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Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans

Congratulations to our current student, Phylis Makurunje (supervised by Professor Iakovos Sigalas), and Alumni, Dr Neil Stacey. They have made it to the 2018 top 200 young South Africans, Mail and Guardian.

IOM3 Young Persons' Lecture Competition

Congratulations to Anesu Magumise (supervised by Associate Professor Ndlovu and Associate Professor Sacks) and Wesley Banda (Supervised by Dr Elias Matinde), who were placed second and third, respectively, in the Southern African final of the IOM3 Young Persons’ Lecture Competition that was held on 22 June in Port Elizabeth.  

Sand sweeps water clean at home

Busisiwe Mashiane, a fourth year chemical engineering student supervised by Associate Professor Craig Sheridan, is researching and developing a slow sand filter to meet the needs of South Africans.

Collins Saguru, finalist in 2018 African Prize for Engineering Innovations for his green recycling of precious metals

Congratulations and all the best to Collins Saguru,who is Associate Professor Selo Ndlovu's MSc student. He is a finalist in the 2018 African Prize for Engineering Innovations. 

Witsies off to SA branch of IOM3 annual young lecturer/presenter competition

Congratulations to Dean Zimucha (Wits supervised by Dr David Ming and Dr Michelle Low), Anesu Magumise (Wits, supervised by Associate Professor Natasha Sacks and Associate Professor Sehliselo Ndlovu), and Wesley Banda (Mintek). They will be going through to the Southern African finals in Port Elizabeth in June 2018. The winner will then represent Southern Africa in the International Competition that will be hosted by South Africa in October. The regional competition was judged by CHMT staff member Zama Mthabela, Kathy Sole and Wendy Knott-Craig, and it was held at Wits University. Congratulations and all the best for the finals! 

SAIT Award

Congratulations to Associate Professor Natasha Sacks and her student Dominic Smit who won the annual SAIT (South African Institute of Tribology) Student Award held on Friday 18 May 2018 at the Wanders Club

Saving Metals for our Future Generations

Sehliselo Ndlovu article featured in SAIMM, from City Press.

Wits celebrates rated researchers

Professors Kevin Harding (most cited researcher 2017 in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment) and Selo Ndlovu (with Prof. Claudia Polese, rated best supervisors of PG students 2017 in the Faculty), were among academics celebrated at awards evening. 

Associate Professor Kevin Harding joins Education for Chemical Engineers editorial board

Congratulations to Associate Professor Kevin Harding on his appointment to the editorial board of the journal Education for Chemical Engineers.

Professor Sehliselo Ndlovu profile

Prof. Ndlovu holds the SARChI Research Chair in Hydrometallurgy and Sustainable Development and is president of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Chemmet student captains winning team

The FNB-Wits rugby team gave our first year students a taste of the Wits edge when they defeated the defending Varsity Cup champions, Tukkies, 25-19 in a packed stadium. The ecstatic captain and 3rd year chemical engineering student Constant Beckerling could not contain his delight in an interview that has gone viral on social media. Be sure to catch the next home game against Stellenbosch on 26 February 16:45, Wits stadium.

Learn the fundamentals of AR theory

David Ming and Wits alumni Diane Hildebrandt, David Glasser and Ben Glassser launched their textbook titled Attainable Region Theory: An Introduction to Choosing an Optimal Reactor.

Excellence in Industry

The Women in Engineering and the Built Environment (WiEBE) Programme headed by the University of Johannesburg and Group Five, in collaboration with the Department of Public Works, promotes a support network for professional and academic women engineers and built environment professionals. There are currently three categories for nominations: The Most Promising Young Woman in Engineering & Technology; Excellence in Industry; and Excellence in Academia.

At the Summit held on 30 November 2017 at Group Five in Johannesburg, Dr Michelle Low was selected as the Winner in the category “Excellence in Industry” with specific focus on Community Service.

Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

Professor Sehliselo Ndlovu’s MSc student Collins Saguru is a 2018 shortlist for the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. 

Read the articles that apeared in the Engineering News and the Star newspaper.

Microscopy Society of Southern Africa conference

The School and the CoE-SM did well at the 55th Microscopy Society of Southern Africa conference, 7th December 2017.

  • Ryno van der Merwe won the Zeiss Prize for a paper or poster that uses microscopy to address an industry-related problem,
  • Yonela Mgwebi won the Wirsam Tescan Prize for the most exceptional presentation at the conference.

Associate Professor Craig Sheridan on Carte Blanche

His first appearance is at 3:25.

NRF Ratings for Professor Lesley Cornish and Associate Professor Jean Mulopo 

Congratulations to Professor Lesley Cornish who has retained her B2 NRF rating, and Associate Professor Jean Mulopo who has just been awarded a C3 rating for the first time.

