Faculty of Engineering

Etienne Barnard

Etienne Barnard obtained his Ph. D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1989, writing his thesis on “Neural Networks for Scene Analysis”. He has since then been active in research and development in pattern recognition and speech processing. He has held a number of academic positions, and has also worked in industry. Barnard has co-authored more than 250 refereed scientific publications, on topics including pattern recognition, neural networks, speech recognition and human-computer interaction.

Marelie H Davel

Marelie Davel is a Research Professor at North-West University (NWU), specialising in machine learning and the data-driven modelling of speech and language. Her current research focuses on generalisation in deep learning.


John R Bunt

Professor Bunt obtained his PhD in the field of Chemical Engineering (fixed-bed coal gasification) at the North-West University in 2006. During the last 35 years Professor Bunt’s research interests have ranged widely from: base metals, platinum group metal refining, mining chemicals, ash mineralogy, and more recently, coal beneficiation and fixed-bed gasification.

Dmitri Bessarabov

An Internationally-recognised scientist and visionary with extensive industrial and academic decision-makingexperience in the area of hydrogen and electro-catalytic membrane systems for energy applications and fuel cells.
Over twenty years of progressively increasing responsibility in academic and industrial R&D environment.Leadership and managerial roles in the hydrogen energy sector. Strategic and creative thinker and R&D Director

Dawie Branken

Dr Branken obtained his PhD in the field of membrane-based gas separation from the North-west University (South Africa) in 2013, after obtaining his MSc in the field of crystallization in 2009. During his post-graduate studies, Dr. Branken has gained knowledge in the field of general fluorine chemistry, as well as expertise in both “wet” and “dry” processing methods relating to the fluorine industry. Throughout his post graduate studies, and subsequent professional career, Dr.

Werner Heinrich Kaiser

Werner Kaiser is currently a full-time senior lecturer at the School of Mechanical engineering at the North-West University. He has been invlolved in Engineering educatgion since 1998 and has lectured various courses in thermal fluid science, Mechanics of machines, Computer aided drawing at the North-West Unviersity and the Tshwane University of Technology. He has worked for 5 years in industry, where was involved in Energy management projects as well as being a test engineer for the PBMR high-pressure test bench.

Frans Boudewijn Waanders

I have been involved with Mössbauer spectroscopy technology since 1991 at the then PU for CHE, currently the North-West University’s Potchefstroom Campus, which entails the application of mineral and mineral studies. Several publications in international journals and conference presentations flowed from this work.   

L.J. Grobler

Prof. L.J. Grobler is a professor in Mechanical Engineering at the North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa, and was appointed as dean of the Faculty of Engineering in 2012. Apart from lecturing, he also mentors students that are busy with their Master and PhD Studies. He has authorized or co-authored more than 60 articles on energy related issues in local and international journals and presented or co-presented more than 80 papers at local and international conferences.