The Department of Chemical Engineering boasts a thriving postgraduate research environment with approximately 130 registered postgraduate candidates, including researchers from across Africa and the globe. Our department is also proud of an active Postgraduate Student Council (PGSC), which leads and serves the postgraduate cohort with academic and social support, as well as community engagement. Meet them below!
I’m a faculty member since 2016 – self-proclaimed departmental dynamics aficionado. I have the dirtiest labcoat in the department, since I do not see the point in cleaning it. I also frequently match my scrunchies to my outfit, and on a good day, my socks match my scrunchie too.
As a compassionate individual, I derive pleasure from assisting others. My hobbies include indulging in music and practicing the art of crocheting. I enjoy reading African literature. I also laugh a lot; it makes life easier.
I am an introvert by nature who loves social outreach programs. I grew up in a farming community and am therefore an animal lover. I enjoy the winter; I think it makes you appreciate summer the same is applicable in life.
I like to spend my free time playing first-person shooter games, listening to hip-hop, or watching anime. I may display good comedic skills sometimes and I believe that ‘‘you should always do all that you can do and leave the rest to nature and God (s)’’.
Growing up in Khayelitsha has taught me to make the most of what I have. I mean, we would make cars out of bricks, milk cartons, bucket lids and many other things. Even today, I still subscribe to that viewpoint.
A passionate, God–fearing , mineral processing junkie with the eagerness to learn and engage with individuals from different backgrounds.
Alternative and soul R&B music lover. I play the alto saxophone and enjoy singing too. I have a special talent for falling asleep within a minute and 30 seconds, which is what got me through my engineering studies – quality naps!
Family, football, chemical engineering – in that order.
Optimality Assessment and Non-Optimality Identification for Multimodal Process Operations
Supervisor(s) / Promotor(s)
Prof Tobi Louw and Prof Steven Bradshaw
Currently, I am working on upskilling myself to align with the trajectory of Industry 4.0. I have developed a keen interest for modelling, data science and machine learning and am steering my career in this direction. I feel that a successful engineer is one who strives toward being well-versed in the budding ideas of the time. My master’ss is research-focused, MATLAB-based, compares three dimensionality reduction techniques, and is sponsored by Anglo Platinum’s Process Control division. In 2021 I spent my after-hours leading the Transformation Portfolio of the department’s Postgraduate Committee and served as editor of the Postgraduate Monthly Bulletin. We primarily organized postgraduate get-togethers that sparked much-needed conversations amongst young researchers and engineers within the South African context.