Professor Sehliselo Ndlovu DST/NRF SARCHI Chair holder in Hydrometallurgy & Sustainability Development at our School, and the President of The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM), was interviewed for the In The Spotlight section by SAfm presenter Ashraf Garda. 

L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Sub-Saharan Africa Fellowships Award

Congratulations to Professor Michael Daramola and his two PhD students, Olawumi Sadare and Oludemilade Fayemiwo. The two students were among the 14 recipients in the 2017 L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Sub-Saharan Africa Fellowships Award.

Olawumi Sadare is a 2nd year PhD student with a PhD research project entitled "Development and evaluation of adsorption coupling biodesulfurization (AD/BDS) process for the removal of sulphur-containing compounds from South African petroleum distillates" and Oluwademilade Fayemiwo is a 2nd year PhD student at University of Johannesburg (under his co-supervision) with a PhD research project entitled "Plant-based adsorbents from green tea for removal of organic pollutants from water". Both are conducting their research with Prof Daramola in the Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering laboratories. They were selected for the awards based on their innovative PhD research and invaluable contributions to existing body of knowledge in their respective areas as PhD students. 

New laboratory honours the late Professor Peter King

The new laboratory honours the late Professor Peter King, admired for his rapport with students and for pioneering work in metallurgical engineering. 

Cross Faculty Postgraduate symposium

Congratulations to our postgraduate students, Chama Chama and Okoro Nnanna Jr for winning 2nd place oral presentation and 3rd place poster presentation awards respectively, in the Wits 8th Cross Faculty Postgraduate symposium 2017. 

Dr Michelle Low placed 15th internationally in UN photo competition

Dr Mutiu Amosa appointed as editor of Cogent Engineering

Mokhahlane scoops best poster prize

Congratulations to Sehai Mokhahlane on winning the best poster prize from his PhD research at the Groundwater Conference in Cape Town in October.

School tops SAIMM student Colloquium

Prof. Selo Ndlovu and student Lebogang Makua came first in the Metallurgy section of the SAIMM student Colloquium on Wednesday 25 Oct. Namibia University placed second and UP third.

Student lands third place in IOM3 competition

Congratulations to Bridget Zuma (metallurgical engineering postgraduate student) on her third place in the national IOM3 competition which took place in Port Elizabeth in July. The annual Young Persons' Lecture Competition competition held by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) Southern Africa aims to “provide an atmosphere of friendly competition for young scientists and engineers in the disciplines of Materials, Minerals, Mining, Packaging, Clay Technology and Wood Science so that their presentation skills will improve whilst addressing a generalist but informed audience".

Prof. Selo Ndlovu inducted as president of SAIMM

Prof Ndlovu is the second female president in SAIMM history. Marek Dworzanowski and Elias Matinde are on the council as well.

Dr Chown’s article most cited in JMRT

One of the papers from Bodunrin & Chown is the 15th most cited article in JMRT since 2012 (Impact Factor 2.359). Title: "Aluminium matrix hybrid composites: A review of reinforcement philosophies; Mechanical, corrosion and tribological characteristics" 

Wits becomes first African university to sign an MoU with KMUTNB

As part of an initiative to establish strong relations with universities worldwide, expand collaboration in research, and exchange lectures and students KMUTNB [King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok] signed a MoU with the University of the Witwatersrand. Professor Natasha Sacks of the School represented Wits. 

Prof. Lesley Cornish wins NSTF Award

Well done to Lesley Cornish on winning at the NSTF awards in the communication category.

Academics publish book on waste

Engineers Sehliselo Ndlovu, Geoffrey Simate and Elias Matinde have produced a comprehensive approach to waste generation, recycling and reuse of mineral and metal waste.

Engineers elected to SAIChE IChemE council

Craig Sheridan will serve as president, Lizelle van Dyk as vice-President and Kevin Harding and Michelle Low as ordinary council members. The SAIChE IChemE is a professional society in South Africa dedicated to advancing the science and practice of chemical engineering.

Prof. Majozi to join prestigious editorial board

Professor Thoko Majozi has been invited to join the editorial board of the Journal of Cleaner Production.

Young SA scientists forge networks at BRICS

Drs Michelle Low and David Ming recently attended the 2017 BRICS Young Scientists Forum, a gathering of young researchers from five partner countries of the BRICS conglomerate.

Partnership with DRDGold

A newly forged partnerhsip between DRDGOLD and Wits will see DRDGOLD benefit from Wits' research and consultation expertise and Wits benefit from funding of R1.2 million over five years. The School has vast research and industry experience in the field of metallurgical extraction.

Michelle Low: IChemE Global Awards 2016 Finalist

Michelle Low is a lecturer in the School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering. Her research focuses on the development of sustainable processes, such as the production of sustainable bio-feedstock for biofuels, while reducing carbon dioxide.