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.
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.