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Robben Island Crossing

Nikhil Mehta, a MEng (Research) student in the Department of Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering undertook the Robben Island Crossing swim on Wednesday the 1st of December 2021, after months of dedicated training. Nikhil swam the 7.6 km distance from Robben Island to Big Bay, Bloubergstrand in a time of 1h46min. A commendable achievement indeed! He…

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Otto flies the M&M flag high!

Otto Scheffler, a PhD candidate and colleague in our department had won a category in the International ITASCA Software competition. We thank Otto for flying the Mechanical & Mechatronic department flag high, and making us proud Maties (Stellenbosch University).   “ITASCA is a company whose combined knowledge and experience extends over thirty years. They consult…

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Postgrad team second at SU LaunchLab hackathon

Congrats to our M&M postgrad team who finished in second place at the Fintech challenge! Between the 15th and 17th of October, the LaunchLab hosted the 2021 SU LaunchLab hackathon. Teams could choose between a FinTech or Data Science based challenge. The Fintech challenge, which this group of M&M Postgrad students tackled, required teams to…

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Growing our own timber

“Growing our own timber” – like growing a tree, it cannot be ignored when a deserving, young employee displays significant potential for teaching and research. At M&M we recently took the opportunity to walk-the-talk and appointed a deserving Matthew Meas into a vacant nGap position.   In 2015 the Department of Higher Education and Training…

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Rand Water/Stellenbosch University new digital twin pump test lab

On 3 December 2020 seven delegates from Rand Water were received in the brand new building of the Department of Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering to scope the requirements for their new innovation hub. Newly appointed Rand Water Research Chair – Mechanical Engineering, Professor Annie Bekker hosted this visit with tremendous support from the Faculty. First,…

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