Kahl Kritzinger is the first Mechatronics graduate to also obtain an MSc in Computer Science at Nelson Mandela University, and cum laude to boot!

    After escaping captivity and fleeing a village in the Democratic Republic of Congo, walking 6000km to South Africa and starting school at the age of 10 - Popina Khumanda graduated with a Diploma in IT at Nelson Mandela University’s Autumn Graduation. 

    Nelson Mandela University advanced engineering design group students have developed an early-detection device to help with the prevention of unnecessary blood loss during surgeries and other medical procedures.

    Ready to change the world? You’re invited to take the first step with EBET.

    Come and visit the Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Technology’s 2022 on campus Open Day and explore the career opportunities in the School of Architecture, School of the Built Environment and Civil Engineering, School of  Engineering and School of Information Technology. 

    When one of his lecturers told him, he would never graduate with his lifestyle choices, Shaadan Loonat, decided to prove everyone wrong and become a DJ who studies architecture. 

    A total of 25 students will be the first graduates to be awarded the Higher Certificate in Renewable Energy at Nelson Mandela University’s Autumn Graduation. Another 40 students have registered for 2022.

    Is a career in Architecture your future? Please save the date for our Faculty's mask-to-mask Open Day on Saturday, 7 May 2022, at 9:00. The event will take place on North Campus, but more detail to follow soon! Keep your eye out on all our social media platforms.

    Professor Stephen Read from the Delft University will be presenting a lecture titled: Thinking the Anthropocene: Metaphysics, Power and Action for a New Age. 

    Transnet invites applicants to apply for Young Professionl in Training Internship Programme 2022.


    The Academic Welcoming Events page is home to all matters relating to the many online welcoming events that are planned to make the start of your studies at Nelson Mandela University a little easier. 

    Software Engineer at Property24 Cape Town Okuhle Ngada addressed the problem of online misinformation, commonly referred to as ‘fake news’ by using technological approaches, such as machine learning and deep learning technology. 

    The Department of Architecture invites everyone to the 35th Virtual Corobrik Treatise Design Awards and Exhibition. Come join us online on Monday 6 December at 12:00, where we showcase the design work of our final year Architecture students.

    Under the umbrella of celebrating excellence, Nelson Mandela University recognised its top academic, professional, administrative and service staff in the categories of research, teaching, engagement, creative outputs and institutional support on 23 November.

    An extremely successful Construction Management 50th Anniversary Conference was hosted by the Department on 15th and 16th November 2021. Titled ‘The Next 50 years’, the conference comprised both a Scientific Day and an Industry Day to cater to a more diverse range of interested parties.
    An extremely successful Construction Management 50th Anniversary Conference was hosted by the Department on 15th and 16th November 2021. Titled ‘The Next 50 years’, the conference comprised both a Scientific Day and an Industry Day to cater to a more diverse range of interested parties.

    Mandela University architecture students took first place in both the 2021 PG Bison’s 1.618 Education Initiative student competition and the Caesarstone Student Designer competition.

    Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Two thirds of the finalists in two industry sponsored design competitions are third-year Mandela Uni Architectural Design students who have been selected as finalists in the 2021 PG Bison’s 1,618 Education Initiative student competition and the 2021 Caesarstone Student Designer competition.

    The Spirit of Water – Practices of cultural reappropriation: Indigenous heritage sites along the coast of the Eastern Cape-South Africa is title of the book Dr Magda Minguzzi of Nelson Mandela University recently published.

    Students and staff in the Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Technology (EBET) have been playing an incredible role in tackling COVID-19 challenges.

    Karl van der Merwe has been a practicing industrial engineer since 1989 who, after a fifteen-year stint in the automotive sector, moved to an academic environment to pursue a career in teaching, research and consulting. Karl holds a doctorate in operations management, which was granted by the NMMU, based on research completed in the field of Lean and Six Sigma operations. 

    Gone are the days when hospital staff have to scour through hundreds of documents to find patient files — the Eastern Cape health department has launched an easy-to-use advanced electronic Hospital Management System (HMS).

    Four student academic award recipients at the recent virtual annual academic student awards ceremony are top achievers in the world of computers and numbers.

    Meet Prof Lourens
    Ann Lourens is an Associate Professor at Nelson Mandela University and Project Leader for Women in Engineering Leadership Association (WELA). Ann obtained undergraduate qualifications in Operations Management followed by an MBA (Cum laude) and DBA. Prior to a career in academia at the former Cape Technikon (Cape Town) and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (Port Elizabeth/Gqeberha), Ann worked in various manufacturing industries in operations-related positions.

    Mandela University graduate developing cheaper and more comfortable socket liners for people with prostheses.

