Dr Kristy Nell

Research Fellow/Senior Research off

Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre
Sustainable Minerals Institute


Dr Kristy Nell (née Campbell) holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the North-West University (NWU), South Africa. She continued with post-graduate studies at the CRCED (Centre for Research and Continued Engineering Development), NWU, and completed her PhD, which focused on emission quantification in the ferrochrome industry.

While pursuing her post-graduate studies, Kristy worked as an engineer at ETA Operations for eight years. During this time, she gained experience in government tax incentives and disincentives, energy savings quantification as well as energy and emissions budgeting and reporting. Industry exposure includes gold and platinum mines, ferrochrome smelters and oil and gas refineries. She is also a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP).

As a Research Fellow at JKMRC, Kristy will engage in research around carbon emission monitoring and quantification, and the evaluation of mitigation opportunities. Kristy is eager to further contribute to the field of carbon emission management in order to assist the mining sector in achieving its sustainability targets.


  • Doctor of Philosophy of Mechanical Engineering
  • Masters (Research) of Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor (Honours) of Chemical Engineering, North West University


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Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Matthee, F.J.L., Nell, K. and Marais, J.H. (2022). Using advanced M&V to identify unplanned energy increases on deep-level mines. 33rd Annual Southern African Institute for Industrial Engineering Conference (SAIIE33), Zimbali, South Africa, 3-5 October 2022. Waterkloof, Pretoria, South Africa: South African Institute for Industrial Engineering. doi: 10.52202/066390-0024

  • Campbell, K., Booysen, W. and Kleingeld, M. (2018). Using data-driven analytics to develop a material balance over a ferrochrome furnace. Southern African Institute for Industrial Engineering, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 24-26 October 2018. Waterkloof, South Africa: Southern African Institute for Industrial Engineering.