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Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Postgraduate research excellence showcased

WINNERS: Some of the winning entrants with Prof Marshall Sheldon, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Technology, Innovation and Partnerships. WINNERS: Some of the winning entrants with Prof Marshall Sheldon, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Technology, Innovation and Partnerships.

The excellent work produced by postgraduate students was acknowledged and showcased during the recent Postgraduate Conference.
Hosted by the Centre for Postgraduate Studies, the event gave Masters and Doctoral candidates the opportunity to deliver presentations and present posters on their research activities and innovations.

Vice-Chancellor, Prof Chris Nhlapo, said the day was an important one on the CPUT calendar.

“If we are serious about building One Smart CPUT, we have to encourage each and every student and say: ‘this continent needs you, this country needs you’.”

Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Technology, Innovation and Partnerships, Prof Marshall Sheldon, said the event aimed to give postgraduate students, who were close to graduating, the opportunity to share their results with an audience and engage in a scientific way.

“It’s also to acknowledge the great work our postgraduate students are doing and to provide us with an opportunity to create a research environment and build up a culture that we want to build within CPUT as we close our vision 2020 and transition into our Vision 2030 to become one smart CPUT.”

Research Director, Prof Dina Burger, encouraged the delegates to use the conference to explore opportunities to link up with the research being done by others.
“That is ultimately what research is about – working together and going beyond your own discipline and looking at things from different perspectives.”

The winner in the oral presentation category was Uchenna Okwuosa (MEng Mechanical Engineering), whose presentation was titled: Development of Shrouded Thrust Vectoring System for Short Take-Off Control. In second place was Talent Moyo (DComm Marketing) while Lizel Hudson (Doctorate in Radiography) was third.

The winner of the poster presentations was Kayla Arendse (MTech Retail Business Management), whose presentation was titled: Critical success factors for e-tailing: a case study of clothing retailers in Cape Town. Bulelwa Ntobela (Master of Horticultural Science) was second while Shaheed Roos: (Master of Horticultural Science) and Romuald Kouami Tchamba (MEng Mechanical) tied for third place.

Written by Ilse Fredericks


Provides coverage for the Health and Wellness Sciences and Informatics and Design Faculties.