Greenbury High Matric Star Opts to Study Chemical Engineering at UKZN
Greenbury High School 2015 matric achiever Mr Thesan Appalsamy has registered to study for a Chemical Engineering degree at UKZN this year.
Appalsamy was placed fourth in the Pinetown District and fourth overall in KwaZulu-Natal in the 2015 National Senior Certificate (NSC) matric examinations. He achieved 94% for English, 94% for Afrikaans, 96% for Maths, and 97% for Physics.
Appalsamy says UKZN staff, including Dr Megan Govender (Dr G) and Mr Ajay Bisessur, served as role models for him. ‘Dr G ignited the passion for science in me at the tender age of seven when I attended his science classes,’ said Appalsamy. ‘He always encouraged us to be inquisitive and to discover more.’
Appalsamy took his interests to science fairs where he met Bissessur. ‘He was always willing to help me with my projects.’
Appalsamy faced a tough choice between Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. However, with a deep interest to discover and design new ways of generating energy, he decided on Chemical Engineering.
He enjoys playing and watching sport but when he’s not doing that, he looks for ingredients at home to make explosive experiments!