The Natural Resources Research Institute welcomes Sarat Panigrahy in the endowed position of Taconite Minerals Research chairman at its laboratory in Coleraine.
NRRI’s minerals lab is a principal research and development facility for taconite and mining in Minnesota.
Panigrathy recently served as managing director of IPL Limited., in India. His skills include industrial and pilot production of both ferrous and nonferrous metallurgical products. He also has extensive experience in the processing of iron ores for sintering and pelletization, as well as iron and steelmaking.
Panigrathy holds a Bachelor’s of Engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India; a Master’s of Science in Material Science and Engineering from the University of California, Berkley; and a Doctorate in Metallurgical Engineering from the State University of Ghent in Belgium.
The position at Coleraine was vacated last summer by Iwao Iwasaki who retired from NRRI after 11 years at age 81.