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Gel-casting: Great potential for biomedical implants

By Carla Nel | 23rd Jul 2021

[Article by Nane Zietsman] “I have always wondered what it would be like to be part of a new research area where there is no defined solution. The undergraduate experience shapes your intuition and understanding about the fundamental engineering principles, where postgraduate studies allow you the freedom to investigate the unknown.” This is how Wian…

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Intercultural Communication 113

Intercultural Communication for Engineers completes its first semester

By Carla Nel | 9th Jul 2021

[Article by Stellenbosch University Language Centre and Nane Zietsman] The Faculty of Engineering initiated a new undergraduate module to replace the Professional Communication module that has been compulsory for all first-year engineering students for the past 15 years. Intercultural Communication for Engineers 113 aims to prepare students for a diverse study and work environment by…

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New Chair to prioritise people-centred approach

New Chair to prioritise people-centred approach

By Carla Nel | 7th Jul 2021

Seasoned academic and engineer Prof Johan van der Spuy has been appointed as the new Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic (M&M) Engineering as of 1 July 2021. The M&M Department has been part of the Faculty of Engineering since 1948. Mechanical engineering is characterised by the field’s involvement in structures, motion and…

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Student entrepreneurs set to launch app to help street vendors

Student entrepreneurs set to launch app to help street vendors

By Carla Nel | 6th Jul 2021

[Author: Keshia Africa, Weekend Argus] The article “Young techies set to impact township economies” by Keshia Africa was published in the Weekend Argus of 2 July 2021: Three young tech entrepreneurs in Cape Town combined their talents for a virtual hackathon and won R25 000 cash for their proposed app. Tech non-profit organisation Silicon Cape…

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Virtual Reality will enable students to view their designs on a life-size scale and see the proportions of their systems

New Virtual Reality Laboratory for Machine Design excites

By Carla Nel | 21st Jun 2021

[Article written by Nane Zietsman] The Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering at Stellenbosch University recently introduced a state-of-the-art Virtual Reality Laboratory (VR Lab) as an academic resource for undergraduate Machine Design and other modules . Professor Anton Basson explains that the addition of the VR Lab will specifically support third-year Mechanical and Mechatronic students…

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Holsloot weir

Holsloot weir river project in full flow

By Carla Nel | 17th Jun 2021

[Article by Nane Zietsman] A new diversion works and weir were recently completed on the Holsloot River for irrigation, replacing the weir that washed away during the 2013 flood. The Stellenbosch Hydraulics Laboratory (SHL) of the Department of Civil Engineering at Stellenbosch University (SU), was appointed by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture to do…

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SU spinout company ensures school receives first ever energy efficient certificate in SA

By Carla Nel | 11th Jun 2021

[Article by Ms Petro Mostert] Stellenbosch University (SU) spinout company GreenX Engineering’s initiatives to help equip Cloetesville Primary School in Stellenbosch with energy-saving technology ensured that it became the first school in South Africa to receive an Electrical Performance Certificate (EPC). The school received an A rating for electrical consumption of 17 kWh per m².…

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Solar-generation workshop for learners sparks interest

By Carla Nel | 1st Jun 2021

[Author: Daniel Bugon] Teachers and learners from schools in Cloetesville and Kayamandi recently benefitted from a solar-generation workshop presented by Stellenbosch University’s Department of Business Management in partnership with the Faculty of Engineering and the Science, Technology and Electronics Programme (SUNSTEP). The workshop, which hosted top math and science Grade 11 and 12 pupils from Cloetesville…

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Digital twins in the water sector

By Carla Nel | 19th May 2021

[Article by Kirsten Kelly, Editor: Water and Sanitation Africa] What is a digital twin? And how can it be used in the water sector? Professor Annie Bekker – research chair at Rand Water and professor in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering at Stellenbosch University – elaborates on the standard definition and its potential…

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High-altitude Balloon launch excites at Earth Day event

By Carla Nel | 13th May 2021

[Article by Nane Zietsman] Earth Day is a global initiative that takes place on the 22nd of April every year. It is viewed as a day of action to change human behaviour and create worldwide awareness regarding climate change. This year the Faculty of Engineering at Stellenbosch University joined the movement by participating in an…

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