    The six-month pilot of a webbased solution developed by Nelson Mandela University’s Centre for Community Technologies to track, trace and follow up on tuberculosis patients in Wells Estate has drawn to a close.

    Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Professor Lynn Futcher from the School of ICT at Mandela University has been elected onto the executive of the national Institute of Information Technology Professionals of South Africa (IITPSA).

    Nelson Mandela University has partnered with the Eastern Cape Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC-EC) towards the provision of relevant industry-aligned degree programmes and other capacity building initiatives aimed at bolstering the manufacturing sector and provincial economy.

    Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: The Advanced Engineering Design Group’s (AEDG) engineering students are in an exciting collaborative project with well-known racing team, Scuderia Scribante.

    Friday, 23 July saw the official launch of the Agricultural Nutrition Project, which will see a skills transfer from George Campus students to inmates.

    With the University having to come up with all kinds of innovative ways to save water in this water crisis, the Botany Department has implemented a closed water distilling system for their research needs, saving an enormous amount of water.   

    Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University students were the big winners at the recent Corobrik Student Architecture Awards.

    In this professorial inaugural lecture* Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Mandela University, Russell Phillips, unpacked the role of renewable energy in de-urbanising post-COVID Africa. 

    The school of architecture is proud to announce that the 2019 and 2020 Corobrik National Architecture Student Awards was awarded to GP Greyvenstein (2019) and Blake Smit (2020). The achievement follows the win in 2018 by Riaan Huiskens, making Mandela University home to this prestigious award three years in a row. 

    Dr Magda Minguzzi, senior lecturer at Mandela University’s School of Architecture and researcher at the Institute for Coastal and Marine Research, recently received recognition for her years of research and commitments with the First Nation. 

    An Autonomous Solar Boat prototype that was designed in Nelson Mandela Bay will soon have its maiden voyage at sea.

    “I am grateful to NSFAS and Nelson Mandela University for this opportunity to have a qualification that no one can take away from me and to Student Counselling for making sure that I kept my sanity” says Nomsa Gida, 35, who graduated with a Diploma in Building, 15 years after she first started at the University.

    The first two graduates in BEngTech Marine Engineering graduated at Nelson Mandela University’s Autumn Graduation.

    “Quoting our namesake, Nelson Mandela, “It always seems impossible until it is done” was a reality for the MPhil in Information Technology (IT) Governance treatise research that I undertook in 2020” says graduate Constandious Takura Munakandafa.

    Amber Meyer was the South African Institute of Industrial Engineering’s Best Final Year NDip student in 2019, yet she never thought she would graduate, twice in a row or cum laude, having had to overcome educational and financial hurdles.

    The Dean, Prof Ben van Wyk would like to introduce the first edition of our new annual faculty publication: IDEATE Vol 1!

    This edition focuses on the work the faculty is doing in the 'service of society' through our entities. I sincerely hope you enjoy reading about our faculty's innovative work.

    The third COVID-19 wave is due to hit the two big Eastern Cape metros of Nelson Mandela Bay and Buffalo City by the end of March/beginning of April. This is sooner than expected and we are confident of the prediction as it is based on a range of local and regional data and on a year of national modelling, from the time that COVID-19 hit South Africa in March 2020.

    Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Second year BComm student, Ndivhuwo Malange, has been named winner of the Undergraduate Category in the Nedbank & Old Mutual Budget Speech competition.
    Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Second year BComm student, Ndivhuwo Malange, has been named winner of the Undergraduate Category in the Nedbank & Old Mutual Budget Speech competition.

    It is often hard to find light in the seemingly endless pandemic. Still, perhaps the single most valuable consequence for higher education during this time is that it has forced us to reimagine ways in which to reach and engage our students, industries and communities, and provided unexpected insights into what is possible when technology is optimally leveraged.

    An innovative app allows healthcare workers to remotely create an electronic medical record for a tuberculosis patient, capture patient data and record medication compliance.

    Five professors at Nelson Mandela University have received the prestigious title of Distinguished Professor, which entails an elevated status in recognition of their dedication and commitment to their field of expertise.  

    It is with great pride that the Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Technology staff congratulate Prof Darelle van Greunen who has been promoted to Distinguished Professor at the University and had also been awarded an Extraordinary Professorship at NWU's Optentia Research Unit. 

    Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mechanical Engineering student, Wian van Aswegen from Port Alfred, has designed and created a unique 3D metal printed golf putter.

    South End was a vibrant, diverse and thriving mixed community before implementation of the 1950 Group Areas Act under the apartheid regime. Forced removals implemented under the act, removed Coloured residents of South End to areas such as Gelvandale, Korsten, and Chetty. 

    Best Wishes

    The School of Architecture would like to wish all students and staff a safe, healthy, and prosperous new year! We would like to also take this opportunity to welcome or our new students to the school! 

