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Love of nature driving force behind Dominique’s master’s

By Liesel Koch | 2nd Dec 2019

“I grew up with a deep love of nature,” says Dominique van Schalkwyk who will receive her master’s degree in Chemical Engineering on 9 December 2019. “When I first learned about climate change, I very quickly felt a need to protect that part of my childhood. This stuck with me during my high school days…

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Through serendipity Dr Mkhululi Mabhula regards Stellenbosch as his home

By Liesel Koch | 2nd Dec 2019

Dr Mkhululi Mabhula, PhD graduate at the Faculty of Engineering, had no say in the choice of the South African university for his undergraduate engineering studies. He was a participant in an interchange of knowledge programme of his country, Zimbabwe, which allocates universities randomly to students. Dr Mabhula’s institution turned out to be Stellenbosch. This…

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“Creativity” the word that inspired Dr Louzanne Bam from an early age

By Liesel Koch | 2nd Dec 2019

Over the years, creativity played a big role in Dr Louzanne Bam’s life. The word was one of the triggers that stimulated her interest to study engineering. It was also the main impetus in her choice of a topic for her PhD degree which she will receive at the December 2019 graduation ceremony. “When I…

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Dr Wouter Bam likes to grapple with the bigger picture

By Liesel Koch | 2nd Dec 2019

Coming from a family of medical doctors, Dr Wouter Bam broke the mould and opted for engineering, specifically Industrial Engineering. “I enjoy working at systems level and grappling with the bigger picture,” he explains. For his PhD he also broke the mould. This qualification is a joint degree, namely a PhD in Industrial Engineering at…

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Dr Christa de Kock driven to creatively address problems

By Liesel Koch | 2nd Dec 2019

“I am driven to creatively address problems,” says Dr Christa de Kock. “When it came to choosing a career, I felt my choice would always be between engineering or architecture. The former because engineering has a problem-solving angle and I love Mathematics. Architecture was in the running, because I am a fairly creative person.” She…

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Dr Wibke de Villiers follows father’s advice and finds her niche

By Liesel Koch | 2nd Dec 2019

“I had no idea what I wanted to study after Matric,” says Dr Wibke de Villiers, one of the Faculty’s PhD December 2019 graduates. “My father suggested that I study civil engineering as he thought it was a good qualification to have. I always loved Mathematics and Science and because I did not have a…

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Jac van der Merwe Competition for Innovation celebrates 25 years

By Liesel Koch | 27th Nov 2019

Innovation competition celebrates its diamond anniversary! On 26 November 2019 the annual Jac van der Merwe Competition for Innovation was presented in the Faculty of Engineering for the 25th time. This Competition, sponsored by MultiChoice, rewards the Maties engineering student with most innovative final-year project. This year’s winner was Gareth Ramsay who won R20 000 with…

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Dr Mohsen Mandegari one of Top 20 Postdoctoral Researchers at SU

By Liesel Koch | 21st Nov 2019

Congratulations to Dr Mohsen Mandegari, a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Process Engineering, for being recognised as one of the Top 20 Postdoctoral Researchers at Stellenbosch University in 2019. Dr Mandegari’s research focuses on biorefinery developments, and he has recently co-authored four journal articles and two chapters in books. He has also served as…

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Engineering students recognised for excellence

By Liesel Koch | 21st Nov 2019

At the annual Rector’s Awards ceremony on 30 October 2019, 92 Stellenbosch University students were honoured for excellent achievement in areas ranging from academics, sports and culture to social impact and co-curricular. Top engineering students were amongst the recipients of these prestigious awards. On the photo with the Rector, Prof Wim de Villiers, is Kurt…

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The exceptional year of Thabani Mtsi

By Liesel Koch | 21st Nov 2019

Thabani Mtsi, master’s student in the Department of Civil Engineering, has had a big year in 2019. He started the year with his undergraduate thesis being named the best in South Africa by the South African Institution of Civil Engineering and has grown from strength to strength since then. He was involved in student leadership…

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