School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science Launches Fresh Cohort of Scarce Skill Professionals
UKZN’s School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science has launched a fresh cohort of urgently needed scarce skill professionals into the marketplace.
In total the School graduated 16 PhD and 39 MSc students in the Disciplines of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science across the two campuses during UKZN’s 2017 Graduation ceremonies.
Pietermaritzburg accounted for six PhD and 12 MSc graduates respectively.
‘Our School consists of three key Disciplines which are all recognised scarce skills. As such, our graduating students are in high demand in both industry and academia,’ said academic leader for research within the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, Professor Henry Mwambi.
‘The specific research projects covered a wide range of topics rich in both methodology and application components with direct relevance to solving real life problems affecting mankind,’ he said.
* Dr Nageeb Haroun, supervised by Professor Precious Sibanda, who earned his PhD in Applied Mathematics for research he conducted into convective heat and mass transfer in boundary layer flow through porous media saturated with nanofluids.
* Ms Sithobile Prudence Zungu of the Statistics discipline who gained her MSc for work done on time-to-event analysis models, including frailty effects in understanding infant and child mortality in Lesotho. She was supervised by Mwambi and Professor Shaun Ramroop.
* Computer guru Mr Christopher Rae who received an MSc in Computer Science for the study he conducted on evolutionary perturbative hyper-heuristics for the problem of nurse rostering. He was supervised by Professor Nelishia Pillay.
‘It gives us great pleasure to see these young men and women attain such high levels of qualification in disciplines like ours,’ said Mwambi. ‘I take this opportunity to wish all of them the very best in their future academic and career plans.’