Chem Engineering staff wins big at South African Institution of Chemical Engineers

Sihle, Prof Bakare, and Dr  Lasich
Sihle, Prof Bakare, and Dr Lasich

Two Chemical Engineering lecturers were awarded at the 10th Annual South African Institution of Chemical Engineers research day held at the Riverside Hotel, Durban on 30 November 2018.

Dr Mathew Lasich, a lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering, was one of the winners.

Sihle Mtsweni, who is an nGap lecturer in the department, came third in the Oral Presentation Category out of 17 presentations conducted at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in October 2018 where participants from the Durban University of Technology (DUT), the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and University of Stellenbosch took part.

Commenting on the achievements by his colleagues, Babatunde Bakare, Associate Professor/Head, Environmental Pollution and Remediation Research Group in the Department of Chemical Engineering, who was recently elected as a committee member on the South African Institution of Chemical Engineers Board, said it “really feels good when you see colleagues winning awards for their active involvement in research.” Prof Bakare said he was very excited to see Sihle awarded for his hard work. Prof Bakare is Sihle’s Doctoral supervisor and was Sihle’s Master’s supervisor. Prof Bakare added that they published three journal articles from Sihle’s Master’s research work in DHET accredited international journals, and made presentations in two academic conferences. Sihle is currently in the 2nd year of his doctoral studies.

Sihle said that the achievement has exposed him to what others in the field are doing. “Attending the conference at UKZN and winning was a great exposure for me. I was participating in the conference for the first time,” said Sihle.