Society of SA Geographers Welcomes Two UKZN Academics to its Ranks

Click here for isiZulu version South African Research Chair in Land Use Planning and Management Professor Onisimo Mutanga and Dr Adrian Nel of the Discipline of Geography at UKZN are among those who have been admitted to the Council of the Society of South African Geographers (SSAG) for a two-year term. Mutanga was re-nominated to serve a second term

International Jet Engine Expert Joins UKZN

Click here for isiZulu version The Discipline of Mechanical Engineering has been boosted by the acquisition of alumnus and former research leader at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Professor Glen Snedden. A specialist in gas turbines, Snedden is recognised nationally and internationally for his expertise, and joins not only the Discipline of Mechanical Engineering,

Ford Wildlife Foundation Vehicles Boost Life Sciences Research

Research on hippos fish, herps, birds and other mammals by students and researchers in UKZN’s School of Life Sciences is benefitting from a donation by the Ford Wildlife Foundation (FWF) of two Ford Ranger (double cab) 4×4 vehicles. The vehicles are part of Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s (FMCSA) commitment to the conservation and preservation of the

UKZN Mourns Death of Aquatic Biology Expert

UKZN – including those in its School of Life Sciences – is mourning the death of Honorary Research Fellow Professor Olaf Weyl, who was Chief Scientist and Research Chair for Inland Fisheries and Freshwater Ecology at the National Research Foundation’s (NRF) South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB). Born in Germany, Weyl grew up in southern Africa and completed

Renowned Pollution Research Group Reborn as the WASH Centre

UKZN’s acclaimed Pollution Research Group (PRG) has been re-established as a research centre titled: the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Research and Development Centre (WASH R&D Centre). The PRG – created in the 1970s – is housed in the basement of the Chemical Engineering building on the Howard College campus. Originating from initiatives that focused on chemical engineering

Indian-Born Scientist Awarded Physics Doctorate

Research which explored using laser-derived molybdenite, a mineral similar to graphite, for application in several nanoelectric, biomedical and energy storage uses, earned Dr Sarojini Jeeva Panchu a PhD in Physics from UKZN. Adopting a multi-disciplinary approach, Panchu synthesised the mineral using laser-induced vaporisation in a high temperature furnace, producing novel nanostructures of molybdenum disulfide and

Student Develops Maths App During Lockdown

Information Systems and Technology (IS&T) “boffin” Mr Sizwe Matenjwa turned a negative into a positive using time during the COVID-19 crisis to create a Mathematics App. Concerned about limited access to learning materials available to learners amid the nation-wide lockdown, the Bachelor of Commerce student developed the Maths Hyper Learn App that helps learners practise mathematical skills and

Google PhD Fellowship for Quantum Researcher – a First for Africa

A PhD candidate in the Centre for Quantum Technology at UKZN, Ms Amira Abbas, is the first student from a university in Africa to receive a PhD Fellowship from Google in the category of quantum computing. Google awards Fellowships in several categories, including algorithms, optimisations and markets; computational neuroscience; human computer interaction; machine learning; machine perception, speech

UKZN and NMU Represent SA in Global CYBATHLON Powered Arm Prosthesis Race

The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in collaboration with Nelson Mandela University (NMU) will proudly represent South Africa in the 2020 Global CYBATHLON Championship to be hosted in Switzerland on 13 and 14 November 2020. UKZN and NMU, with the support of the Robotics Association of South Africa and the Swiss Embassy, are the only participants

PhD Student Publishes in Prestigious International Journal

Mr Miguel Castañeda-Zárate, a Mexican TWAS (The World Academy of Sciences) funded PhD candidate in the School of Life Sciences (SLS), has published results from his research in Current Biology, a journal with an impact factor of 9.601. In the paper, he and his two co-authors – also from the SLS – present a discovery that