25 May 2021
Volume: 9
Issue: 18
Cum laude graduate, Mr Tyrone Bright shows off his sensory glove.

The Future Looks Bright for Young Mr Bright!

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Growing up roaming the hallowed halls of Mechanical Engineering at UKZN where his father was employed as an academic and being constantly surrounded by his dad’s robots and rockets, master's graduate Tyrone Bright’s curiosity for how things work began at a young age.

Mr Sfundo Khumalo.

Sixteen Distinctions and Counting

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Mr Sfundo Khumalo achieved 16 distinctions during studies at UKZN for his BSc degree.

Mr Gareth Wissing - an achiever both in Engineering and on the cricket field.

All Rounder Excels in Class and at Cricket

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Mr Gareth Wissing has graduated cum laude with a Master of Science degree in Engineering, specialising in Civil Engineering.

PhD graduate, Dr Sharlene-Asia Naicker.

Power Transformer Failures Researched in Doctoral Study

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Understanding mechanisms involved in dysfunctional power transformers using computational and theoretical techniques was the focus of PhD (Physics) graduate, Dr Sharlene-Asia Naicker’s research.

Mr Ndumiso Memela was awarded an MSc degree in Chemistry.

MSc Graduate’s Novel Battery Development Assists Search for Alternate Energy Sources

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Mr Ndumiso Memela enjoys soccer as it keeps him grounded, motivated and gives him a fresh perspective on life. Memela’s other passion is science, which as a young schoolboy, he far preferred.

MSc graduate, Mr Dawit Seyoum.

Son Follows in Father’s Engineering Footsteps

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‘I have always been surrounded by engineers,’ says Mr Dawit Seyoum, who graduated with an MSc degree in Civil Engineering.

PhD in Physics graduate, Dr Abiola Ilori.

Nigerian Lecturer Chooses UKZN for PhD Physics Studies

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‘UKZN has always been among the top five universities in Africa with top-notch faculty members, research facilities and excellent laboratories. That is why I chose to do my PhD in Physics here.’

Mr Jimson Tanyanyiwa.

Zimbabwean Student Prospers After Doing the Hard Yards

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Years of hard work by Mr Jimson Tanyanyiwa saw him graduate at UKZN with a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering.

Mr Sanele Shange (left) at his honours graduation with his brother, Goodman.

From Science Foundation to Master’s Degree!

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Mr Sanele Shange grew up in iXopo (Springvale) in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands where his teachers saw great potential in him so they urged his parents to move him to a well-equipped school in an urban area.

MSc Physics cum laude graduate, Ms Lindiwe Ngwane.

Research Throws Light on Hospital Operating Theatres

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Ms Lindiwe Ngwane was attracted to biomedical physics as it offered her an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of fundamental physics as applied to medical facilities and in biological systems.

Dr Sinenhlanhla Sikhosana (left) with her mother, Bongiwe, on the occasion of her BSc graduation (2014) and now PhD (2021).

Schoolgirl’s Encounter with Astronomy Leads to Doctoral Degree

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Dr Sinenhlanhla Sikhosana’s first encounter of an informative kind with astronomy was when as a young schoolgirl she attended an astrophysics and cosmology career exhibition week at UKZN, learning that she could pursue a career in the field and that funding opportunities were available.

Summa cum laude graduate, Mr Menzi Skhosana.

Summa Cum Laude Student Develops Possible Solution to Public Transport Woes

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Top achiever Mr Menzi Skhosana, who was fully sponsored by the Zenex Foundation throughout his senior school years, matriculated at Ogwini Comprehensive Technical High in Umlazi in 2015.

Ms Cheryl Naidoo was awarded an MSc in Chemistry.

Nanotechnology Enhances Efficacy of Indigenous Plant Species – MSc Research Finding

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Mimusops, an indigenous plant species found along Durban’s coastline, was the subject of MSc research by graduate, Ms Cheryl Naidoo.

MSc Physics cum laude graduate, Mr Johannes Mphaka.

Graduate Plans to Make Life ‘Easy’ for Fellow Researchers

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Mr Johannes Mphaka is a hardworking young man who aspires to greatness. After completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Limpopo, Mphaka began an Honours degree in Physics at UKZN, supported by the National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme (NASSP).

Cum laude graduate, Mr Tazden Sewell who is the first in his family to achieve a university degree!

Cum laude Pass Evidence of Augmented Engineering Programme’s Value

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Mr Tazden Sewell is the first in his family to graduate with a university degree and for good measure, he achieved a cum laude pass!

Graduate and bursary winner, Mr Sbongiseni Mthethwa.

Statistical Association Bursary for BSc Graduate

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Mr Sbongiseni Mthethwa has not only graduated with a BSc degree majoring in Mathematics and Statistics, but has also earned a prestigious industry bursary from the SA Statistical Association (SASA) to pursue honours studies - one of only three awarded nationally.

UKZN academic and newly capped PhD graduate, Dr Muvhango Rasalanavho.

Science Access Programme Stalwart Secures PhD

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Senior tutor in the School of Chemistry and Physics and academic stalwart in the science access programme on the Pietermaritzburg campus, Dr Muvhango Rasalanavho, has graduated with a PhD degree in Chemistry.

Land surveyor, Mr Thando Nqasha.

Earthquake with Magnitude of 5.5ML Stirred Doctoral Research

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What was regarded as the largest mine-related earthquake in the world rocked Orkney in the Northwest Province in 2014 and led to Mr Thando Nqasha being awarded a cum laude Master of Science degree in Land Surveying.