Engineering

Prof Chris van Schoor – managing a major corporate upgrade

When one thinks about Mercedes-Benz, images of class, power, prestige and the well-known and loved brand immediately come to mind. Prof Chris van Schoor, project manager and industrial engineering consultant, was the project lead overseeing a significant construction and infrastructure update at the Mercedes-Benz automative assembly plant in East London, South Africa.

Submitted on Tue, 05/28/2024 - 14:27

Rotterdam mayor and entourage tour HySA facilities

Transitioning to green energy is not only important to fight climate change, but is essential for sustainable economies. The biggest and one of the busiest ports in Europe, Port Rotterdam, and the City of Rotterdam in the Netherlands are establishing a hydrogen hub as part of a hydrogen ecosystem to reduce carbon emissions and take the port and the city into the future.

Submitted on Mon, 05/20/2024 - 09:29

NWU rakes in eight nominations for ‘Science Oscars’

The North-West University (NWU) has received eight nominations for this year’s prestigious NSTF-South32 Awards. It is another feather in the University’s cap in its pursuit of excellence without boundaries.

The NSTF-South 32 Awards, also known as the ‘Science Oscars’, is the largest, most comprehensive and one of the most coveted national awards.  It recognises outstanding contributions in science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation by individuals, teams and organisations.

The NWU is proud of this year’s nominees, who include:

Submitted on Mon, 04/22/2024 - 10:27

Let us make mining sexy

Professor Quentin Campbell from the Faculty of Engineering at the North-West University (NWU) has an eloquent, soft-spoken way with words. Therefore, when he said, “it is time to make mining sexy”, the attendees at the NWU’s first ever mining indaba immediately took note with a chuckle.

Prof Campbell was serving as moderator during a group discussion, and his quick wit summed up a few of the delegates’ comments. The NWU’s mining indaba served to bring together leaders in the mining industry with the NWU to discuss establishing a mining school in the Rustenburg area.

Submitted on Thu, 04/04/2024 - 11:19

From waste to compost

By Kangwa Nkonde

An initiative by Dr Willem van Niekerk, a senior lecturer in the North-West University’s (NWU’s) School of Mechanical Engineering, aims to assist the community in turning waste into compost.

Submitted on Wed, 04/03/2024 - 07:54

The NWU explores collaboration for engineering in agriculture

The Enterprise African Regional Network (EARN) will continue to be a major factor in luring young people into the agricultural sector as it provides African entrepreneurs with the knowledge and skills needed in the food-producing industries. On Monday, 5 February 2024, African Greeneurs from EARN conducted a visit to the Faculty of Engineering at the North-West University (NWU) to explore further collaboration on engineering research in agriculture.

Submitted on Fri, 02/16/2024 - 09:06

Engineering professor wins best paper award

Prof Jan de Kock from the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Faculty of Engineering clinched the Best Paper Award at the recent Southern African Universities Power Engineering Conference (SAUPEC 2024).

The conference, jointly hosted by Stellenbosch University and the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE), serves as a premier regional platform bringing together industry experts, academics and students in the fields of engineering, computer science, and information technology.

Submitted on Wed, 01/31/2024 - 11:58

A shared vision ahead: an engagement that marks a new era of cooperation

On Monday, 18 December 2023 the North-West University (NWU) and the Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC) engaged in a discussion aimed at promoting collaboration and fostering a relationship that will benefit both parties.

The meeting took place at the office of the of the vice-chancellor in Building F1 on the Potchefstroom Campus, with both parties agreeing on a commitment to signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on a pre-agreed basis in February 2024.

Submitted on Fri, 01/26/2024 - 12:09

Academic represents NWU at Association of Energy Engineers conference

Professor in mechanical engineering Prof LJ Grobler represented the North-West University (NWU) at the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) World conference that took place from 25 to 27 October 2023 at the Orange County Convention Centre in Orlando, Florida.

The AEE is an international non-profit membership association focusing on professional development in the energy sector. To help professionals working in the energy sector develop their skills, they offer a variety of training and certification programmes.

Submitted on Mon, 11/27/2023 - 12:41

Meet our researchers

The faculties at the North-West University (NWU) are doing exciting work on the research front.

Prof Philimon Modisha is an associate professor in the Faculty of Engineering and his research is centred on liquid organic hydrogen storage. His research is mostly at the Department of Science and Innovation Hydrogen South Africa Infrastructure Centre of Competence, co-hosted by the NWU and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.

Submitted on Tue, 11/14/2023 - 11:21