Rissa Niyobuhungiro, a PhD student in the Environment and Process Systems Unit in the Department of Chemical Engineering, received a Best Student Poster award at the 5th International Conference on Engineering for Waste and Biomass Valorisation, which was held in August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The conference theme was in line with Rissa’s research, which aims to find alternative clean and cheap fuels for poor vendors in information settlements.
On 8 November, Dr Dyllon Randall, an alumnus from the Department of Chemical Engineering at UCT, won 3rd place at the Falling Walls Lab competition which was held in Berlin. 100 young scientists, young entrepreneurs and innovators from 34 countries had three minutes to present their research projects, ideas and initiatives concerning social challenges and the big issues of the future.
Jenni Case is a professor, with a particular focus on academic development, in the Department of Chemical Engineering. She was recently announced as a winner of the CHE-HELTASA award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and has just launched a book entitled Researching student learning in higher education: A social realist approach.
Extracting valuable minerals from ore becomes increasingly difficult as the quality of ore steadily declines. Enter QEMSCAN (Quantitative Evaluation of Minerals by Scanning Electron Microscopy), a new acquisition by UCT's Centre for Minerals Research, that is able to identify valuable minerals in ore of such low quality that it was previously thought of as sub-economic.
Kevin Williams from the UCT Centre for Higher Education Development (left) and Delia Marshall from the Physics Department at UWC(right) supported Jenni and played a big role in the writing of her book.