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MEng student at Industrial Engineering excels at IAMOT

By Liesel Koch | 27th Jul 2018

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Making waves in the Southern Ocean

By Liesel Koch | 27th Jul 2018

December 2017 marked the start of the 57th annual South African National Antarctic Expedition (SANAE), with the SA Agulhas II setting sail for Antarctica, loaded with supplies, vehicles, and scientists.  Among those on board were the new SANAE IV base team, students from various universities, meteorologists, and a construction crew set to finish the renovations…

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Toyosi Craig wins awards at the 2018 African Young Graduate Summit

By Liesel Koch | 28th May 2018

Toyosi Craig, a final-year PhD student at the Department of Industrial Engineering, attended the 2018 African Young Graduate Summit at the Birchwood Hotel in Johannesburg from 12 – 16 March 2018.  During this one-week workshop, as organised by the Human Science Research Council (HSRC) and the African Institute of South Africa (AISA), Toyosi presented a…

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SU develops first industrial-grade gantry type 3D concrete printer in Africa

By Liesel Koch | 28th May 2018

The first industrial-grade gantry type 3D concrete printer in Africa produced its first 3D printed object last month. Jacques Kruger, who recently upgraded to PhD in structural engineering, designed and manufactured the printer. The laboratory size printer with outer dimensions 1.3 x 1.3 x 1.67 m (w x l x h) has a build volume…

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Large Scale Fan Test Facility

By Liesel Koch | 28th May 2018

As part of the MinwaterCSP H2020 project, the European Union allocated funding for the construction of a 24 foot diameter fan and cooling system test facility on the premises of Stellenbosch University. The MinwaterCSP project aims to reduce the water consumption of concentrated power plants by implementing high efficiency cooling processes and novel mirror cleaning…

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Workshop on modelling South Africa’s future power system

By Liesel Koch | 28th May 2018

“Coordinated research on the modelling of future power systems within the context of increasing renewable energy penetration is critically important”, according to Dr Bernard Bekker, Eskom Chair in Power System Simulation at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. “Very large investment decisions are typically based on the future scenarios resulting from these modelling activities.”…

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Working to change the world

By Liesel Koch | 25th May 2018

“So what do you actually DO during all the hours when you’re not lecturing? Surely you have a nice easy job? If I had a penny for each time that somebody asked me this question, I wouldn’t be worried about the need for a job,” says Dr Neill Goosen, lecturer and researcher at the Department of Process…

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“First generation experience” attracts many top learners

By Liesel Koch | 24th May 2018

Universities can be quite daunting for learners who have no experience of academic or tertiary institutions. On 10 May the Faculty of Engineering welcomed top learners in Grades 11 and 12 whose parents have not had the opportunity to study at a university. During this event, called the First Generation Experience, learners could feel the exciting…

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Students learn theory, practice and a few lessons in life

By Liesel Koch | 23rd May 2018

The Maze Runner might sound like the title of a movie. Not in this instance. It is the name of the group project for final-year Mechanical and Mechatronic students where they learn mechanical and electronic design, manufacturing and control. Along the way they also learn very important lessons in life: Competition in the professional world…

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Energy Research Programme passes with flying colours

By Liesel Koch | 17th May 2018

The Energy Research Programme (ERP)*, funded by the National Department of Science and Technology and administered by the National Research Foundation (NRF), and driven by the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies (CRSES), passed its recent five-yearly review with flying colours. The ERP is based on a Hub-and-Spokes model, with CRSES, housed in the…

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