The Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment is focussed on improving its research profile and in May 2015, staff and students received awards for their outstanding research work. A Departmental Research award of R10 000 was given to a staff member from each department for being the most prolific publisher in the preceding calendar year. The recipient of the Department of Civil Engineering was Professor Kobus Van Zyl.
Congratulations to Kevin Sack who received the SA Association for the Advancement of Science – S2A3 medal. The medal serves to commend outstanding South African research students graduating at the Master's level. Kevin’s Master’s degree was awarded with distinction in the dissertation and the degree with distinction. His supervisor was Dr Sebastian Skatulla from the Department of Civil Engineering. His thesis title was Biological Tissue Mechanics with Fibres Modelled as one Dimensional Cosserat Continua. Applications to Cardiac Tissue in Healthy and Diseased States. Kevin is currently registered for his PhD in Biomedical Engineering.
Olukayode Alao, an MSc student in CoMISRU, has been selected for an oral and poster presentation at Our Common Future under Climate Change, an international scientific conference to be held in Paris from 7 – 10 July 2015. His supervisor, A/Professor Hans Beushausen said, “We are extremely proud of Olukayode, and it is an excellent opportunity for him to showcase his work.” The French Embassy in South Africa will be sponsoring Olukayode to attend the conference.
Makotsene Makgalemele, a 2008 civil engineering graduate of the University of Cape Town, was named the 2014 Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) Young Engineer of the Year. The judges looked for leadership, as well as outstanding performance in areas including technical achievement on a project, educational achievement, and contributions to sustainable development – such as environmental initiatives, social responsibilities, and community involvement.