14 April 2016
Volume: 4
Issue: 12
UKZN Lecturer Dr Mayshree Bejaichand is the first female to be awarded a PhD in Land Surveying.

UKZN’s First Woman Land Surveying PhD

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UKZN Lecturer Dr Mayshree Bejaichand is UKZN’s first woman to graduate with a PhD in Land Surveying and Mapping.

MSc cum laude graduate, Ms Heather Prince is flanked by her father Colin and husband Andrew.

Heather Prince is off to Princeton!

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UKZN Astrophysics student Ms Heather Prince, who graduated with a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics (cum laude), leaves for Princeton University in the United States soon to pursue a PhD in Astrophysics.

Ms Judie Magura, with her family, received an MSc in Chemistry cum laude.

East Coast Algae Under the Microscope in Master’s Research

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Ms Judie Magura graduated with an MSc in Chemistry (cum laude) degree after investigating and analysing the biochemical properties of selected seaweeds from the east coast of South Africa.

The top-achieving trio, BSc summa cum laude graduates (from left) Ms Kajal Reedoy, Ms Shinese Ashokcoomar and Ms Jananee Padaychee.

Top Achieving Trio

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Leading the way in the 2015 class of Bachelor of Science graduates in the Life and Earth Sciences (LES) stream were Ms Kajal Reedoy, Ms Shinese Ashokcoomar and Ms Jananee Padaychee who all received BSc degrees (Genetics and Microbiology) summa cum laude.

Dr Jeanetta Selier gained her PhD in Biology for research done on the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area elephant population.

For the Love of Elephants

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Choosing to work with wildlife was a childhood dream come true for newly-capped Dr Jeanetta Selier, who is employed as a Senior Scientist with the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) in Pretoria.

UKZN Developmental Lecturer, Dr Sivuyile Mgobhozi graduated with a PhD in Financial Mathematics.

Developmental Lecturer Graduates with PhD in Financial Mathematics

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“Combined Impulse Control and Optimal Stopping in Insurance and Interest Rate Theory”, was the title of Dr Sivuyile Mgobhozi’s PhD thesis.

Newly-capped relativist Astrophysicists, who researched the nature and effects of gravity, (from left) Dr Apratim Ganguly, Mr Didier Kileba Matondo and Dr Maombi Mkenyeleye.

Astrophysics Postgraduates Excel

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UKZN’s Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Unit (ACRU) has produced three exceptional Relativists who graduated with postgraduate Science degrees.

Lauren Hoyer’s family were her most enthusiastic supporters when she gained a PhD in Geology.

UKZN Geologist Skips Straight to PhD

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Dr Lauren Hoyer graduated with her PhD in Geology after her Master’s degree research was upgraded.

MSc in Biology cum laude graduate, Ms Michel Bengston.

Research on Embryonic Development of the Eye Leads to MSc

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MSc in Biology cum laude graduate Ms Michel Bengston’s keen interest in genetics and molecular biology was ignited during biology lessons at Northlands Girls’ High School.

UKZN Lecturer Dr Jared Padayachee gained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering.

Mechanical Engineering Doctorate for Lecturer

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The development of methods for the design and evolution of reconfigurable cellular manufacturing systems was the subject of Dr Jared Padayachee’s dissertation, which earned him a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Dr Animu Mohammed (right) with his supervisor, Professor Shahidul Islam.

UKZN Biochemistry PhD Graduate Continues Medicinal Plant Research in Nigeria

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Nigerian born Dr Aminu Mohammed was awarded his PhD in Biochemistry for his thesis which examined antioxidative and antidiabetic effects of some African medicinal plants in order to discover novel anti-diabetic compounds...

UKZN Lecturer and Mechanical Engineering PhD graduate, Dr Shaniel Davrajh (left) with his supervisor Professor Glen Bright.

Lecturer’s PhD Research Focuses on Factories of the Future

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Lecturer Dr Shaniel Davrajh, who graduated with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, described the achievement as a ‘process of handling doubt’, while admitting it was not an easy task.  He says the excellent support structure he had during his studies helped him pull through.

Dr Siphiwe Gumede is congratulated by his supervisor, Professor Mike Savage.

Harmful Effects of Polluted Air on Young Children Assessed in Doctoral Thesis

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A PhD degree in Environmental Science was awarded to Dr Siphiwe Gumede for his research on the potentially harmful effects suffered by young children who breathe in polluted air.

