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SU Engineering and Science Showcase, Great Success in Sandton

Engineering and Science Research Showcase, great success in Sandton

By Carla Nel | 17th Jun 2022

Academics and industry professionals joined forces at the annual Stellenbosch University (SU) Engineering and Science Showcase, held at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton on Friday, 10 June. “Stellenbosch University appreciates the opportunity to present the research activities to our colleagues in the industry,” said Prof Wikus van Niekerk, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, about…

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First electric minibus taxi is coming to South Africa

First electric minibus taxi is coming to South Africa

By Carla Nel | 9th Jun 2022

As the fuel price hits historic highs, commuters are starting to feel the pinch in increasing transport fares. The typical South African commuter already spends up to 40% of their income on transport and the minibus taxi sector is still struggling from the impact of the last two years on their operations. However, relief could…

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Booysen, Walls and Bekker captivates with inaugural lectures

Booysen, Walls and Bekker captivates with inaugural lectures

By Carla Nel | 8th Jun 2022

[Article by Corporate Communications] The Faculty of Engineering recently hosted a trio of inaugural lecturers. Prof Thinus Booysen from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Prof Richard Walls from the Fire Engineering Research Unit (FireSUN) in the Department of Civil Engineering and Prof Annie Bekker from the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering captivated…

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More sustainable practices needed in construction industry

More sustainable practices needed in construction industry

By Carla Nel | 2nd Jun 2022

[Article by Corporate Communication & Marketing] ​Improving the sustainability of activities in the construction industry is key to mitigating the negative impact of the industry on the environment. But for this to happen, industry stakeholders should be more enthusiastic about adopting and implementing sustainable practices in their projects. This is according to researchers in the…

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New PhD Study Enhances Assistive Technology for the Visually Impaired

New PhD Study Enhances Assistive Technology for the Visually Impaired

By Carla Nel | 20th May 2022

[Article by Nane Zietsman] The Faculty would like to congratulate Rynhardt Kruger on successfully defending his PhD: Technical Document Accessibility. Kruger conducted his PhD under Professors Thomas Niesler and Febe de Wet, both at the Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Research Group in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. His research developed methods that allow…

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Internet of Things welcomes a new Research Chair

Internet of Things welcomes a new Research Chair

By Carla Nel | 6th May 2022

Professor Thinus Booysen is the Faculty’s newly appointed Research Chair of the Internet of Things (IoT) – a joint position within the Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Industrial Engineering departments. The Internet of Things encompasses how digital technology and connectivity observe, link, and affect the world around us. It is about connecting many things that…

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Open Day 2022

Open Day 2022 – An Event Worth Celebrating

By Carla Nel | 3rd May 2022

[Article by Nane Zietsman] Engineering is a team sport, and the success of our 2022 Open Day confirms that this rings true. With the dedication of our students and staff, the Faculty housed fully booked sessions at this year’s long-anticipated on-campus event. As the first on-campus Open Day since the COVID-19 pandemic, several measurements were…

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The 13-metre sculptural public artwork, designed to celebrate and encourage innovative and collaborative solutions, will now be a permanent fixture on the lawn in front of the Faculty of Engineering complex

THINK Bench ‘a well-timed addition’ to changing SU landscape

By Carla Nel | 21st Apr 2022

[Article by Development & Alumni Relations] Stellenbosch University (SU) has unveiled an iconic 10-ton functional art piece – the THINK Bench – which was donated to the University by GT Ferreira, a Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) founder and SU alumnus. The 13-metre sculptural public artwork, designed to celebrate and encourage innovative and collaborative solutions, will…

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Double Achievement for Dr Leanne Johnson

Double Achievement for Dr Leanne Johnson

By Carla Nel | 20th Apr 2022

[Article by Nane Zietsman] Stellenbosch University recently hosted in-person graduations for the first time since December 2019. The Faculty of Engineering was delighted to celebrate this milestone with our students. It was an occasion for many to celebrate their hard work and perseverance, including Dr Leanne Johnson. Dr Leanne Johnson became the second person in…

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Double PhD celebration for siblings

Double PhD celebration for siblings

By Carla Nel | 8th Apr 2022

[Article by Corporate Communications] It was a double celebration for siblings Clarice and Manisha du Plessis, who both graduated with PhDs during Stellenbosch University’s (SU) April graduation series. Clarice (27), was awarded a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Manisha (25), a PhD in Science, specifically in Physiological Sciences. The siblings are the first in their…

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