The Klaus-Jürgen Bathe Leadership Programme was established at the University of Cape Town in 2014, through a gift donated by Prof. Klaus-Jürgen Bathe of MIT (USA). Prof. Bathe graduated from the UCT Department of Civil Engineering in 1967, and has collaborated with Prof. Zingoni over the past 15 years.
A group of civil engineering students were head-hunted by the Institution of Civil Engineering (ICE), a UK-based professional body, to set up a UCT ICE Student Chapter. They were chosen based on their current contribution to the civil engineering industry. ICE assists students and young graduates towards their professional registration as Charted Engineers and is a global leader in training and equipping engineering professionals with the necessary knowledge to be at the forefront of the engineering industry.
On 11 November, Professor Marianne Vanderschuren presented the 68th Snape Memorial Lecture online to 90 delegates. Her lecture was titled “Is transport planning and implementation failing 75% of our citizens?”
Emeritus Associate Professor Dereck Sparks passed away at the age of 85 on Saturday 10 August 2019. A/Professor Sparks joined UCT on 1 January 1965. He served as an academic in the Department of Civil Engineering for over 50 years, which includes the years he supported civil engineering as a retiree.
Although rail offers the cheapest daily commute, trains are the most dangerous mode of public transport for South African women, says an award-winning paper by the University of Cape Town (UCT) transport engineer Professor Marianne Vanderschuren.
University of Cape Town (UCT) civil engineering honours graduate Mwana Mwale was not only top of the 2019 class, she’s also won second place for her research thesis in the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) National Investigative Project (IP) Showdown.
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.
In an interview with CNBCAfrica, Professor Pilate Moyo, Director of CoMSIRU, Head of UCT Department of Civil Engineering, and Chairman of Technical Programmes at SAHHA, shares insights into new technologies for heavy haul railways and South Africa’s role in advancing these on the continent.
Professor Zingoni’s latest book, Shell Structures in Civil and Mechanical Engineering, was launched in the New Engineering Building on 28 March 2018. The event was attended by more than 100 guests, who included representatives of national research institutes, engineering practitioners from industry, academics from local universities, as well as UCT staff and students. The book (464 pages), the first of its kind on the continent, has been published by ICE Publishing (Institution of Civil Engineers, London), and is an updated and expanded version of the original edition published by Thomas Telford in 1997.
The third induction dinner for newly selected scholars of the Klaus-Jürgen Bathe Leadership Programme was held at a restaurant in Constantia on 21 February 2018. A total of 14 UCT students from across all 6 Faculties were presented with award certificates by Professor Alphose Zingoni, Programme Director, and Professor Klaus-Jürgen Bathe, Programme Founder.