Emeritus Prof. Mark Alexander just returned from a six-week stay in Chennai, south-eastern India. As a Visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) in Chennai, Prof. Alexander joined the faculty team of IITM Building Technology and Construction Management (BTCM) in appraising the work of their PhD students, or Research Scholars as they are called in India. The process included interviewing and engaging with the scholars, giving critical input on their work, as well as providing feedback on their findings and progress. Prof. Alexander was asked to also give a general assessment of the PhD programme. “It was a wonderful opportunity to gain insights into the range of work going on at IITM and see the activities within the labs”, says Prof. Alexander. “I would like to thank the IITM, particularly Prof. Gettu, Prof. Lanthanum and Prof. Pillai, for making this possible”.
While at IITM, Prof. Alexander gave a lecture on his current research topic – “Developments in the performance approach for durability and service life prediction for concrete structures”. The lecture was recorded on video so that it can be distributed to a wider learning audience.
Prof. Alexander also attended the 71st Annual RILEM Week, held in Chennai, in early September. He is a member of the RILEM Bureau as Outgoing President; he also delivered a paper to the accompanying International Conference on Advances in Construction Materials and Systems (ICACMS).
The Department of Civil Engineering is part of the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment (EBE) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.