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BASE Architecture: The integration of people with Industry 4.0

By Carla Nel | 26th Feb 2021

[Article by Nane Zietsman] The Fourth Industrial Revolution has been a widespread topic amongst all stakeholders of the global polity, from the private and public sectors to civil society and academia. As with any rising phenomena, new data are presented on a daily basis with many gaps still left to be filled. Dale Sparrow, Stellenbosch…

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Stellenbosch University Pioneering Researcher Achieves A1 NRF Rating

By Carla Nel | 23rd Feb 2021

[Article by Nane Zietsman] The renowned Computer Scientist, Prof. Andries Engelbrecht, was awarded an A1 rating by the National Research Foundation. This is the highest achievable rating on the NRF’s rating system. Researchers in this category are recognised by their peers as leading international scholars in their field for the high quality and impact of…

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SU honours academics with Research Output Awards

By Carla Nel | 10th Feb 2021

Article by: Division for Research Development and Nane Zietsman Stellenbosch University’s (SU) annual Research Output Award ceremony took place virtually on Friday 5 February 2021. The awards were presented to SU researchers who made the biggest contribution to accredited publications (based on audited publication statistics of the 2018-output year) and doctoral graduates (December 2019/March 2020 graduations). For…

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Passing of Dr Theo van Robbroeck mourned

By Carla Nel | 10th Feb 2021

It was with great sadness that the Faculty of Engineering learnt that Theo van Robbroeck, aged 89 years, had succumbed to Covid-19 in the early hours of 17 January 2021. Theo van Robbroeck was born in Flemish, Belgium in 1931 and immigrated to South Africa in 1952. He enrolled at Stellenbosch University to study Civil…

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Large-scale production of high-performance additively manufactured cellular structures now a reality

By Carla Nel | 2nd Feb 2021

Article by Wiida Fourie-Basson Additive manufacturing or 3D printing of industrially-relevant high-performance parts and products is today a reality, especially for metal additive manufacturing technologies, and is used globally for the production of end-use, mission-critical parts. But while the design complexity now made possible by additive manufacturing makes it particularly useful to improve product performance…

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Light in the darkness: how South African schools should cut their electricity costs

By Carla Nel | 28th Jan 2021

[Image: Using LED lights in schools can drastically reduce the rate of electricity usage and costs. Shutterstock] [Article by Jason Avron Samuels, PhD Candidate, Electrical Engineering, Stellenbosch University; Leslie van Rooi, Senior Director: Social Impact & Transformation, Stellenbosch University; MJ (Thinus) Booysen, Associate Professor at the Electrical & Electronic Engineering Department, Stellenbosch University, and Sara…

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Put yourself out there, says SU alumnus Sonja Brits

By Carla Nel | 20th Jan 2021

Article by Nane Zietsman Stellenbosch University alumnus, Sonja Brits, has excelled by achieving her Master’s Degree in Robotics, Systems and Controls at ETH in Zurich. The path that led her to ETH started in her first year of Bachelor’s when she saw videos of acrobatic flying drones that could balance poles and work cooperatively to…

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Jac van der Merwe Competition for Innovation: No challenge too great for creativity

By Carla Nel | 14th Jan 2021

Article by Nane Zietsman The 26th Jac van der Merwe Competition for Innovation took place on Wednesday, 13 January 2020. The competition, sponsored by MultiChoice, is intended to reward the Stellenbosch University engineering student with the most innovative final-year project. The competition was named after Stellenbosch University alumnus, Jac van der Merwe, who was a…

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Top engineering student wins coveted Chancellor’s Medal

By Liesel Koch | 15th Dec 2020

Article by Rozanne Engel (Corporate Communication and Marketing) Matthew Brandon Baas is the recipient of Stellenbosch University’s (SU) coveted Chancellor’s Medal for 2020. The Stellenbosch University (SU) student was awarded the degree BEng (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) cum laude on Tuesday, 15 December 2020, during a virtual ceremony for graduates of the Faculty of Engineering.…

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SU celebrates teachers at annual excellence awards

By Liesel Koch | 11th Dec 2020

Three lecturers in the Faculty of Engineering were amongst the group of Stellenbosch Engineering academics honoured for Teaching Excellence. They are Prof Debby Blaine (Teaching Fellow) and Drs Tobi Louw and Martin Venter (Developing Teachers).  Author of article below: Rozanne Engel (Coorporate Communication and Marketing) “In excellence there is no end. At Stellenbosch University, excellence is…

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