Prof Rupert Gouws is presently an associate professor at the North-West University (NWU), Potchefstroom, South Africa. He holds a B.Eng, M.Eng (cum laude) and Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the NWU (Potchefstroom campus). After completion of his studies he joined Energy Cybernetics where he managed, performed, assisted and presented the results of energy audits, measurement and verification activities and energy related research activities to various stakeholders. He consulted to a variety of industry and public sectors in South Africa and other countries in the fields of energy engineering and engineering management. In 2010, he accepted the position of senior lecturer at the NWU in the School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering. From 2013-2015 he was appointed in the position of Program Manager for the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Program and Electromechanical Engineering Program. In 2015, he was promoted to associate professor at the NWU in the School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering. He received an Institutional Teaching Excellence Award (ITEA) from the NWU in 2013. Since his appointment in 2010 he has established himself as a subject specialist in the area of Electrical Machines. This is evident from the undergraduate programmes where he offers the Electrical Systems module and Measure and Control module. Apart from lecturing, he also mentors students that are busy with their Master’s studies, PhD studies and Postdoctoral fellowships. Prof Gouws specialises in the fields of energy engineering, electrical machines and control. He currently has a NRF Y2 rating from the National Research Foundation (NRF). He has authored or co-authored various papers on energy related issues in peer-reviewed national and international journals and authored or co-authored various papers in peer-reviewed national and international conference proceedings. He received the award for the most productive junior researcher within the NWU Faculty of Engineering during 2013 and the award for the most productive senior researcher within the NWU Faculty of Engineering during 2014 and 2015. He received a certificate of recognition for a paper publication from the Institute of Research in Engineering and Technology during 2013. He is also active on research evaluation panels for various international journals. He has an established network of partners within the university, local industries and international partners. 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 following societies: South African Institute of Electrical Engineers, South African Association of Energy Efficiency and Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst.
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