    “If you consider that in 2050 Africa will have a population of approximately 2.5 billion people, representing a quarter to a third of all humanity, it becomes clear that Africa’s emerging markets are your future.” 

    Best Wishes

    The School of Architecture would like to wish all students and staff a safe, healthy, and prosperous new year! We would like to also take this opportunity to welcome or our new students to the school! 

    Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Prof Brenda Scholtz (Department of Computing Sciences) and Prof Lynn Futcher (School of Information Technology) have been appointed as the South African representatives on The International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP).

    Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: KaziHealth, a mobile application developed by Nelson Mandela University’s Centre for Community Technologies (CCT), has received a merit award at the 4th Commonwealth Digital Health Awards.

    Collaboration between the sciences and the social sciences can only lead to the improvement of sustainable and renewable energy, the effects of climate change on the environment, food security and the alleviation of poverty. 

    Engineering students and academics from Nelson Mandela University and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) represented South Africa in the 2020 Global Cybathlon Championship hosted by Switzerland last weekend. 

    Nelson Mandela University’s STEM IN ACTION entity is giving matrics an extra “boost” with a Boost Prep Pack containing summary videos of their entire Physical Science curriculum, including the experiments.  It encourages learners not only to work together with their educators, but also independently.

    The Damas guesthouse in the remote Riemvasmaak area in the Northern Cape, which received its first off-grid facility from Nelson Mandela University two years ago, now boasts a larger pumping system as well as an off grid power supply system for lighting.

    Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Third year IT Software Development student, Athenkosi Sajini, was part of the team that took 2nd place in the recent Microsoft Safe@Home Hackathon.

    Article on the development of a new health and safety management programme published on to build magazine page 106-107.

    To ensure the success of railway concessions, Nelson Mandela University Infrastructure Development and Engagement Unit (ID&EU) associate Bongani Mankewu says government “must fathom the significant role to be played by academia and the industry”. 

    The Damas guesthouse in the remote Riemvasmaak area in the Northern Cape, which received its first off-grid facility from Nelson Mandela University two years ago, now boasts a larger pumping system as well as an off-grid power supply system for lighting.

    Meet Prof Crafford

    Gerrit Crafford is a Professor in Construction Economics at Nelson Mandela University. He also serves as the Acting Director of the School of the Built Environment and Civil Engineering and is the Chairperson of the Engineering, the Built Environment and Technology (EBET) Faculty Postgraduate Studies Committee. 

    Meet Prof Freere

    Prof. Freere has a Ph.D. in power electronic control of motors from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK and a research master's degree on the control of wind turbines from the University of New South Wales, Australia.  

    Meet Prof Mostert

    Nicky Mostert is a Professor in the Department of Software Engineering at Nelson Mandela University. She holds a PhD from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Her research is mainly focused on health informatics, with a developing interest in various aspects related to social media and social networking. 

    Nelson Mandela University Infrastructure Development and engagement unit associate Mr Bongani Mangewu wrote an opinion piece for Creamer Media’s Engineering News giving insight and recommendations to South Africa’s infrastructure and development with emphasis on the need for hybridity between Public and private sector  and good governance being the catalyst for economic growth.

    Theo is a senior lecturer within the Mechatronics Engineering Department at Nelson Mandela University and a researcher within the Advanced Mechatronics Technology Centre. Since starting at the then Port Elizabeth Technikon over 30 years ago, his teaching and research interest have been within the field of Mechatronics. 

    Meet Prof Shakantu

    Professor Winston Shakantu is a Full Professor of Construction Management at the Nelson Mandela University. Winston’s academic qualifications include a BSc in Building,   an MSc in Construction Management from the University of Reading and a PhD from Glasgow Caledonian University. 

    Prof Abou-El-Hossein is a Professor at Nelson Mandela University. He is a professional mechanical engineer registered by the Engineering Council of South Africa. 

    Meet Prof Makasa

    Paul Makasa is a Professor of Architecture at Nelson Mandela University, in South Africa. He obtained his PhD from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, a Master’s in Housing Policies for Developing Nations, from Alvar Aalto University in Finland and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Zambia. 

    Meet Prof Gorlach

    Igor Gorlach is a Professor at Nelson Mandela University and the Isuzu Chair of Mechatronics. He obtained a Masters degree from Wits University and a PhD from the North-West University. The Isuzu Chair in Mechatronics at Nelson Mandela University was established in 2009. 

    Meet Prof Futcher

    I have a PhD in Information Technology from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and a Higher Education Diploma from UNISA. My primary areas of research include Information and Cyber Security Education and Secure Software Development. As such, I am a key member of the Nelson Mandela University’s Centre for Research in Information and Cyber Security (CRICS). 

