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. The Departmental Research award of R10 000 for being the most prolific publisher in the preceding calendar year at the Department of Civil Engineering was given to 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 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.
Congratulations to Daniel Avutia who has won the National Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining Young Persons’ Lecture Competition for his lecture entitled: Analytical study of sinkhole propagation in South Africa. He will represent Africa at the World Championships in Dublin, Ireland in October 2015 where he will compete with the winners from the other five continents.
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.”
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.
Dr Sebastian Skatulla is a recipient of the Claude Leon Merit Award for Early-Career Researchers which is given to encourage the outstanding scholarly achievements as a young researcher.
The Concrete Materials & Structural Integrity Research Unit has been successful in securing new funding for its research. In the past, the Unit was mainly funded by the Cement & Concrete Institute (C & CI), who channelled funding from the cement industry to tertiary institutions.
Professor Alphose Zingoni’s book, Vibration Analysis & Structural Dynamics for Civil Engineers (ISBN 978-0-415-52256-4), published by CRC Press (Taylor & Francis UK), was formally launched in the New Engineering Building on the Upper Campus of UCT on 15 April 2015.
Dr Sebastian Skatulla in the Department of Civil Engineering has been elected as Member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Computing in Civil and Building Engineering (ISCCBE) from 15 February 2015.
At a function hosted by Programme Director, Prof. Alphose Zingoni (former HOD), 16 exceptional students from across UCT were presented with Bathe Leadership Scholarships by UCT Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Max Price. Among the recipients was Nozipo Gwaza (2nd-Year BSc Civil Engineering student). The Department conveys its hearty congratulations to her.