New Zealand for more than 20 years. Since 2002, he has been the principal of Net Carbon Consulting Pty Ltd.

Sadler has published widely on anode technology, is a regular lecturer at courses run by the University of Auckland, and has been an invited speaker at a range of conferences and meetings. He was the 2013 editor of TMS’s Light Metals proceedings, and has served as the chair of the TMS Aluminum Committee.
Robert H. Wombles is vice president of global customer technical service for Koppers Inc. He has been with Koppers since 1997, and is responsible for coordinating Koppers’ customer technical service efforts globally, and all technical issues involving Koppers’ line of pitch products.

Before joining Koppers, Wombles spent 22 years with Ashland Petroleum Company in various R&D positions, including vice president of R&D. He has spent 38 years as an industrial chemist, studying petroleum and coal tar derived pitches and petroleum derived paving asphalts. Wombles holds 17 U.S. patents and is the author of many technical papers and presentations.

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