Mr Sipho Madonsela, CEO of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) was the guest speaker at UKZN’s School of Engineering Graduation ceremony.

CEO of Engineering Council of South Africa Inspires New Generation of Graduating Engineers

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Mr Sipho Madonsela, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) since October 2014, was the guest speaker at the graduation ceremony of UKZN’s School of Engineering. As a mechanical engineering alumni of the university, it was fitting that Madonsela could share his experience and advice with the newest generation of aspiring Engineers.

Proud supervisor Dr Clinton Bemont (left) with Shuvay Singh and Peter Sinclair (right).

UKZN Solar Car Stars Power through Master’s Degrees at CERN

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Mechanical Engineering students Mr Peter Sinclair and Mr Shuvay Singh powered through their MSc degrees in Mechanical Engineering, graduating with distinction after only a year!

Mr Lance Oom received the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) award for the best Engineering student.

ECSA Award Goes to Summa Cum Laude Mechanical Engineer

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A stellar academic career, is how one would describe the achievements of Mr Lance Oom whilst at UKZN. Oom graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at the School of Engineering’s graduation ceremony.

Top student in the Discipline of Chemical Engineering and summa cum laude graduate Mr Kashmeel Bisseru.

Kashmeel Bisseru Graduates Top of his Chemical Engineering Class

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Chemical Engineering student, Kashmeel Bisseru graduated summa cum laude, the only student in his class to achieve such honours.

With her proud parents as her biggest fans, Astrophysicist Dr Kenda Knowles already has a string of prestigious awards under her belt.

Female Scientist’s Star Shines Brightly

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A fascination with the night sky led UKZN PhD graduate Dr Kenda Knowles to pursue astronomy as a career.

Mr Brandon Koekemoer is congratulated by Professor Ross Robinson on the conferment of his BSc Honours degree in Computer Science summa cum laude.

Summa Cum Laude Graduate has Computing in his Blood

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Mr Brandon Koekemoer’s passion for computers started at the tender age of four after which he was captivated whenever his father added new hardware to their system.

David Shiller, proudly supported by his family, was awarded a summa cum laude Honours degree in Computer Science.

Ambitious Goals Encourage Success

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From when he was a youngster, summa cum laude graduate Mr David Shiller enjoyed the challenge of understanding how complex problems could be abstracted into simple concepts, so it was no surprise to anyone who knew him when after matriculating from Westville Boys High School he registered for a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Computer Science at UKZN.

Supervisors Professor Corrie Schoeman and Dr Dalene Vosloo were full of praise for Samantha Naidoo (centre), who received her PhD in Biology.

Banana Bat Takes Centre Stage in PhD Thesis

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Newly-capped PhD graduand, Dr Samantha Naidoo, has always been fascinated by the remarkable life that has evolved on earth and this led to her doctorate in Biology, focusing on the the effect of wastewater treatment works on the foraging ecology, haematology, detoxification organs and reproduction in an urban adapter – the Banana Bat (Neoromicia nana).

Mr Andrew Clark’s obsession with gaming contributed to his study success - a summa cum laude BSc Honours degree in Computer Science.

Obsession with Gaming Led to Passion for Computers

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From the age of five when his father walked in with an old computer, Mr Andrew Clark has been obsessed with games and intrigued by how they were made. That fascination with things electronic paid big dividends.

Newly-capped Dr Gill Hendry, who embarked on a PhD in Statistics.

Busy Mum Finally Secures her PhD

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After completing her master’s degree more than 40 years ago, Dr Gill Hendry took on studies for a PhD in Statistics at the prompting of fellow tennis player and UKZN academic, Professor Delia North.

Dr Jaco Gericke graduated with a PhD in Bioresources Engineering.

Engineer’s Doctoral Thesis will Assist in Water Resources Management

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A thesis on establishing accurate catchment response times required for flood estimations earned Dr Jaco Gericke his PhD in Bioresources Engineering from UKZN.

Mr Neil Sirbadhoo graduated with an MSc degree in Construction Management.

Setting Trends in Construction

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Mr Neil Sirbadhoo graduated with a Master of Science degree in Construction Management after researching the impacts of implementing lean tools and techniques by construction project managers during the construction phase of public sector projects, which are aimed at achieving the successful delivery of the programme.

Mr Denver Naidoo received his BSc in Applied Chemistry in record time.

Hard Work Overcomes Obstacles

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With hard work and determination, even the toughest obstacles can be overcome.