On 12 July 2019, at the age of 31, he will graduate from the University of Cape Town (UCT) with his PhD in Chemical Engineering. But it’s the short time it took, and the challenges he overcame along the way, that make this achievement particularly inspiring.
Congratulations to Professor Dave Deglon on been elected a Fellow of the South African Academy of Engineering. Professor Deglon currently holds the Anglo American Platinum Chair in Minerals Processing and is the Director of the Centre for Minerals Research. This is a worthy tribute to his many achievements throughout his career. Well done Dave.
Dr Disa Mogashana, a PhD graduate from the Department of Chemical Engineering has written a book titled 'Unfathered' which will be launched at UCT on 22 June. It is a gripping account of her life story, which she tells from a perspective of growing up without her father.
“Congratulations to Emeritus Professor Cyril O’Connor’s who has been elected as a Foreign member of the United States National Academy of Engineering. He is the first South African to be elected since the Academy was founded in 1964.
The recognition was “for his contributions to the sustainable recovery of minerals from complex ores and for the global advancement of mineral processing technology.”
The Brewing UCT team managed an unprecedented achievement at this year’s intervarsity competition, by winning 3 categories and retaining the overall crown of intervarsity champions!
They took the Winter Warmer category with our American stout; the cider category with an apple cider; and the Lager category with their Dunkel, which eventually went on to win the best beer of the tournament and overall prize.
This is the best the team has ever done, and possibly the best any team has done at the competition.
The team is looking forward to sharing the achievement and the beers with the department!
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.
The Department announces the return of Dee Bradshaw to its staff. Dee Bradshaw has been appointed as the SARChI-chair in Minerals Beneficiation following the retirement of Em. Prof. J-P. Franzidis. Dee re-joins the department after a 7-year stint at the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre of the University of Queensland (Australia). Dee is well-known to the department for her research interest in minerals processing with expertize in flotation chemistry and process mineralogy, and a strong interest in sustainable mineral beneficiation.
Melissa Sikosana, an MSc student with Professor Harro Von Blottnitz in the Department of Chemical Engineering, was selected by a high-ranking jury of experts out of more than 800 applications from over 100 countries as one of the top 25 up-and-coming scientists.