    Meet Prof Phillips
    Russell Phillips is a Professor at the Nelson Mandela University and Manager of the Renewable Energy Research Group as well as the Mandela Autonomous Operations group. He holds a Doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Nelson Mandela University. He holds a number of patents in his research fields. 

    Professor Van Greunen leads a research, engagement and innovation group at Nelson Mandela University, namely the Centre for Community Technologies (CCT). 

    Kevin Kativu

    GROWING up Kevin Kativu, 32, always had a fascination with electronics and probably opened every power toy he owned to see what was happening inside. It was then no surprise that this researcher and developer at Nelson Mandela University’s Centre for Community Technologies (CCT) was drawn into a career in information technology.

    Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: KaziHealth, a mobile application developed by Nelson Mandela University’s Centre for Community Technologies (CCT), has been named a finalist in the fourth Commonwealth Digital Health Awards.

    Meet Prof Buys

    Fanie Buys is a Professor at the Nelson Mandela University and holds a MSc degree in Quantity Surveying and a PhD degree in Construction Economics, both from the Nelson Mandela University. Apart from lecturing and research he is well known in South Africa amongst quantity surveying and construction management students and practitioners for his publications on quantity surveying. 

    Meet Prof Mbanga
    Prof Sijekula Mbanga is an Associate Professor, a programme leader for Human Settlements Studies, a member of the research group on environmental stewardship and sustainable livelihoods and the Chair for Sustainable Human Settlements at Nelson Mandela University. 
    Meet Prof Hattingh

    I have been an academic in Mechanical Engineering at Nelson Mandela University (previously Port Elizabeth Technikon) since 1989 and was appointed as a full Professor: Mechanical Engineering in 2002. During 2012 I was awarded a Distinguish Professorship for 5 years which was renewed in 2018. 

    Meet Prof Thomson

    Professor Thomson is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Technology, the Head of Department for the Network Engineering department and a senior team member of the Centre for Research in Information and Cyber Security (CRICS). 

    Meet Prof von Solms
    Professor Rossouw von Solms is an emeritus professor from Nelson Mandela University. At the time of retirement, Rossouw was also a Distinguished Professor at the university. 
    Meet Prof Botha

    Reinhardt A. Botha is a Professor of Information Technology in the School of Information Technology.  He is the director of the Centre for Research in Information and Cyber Security (CRICS). His research focuses on Information Security and Privacy. Reinhardt holds a PhD degree from the former Rand Afrikaans University in Johannesburg as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.  He is a certified ITIL Expert as well as a certified IBM Application Security Specialist.

    The scourge of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the poor, in particular, has once again highlighted the need for intervention in the country’s most vulnerable communities. Poverty, unemployment and generally poor living conditions are among the challenges faced by these communities, particularly the densely populated informal settlements.

    Meet Prof Lombard

    Hannalie Lombard is an Associate Professor at the Nelson Mandela University. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from Plymouth University: Faculty of Science and Engineering (former Faculty of Technology) with a thesis entitled.

    Meet our Professors! An excited project we embarked on to introduce the Professors within the Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Civil Engineering and Technology. Over the next few weeks, we will weekly introduce a new Professor, showcasing their teaching and research interest and publications. 

    Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: In a first of its kind, the biennial international BRICS* Skills Challenge 2020 took place in a virtual online format, and Mandela University student Jacques Welgemoed (23) was part of the experience.

    As life in lockdown level 3 continues long past the anticipated pandemic period, our ways of working have significantly changed.

    At a recently held virtual Africa Cisco Safari Conference, two staff members from the School of IT received awards from Cisco.

    The first four intubation units designed by Nelson Mandela University’s Advanced Engineering Design Group (AEDG) were recently delivered to the Anaesthesiology staff at Livingstone Hospital.

    Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Three students from Nelson Mandela University claimed the third  spot in the country in the annual Propella Hackathon that was held virtually last weekend due to the lockdown regulations. 

    Cities around the globe are moving towards a poverty-free, and well-protected planet whose people will enjoy harmonious peace and prosperity by 2030. Unfortunately, for socio-economic, technical, and especially geopolitical and historical reasons, the sub-Sahara African (SSAn) city is stuttering and lagging behind. 

    Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Lecturer in the Department of Quantity Surveying at Mandela University, Sharon Dent, has been appointed as a Board Member of the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS).

    With the increased sharing of potentially private information through the Internet, protecting individual privacy has received increased attention. A privacy paradox exists in that users report being concerned about their privacy, yet easily part with private information when given the opportunity. 

