Els is an experienced consultant to metallurgical companies, specialized in experimental set-ups, advanced characterization work, and thermodynamic modelling. After a PhD in solidification, she co-founded InsPyro, where she has run short term consultancy projects, as well as international research projects. Her focus is not only on pyrometallurgy but also on microstructure formation and control in alloys. She has mainly worked in steel, lead and zinc metallurgy, as well as for foundries, cooperating with companies such as Sadaci, Aurubis, SMS Siemag, Nyrstar and Nedstaal.