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Department of Industrial Engineering excels at ORSSA Conference

Department of Industrial Engineering excels at ORSSA Conference

By Carla Nel | 20th Sep 2022

[Article by Amber Viviers] Students and academic staff from the Department of Industrial Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of Stellenbosch University (SU) received various awards at the recent 51st Annual Conference of the Operations Research Society of South Africa (ORSSA). ORSSA makes recognition awards to individuals who have served the profession of Operations Research…

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Prof Pierre van der Spuy bestowed with Engineer of the Year title at SAICE SANRAL Awards

Prof Pierre van der Spuy bestowed with Engineer of the Year title at SAICE SANRAL Awards

By Carla Nel | 19th Sep 2022

[Article by Amber Viviers] Prof Pierre van der Spuy, Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, was named Engineer of the Year at the prestigious South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) SANRAL National Awards in September 2022. The SAICE SANRAL Awards celebrates and rewards outstanding individuals and projects that act as a…

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Women in Engineering event sees women sharing their inspiring journeys

Women in Engineering event sees women sharing their inspiring journeys

By Carla Nel | 12th Sep 2022

[Article by Amber Viviers] Women engineers, academics and students in the engineering field recently shared their encouraging stories at the annual Women in Engineering event presented by the Faculty of Engineering of Stellenbosch University (SU). Around 150 Grade 10 – 12 female learners who excel in Mathematics and Physical Sciences attended the event to learn…

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The Faculty celebrates Engineering Professors’ academic achievements

By Carla Nel | 29th Aug 2022

[Article by Corporate Communications] ​​​Prof Corné Coetzee from the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering and Prof Rong-Jie Wang from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering recently delivered their professorial inaugural lecture. Coetzee’s lecture titled ‘Modelling of granular materials: Discrete and continuum approaches’ spoke about how the software tools that he develops are used…

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From research to rugby fields: How Bianca Augustyn tackles studies and sport

From research to rugby fields: Bianca Augustyn tackles studies and sport

By Carla Nel | 24th Aug 2022

[Article by Amber Viviers] Not only is Bianca Augustyn a Master’s in Civil Engineering student at Stellenbosch University (SU), but she is also part of the South African Women’s Sevens Rugby team that competed in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England recently. They finished in seventh place. On representing her country internationally, she says:…

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Stellenbosch University and BMW launch new research space

Stellenbosch University and BMW launch new research space

By Carla Nel | 22nd Aug 2022

The newly founded partnership between Stellenbosch University (SU) and the BMW Group South Africa, specifically the BMW IT Hub, known as the ZA Hub, has progressed to the next phase. The BMW IT Hub research space, located at the Faculty of Engineering (in the Mechanical and Mechatronic Building), was officially launched on Tuesday, 26 July…

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Passing of Prof Albert Groenwold mourned

Passing of Prof Albert Groenwold mourned

By Carla Nel | 17th Aug 2022

It is with great sorrow that the Faculty of Engineering inform you of the recent passing of one of our colleagues, Prof Albert A Groenwold.  Prof Groenwold, born on 10 October 1962, in Arnhem, the Netherlands, passed away on 3 August 2022, Cape Town. Prof Groenwold was appointed in the Mechanics Division of the Department…

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Stellenbosch Green School is now even greener thanks to a new solar panel system

Stellenbosch Green School is now even greener thanks to a new solar panel system

By Carla Nel | 15th Aug 2022

[Article by Ms Petro Mostert] A year ago, Cloetesville Primary School became the first school in South Africa to receive an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) after Stellenbosch University and Innovus spinout company GreenX Engineering (GXE) installed energy-saving technology at this school. On Friday, 12 August 2022, this popular Stellenbosch school, known as the Green School…

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Proffs Dirk de Villiers and Robert Lehmensiek receive prestigious Engineering Award

Proffs Dirk de Villiers and Robert Lehmensiek receive prestigious Engineering Award

By Carla Nel | 11th Aug 2022

Two members of staff in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, tasked with designing the reflector antenna shapes for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory of the USA’s upcoming next-generation Very Large Array (ngVLA) radio telescope, received the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Harold A. Wheeler Applications Prize Paper Award. Prof Dirk de…

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Women leaders in engineering

Women leaders in engineering: What is their secret?

By Carla Nel | 10th Aug 2022

The Faculty of Engineering at Stellenbosch University celebrates Women’s Month by spotlighting six women in academic leadership positions. Professors Annie Bekker, Sara Grobbelaar, Prathieka Naidoo, Natasha Sacks, Cara Schwarz and Celeste Viljoen share their perspectives. Prof Annie Bekker, Professor in Mechanical Engineering What is your personal best achievement? I hope this is yet to come!…

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