Automation giant donates equipment to MUT’s Electrical Engineering department

On the foreground is the donated equipment. Prof Naidoo, fourth from right, shakes hands with Bruce. Ntokozo is between them. Others are MUT and Siemens staff, and students

Siemens, a giant multi-national automation company, has donated an equipment to the value of R411 000 to MUT. Prof Ralph Naidoo of the Department of Electrical Engineering, said the donation would put the department in an even a stronger position. Prof Naidoo,  who has  published papers on the current Siemens equipment in the MUT lab, and has seen an MUT alumnus graduating with a Master’s through Unisa on the Siemens equipment,  said the new equipment would give the students a good idea as to what happens in industry. “Also, as far as job opportunities are concerned, MUT students will be in a stronger position.”  Ntokozo Cele, Product Promoter/Sales Specialist, is one of the students that benefited from using the Siemens equipment in the MUT labs while studying between 2006 and 2008. She said Prof Naidoo’s up-to-date knowledge of industry, and the fact that he gives students assignments on current issues, was the main reason that gave her confidence to choose Siemens.  Her class assignments were based on what Siemens does, and were very relevant. Bruce Atherton, Siemens KZN Manger, said what they were doing was part of the company’s Grow Africa initiative. He pointed that the highlight of MUT’s relationship with Siemens, which began in 2000, was the quality of students from MUT.