Academic Staff

Prof Chris Aldrich

Chris Aldrich, Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University

Professor Extraordinary

  • Email: chris.aldrich@curtin.edu.au
  • Phone: +61 8 9266 4349
  • Fax:+61 8 9358 4912
  • Short Bio

    • Education
      • PhD (Engineering), University of Stellenbosch, 1993
      • MSc Eng (Extractive Metallurgy), University of Stellenbosch, 1985
      • BSc Eng (Chemical Engineering), University of Stellenbosch, 1982
    • Professional experience
      • Professor
        Department of Metallurgical and Minerals Engineering, Western Australian School of Mines, Curtin University of Technology, Perth
        2011 to present
      • Professor and Head of Department
        Department of Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University
        2010 to 2011
      • Professor
        Department of Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University
        1999 to 2011
      • Founding Director
        Anglo American Platinum Centre of Process Monitoring, Stellenbosch University
        2008 to 2011
      • Associate Professor
        Department of Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University
        1996 to 1998
      • Senior Lecturer
        Department of Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University
        July 1994 to December 1995
      • Senior Researcher
        Department of Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University
        October 1992 to June 1994
      • Private Consultant
        April 1991 to September 1992
      • Engineer
        Somchem, Somerset West
        April 1988 to March 1991
      • Process Engineer
        Sastech, Sasolburg
        January 1987 to March 1988
      • Assistant Process Engineer
        Sastech, Sasolburg
        September 1984 to December 1986
      • Chemical Engineer and Naval Officer
        South African Navy, Naval Dockyard Durban, South Africa
        1985 to 1986
    • Professional societies
      • Registered Professional Engineer (Engineering Council of South Africa)
      • Fellow of the South African Academy of Engineering
      • Member of Executive Committee of the South African Council for Automation and Control (SACAC). SACAC is the nominated National Member Organization for South Africa to the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC).
      • Member of the Publications Committee of the International Federation of Automatic Control, 2011 to 2014
      • Member of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
    • Honours and awards
      • Rector’s Merit Award for Academic Performance, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, 2011
      • Rector’s Merit Award for Academic Performance, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, 2010
      • Listed in the 19th-23rd editions of Marquis’s Who’s Who in the World, 2002 to 2008, Marquis’s Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, 2006 to 2007, Marquis’s Who’s Who in American Education, 6th ed. 2004 to 2006
      • Recipient of the Rector’s Award for Research Excellence, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, 2006
      • Co-author of no 1 on list of 25 most downloaded papers in Hydro¬metallurgy, 2004
      • Co-author of Best South African Student paper at APCOM conference, 2003
      • Co-author of paper awarded the Iqbal Ahmad trophy for Best Student Paper at IPMM conference, 2001
      • Recipient of the Rector’s Award for Research Excellence, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, 2000
      • British Association (S2A3) Silver Medal. A single national award that may be made annually to a person under the age of 40 who is active in scientific research and who has provided evidence by way of publications, discoveries and/or skills of outstanding capability and achieve¬ment, especially when measured by international standards, 2000
      • Silver medal of the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy for paper published in Transactions of the SAIMM, 1999
      • Researcher of the Year, Faculty of Engineering, University of Stellenbosch, 1995
      • President’s Award of the Foundation of Research and Development (FRD) in South Africa for interna¬tional recognition of research. This award is made annually to about 3 or 4 South Afri¬can aca¬de¬mics under the age of 35 in science, engineering and technology, 1995
  • Research Interests

    • Mineral Processing
    • Intelligent Process Systems
    • Multivariate Image Analysis
    • Environmental Engineering
  • Recent Publications

    • Auret, L. and Aldrich, C. 2011. Empirical comparison of tree ensemble variance importance measures. Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems, 105, 157-170.
    • Marais, C. and Aldrich, C. 2011. Estimation of platinum grades from flotation froth images. Minerals Engineering, 24(5), 433-441.
    • Janse van Vuuren, M.J., Aldrich, C. and Auret, L. 2011. Videographic monitoring of hydrocyclones. Minerals Engineering, 24, 1532-1544.
    • Jemwa, G.T. and Aldrich, C. 2012. Estimating size fractions of coal particles on conveyor belts using image texture modelling methods. Expert Systems with Applications, 39, 7947–7960.
    • Auret, L. and Aldrich, C. 2012. Interpretation of nonlinear relationships between process variables by use of random forests. Minerals Engineering, 35, 27-42.

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