Electrical Engineering student wins SAIMC

Mahlobo, right, and Lonappan

On 7 August 2019 Lungelo Mahlobo, an S4 Electrical Engineering student at MUT received a SAIMC (Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Measurement and Control) award, accompanied by a certificate and cash prize, for being the best student in design projects III. Mahlobo received the certificate at Durban Country Club after attaining the highest marks out of over 300 students.
Mahlobo designed an automated irrigation control system. He presented his design to the Durban branch of SAIMC on the same date. Anil Lonappan, a lecturer in the department and mentor to Mahlobo said that the project was relevant to the KZN Province given its water challenges. Mahlobo said he was excited about receiving the award. “I achieved this through hard work and consultation, particularly with my mentor,” said Mahlobo. Lonappan said he was impressed by Mahlobo’s proposal, but did not think it would win him an award.