Thursday, 28 January 2016

A new role for Norman Lotter

Dr. Lotter at Nickel Processing '10
Good to hear from Dr. Norman Lotter, a member of the Minerals Engineering Editorial Board, and a familiar face at MEI Conferences, particularly flotation and process mineralogy. He was also a consultant to MEI's Nickel Processing '10 in Falmouth.
Now retired from Glencore, where he worked as Consulting Metallurgist at XPS Consulting & Testwork Services, Norman started up his own consulting company in January 2016, called Flowsheets Metallurgical Consulting Incorporated, based in Sudbury, North Ontario. He has also been appointed Adjunct Professor by the Bharti School of Engineering, Laurentian University, Sudbury, where he has been asked to prepare and present a new course on Flowsheet Development for the postgraduate school. In this course, he would like to assemble an integrated platform of modern best practice of flowsheet development.
Norman attended this month's national meeting of the Canadian Mineral Processors in Ottawa. He reports that the conference was well attended with 487 delegates present, and the standard of the 40 papers presented was impressive, with discussion at question time being, as usual, lively and constructive.
He presented a paper at the meeting entitled “Flotation of the Major Copper Sulphides – an Electrochemical Perspective”, an update on the paper presented by one of his co-authors, Prof Dee Bradshaw of the University of Cape Town, at Flotation '15. The paper was presented during the session entitled “Flotation Fundamentals”, co-chaired by Stéfanie Vo, of Hatch and Colin Hardie, of BBA. The outcome of this paper is another example of the synergy that develops when different disciplines work together.
Stéfanie, Norman and Colin
MEI wish Dr. Lotter every success in his new endeavour.


  1. Good to hear from Norm and good luck with retirement- will see you back soon !!
    Roger Amelunxen, Aminpro, Chile

  2. Congratulations on the new startup company and your academic role - sounds like retirement is going to be busy, Norm!

    Personally, I'd like to thank Norm for the mentorship Norm provided me in my early career at Falconbridge where he has helped develop many metallurgists and Engineers over the years at FTC/XPS - a place that wouldn't exist without Norm's vision of Process Mineralogy. I'm looking forward to meeting the next generation of metallurgists that will no doubt benefit from studying under Norm at Laurentian University.



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