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Meet the Teaching Excellence Award winners from Engineering

By Liesel Koch | 17th Oct 2019

Article by Asiphe Nombewu, Corporate Communication Two academics at the Faculty to Engineering were recipients of a Distinguished Teacher award. They are Dr Karel Kruger and Dr Robbie Pott. As one of the 2019 Distinguished Teachers awards winners, Dr Karel Kruger, a lecturer at Stellenbosch University’s Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineer, says he finds great…

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Engineering welcomes home tridentate monument after 50 years

By Liesel Koch | 9th Oct 2019

“It is very apt to move this monument to our large building complex in the Faculty of Engineering’s 75th year of existence,” says the Dean, Prof Wikus van Niekerk. The tridentate monument, erected in Victoria Street 50 years ago in honour of engineering, was relocated to the Faculty’s building complex in Banghoek Road in August 2019.…

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3D printing of concrete attracts great interest at Innovation Summit

By Liesel Koch | 7th Oct 2019

If you want to capture someone’s attention – display concrete flamingos! This strategy seems to have worked for two postgraduate students who exhibited their research in 3D printing of concrete at the SA Innovation Summit. “We received a very positive response from delegates at the Summit,” says Frederick Bester and Marchant van den Heever, postgraduate…

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5 Maties Engineering students amongst GradStar Top 100 most employable students

By Liesel Koch | 30th Sep 2019

Five Maties engineering students have excelled by being amongst the Top 100 Most Employable Students in the GradStar Programme. Furthermore, Travis Defty, far right (BEng Mechatronic) was selected as one of the 10 Finest Top Students. The other four are Shahina Patel (MEng Electrical), Newton Mapowo (MEng Engineering Management), Kendrick Mashego (BEng Chemical) and Nicholas…

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Two first-year engineering students fare extremely well in international contest

By Liesel Koch | 17th Sep 2019

Two first-year Matie engineering students have shown they can compete on the international stage and perform well. Ralph McDougall (E&E) and Tian Cilliers (Mechatronic) participated in the 31st International Olympiad in Informatics in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 4 to 11 August 2019. They were part of four-member team representing South Africa. The other two team members were…

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From top student to full professor

By Liesel Koch | 17th Sep 2019

Over the past 21 years, the Faculty of Engineering’s second female full professor, Prof Celeste Viljoen, made her mark as a student and an academic. She joined the academic corps of the Department of Civil Engineering ten years ago and was promoted to full professor in July 2019. Even during her study career as a Maties…

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Companies – here’s your opportunity to meet the engineers of tomorrow

By Liesel Koch | 17th Sep 2019

Companies interested in recruiting Matie engineering students have an excellent platform at their disposal. This platform allows engineering students to find out more about career possibilities in the workplace. “The Unit for Graduand Career Services at Stellenbosch University hosts an annual Career Fair that gives companies the ideal opportunity to introduce employment opportunities (permanent, vacation…

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Process Engineering celebrates 50 years

By Liesel Koch | 17th Sep 2019

“The Department of Process Engineering has its roots in a rather momentous and extraordinary year, 1969. In the same year, a monstrous Saturn V rocket gulped a combined volume of 3,5 million litres of kerosene, liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen to catapult three astronauts to the surface of the moon; a very special year indeed,”…

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Women make excellent engineers the main message at Women in Engineering event

By Liesel Koch | 13th Sep 2019

Women make excellent engineers, there’s no doubt about that. This was one of the strong messages conveyed at the Faculty of Engineering’s 17th Women in Engineering annual event, which took place on 11 September. Approximately 195 female learners (Grade 10 and 11), who excel in Mathematics and Physical Sciences, attended. The young ladies (from the Cape…

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Biomedical Engineering Postgraduate programmes to be offered at Stellenbosch University from 2020

By Liesel Koch | 4th Sep 2019

“It is with immense pleasure, and anticipation, that we announce that the Institute for Biomedical Engineering (IBE) at Stellenbosch University (SU) will offer its new postgraduate programmes from 2020,” says Prof Martin Nieuwoudt, Director of the IBE. “Biomedical engineering is a progressive and exciting field aimed at improving or solving health-related problems through multidisciplinary fields…

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