The Seventh International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation (SEMC 2019) was held at the Southern Sun Cape Sun Hotel in Cape Town from 2 to 4 September 2019. Organised by Alphose Zingoni, Professor of Structural Engineering and Mechanics in the Department of Civil Engineering, the event was attended by more than 400 participants representing 62 countries and 180 universities worldwide.
Emeritus Professor Mark Alexander had always wanted to stand on top of a suspension bridge, just to soak in the combined forces of nature and structural engineering, the massive arcs of steel cable looping between pylons, mimicking the shape of a spider’s web, or a necklace around a woman’s neck.
Seven young University of Cape Town (UCT) scholars are among the inaugural 2019 cohort of Future Leaders – African Independent Research (FLAIR) Fellows. FLAIR Fellowships are awarded to talented African early-career researchers who have the potential to become leaders in their fields.