Water Quality Modelling Focus of Civil Engineering Masters Research
Hard work and concentrated study are key factors in the impressive academic achievements of MSc Civil Engineering graduate Ms Nomandla Nxusa whose research focused on Water Quality Modelling – a hydraulic aspect of Civil Engineering that examines water transportation and pollution along a water system.
‘My research is based on ammonia-nitrogen fate and transport in the upper Umgeni River,’ said Nxusa. ‘The model developed is used to stimulate ammonia along the Umgeni River and assess the possible factors that affect ammonia levels in the river.’
Her passion for hydraulic studies motivated Nxusa to embark on a career in Civil Engineering. ‘Civil Engineering is a broad discipline and a lot can be achieved when one pursues it,’ she said.
Nxusa had this advice for aspirant engineers: ‘As the author J.M. Power says: “If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up”. Study smart, work hard and have a little fun. The sleepless nights and endless visits to the library will definitely pay off!’
Nxusa acknowledged the assistance and support she received from her supervisor Dr Muthukrishnavellaisamy ‘Sam’ Kumarasamy as well as from other colleagues, the Water Research Commission (WRC) and the National Research Foundation (NRF).
Nxusa said she drew inspiration from her late mother. ‘Her ambition and positivity towards living to the fullest taught me it is possible to achieve your dreams and goals as long as you put in the effort and hard work,’ she said.
Nxusa, who is currently on a three-year graduate internship at the Rand Water Academy, plans to pursue her PhD when the contract ends.
Words by: Manqoba Hadebe
Photograph by: Abhi Indrarajan