04 April 2019
Volume: 7
Issue: 14
Dr Mary Nabangala Ahuna celebrates her achievement with her husband, Michael, and son, Joel.

Mother of Two Completes PhD in Two Years

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Kenyan academic, Dr Mary Nabangala Ahuna graduated with a PhD in Electronic Engineering in record time. The mother of two who is a lecturer in Communication Systems at the Technical University of Kenya (TUK), completed the degree at UKZN in just two years.

At the tender age of 24, Dr Sulaiman Saleem Patel has been awarded a PhD in Electronic Engineering.

A Doctor at One Score and Four!

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Twenty-four-year old Dr Sulaiman Saleem Patel is the youngest graduate to be awarded a PhD in Electronic Engineering at UKZN.

Dr David Mills sets a camera trap to monitor the small carnivores of Kibale National Park in Uganda.

Secret World of Africa’s Small Carnivores Explored in PhD Research

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The African golden cat (Caracal aurata) is an elusive, rare and seldom studied small carnivore endemic to tropical Africa. Increasingly threatened by habitat degradation, loss and fragmentation, and by unsustainable hunting, it caught the attention of conservationist and researcher, Dr David Mills, whose subsequent research earned him a doctorate. 

Dr Djuma Sumbiri flanked by his family and friends after graduating with his PhD.

PhD Unpacks Rainfall and its Impact on Telecoms Systems

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Rwandan national and UKZN Electronic Engineering PhD graduate Dr Djuma Sumbiri – whose doctoral study involved research on the impact rainfall has on telecommunication systems – is proud of his accomplishment and hard work.

Mr Peter Anuoluwapo Gbadega graduated with an MSc degree cum laude in Electrical Engineering.

Childhood Fascination with Electric Gadgets Culminates in Cum Laude

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Enthusiasm to understand the mystery behind the design and operation of electrical and electronic gadgets as a child led to cum laude MSc graduate, Mr Peter Anuoluwapo Gbadega, choosing Electrical Engineering as his field of study in later life.

Ms Devina Chetty, who was awarded her Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laude, pictured with her family.

Genetics in the Genes for Summa Cum Laude Graduate

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Not only was Ms Devina Chetty the best third-year student in Genetics for 2018, earning herself the coveted MERCK Award, she also graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laude with majors in Genetics and Cell Biology.

Mr Tinashe Lindel Dirwai conducted research to improve water productivity and management strategies to sustain smallholder irrigation schemes.

Smallholder Irrigation Schemes Vital for Food Security – Master’s Research Finds

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Research by Mr Tinashe Lindel Dirwai to improve water productivity and uncover new water management strategies to sustain smallholder irrigation farming was rewarded when he graduated with a Master’s degree in Agricultural Engineering.

Blind graduate, Dr Ashley Subbiah, was awarded a PhD in Biology.

Blind Graduate Provides New Insights into Seed Recalcitrance

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Blind graduate Dr Ashley Subbiah received a standing ovation after he was awarded his PhD in Biology at the Life Sciences Graduation ceremony of the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science

Mr Thulani Mdadane graduated with a Master’s degree in Construction Studies.

Master’s for Provincial Government Executive

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KwaZulu-Natal Department of Public Works Deputy Director-General, Mr Thulani Mdadane, graduated from UKZN with a Master’s degree in Construction Studies.

Mechanical Engineering students (from left) Ms Emma Stubbs, Mr Daniel Kirkman and Mr Dhiven Naidoo all obtained BSc Mechanical Engineering degrees summa cum laude.

Summa Cum Laude for Mechanical Trio

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Graduating top of their class at UKZN, Mr Daniel Kirkman, Ms Emma Stubbs and Mr Dhiven Naidoo all earned Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) degrees summa cum laude.

Top Civil Engineering graduate Mr Sanav Singh is congratulated by his proud parents Sunil and Shamini for earning his BScEng degree summa cum laude.

Top Civil Engineering Graduate Follows in Family’s Footsteps

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It was a proud moment for graduate, Mr Sanav Singh, when he was awarded his BScEng degree in Civil Engineering summa cum laude – the only one in his class to receive the accolade.

Mr Scott Eyono, who graduated with a BSc Computer Engineering degree, accesses the backend of a radio telescope.

From Engineer to Astrophysicist

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Mr Scott Eyono was fascinated with computers and technology from a young age and with his father being a professor of Computer Science, technological problem solving became almost a family hobby! Thus it is no surprise that the young Eyono is now a proud UKZN BScEng (Computer Engineering) graduate.

Geologist, Ms Nombuso Maduna, graduated top of her class with a BSc Honours degree cum laude.

High Performing Self Starter Graduates Top of her Class

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Ms Nombuso Maduna graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Geology, scooping the prestigious DMT Kai Batla Prize for the best Honours student in Geological Sciences for 2018 at UKZN.

Ms Aadila Moosa, BSc Honours summa cum laude graduate.

Top Honours Student Drawn to Natural World

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Ms Aadila Moosa, who received her BSc Honours degree in Biological Sciences from UKZN’s School of Life Sciences (SLS), has the distinction of being the only summa cum laude honours graduate in this year’s round of degree conferrals by the School.

Mr Umar Bassa graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Property Development summa cum laude.

Property Developer Graduates Top of his Class

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BSc Property Development graduate, Mr Umar Bassa, holds the distinction of being the only summa cum laude graduate in his class.