    Professor Rossouw von Solms is an emeritus professor from Nelson Mandela University. At the time of retirement, Rossouw was also a Distinguished Professor at the university. Prior to retirement, he was the Director of the Centre for Research in Information and Cyber Security (CRICS) at Nelson Mandela University and prior to this position, he. headed the Department of Information Technology for more than 17 years.

    Join Professor Barend van Wyk and his team of Directors as they take you on a journey of the various schools housed within the Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Technology.

    The Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Technology is proud of Sharon Dent who has been appointed as General Board Member of the Association of South African Quantity SurveyorsThe Faculty, and the Department of Quantity Surveying in particular, is indeed proud of this esteemed appointment and wish Sharon all the best in serving the Association and our vibrant profession.

    Please read the full article on Engineering News about Bongani Mankewu. 

    As the world becomes more interconnected through online technologies and platforms, employees of organisations and society in general should be aware of the security and privacy implications this interconnectedness brings. 

    Education is the best way to flatten the coronavirus curve. That is the message from Nelson Mandela University professor and director of the university’s Centre for Community Technologies, Darelle van Greunen.

    The Isuzu Chair in Mechatronics at Nelson Mandela University was established in 2009. Initially sponsored by General Motors and later by Isuzu, the main objective of the partnership is to co-facilitate cooperation between industry and academia with the aim to enhance human resource development (HRD) in support of the automotive industry.

    Prof Igor Gorlach

    In many ways, the scope of what used to be “traditional” quantity surveying in the private sector has changed as the scope of professional quantity surveying services increasingly includes advice to clients on wealth creation through investment in property development projects generally. However, the range of domain-related factors which impact on potential project profitability will always demand a sound foundation based on technical knowledge which underpins the “feasibility” advice provided by consultants.

    Dr Fanie Buys

    “When is the peak?” This is a question being continuously explored, with various sets of data used to model predictions of when South Africa’s COVID-19 infections will reach their peak.

    The Whip Peening innovation was first conceived as a theoretical solution having specific ties to the unique peening requirements associated with turbine rotor steeple groove refurbishment procedures.

    Ian Wedderburn

    Bellingham and Smith (B&S), a manufacturer of cricket bats in Thornhill in the Eastern Cape identified a need to increase the level of technology in their manufacturing process to gain the required export contracts to maintain/expand current workforce and access new markets.

    Julien de Klerk

    THE Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Technology is pleased to announce that Prof Danie Hattingh of eNtsa is a finalist in the 2019/2020 National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) – South 32 Awards.

    ALL over the world many people are without electricity, either all the time, or quite often, due to failures of the supply.

    The effort required to manage lives productively, without electricity, is considerable.  Yet many electrification projects do not transform the community.  Often the systems installed in remote areas are uneconomic and unsustainable.  Often those that benefit, only do so for a short while, until the systems break down.

    Prof Peter Freere

    South End was a vibrant, diverse and thriving mixed community before implementation of the 1950 Group Areas Act under the apartheid regime. Forced removals implemented under the act, removed Coloured residents of South End to areas such as Gelvandale, Korsten, and Chetty. 

    TjopTjop, a new app designed by two South African universities will soon be rolled out to assist schools and businesses to do a faster screening at entrance points and keep accurate digital records. 

    Nelson Mandela University has developed the first prototype of an electric orchard vehicle equipped to undertake a range of low to medium energy applications.  This project followed discussions with fruit farmers and fruit processors that revealed that the continually increasing price of fuel and its volatility puts a strain on the transport of fruit and vegetables, as well as other farming processes.

    merSETA, together with Nelson Mandela University, initiated the Wela programme with the aim of empowering young female engineering students at the institution. The duo has recognised the importance of promoting and developing women in this emerging field and to market it as a desirable career aspiration. It is the intention of Wela to focus on academic, professional, and personal development of women in engineering and to be of service to the community.

    Nelson Mandela University established the Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) Engagement Unit in 2019, the purpose of which is to catalyse a novel, sustainable manufacturing industry in the Southern Cape region, underpinned by new learning and teaching, research and engagement opportunities for the University. 
    The Heart of IT
    The School of Information Technology has launched an outreach campaign" The Heart of IT" which is aimed at our students who are in need of assistance. It is important to demonstrate our commitment to the values of Nelson Mandela University. We would like to get as much support as possible and therefore, we ask staff and students to participate in the spirit of Ubuntu by donating various items during the course of this campaign. 
    First Lego League

    First Lego League is an international programme aimed towards encouraging learners from the age of 9-16 years old to participate in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. 

    The training centre has played a major role in developing the skills of engineers and technicians in the Eastern Cape and in other parts of the country, and will continue to work closely with SIEMENS SA to ensure individuals receive expert training on the latest SIEMENS equipment.

