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Ville-Valtteri Visuri

Associate Professor
Research Group Leader, Primary Metallurgy
Deputy Head, Process Metallurgy Research Unit
University of Oulu

Academy Research Fellow
Research Council of Finland

Chairman of the Executive Board
Centre for Advanced Steels Research
University of Oulu

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Ville-Valtteri Visuri is an associate professor and leader of the Primary Metallurgy Research Group in the Process Metallurgy Research Unit at the University of Oulu. He serves also as an academy research fellow funded by the Research Council of Finland, as the deputy head of the Process Metallurgy Research Unit, and as the chairman of the Executive Committee of the Centre for Advanced Steels Research (CASR).

His research focuses on the study of the chemical and physical fundamentals of steelmaking processes, particularly electric arc furnaces, converters and ladles, using mathematical modelling, computational thermodynamics and high-temperature experiments. His scholarly contributions on these topics extend to over 70 peer-reviewed scientific publications. In 2023, he co-chaired the 5th European Academic Symposium on EAF Steelmaking alongside Dr.-Ing. Thomas Echterhof. Engaging in collaborative endeavors with the metals industry and international research groups, Visuri has played a pivotal role in shaping research projects funded by both national and international bodies.

Visuri has received several highly competitive personal fundings, including a scholarship by the National Graduate School in Chemical Engineering, a PostDocs in Companies grant by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, as well as fellowships as a Postdoctoral Researcher and Academy Research Fellow by the Research Council of Finland. He has served as an instructor or examiner of numerous doctoral theses.

In addition to his academic pursuits, Visuri presently serves as a board member at the Finnish Association of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers (approximately 2600 registered members), as a deputy member of the management board of the University of Oulu Chapter at the Finnish Union of University Professors, and as the vice-chairman of the board at the University of Oulu Association. His diverse professional engagements also include affiliations with three SMEs: Luxmet Oy, Teknoventure Oy, and Hannu Luukinen Oy. Most recently, he has served as an expert witness for a steelmaking company in the court of arbitration in Austria.

Before his current position, he worked as a research and development manager at Outokumpu Stainless Oy, where he led a modelling department based in Tornio and Krefeld. His earlier experiences include roles as a senior research fellow, postdoctoral researcher and doctoral researcher in the Process Metallurgy Research Unit at the University of Oulu, with postdoctoral and doctoral research visits at RWTH Aachen University totaling 1.5 years.

He holds the title of Docent in Process Metallurgy, a doctoral degree in Process Engineering, as well as master's and bachelor's degrees in Industrial Engineering and Management, all from the University of Oulu. His academic journey also includes coursework completed at Aalto University, Technical University of Munich, University of Helsinki, and Åbo Akademi University. He is qualified as a European Engineer by FEANI. Visuri's professional working languages are Finnish, English, and German (for the latter of which he holds the Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom from Goethe-Institut Düsseldorf) but he also speaks some Swedish and elementary Russian.