Wednesday, 23 November 2022

Chemical Engineering professor inducted into prestigious SAYAS

RECOGNITION: Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, Mahabubur Chowdhury receiving his South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) membership certificate from Dustin van der Haar, SAYAS co-chairperson. RECOGNITION: Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, Mahabubur Chowdhury receiving his South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) membership certificate from Dustin van der Haar, SAYAS co-chairperson.

Distinguished Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, Mahabubur Chowdhury has been inducted into the esteemed South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS).

SAYAS which was established in 2011, inducts 10 young (younger than 40 years) vibrant researchers who have made a significant mark in their field every year. These members form part of various working groups such as policy making, science communication etc. After five years of service, members become alumni and are replaced by newly elected members.

“This is a stamp of approval on the quality of the research that I have produced so far. This nomination will strive me to do better science and quality science” Chowdhury enthused. SAYAS received 31 nominations from the whole country and only 10 get inducted this year. The process is rigorous.

“Your research impact on the field and your overall contribution to the field are assessed by independent assessors. Only the top 10 candidates get inducted.”

Chowdhury said the Department of Chemical Engineering is filled with excellent academics and that there are only two SAYAS members from CPUT to the “best of my knowledge and both of them are from Chemical Engineering”. “It’s a great testament to the institution, that this institution is nurturing future leaders in their field,” he continued.

“Any prestigious staff achievement is the institution's achievement, as no staff exists without the institution.”

Chowdhury added: “It's very important to do good science. One of my fears is harming science by doing science. Hence, it's very important that the quality of science we scientists do must be of the highest quality.” His aspiration is to “do good science that improves the quality of science we have”.

Written by Aphiwe Boyce