    Participating students must design and build a prototype – being a single seater, four-wheeled, off-road recreational vehicle, to meet given design specifications. These cars, powered by a 7,5kW engine must be safe, easy to transport and service and able to negotiate tough terrain. The design of the actual vehicle is open to the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the students.

    The Formula Student vehicle is a single-seat formula type car with a 600cc motorcycle engine and fully independent double-wishbone suspension. Advanced technology is used to develop these cars including the latest computer-aided design and engineering CAD/CAE software, electronic fuel injection control, engine and chassis data acquisition with telemetry for vehicle parameter monitoring and the latest steel, aluminium alloy and composite manufacturing techniques. 

    The Advanced Engineering Design Group (AEDG) at Nelson Mandela University is an engagement group in the Faculty of Engineering that focuses on Design for Light weighting, Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM), Generative Design & Topology Optimization, Lattice Design, Biomimicry & Conceptual Design, IoT & Robotics, Industry 4.0 Design Integration, and Innovative Design for the Medical field, in projects that are student-driven and which involve cross-institutional, industry and private sector participation. The group focuses on collaborative projects to produce physical & functional real-world outcomes that promote & encourage engineering design utilising the latest available technology platforms in tandem with their industry and private sector partners.

    The Infrastructure Development and Engagement Unit (ID&EU) was established in 2019 and is an infrastructure focused entity based at Nelson Mandela University.  The main objectives are to enhance partnerships between the industry and government, enhance research development that will provide a platform for staff and postgraduate students to participate in infrastructure engagement activities in collaboration with the industry, to advance project bankability in the region and to influence the structuring of infrastructure projects as an asset class that is tradeable to sustain the duration of both greenfield and brownfield phases. The following two areas have been identified as potential starting points to fulfil the above objectives: The Eastern Cape Oceans Economy and the current restructuring of the energy South African sector.

    The Built Environment Research Centre (BERC) aims to be the preferred centre of built environment industry originated research on the African continent by engendering innovation. The purpose of the centre is to contribute to the creation of new research and materials development, to take advantage of research opportunities within the built environment and facilitate knowledge transfer to and from built environment professionals through research enterprise. It is envisaged that this entity will spur development, transformation, global competitiveness, and sustainability of the built environment and society at large.

    The goals of the group are based on applied, practical research of small scale RE harvesting systems as well as energy storage. These include various novel wind turbines, solar pumping solutions, solar thermal devices as well as heat engines producing electricity from stored solar derived heat. The group’s research has recently expanded into the field of UAV’s with the development of various novel configurations of marine, land and airborne drones.

    Information and, in particular, cyber security has a multi-disciplinary nature and focus as its basis. The proliferation of the Internet and related online services has influenced individuals, organisations, the private and public sectors in its entirety.

    The purpose of the Chair is to assist in the establishment of new research and development trends, opportunities, and initiatives within the field of mechatronics. It facilitates knowledge transfer into teaching and learning concepts and integrates it into undergraduate and postgraduate engineering programmes. It further seeks to strengthen international opportunities and cooperation between Nelson Mandela University, other national and international institutes of learning and the automotive industry.

    eNtsa is acknowledged internationally as an innovation hub that supports research, design, and technology assimilation for the broader manufacturing sector, with a focus on the automotive, power generation and petrochemical industries. eNtsa, a registered engagement entity at institute level at Nelson Mandela University, hosts several programmes and projects to advance engineering support for technology and human resource development within South Africa. eNtsa continuously strives to enhance technology innovation and to stimulate a climate of sustainable socio-economic growth in South Africa. It maintains strong relations with the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI).

    The AMTC is registered as a centre and its activities largely supported by external partners. The main activities include staff and student exchange programmes to German partner universities as well as the human resource development in the mechatronic domain.  Since inception of the AMTC, it has grown rapidly and currently includes activities in Teaching and Learning, Community and Research.
    The AMTC is an engagement unit within the Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Technology with a focus on human capital development through education.

    The Nelson Mandela University Pearson Vue Testing Centre officially commenced offering testing services in July 2013. Located in the EBET Faculty, within the School of IT, the unit runs under the auspices of the Southern Africa Cisco Academy Support Centre (SACASC), also found within the School of IT. The Pearson VUE Testing Centre provides testing services in a secure environment with state-of-the art computer equipment. Popular exams offered at the centre include those from vendors, such as  Cisco Systems, CIMA, Microsoft , CompTIA, IQN, EXIN,  Oracle, First Finance Institute, Esri, Linux, Professional Institute, The Institute of Internal Auditors,  Juniper ,  Adobe, IFTA and  HUAWEI.

