CENTRE FOR RENEWABLE AND SUSTAINABLE ENERGY STUDIES

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CENTRE FOR RENEWABLE AND SUSTAINABLE ENERGY STUDIES – STAFF

Professor Wikus van Niekerk

PROF WIKUS VAN NIEKERK

Director

Professor Wikus van Niekerk is the Director of the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies at Stellenbosch University. He holds a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in Mechanical Engineering. He has a keen interest in renewable and sustainable energy and has been consulted by industry for many years as a registered professional engineer.

Curriculum Vitae
E-mail: wikus (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 4251

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Professor Alan Brent

PROF ALAN BRENT

Associate Director

Professor Alan Brent holds bachelor degrees in engineering (chemical) and philosophy (sustainable development); master degrees in science (environmental engineering), engineering (technology management), and philosophy (sustainable development); and a PhD in engineering management. He is a registered profession engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa and a NRF-rated researcher, with a focus on sustainable technology management. Currently he is appointed at Stellenbosch University as a professor of engineering management and sustainable systems in the Department of Industrial Engineering (IE), and as the associate director of the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies (CRSES).

Curriculum Vitae
Email: acb (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 9530

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Nawaz Mahomed

DR NAWAZ MAHOMED

Lecturer

Nawaz Mahomed received his BSc Eng and MSc Eng degrees from the University of Cape Town and his PhD in the field of Mechanics from the Institute for Fundamental Technological Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences in 1998. Prior to joining the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering as Associate Professor in 2015, he held positions at Cape Peninsula University of Technology, the Institute for Maritime Technology (Armscor), Department of Science and Technology and CSIR. His research interests include computational modelling and simulation of high viscous flows and metal solidification, dye-sensitised photovoltaic cells and other thin film technology applications.

Email: nawaz (at) sun (dot) ac (dot )za
Tel: 021 808 4367

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Mr Ulrich Terblanche

MR ULRICH TERBLANCHE

Research Engineer

Mr. Ulrich Terblanche holds a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from Stellenbosch University. He completed his MSc degree in Sustainable Energy Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden. Former work experience includes project engineering and piping design in the oil and gas refining sector, analyses on using excess heat for district heating and electricity generation in the cement manufacturing industry as well as PV-hybrid systems and energy efficient design in the renewable energy sector. His focus includes sustainable energy solutions, industrial energy efficiency analyses and PV and hybrid system design.

Curriculum Vitae
E-mail: ulricht (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 3605

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Karin Kritzinger

MS KARIN KRITZINGER

Researcher

Karin Kritzinger holds a BCom and an MPhil degree from the University of Stellenbosch. Her masters thesis explored the possibility of the insurance industry as a solar water heater driver in South Africa

Curriculum Vitae
E-mail: karink (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 3605

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Ms Therese Lambrechts

MS THERESE LAMBRECHTS

Schools Programme Manager

Therese holds a BMus Ed from Stellenbosch University. As part of Public Awareness she developed and implements a set of material on renewable energy to teachers nationally.

Curriculum Vitae
E-mail: therese (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 3605

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Angelo Buckley

MR ANGELO BUCKLEY

Research Engineer

Mr Angelo Buckley holds a BEng degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stellenbosch University. He is currently completing his PgDip in Renewable Energy at Stellenbosch University and is employed as a Research Engineer at the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies.

E-mail: buckley (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 3605

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Ndamulelo Mararakanye

MR NDAMULELO MARARAKANYE

Research Engineer

Mr Ndamulelo Mararakanye holds a BSc (Eng) degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Cape Town. He is currently working towards his MSc in Electrical Engineering at University of Cape Town and he is appointed as a Research Engineer in Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies.

E-mail: ndamulelo (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 3605

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Jason Fairhurst

MR JASON FAIRHURST

Research Engineer

Mr. Jason Fairhurst completed his BEng in Mechatronic Engineering at Stellenbosch University in 2013. In 2015 he obtained his MEng degree (Cum Laude) in Mechanical Engineering - Renewable Energy, where he focussed on ocean wave energy. Jason's expertise lie in fluid dynamic modelling, optimisation and mechanical design. His position and skillset contribute majorly to the Ocean Energy pillar of the CRSES where we hope to bring Ocean Energy conversion to South Africa. In addition to Engineering he is also a cofounder and director of two non-profit organisations which focus on educating the youth on living sustainable lifestyles and community upliftment through social interaction.

E-mail: jasonfairhurst (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 4251

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Ntombi Nqandela

MS NTOMBI NQANDELA

Intern

Ms Ntombi Nqandela, and intern at the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies at Stellenbosch University, holds a BTech in Mechanical Engineering from Cape Peninsula University of Technology and currently registered for a PgDip in Renewable Energy at Stellenbosch University.

E-mail: ntombi (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 4945

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Donald Fitzgerald

MR DONALD FITZGERALD

Intern

Mr Donald Fitzgerald is currently an intern at the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies at Stellenbosch University. He holds a MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of KwaZulu-Natal which focused on the design of a supersonic turbine running in the first stage of a liquid-propellant rocket engine turbopump.

E-mail: don (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 4945

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Ms Jos Liebenberg

MS JOS LIEBENBERG

Administrative & Financial Officer

Financial & Administrative Officer for the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies at Stellenbosch University.

E-mail: jhl2 (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 4087

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Sandelize Heydenrycht

MS SANDELIZE HEYDENRYCHT

Receptionist

Receptionist for the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies

E-mail: sandyh (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 4069

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Carla Nel

MS CARLA NEL

Administrative Officer: Short Courses, Marketing & enquiries Post Graduate studies in Renewable Energy


E-mail: carlanel (at) sun (dot) ac (dot) za
Tel: 021 808 4945

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