Prof Rupert Gouws is presently a full professor in the School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering at the North-West University (NWU), Potchefstroom. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. After completion of his studies, he joined a company Energy Cybernetics where he was involved with energy audits, measurement and verification activities and energy related research activities. He received an Institutional Teaching Excellence Award from the NWU and was involved in various undergraduate modules for all year groups. Apart from lecturing, he also mentors students that are busy with their Master’s studies, PhD studies and Postdoctoral fellowships. He specialises in the fields of electrical energy management, electrical energy efficiency, electrical machines - energy optimization, and power electronics - energy optimization. He currently has a National Research Foundation (NRF) rating status of Established Researcher. He has authored and co-authored more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed international journals and peer-reviewed international conference proceedings. He received awards for the most productive junior and senior researcher within the NWU Faculty of Engineering. He is active on research evaluation panels for various international journals and serve as external examiner for various institutions. He has an established network of partners within the university, local industries, and international collaborators. He acted as a member of the Faculty Board of the Faculty of Engineering at the NWU as well as a member of the Research Entities Evaluation Committee of the NWU. The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) registered him as a Professional Engineer (Pr.Eng) and the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) certified him as a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP). Furthermore, he holds membership with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE).
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