Highlights from SU’s 2024 Open Day for future engineers

On Saturday, 20 April 2024, the Faculty of Engineering at Stellenbosch University (SU) hosted another successful Open Day, showcasing the Faculty’s five departments and programme offerings to prospective students and their parents.

The event formed part of SU’s annual Open Day. It allowed learners to familiarise themselves with SU’s beautiful campus while getting a glimpse of the University’s various faculties, student communities and residences.

Browse through these photos that captured the Open Day activities:

Despite the foggy weather, the Faculty grounds buzzed with excitement as attendees gathered in front of the General Engineering Building, eagerly awaiting tours through the various departments. A lively atmosphere filled with background music from a DJ and the aroma of coffee and snacks from the Faculty’s Chalkboard Cafeteria set the stage for exploration.
Tour guides welcomed prospective students, handed out information packs, and briefed them on the day’s agenda.
Industrial Engineering’s tour guides were in high spirits as they prepared to showcase their Department’s offerings.
Postgraduate students from the Department of Chemical Engineering engaged visitors with a demonstration on “Urban Mining for a Circular Economy”.
Prof André Burger, former chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering, led a Q&A session with curious learners.
Visitors also caught a glimpse into the hydraulics lab (currently under renovation) in the Department of Civil Engineering, focusing on various hydraulic aspects, such as river- and stormwater hydraulics, the design of hydraulic structures, hydrology and bulk water services.
During Open Day, innovative projects at Civil Engineering, including concrete technology, 3D printing, sustainability and structural reliability, were showcased.
The Department of Electrical and Electronic (E&E) Engineering highlighted autonomous unmanned vehicles, like this drone, capable of autonomous flight. This drone can carry several different payloads for different operational tasks.
Prospective students had the opportunity to meet RooiBot, an autonomous robot from E&E designed for exploring and mapping unseen environments.
The Department of Industrial Engineering demonstrated simulations, a vital aspect of engineering education.
The Department of Industrial Engineering also showcased the Learning Factory, where industrial engineers design and improve production systems.
Dr Nicole Taylor, a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering, discussing the concept of digital twins, to enable Industry 4.0 for the South African context.
Goldiblox, a solar-powered walking unicorn developed by Mechatronic Engineering graduate Ella Gardiner, captured the imagination of attendees as master’s student Fama Fallow explained it’s significance to the visitors.

To all prospective students, remember that the closing date for applications is 31 July 2024. We look forward to welcoming you to the Faculty of Engineering in 2025!

Apply here.