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New modern, spacious Pavement and Geotechnical Research Laboratory commissioned

By Liesel Koch | 16th Sep 2020

Article by Prof Kim Jenkins After two months of decanting from the old Civil Engineering building to its reestablishment in the Pavement and Geotechnical Research Laboratory, the PGRL finally became operational in July 2020. Prof Kim Jenkins, incumbent of the SANRAL Chair in Pavement Engineering says: “The new PGRL that will support the SANRAL Chair,…

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Dr Japie van Zyl remembered as one of SU’s greatest graduates

By Liesel Koch | 11th Sep 2020

Dr Japie van Zyl, who passed away on 26 August this year, can be regarded as one of the Faculty of Engineering’s most distinguished and outstanding alumni. This is also the opinion of Prof Christo Viljoen former Dean of Engineering and Vice-Rector at Stellenbosch. He says: “Japie is one of the greatest of SU’s graduates,…

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Book inspired by love for old, majestic road bridges in the Free State

By Liesel Koch | 10th Sep 2020

“As an engineer, tackling the bridge stories was a matter of love for the majestic, stately structures that might be forgotten. I consider the old steel and other lesser old Free State road bridges to be iconic for the period 1880 to late 1930,” says Nicol van der Walt. A recently published book, The Way…

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SU mourns the passing of Dr Japie van Zyl and Dirk Mudge

By Liesel Koch | 27th Aug 2020

Article by Corporate Communication and Marketing Stellenbosch University (SU) is deeply saddened by the news of the passing of two foremost Namibian SU alumni, Dr Japie van Zyl, one of the world’s leading space scientists, and the politician and “peace broker”, Dr Dirk Mudge. The fact that Van Zyl and Mudge passed away on Heroes…

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Engineering’s Dean, Prof Wikus van Niekerk, receives exceptional honour

By Liesel Koch | 5th Aug 2020

The Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at Stellenbosch University, Prof Wikus van Niekerk, received the distinguished honour to be elected an Honorary Fellow of the South African Institution of Mechanical Engineers (SAIMechE). SAIMechE is the senior body representing the discipline of mechanical engineering in South Africa and was established in 1892. The President of the…

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Stellenbosch Technology Centre uses state-of-the-art equipment to manufacture parts for Covid-19 projects

By Liesel Koch | 4th Aug 2020

Article by Devon Hagedorn-Hansen Students, technicians and lecturers from the Faculty of Engineering, Stellenbosch University, have been assisting in various projects in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic since early April 2020. From 3D printing face shields and other PPE, to assisting with testing and manufacturing prototypes for the National Ventilator Project (NVP). The National…

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SU renewable energy research to benefit from large British funding project

By Liesel Koch | 31st Jul 2020

Article by Corporate Communication will allow the Centre to identify and engage talented early career African academics …help to establish a multidisciplinary African community of collaborators around renewable energy The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Energy at Stellenbosch University (SU) is to benefit from large financial awards from UK Research and Innovation…

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Prestigious NSTF award for young fire research team

By Liesel Koch | 31st Jul 2020

Prof Richard Walls, Head of the Fire Engineering Research Unit at Stellenbosch University, was announced joint winner in the TW Kambule-NSTF Awards Category: Emerging Researcher in the 2019/2020 NSTF-South32 Awards during an online ceremony on 30 July 2020. There were 20 nominees in this Category. Regarded as the most sought-after national accolades of their kind…

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Addressing congestion in Stellenbosch with real-time traffic control

By Liesel Koch | 24th Jul 2020

Article by Prof Johann Andersen Traffic congestion in cities around the world is becoming progressively more concerning as travel demand exceeds roadway capacity, impacting mobility, productivity and the environment. If you recall, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, that was also evident in Stellenbosch! On any given day, it was a nightmare to traverse across town…

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Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering assists with National Ventilator Project (NVP)

By Liesel Koch | 24th Jul 2020

Article by Prof Johan van der Spuy In early April 2020, the South African Department of Trade, Industry and Competition mandated the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) to manage the local development of ventilators in support of the government’s response to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Ventilator Project Manager, Willem Esterhuyse from SARAO,…

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