UJ awards for teaching, research and service beyond the normal call of duty

November 14th, 2014, Published in Articles: Energize, Articles: EngineerIT, Articles: PositionIT, Articles: Vector

 

At a ceremony held at the University of Johannesburg on 13 November 2014, Prof. Hendrik Ferreira received the Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Award for Outstanding Researcher of the Year. Prof. Ferreira, a Research Professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Science, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, is a highly respected, world-class researcher. Since 1984 he has been a visiting researcher at seven universities and two companies in the USA and Europe.

Lucia Pelser of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment received the Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Award for Service Beyond the Normal Call of Duty. Ms. Pelser is relationship co-ordinator for the entire student cohort in the BEng, BTech and national diploma programmes, where inter alia she was instrumental in starting a mentorship programme to assist struggling students with academic issues, accommodation and a food scheme to support financially-stressed students.

Prof. Hendrik Ferreira and Prof. Kalala Jalama. In front: Lucia Pelser, Prof. Saurabh Sinha and Prof. Esther Akinlabi.

Back: Prof. Hendrik Ferreira and Prof. Kalala Jalama. In front: Lucia Pelser, Prof. Saurabh Sinha and Prof. Esther Akinlabi.

Prof. Kalala Jalama, Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment received the award for Most Promising Researcher of the Year. Prof. Jalama is an active researcher with an interest in the field of catalysis for alternative fuels.

Prof. Esther Akinlabi, Department of Mechanical Engineering Science, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment received the award for Innovator of the Year. Over and beyond research work Prof. Akinlabi is also an inventor. She registered a patent on the “Process for the manufacture of titanium-based composites.” A second patent is for a “Circumferential tensile tester”.

Dr. Francois Durand, Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science and Dr. Lara Ragpot, Department of Childhood Education, Faculty of Education received awards for teaching excellence. Zafeer Nagdee, Department of Accountancy, Faculty of Economic and Financial Sciences and Dr. Catherine Botha, Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities received awards for most promising young teacher.

It is noted that four of the eight award recipients are from the Faculty of the Built Environment, which is clearly going from strength to strength, headed up by its new executive dean Prof. Saurabh Sinha.

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