Research and innovation to improve livelihoods is the foundation for work done in UKZN’s School of Engineering’s five disciplines, and was the focus of the Research and Innovation Exposition and annual Industrial Awards function, that took place on Friday 23 November 2018 at the Unite School of Engineering building, Howard College Campus.
The event celebrated the immense and essential contributions made by industry that have ensured the School’s research and innovation efforts are relevant and applicable to the country’s needs. Support and partnership from industry ensure that students and staff are able to undertake research and develop meaningful solutions.
The Research Exposition was established to showcase the research and innovation pioneered over the past year at UKZN’s School of Engineering. There were over 30 projects across the disciplines of Chemical, Electrical, Electronic, Computer, Civil, Mechanical and Bioresources/ Agricultural Engineering on display.
The Research Expo was followed by an Industry Awards Function where 30 industrial partners will be recognised for their contribution towards the advancement of research and innovation within UKZN’s School of Engineering.
Engineers provide the necessary infrastructure for countries, like South Africa, to generate wealth and provide job creation. Collaboration with industry is not only vital to the economy, but also to the training of young engineers in production environments. Our researchers are engaged in cutting edge projects.
These projects address societal problems, including: the development of effective and affordable desalination technologies, innovative solutions for renewable energy using wastewater, algae, waves and sunshine, and innovations to reduce the carbon footprint of urban infrastructures.
At this premium event, awards were conferred on donors for financial support to the School. This event has been part of the Engineering calendar at UKZN for approximately 10 years.
Th event has played an important role in maintaining sustainable links with corporate donors as well affirming the research achievements of our academic colleagues and students.
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