    The Southern Africa Cisco Academy Support Centre, within the School of IT, is part of the Cisco Networking Academy Program, which is a comprehensive e-learning program taught in more than 10,000 educational institutions worldwide. The same content is taught all over the world which makes this a truly international program. The aim of the program is to teach students both theoretical and practical skills to prepare them for a career in Communication Networking. The Cisco Networking Academy Program partners with schools, colleges, universities, NGOs, and Governments to afford students the opportunity to become networking professionals and to help a country to increase its advanced ICT skills base.  

    STEM in Action

    STEM in ACTION is a community engagement entity within the EBET Faculty. It supports learners, educators, and parents across the educational phases, through a hands-on brains-on approach within the teaching and learning of Physical Science. This constructivist approach together with a dynamic and enthusiastic STEM in ACTION team, aims to get learners motivated about the subject and start considering possible careers paths for which this subject is the gate keeper to. Follow the link for more about our various STEM in ACTION projects.”

    The entity was established in 2013, initially through a Memorandum of Agreement between the university and Department of Human Settlements in South Africa, for the purpose of providing support to the human settlements sector in the introduction of human settlement academic programmes, research and professionalisation. Over the years, the entity has expanded on its work to embrace research which is promoting the uptake of innovations and technologies for creation of green, smart, liveable, inclusive, and sustainable human settlements in South Africa

    The Centre of Community Technologies (CCT), established in 2014, uses technology and innovation to contribute to a more prosperous and inclusive society, to accelerate inclusive economic growth, and to improve people’s everyday lives. The CCT engages with community members, particularly in South African townships and rural areas, to co-design technology solutions for everyday challenges in these communities so that technology becomes an enabler in their lives. 

    The purpose of this project is to grow human resources in electrical, industrial, and mechanical engineering, as well as mechatronics in order to enhance the manufacturing industry in the Eastern Cape to enable competitiveness and a growing and sustainable economy. The objectives are to increase capacity at FET Colleges, promote women in engineering, create an awareness of the relevance and importance of engineering at schools within rural communities in the Eastern Cape Province, increase capacity of educators at technical high schools in the Eastern Cape Province, and develop specialist training courses to address the needs of the manufacturing industry.

    THE configuration of a design of a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft for high payload, extended endurance operations by the Nelson Mandela University’s Mandela Autonomous Operations (MAO) Group has been patented and shows promise with regard to increased payload, durability and ease of operation. Dr Russell Phillips

    Short lessons, recorded experiments, career exploration and wellness segments, are just a few of the interventions planned by Mandela University’s STEM IN ACTION’s programme to assist Grade 12 learners once they are back at school.  In 2019, some 2700 learners and their educators from 37 schools in Nelson Mandela Bay, benefited from this science and mathematics programme. 

    Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Professor Danie Hattingh, Director of eNtsa (the Innovation through Engineering Institute housed at the University) and Professor in Mechanical Engineering, has been announced as one of 2020’s Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns (SA Academy for Science & Art) prestigious Award winners, namely the Honorary Medal of the Faculty of Natural Science & Technology.

    The Nelson Mandela University’s Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Information Technology (EBEIT) with participation from other faculties including Science (School of Natural Science), established in 2019, a multidisciplinary Cross Laminate Timber (CLT) Technology engagement unit.

    Digital technology has taken centrestage and so too has the work of the University’s Centre for Community Technologies (CCT).

    SOUTH END was the “District Six” of Port Elizabeth. It was a vibrant, diverse and integrated community with a sense of belonging. That was the way of life until the Group Areas Act of 1950 legislated the forced relocation of residents to various, racially segregated outlying areas of the city.

    THE demand for contact lenses (CLs) is increasing rapidly among different age and race groups in Africa [1].

    Prof Khaled Abou-El-Hossein and Muhammad Mukhtar Liman

    MECHATRONICS focuses on the engineering of electrical, computer and mechanical systems. Intelligent systems may include Artificial Intelligence (AI) - based software systems, such as: expert systems, neural networks, fuzzy logic and genetic algorithms.  Within our research team the concept of Intelligent Mechatronic Systems is simply described as an electrical-mechanical device or system integrated with a microcomputer that has AI-based capacity to analyze sensor data and take action.  A functional prosthetic hand is an area of interest within the field of biomechatronics.

    Prof Theo van Niekerk

    THE cybercrime epidemic has escalated rapidly in recent years. Cyberattacks have become increasingly sophisticated, involving malware, phishing, machine learning, artificial intelligence and cryptocurrency, thus placing corporations, governments and individuals at constant risk. These new and evolving cybersecurity threats have placed cybersecurity as a top priority for many nations and businesses alike. However, many organisations and governments have struggled to hire enough qualified cybersecurity professionals to safeguard against the increase in cybercrime.

