The Faculty of Engineering was established in 1944 with three engineering departments of which Mechanical Engineering was one.
In 2006 the name of the Department changed to that of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, because the department is the home of the Mechatronics programme since 2001.
Covid-19 related assistance to Tygerberg campus
Our staff members Kevin Neaves and Cornel De Jongh are assisting Dr Rudolph Venter of Tygerberg campus with a 3D printing project. The project consists of printing headbands to fit onto protective shields for health workers.
Tygerberg campus has a group doing the final assembly of the shields. This assembly consists of a clear plastic sheet and elastic strap that is attached to the parts that M&M Engineering have printed.
The headbands are generally printed in a stack of 4 to reduce the amount of times you need visit the machine. The stack is then split and a minor cleanup is performed on the surfaces if necessary. We recently received a donation and have purchased an additional printer and consumables. The printer's assembly and first print can be seen in this video.
M&M is now running 5 printers for this project.
See printer assembly and first print here
Are you interested in science and technology? Are you innovative and self-motivated? Do you have an above average mathematics aptitude and are you a strong rational thinker? These qualities are ideal if you want to choose Mechanical Engineering or Mechatronic Engineering as a career.
Mechanical engineering is characterised by the field's involvement in structures, motion and transfer of energy.
Mechatronic engineering is a new focus area in engineering that promises to become even more important in the future, both in South Africa as well as internationally. With automation as the current key to productivity, the need for mechatronics (which makes it possible to generate simpler, more economical, reliable and versatile systems) increases by the day.
The 26th Jac van der Merwe Competition for Innovation took place on Wednesday, 13 January 2020. The competition, sponsored by MultiChoice, is intended to reward the Stellenbosch University engineering student with the most innovative final-year project. The competition was named after Stellenbosch University alumnus, Jac van der Merwe, who was a founding member of M-Net. Jac passed away in an aeroplane crash in 1994 and to commemorate and honour his inventive and creative spirit, M-Net established this annual competition in 1995. MultiChoice came onboard in 2013 and sponsors R30 000 towards prize money, ranking this competition as the biggest prize in the Faculty of Engineering.
This year, due to the unusual circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, six candidates, representing the six BEng programmes offered in the Faculty, submitted a 15-minute video of their final-year project. A scheduled Microsoft Teams meeting took place where the panel conducted individual 10-minute interviews regarding the individual students’ relevant projects and its inherent innovation.
Our teaching and learning commenced online from Monday, 20 April, via SUNLearn. Updates and communiques regarding how the Covid-19 pandemic and isolation measures may affect studies can be obtained by following our SU social media links or the Covid-19 SU webpage https://bit.ly/SUcoronavirus