Congratulations to the Dean, Professor Alison Lewis who was awarded the DST’s Distinguished Woman Scientist – Research and Innovation award at the 2016 WISA awards ceremony held in Johannesburg. The awards recognise and reward excellence by woman scientists and researchers. The theme for the 2016 WISA was Women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development,which is the 2016 priority theme for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
Professor Lewis is also a finalist for the Standard Bank Top Women in Science award which is a collaborative platform dedicated to recognising outstanding leadership, inspiration, vision, and innovation within the private and public sectors. The winners will be announced on 18 August.
The Centre for Bioprocess Engineering Research (CeBER) & Professor Sue Harrison received an outstanding award from the National Science and Technology Forum Last Night.
The award was for the category: Engineering capacity development over the last 5-10 years.
Congratulations to Professor Harrison and to CeBER!
It is with deep sadness that I have to announce that Granville passed away last night peacefully. Granville has been with the Department for much longer than most of us (he served the department for over 46 years) and has been the embodiment of the spirit of our Department.
We thank Granville for all he has done for the Department and our thoughts are with his family who will miss him dearly. Arrangements regarding the funeral and memorial service will be communicated in due course.
It is with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of our former collegue Em. Assoc. Prof. Brian Paddon at the age of 83. Brain obtained his degree in Applied Industrial Chemistry (the precursor to Chemical Engineering) in 1954. After 15 years in industry, he joined the department of Chemical Engineering at UCT as a senior lecturer in 1970 and promoted to associate professor in 1980 and retired in 1994. He will be remembered as the “biographer” of the early history of the department of Chemical Engineering.