16 April 2015
Volume: 3
Issue: 14
Dr Anesh Maharaj was honoured as one of UKZN's Distinguished Teachers at the 2015 Graduation ceremonies.

Distinguished Teacher Award for UKZN’s Dr Aneshkumar Maharaj

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Dr Aneshkumar Maharaj of UKZN’s School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science (SMSCS) has been awarded the prestigious Distinguished Teachers’ Award for 2014 in recognition of his contributions to Teaching and Learning at UKZN.

UKZN’s 2014 Solar Car, iKlwa, Engineering team.

Solar-Powered Car Creators Graduate

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Six UKZN Mechanical Engineering students who were part of the team which created an award-winning solar-powered car, graduated with BScEng Degrees.

Dr Gavin Rens earned his PhD degree in the field of cognitive robotics.

Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research Graduates its First PhD

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Computer Science PhD graduate Dr Gavin Rens graduated through the Knowledge Representation and Reasoning (KRR) group at the Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research (CAIR) with research which attempted to bring new insights into the field of cognitive robotics.

Ms Bongisiwe Shelembe, who graduated with an MSc in Chemistry cum laude, with her parents.

Rural Woman Struggling with English Transforms into Masters in Science Cum Laude Graduate

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Ms Bongisiwe Shelembe grew up in the rural area of Msinga in KwaZulu-Natal where education is regarded as a precious commodity. The fourth eldest of 11 children in her financially challenged family, education was always a priority in her life.

Ms Gitte Wehr and family. Ms Wehr graduated summa cum laude with an Honours degree in Biological Sciences.

Biological Sciences Student Achieves her Goal and gets Degree Summa Cum Laude

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Summa cum laude Honours graduate in the School of Life Sciences, Ms Gitte Wehr, said it had always been her goal to pass with flying colours.

Mr Modisa Mosalaosi completed his Master of Science in Engineering (Electronic Engineering) degree within a record period of one year.

Student Graduates with MSc in Electronic Engineering in a Flash!

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Mr Modisa Mosalaosi, who completed his Master of Science in Engineering (Electronic Engineering) degree within a year, was capped at the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science’s Westville Graduation ceremony.

Dr Mzamo Shozi, seen here with his family, is a developmental lecturer in the School of Chemistry and Physics, and gained his PhD in Chemistry.

Third Developmental Lecturer in School of Chemistry and Physics Graduates with a PhD

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Dr Mzamo Shozi became the third developmental lecturer to graduate with a PhD in the School of Chemistry and Physics when he was capped at a UKZN Graduation ceremony.

Ms Kimberleigh Govender was the top BSc student in UKZN’s School of Chemistry and Physics, graduating summa cum laude.

Numerous Awards for Top BSc Graduate

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Ms Kimberleigh Govender graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Chemistry - one of a handful of students within the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science to do so. 

Mr Pascal Brandt (left) and Mr Ryan Crichton are the first two Masters graduates from UKZN’s Health Architecture Laboratory (HeAL).

Health Architecture Lab produces its First Masters Graduates

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Mr Pascal Brandt and Mr Ryan Crichton are the first Masters students to graduate from the Health Architecture Laboratory (HeAL) within the UKZN/Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR) Meraka Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research.

There was double cause for celebration in the Ilupeju family when Samuel and his wife Yetunde graduated with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and a BScHons in Statistics cum laude.

Double Celebration for Ilupeju Family

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There was a double dose of joy and celebration for the Ilupeju family when husband, Samuel, and wife, Yetunde, received degrees together at a College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science Graduation ceremony on the Westville campus.

Mr Drew van der Riet discussing his prosthetic hand with double amputee, John Harris.

Company formed following Innovative Masters work at UKZN

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UKZN Mechanical Engineering graduate Mr Drew van der Riet - who completed innovative research into robotic prostheses for amputees - has been was awarded his Masters Degree cum laude.

Dr Sandile Ngcobo was involved in internationally ground-breaking digital laser research as part of his PhD degree in Physics.

UKZN PhD Graduate at the Helm of Exciting Digital Laser Research

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Ground-breaking international laser research was the foundation for the PhD in Physics degree awarded to Dr Sandile Ngcobo at a Graduation ceremony of the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science held on the Westville campus.

Dr Errol Wiles and co-supervisor Dr Andrew Green in the field at Hluhluwe, northern KwaZulu-Natal. Wiles published incontrovertible evidence that this sign is indeed incorrect.

Benchmark set by UKZN Ocean Floor Research

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Peer-reviewed papers written by a UKZN PhD student have set the benchmark in the area of ocean floor research against which future researchers in the field will refer to.

Ms Kim Robertson gained her BSc Honours degree in Genetics summa cum laude.

Young Geneticist Graduates Summa Cum Laude

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Up and coming geneticist, Ms Kim Robertson, was thrilled to earn her BSc Honours degree in Genetics summa cum laude!

Ms Sinehlanhla Memela graduated with her Masters in Environmental Science degree Cum Laude after overcoming many early challenges.

Rural Roots Help Graduate Achieve Masters Degree Cum Laude

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Ms Sinehlanhla Memela graduated with her Masters in Environmental Science cum laude degree after overcoming many early challenges.

Dr Matthew Lasich, the son of UKZN staff member Mrs Nadia Lasich, gained his PhD in Chemical Engineering.

Proud Day for UKZN Staff Member’s Son

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Mr Matthew Lasich was awarded his PhD in Chemical Engineering at a College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science Graduation ceremony.

Dr Riaan Botes focused on the modelling, history and future aspects of flooding in KZN for his PhD in Geology.

Flooding in KZN Examined in Geology PhD Research

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Flooding in KwaZulu-Natal was the focus of PhD research undertaken by newly capped graduate, Dr Riaan Botes.

Biochemist, Dr Geraldine Lazarus examined the biomedical application of gold nanoparticles for her PhD research.

PhD Research Examines Biomedical Application of Gold Nanoparticles

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The design and synthesis of gold nanoparticles and their interaction with mammalian cells in culture was the subject of Ms Geraldine Lazarus’s thesis for her PhD in Biochemistry.

Dr Jan Venter, an employee of the Eastern Cape Parks Board, gained a PhD in Biology.

Antelope and Zebra Subject of Doctoral Study

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Conservationist and large herbivore expert, Dr Jan Venter of the Eastern Cape Parks Board, was awarded his PhD in Biology at the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science’s Westville Graduation ceremony.

Fifteen practicing educators from the Northern Cape were awarded their Bachelor of Science degrees, majoring in Physics and Applied Mathematics.

Fifteen Northern Cape Teachers Graduate at UKZN

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The teachers, whose studies were funded by BHP Billiton, all majored in physics and applied mathematics.