His book opens a door for HOD to do MSc

Jan van der Westhuizen

Jan van der Westhuizen has to thank Prof AM Ndlovu, the late MUT VC, for instructing him to write a book for a TELP project. “He ordered me to stay away from work for six months and write the book. I was encouraged by Prof Stark of CPUT who was driving the project. My drawing book – Drawing for Civil Engineering, became one of the best in the series, and Juta, the publishers, said it was the bestseller,” said Jan. The book was moderated by Herbert Einstein and Amy Smith of the MIT. It opened the door for Jan to register with UKZN for his MSc – Civil Engineering, which he passed cum laude, making his supervisor, Prof Theo Haupt, very happy. Prof Haupt is Research Professor in the Faculty of Engineering. Jan is Head of the Department of Civil Engineering and Survey.  Jan has since written a second edition of the book. “The book must be updated on a regular basis. The new edition has incorporated computer application. I now have to write the third edition.”