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Monday, 17 September 2018

Taking the first step to engineering academia

ATTENTIVE: Students attending the DST-UNESCO Student Engineering Conference. ATTENTIVE: Students attending the DST-UNESCO Student Engineering Conference. Robin Thuynsma

The DST-UNESCO Engineering Conference kicked off yesterday (September 17) with a day-long event dedicated to students.

Postgraduate students from around the country descended on Bellville campus to deliver papers, inspect each other’s posters and more importantly network.

Prof Mellet Moll, acting Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, said the important factor was for students to get to know their own peers and discover people who think as they do and might be able to contribute to their work.

“The day started off with a chance for postgraduate students from all over to listen to each other and look as peers at each other’s work.

“Prof Veruscha Fester’s opening address really framed the day. She gave the postgraduate students context in terms of what the new world of work would be like for them,” said Moll.

During their breaks students inspected the posters displayed in the Auditorium foyer and at a gala dinner CPUT DEng candidate in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Whigens Ngoie Ilunga, won first prize for his poster “Biodiesel production from edible oil wastewater sludge with bioethanol using heterogeneous nano-magnetic catalysis.”

Kerry-Anne Airey of UCT won the first prize for her presentation “Simulation of discrete machining modelling characterisation of Titanium chip formation during milling operations.”
Moll added that it was important to note the Conference showed a CPUT community at peace. “This type of event promotes the spirit of lecturers and students working together. It was wonderful to see so many CPUT students present their work.”

Today (Tuesday) the DST-UNESCO Engineering Conference begins with an address by Vice-Chancellor Dr Chris Nhlapo followed by the United Nations Resident Coordinator in South Africa Nardos Bekele-Thomas and CEO of Engineering Council of South Africa Sipho Madonsela. Dr Gansen Pillay, Deputy CEO of the National Research Fund, will deliver the keynote address.

The three day DST-UNESCO Engineering Conference is themed Enabling the Fourth Industrial Revolution for Sustainability and Economic Growth and plenary sessions over the three days will cover topics such as Women in Engineering, Space Science and Engineering Education.

*CPUT students can visit the DST-UNESCO career exhibition in the Major Sports Hall on Tuesday 18 September and Wednesday 19 September between 9.00 and 16.00. Fifty of the students who visit during the day could receive gifts.

Written by Theresa Smith

Email: smitht@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Applied Sciences and Engineering Faculties and the Wellington Campus.