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Sunday, 21 June 2020

Nine Doctoral degrees for Engineering and the Built Environment

The Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, Prof Marshall Sheldon congratulates the nine Doctoral graduands within her faculty. The Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, Prof Marshall Sheldon congratulates the nine Doctoral graduands within her faculty. The South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre

The Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, Prof Marshall Sheldon is "immensely proud" with the nine Doctoral graduands within the faculty in inaugural digital graduation.

The nine graduates will be among the graduates at a ceremony that will be held on 25 June 2020 at 14:00.

Two of the nine graduates are CPUT staff members. One is the Head of the Department of Electrical, Electronic, and Computer Engineering (DEECE), Dr Barend Groenewald. His research was on: Sustainable off-grid electricity supply using a LTE communication model for rural towns in South Africa.

The other is Dr Mujahid Aziz, a lecturer within the Department of Chemical Engineering whose research was on: Removal of natural steroid hormones using Nanofiltration/reverse osmosis membranes in the treatment of municipal membrane bioreactor effluent.

 “I have had longstanding working relations with both of them and I am excited to see both of them receiving their degrees,” said Sheldon

She adds that their achievements contribute to the faculty and institutional staff development plan. “Their success is as a result of a collective effort i.e. their own dedication and hard work as well as the support, mentorship, and guidance received from their respective supervisors who are all leading and established researchers in their fields.”

The other seven Doctoral graduands are:

  • Dr Khild Hamad and his research title was: Fuel cell power conditioning multiphase converter for 1400VDC Megawatt stacks.
  • Dr Vernon Davids whose research title was: Design and implementation of an integrated solar panel antenna for small satellites.
  • Dr Ucrecia Hutchinson and her research title was: Biochemical processes for Balsamic-styled vinegar engineering.
  • Dr Ncumisa Mpongwana whose research title was: Metabolic network modelling of nitrification and denitrification under cyanogenic conditions.
  • Dr Mahomet Njoya whose research title was: Anaerobic digestion of high strength wastewater in high rate anaerobic bioreactor systems.
  • Dr Abiola Taiwo whose research title was: Application of bioprocess-supercritical fluid extraction techniques in the production and recovery of selected bio-products.
  • Dr Maxwell Ngongang and his research title was: System design for production of biopreservatives from non-Saccharomyces yeasts for reduction of fruit and beverage spoilage.

Centre for Distributed Power and Electronic Systems Head, Prof Mohamed Kahn who was the main supervisor to Dr Groenewald and Dr Hamad also applauds his students: “To both candidates, well done,” Kahn says.

He attributes their achievements to hard work and persistence. Kahn says Hamad worked diligently and completed his very topical Fuel Cell converter design research under difficult circumstances but kept on working.

He adds that Groenewald's research was particularly relevant in the expansion of LTE networks into the potential Smart Grid.  “I was glad that he was able to complete the work of the thesis, which unfortunately took longer than anticipated due to the circumstances of being a Head of Department of the DEECE and doing research during a few challenging years on campus,” he remarks.

Written by Aphiwe Boyce