    Prof Lyn Futcher

    Creche X3

    PRE-SCHOOLERS in Airport Valley on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth now enjoy a spacious, new building for their creche courtesy of Mandela University’s second-year Architecture students.

    John Andrews, Clayton Johnson-Goddard and second-year architecture students

    E-SCHOOLS are the future. But are traditional South African schools ready for it.

    Origin of Things

    THE importance of understanding the origin of territories motivated Mandela University senior lecturer, researcher and artist Dr Magda Minguzzi to convene a research group consisting of Chiefs and members of the KhoiSan community in the Port Elizabeth metropolitan area and university staff and students shortly after her arrival in South Africa from Italy in 2014.

    THE continuous evaluation of the material condition during the active life cycle of a plant is essential in managing the engineering challenges associated with safely prolonging the life of high value engineering components, in certain instances well beyond the original intended design life.

    Prof Danie Hattingh

    THE function between the welding procedure, properties and effectiveness should be well-understood to sustain structural integrity of welded components for the full life of its application.  The quality of the welding procedure, weld properties and weld effectiveness are critical to enable safe designed welded structures operating under specific environmental constraints. 

    Prof Hannalie Lombard

    Seeing the need for devices to assist people suffering from Covid-19 and other diseases, a multi-disciplinary team of innovative young engineers based at the Propella Business Incubator in Port Elizabeth have dropped all their other projects to develop a low-cost bag mask ventilator.

    With the Covid-19 pandemic hitting South Africa and starting to take root in the Eastern Cape, medical staff at the local Livingstone Hospital are under enormous strain.

    Our faculties and academics at Nelson Mandela University have combined forces with hospitals, businesses and communities in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro to help fight Covid-19 at a time when society needs us the most.

    In doing its part to combat Covid-19, Nelson Mandela University has already donated more than 100 3D-printed visors to Livingstone Hospital.

    E-schools are the future. But are traditional South African schools ready for it? To evaluate and assess the e-readiness of all South African government schools, the Centre for Community Technologies at Nelson Mandela University helped to develop an easy downloadable app, called the e-ready ICT maturity assessment tool.

    Eastern Cape communities do not have to fear that they will be left out in the cold during the 21-day lockdown period announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa. All the information they need will be available by downloading an app on their mobile phones.

    The University welcomes Dr Kaluke Mawila as the new George Campus Principal. 

    Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: "Africa has the ability to leapfrog the rest of the world with innovation. The continent has faced its fair share of challenges but with technological change, we can not only transform the continent but lead the way with innovation."

    Under the guidance of their lecturer, architecture students at the Nelson Mandela University built a unique, portable crèche for children in the Walmer township in Port Elizabeth.

    Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: NcedisoTM, a homegrown technology tool developed by Nelson Mandela University’s Centre for Community Technologies (CCT), will be showcased at an event hosted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa later this month.

    A health mobile app created by Mandela University's Centre for Community Technologies (CCT) has been selected to be part of a United Nations exhibition in Zimbabwe.

    Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University’s Centre for Research in Information and Cyber Security (CRICS) has been awarded the prestigious ISACA South Africa Contribution Award.

    Mandela University's Architecture lecturer Dr Magda Minguzzi recently received a traditional necklace from the Oeswana Bushmen tribe, of the first indigenous peoples of South Africa, located mainly in the northern area of Nelson Mandela Bay. 

    Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Lecturer in the School of Information Technology and PhD candidate, Vuyo Mdunyelwa, recently attended and presented a paper at the 4th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Young Scientist Forum (YSF), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  

    Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Masters in Engineering student, Michelle Ngugi, recently won first prize for the best presentation of her paper at the African Laser Centre (ALC) Conference held in Stellenbosch. 

    Alan McGillivray

    Alan, an Electrical Engineering lecturer with expertise in electronics and projects, has, from the beginning, made it his goal to teach and educate students in an interesting, meaningful and exciting fashion - the way he always wanted to be taught.

    Mechanical Engineering BTech student, Byron Blakey-Milner's optimised titanium mountain bike frame has made the top 38 entries in the world in the 2019 Permundus Challenge.

    Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: BTech Mechanical Engineering student Zaahid Imran, a team member in the Advanced Engineering Design Group in Mechanical Engineering, has been announced as one of the Top 5 Winners in the 2019 National RAPDASA Design Competition.

    Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Stemming from a simple desire to curb water bills for the disadvantaged, Neo Mabunda and Zain Imran designed a water meter prototype that scooped two awards at the 2019 Sita ICT Public Service awards held in Durban last week.

    Congratulations to Michelle Ngugi, M.Eng student, co-supervised by Tim Gibbon of Physics who had won the first prize for the best presentation of her paper at the African Laser Centre conference/workshop.