Bridging the gap between the lab and the plant
As EasyMining’s Process Engineering Team Leader, Hanna Landbring plays a vital part in turning the company’s circular innovations into large-scale facilities. But she admits, with a bit of a laugh, that it can be hard to explain the process engineer’s role to others.
– What we actually do is that we, together with other disciplines, design a process and make it really happen. We are the link between R&D and the engineering projects, she says.
While process engineering is a distinct speciality, Landbring describes it as requiring a wide variety of skills and expertise, as well as collaboration with other fields. It’s something she learned studying chemical engineering at Lund University, especially when focused on process design in the final year before she received her master’s degree in 2008. She also experienced it first-hand while working at a variety of firms and consulting companies, mostly on projects for power plants and the pulp industry.
After more than a decade as a process engineer (along with starting a family and moving to northern Sweden, then back to southern Sweden), Landbring was approached about applying for a position at EasyMining. She was intrigued by the company’s mission to create circular material flows, but also how far along they were and how much further there was to go.
– They were at an interesting stage. They had the ideas and had developed them in the lab. Now, they were going to actually make them happen. I thought it would be cool and fun to be a part of that, Landbring recalls.
She joined EasyMining in August of 2021 and became the Lead for the Process Engineering Team in the fall of 2022.