Iain Paton recently made history as the first person to graduate from the newly introduced Professional Masters Degree in Geotechnical Engineering (MGeotech) programme. Iain’s degree was awarded with distinction and his dissertation entitled An investigation into the geotechnical nature of aeolian coversands in the Knysna area of the Southern Cape.
A presentation at the Water Institution of South Africa 2016 Conference by Ben Biggs, an MSc student in the Urban Water Management Research Group, made quite an impression. An article on his presentation ‘A water supply from roads’ appeared in The Mercury.
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.