Extractive Metallurgy Consultant,
Tom Battle graduated from The University of Michigan with bachelor's degrees in materials engineering and astronomy and a doctorate in materials and metallurgical engineering. He also earned a master's in metallurgical engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. After a post-doc at Thames Polytechnic in the United Kingdom, he launched a 25-year career in industry with the White Pigments and Mineral Products business of DuPont, with terms both at a plant site and in long-term research and development for titanium dioxide pigment production. He then spent nearly seven years as Senior Metallurgist at Midrex Technologies, focusing on raw materials testing for iron oxide pellets to be used in the production of direct-reduced iron by the Midrex Process. For the past three years, he has been an extractive metallurgy consultant.
Battle started his TMS career as a member of the Solidification Committee and what's now called the Process Technology and Modelling Committee. He progressed through the latter committee's leadership structure, from symposium organizer to secretary, vice-chair, and chair. He has also served as chair for both the Pyrometallurgy and Aqueous Processing committees. He has been a member of the Extraction & Processing Division (EPD) Council for nearly 20 years, serving as representative to the TMS Membership & Student Development Committee, TMS Program Committee, and the North American Extractive Metallurgy Council, as well as Exhibit Liaison. This work culminated in his 2008-2011 TMS Board of Directors service as the EPD Chair. He has also participated in several Society-wide committees, including the Ad Hoc Industrial Advisory Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, Hardy-Mathewson Awards Committee, Fellow Award Subcommittee, Financial Planning Committee, Nominating Committee, and Bladesmithing Committee. He has organized twelve major symposia for TMS, and been lead editor of three conference proceedings.