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Biological Transformation in Manufacturing: Direct integration of biological components for machining Ti6Al4V

By Devon Hagedorn-Hansen | 15th Jul 2019

The Stellenbosch Technology Centre (STC-LAM), in the Department of Industrial Engineering, is part of an international Fraunhofer Institute project on Biological Transformation in Manufacturing. One of the aims of the project is to develop and test (safe) microbial-based metal cutting fluids for greener machining processes. Conventionally, mineral-oil-based metal working fluids are used in metal cutting…

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Second international academic adventure awaits Engineering alumnus

By Liesel Koch | 2nd Aug 2019

A second international academic adventure awaits Bovinille Anye Cho in September 2019. Bovinille, who hails from Cameroon, obtained his MEng in Chemical Engineering cum laude in December 2018 at Stellenbosch University and is now ready to tackle his PhD studies at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. This bright student completed his undergraduate engineering studies at…

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Innovative technology can help combat rhino poaching

By Liesel Koch | 25th Jul 2019

Article by Dr Alec Basson, Senior Science Writer at Stellenbosch University Rhino poaching is a very serious problem in South Africa with more than 1 000 rhinos having been killed each year between 2013 and 2017, according to the international organisation Save the Rhino. And while anti-poaching strategies have aided towards a slight reduction in this…

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Founder of STERG receives NIPMO Award

By Liesel Koch | 18th Jul 2019

The founder of the Solar Thermal Energy Research Group (STERG) at Stellenbosch University, Dr Paul Gauché, received a 2019 NIPMO Intellectual Property Creators Award. He received this National Intellectual Property Management Office (NIPMO) Award as Top Intellectual Property Creator for his disclosures of concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies during his directorship at STERG. The award…

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Engineering Campus Renewal project well underway

By Liesel Koch | 18th Jul 2019

At the Faculty of Engineering, the civil engineers are smiling. The reason is that the Engineering building complex resembles a construction site and they feel at home. In fact, it has been a construction site for quite some time and will remain one for several years to come. The Department of Industrial Engineering is also…

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Young academic wins coveted Google Faculty Research Award

By Liesel Koch | 18th Jul 2019

Dr Herman Kamper has received a coveted Google Faculty Research Award, one of only a few made to researchers in Africa so far. He says: “Google would like to build and maintain good relationships with universities and academics and therefore has a programme that focuses on funding world-class technical research in Engineering and Computer Science…

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Faculty gains expert in renewable energy

By Liesel Koch | 15th Jul 2019

The Faculty of Engineering is fortunate that a highly-experienced process engineer, award-winning patent holder and author has joined its academic corps. Prof Craig McGregor has been appointed as an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering from 1 June 2019. He will also serve as Director of the Solar Thermal Energy Research…

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Faculty showcases research in Gauteng

By Liesel Koch | 15th Jul 2019

The Faculty of Engineering’s Research Showcase held in Johannesburg on 7 June attracted approximately 100 people from industry. This event was the first of its kind in Gauteng. “In November last year the Faculties of Engineering and Science jointly presented a very successful Research Showcase in Stellenbosch, and this year we felt it would be…

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Christo Nicholls holder of new Stellenbosch University Utility Solutions Research Chair

By Liesel Koch | 15th Jul 2019

“I have always had a passion to return to academia where I can focus on applied research on real-life problems that will benefit the whole country,” says Christo Nicholls, the holder of the new Stellenbosch University Utility Solutions Research Chair (SUN-USRC) sponsored by Macrocomm. The new Chair will focus on research in the fields of…

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Civil Engineering boasts four new SAICE Fellows

By Liesel Koch | 15th Jul 2019

The Department of Civil Engineering is proud to have four new SAICE Fellows in its midst. They are profs Kobus du Plessis, Gideon van Zijl, Celeste Viljoen and Jan Wium. They joined the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) in 1993, 2001, 2002 and 1979 respectively. A Fellow is a Corporate Member of SAICE…

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