10 May 2024
Volume: 12
Issue: 10
UKZN’s top honours student, Mr Aaron Naidu with his proud parents, Dr Anoshini Moodley and Dr Sean Naidu.

Summa Cum Laude Honours Another Sparkling Milestone for Statistics Star

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Mr Aaron Naidu’s honours graduation in Statistics with top results is another feather in the cap of the Oxford University-bound alumnus.

Electronic Engineering graduate, Mr Dylan Govender.

Electronic Engineer Develops Sign-Language-to-Speech Glove

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BSc (Hons) Electronic Engineering graduate Mr Dylan Govender (22) developed a sign-language-to-speech glove, using a sensor-based approach, for his final year project.

UKZN staff member and PhD graduate in Chemistry, Dr Leigh Hunter.

Research Offers Novel Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment of Cancer

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Mr Leigh Hunter - senior laboratory technician in the School of Chemistry and Physics - can now add the title “Doctor” to his name after graduating with a PhD degree in Chemistry.

Applied mathematician Dr Suliman Jamiel M Abdalla.

Mathematical Modelling Sheds Light on the Spread of Ebola Virus Disease

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Research into the mathematical modelling of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) earned Dr Suliman Abdalla a PhD in Applied Mathematics.

The sky is the limit for UKZN Statistics lecturer Dr Jesca Batidzirai.

Passionate Advocate for Women in STEM Bags PhD… and Twin Boys!

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Despite becoming a mother to twin boys at a crucial stage in her academic journey, Pietermaritzburg lecturer Dr Jesca Batidzirai graduated with a PhD in Statistics!

Dr Amit Chakraborty receives his PhD in Chemistry from UKZN’s Acting Chancellor, Professor Nana Poku.

UKZN’s Peptide Sciences Lab Attracted Doctoral Graduate

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Research conducted in the field of Peptide Chemistry led to Dr Amit Chakraborty being awarded a PhD.

A Doctoral degree in Electronic Engineering for Dr Emmanuel Chemweno.

Electronic Engineer Designs High-Frequency Antennas for Future Wireless Communication

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Working on the design and investigation of substrate integrated waveguide-fed dielectric resonator antennas for D-band applications bore fruit for Dr Emmanuel Chemweno in the form of a PhD in Electronic Engineering!

A Master of Science degree in Data Science for Mr Phelelani “PS” Ndlovu.

Risk Determinants of Lung Function in Young Children Explored by Data Scientist

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On top of earning his Master of Science in Data Science degree, Mr Phelelani Siboniso “PS” Ndlovu is the joint winner of the FNB Data Science Master's Award for the best Master’s in Data Science student for 2023 at UKZN.

Dr Katelyn Johnson celebrates being UKZN’s first Coloured female Civil Engineering PhD graduate.

Trail-Blazer Investigates Impact of Climate Change on Hydraulic Structures

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When Ms Katelyn Johnson registered for a BSc degree in Civil Engineering at UKZN way back in 2009 she was the first and only Coloured woman to do so. Fast forward to today, and she has now just become the first Coloured South African female to graduate with a PhD in Civil Engineering at the University.

Top Engineering graduate, Mr Brent Yelland with his grandfather, Mr Graham Gibson, and mum, Ms Lynette Yellan.

Top Achiever Set on Further Study in Aerospace Systems Engineering

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Summa cum laude Mechanical Engineering graduate Mr Brent Yelland has been awarded the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) Medal for being the top BSc Engineering student at UKZN.

Dr Abayomi Modupe examining challenges to bus rapid transit systems.

Civil Engineer Tackles Bus Rapid Transit Challenges

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Civil Engineer Dr Abayomi Modupe received his PhD for research into challenges experienced within Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems.

Dr Pretty Khambule celebrates earning a PhD in Applied Mathematics.

Astrophysicist Turns Spotlight on General Relativity

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Astrophysicist Dr Pretty Khambule graduated with a PhD in Applied Mathematics for her thesis on dynamics and thermodynamics in general relativity.

Mr Mangaliso Mngomezulu.

Computer Scientist Follows the Sun!

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Mr Mangaliso Mngomezulu secured an MSc Computer Science degree summa cum laude for research he did on predicting radiation outbursts (solar flares) that occur in the Sun.

Dr Jude Ike waits to be awarded his doctoral degree in Physics.

Metal Nanoparticles Used to Harness Solar Radiation in Physics Research

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Nigerian national Dr Jude Ike graduated with a PhD degree in Physics, focusing his research on the use of metal nanoparticles as a mechanism to harness solar radiation, using a thin film polymer medium.

Dr Chandan Nagarajappa.

Machine Learning Used to Deepen Understanding of the Cosmos

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Dr Chandan Nagarajappa has graduated with a PhD in Physics for his dissertation titled: Application of Machine Learning in Cosmology Computer Literacy in Banach Spaces.