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South Africa needs leaders

- By Wits University

Prof. Ian Jandrell addressed graduands from the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment who graduated on 25 June 2013. 

Jandrell is the Transnet Professor of Systems Engineering in the newly established Wits Transnet Centre for Systems Engineering hosted by the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering at Wits. He is also a Personal Professor in the School of Electrical and Information Engineering where he holds the CBI-Electric Chair of Lightning. He served as the Head of the School of Electrical and Information Engineering for ten years.

A professional engineer, Jandrell is a thoroughbred Witsie who obtained his BSc in Electrical Engineering from Wits, his Graduate Diploma in Engineering specialising in Electrical Engineering from Wits, as well as his PhD from this very institution. He is a Fellow of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers and a Senior Member of the internationally accredited Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

Jandrell is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Lightning Research and a Member of the Scientific Committee of the International Conference on Lightning Protection. He is a reviewer for a number of international journals including the Journal on Atmospheric Research and the IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation. He also serves as a trustee of the Accenture Education Trust in South Africa and holds a number of company directorships.  And he currently serves as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists.

In his address in encouraged the graduands to become leaders of change in South Africa, to care for their fellow South Africans and to never stop learning.

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