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Antarctic researchers break the ice
Monday, August 14, 2017 - 09:00

A second successful winter voyage aboard the ice-breaking research vessel SA Agulhas II into the Antarctic Marginal Ice Zone (MIZ) has been undertaken by members of the University of Cape Town (UCT) Sea Ice Research Team.

Appointment of Vernon Collis as Adjunct Associate Professor
Monday, March 6, 2017 - 14:15

Mr Vernon Collis has a long association with the Department of Civil Engineering. He is qualified as both a professional engineer and a professional architect. His main contribution to the department to date has been in the area of designing for sustainability in civil engineering, a field in which he is an acknowledged expert with extensive experience in both Africa and Asia. 

New fellows honoured for distinguished work
Friday, December 9, 2016 - 12:00

Two new UCT fellows, professors Nicola Mulder (computational biology) and Alphose Zingoni (structural engineering), were formally inducted at a dinner on 7 December.

SEMC 2016 hailed a great success
Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 09:45

The Sixth International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation (SEMC 2016) was successfully hosted by the University of Cape Town from 5 to 7 September 2016.

Dr Sebsatian Skatulla
Dr Sebastian Skatulla elected as President of SAAM
Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 07:45

Dr Sebastian Skatulla has been elected as President of the South African Association for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (SAAM).

Iain Paton and Dr Denis Kalumba
New Professional Masters Degree in Geotechnical Engineering
Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 16:00

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.

Ben Biggs makes waves in Durban
Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 15:30

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.

Celebrating EBE’s excellent research
Monday, June 8, 2015 - 00:00

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.

Prestigious Medal for outstanding Master's student
Sunday, June 7, 2015 - 23:30

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.

Daniel Avutia
Civil graduate to represent Africa in Dublin
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 16:30

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.

Off to Paris for an international conference
Monday, May 25, 2015 - 15:45

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.” 

2014 Young Engineer of the Year Award
Monday, May 25, 2015 - 15:30

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.