NWU - Researchers, scientists and engineers to benefit from QbD and Design Space workshop

Annette Willemse -- Fri, 02/06/2015 - 15:01

NWU - Researchers, scientists and engineers to benefit from QbD and Design Space workshop

The School of Information Technology on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) is set to collaborate with MKS Umetrics – a leading international software provider, to host a three day Quality by Design (QbD) and Design Space workshop in April 2015.

The workshop will comprise of lectures, hands-on tutorials and demonstrations based on real live investigations using the MODDE software package and will benefit researchers, scientists and engineers from all sectors of industry and academia.  The workshop will be led by Dr Wilbert Sibanda and Dr Roelof L.J. Coetzer.

More about the presenters

Dr Wilbert Sibanda is a research specialist in the School of Information Technology within the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology on the Vaal Triangle Campus.  He has a background in Pharmaceutics and has worked as a Chief Medicines Regulatory Officer at the medicines Regulatory Authority of the National Department of Health. As an active researcher, Dr Sibanda, has been applying Design of Experiments (DOE) and mathematical models in Biomedicine, for the last decade.

Dr Roelof Coetzer is currently the Senior Manager of the industrial Statistics Group in the Research and Technology Division at the Sasol Group Technology in Sasolburg, South Africa. He was previously the President of the South African Statistical Association (SASA) in 2013, and is a Board Member of the Institute of Certified and Chartered Statisticians of South Africa (ICCSSA). Dr Coetzer has extensive experience in optimal DOE and modelling for industrial process improvements.

More about the workshop

According to Dr Sibanda, scientific investigations involve changing a number of controlled variables to direct the response in question, towards a desired level. He explains that DOE represents a rational and cost-effective approach to practical experimentation that allows the effect of variables to be assessed, using only the minimum of resources.  “Design of Experiments (DOE) is the backbone for efficient Quality by Design (QbD) implementation strategies,” says Dr Sibanda and adds that the final specifications for a region where all specifications are fulfilled to a defined risk level, is called Design Space.

The workshop will be hosted from 7-9 April 2015 and the costs involved are R1 500 per attendee or R750 per registered university students.  The first day of the workshop will focus on how and when DOE should be used, while the second day will be devoted to screening, optimization and design space. The third day of the workshop will focus on robustness testing and quality specifications.

Interested individuals must register before 1 March 2015. For further enquiries, please contact: Wilbert.sibanda@nwu.ac.za or contact (016) 910 3038.

MKS Umetrics

MKS Umetrics is a leading software provider for Design of Experiments and Multivariate Data Analysis, supporting the biotech, pharmaceutical, semiconductor and chemical industries. These software solutions enable engineers and scientists to quickly analyse, process and visualize large amounts of data, in order to make decisions for product quality and optimization. 

Dr Wilbert Sibanda                   Dr Roelof Coetzer