On 8 November, Dr Dyllon Randall, an alumnus from the Department of Chemical Engineering at UCT, won 3rd place at the Falling Walls Lab competition which was held in Berlin. 100 young scientists, young entrepreneurs and innovators from 34 countries had three minutes to present their research projects, ideas and initiatives concerning social challenges and the big issues of the future.
On Wednesday, 24 September members of the 2014 EBESC went to the Victoria Mxenge community, in Phillipi to plant a tree. The community was started by a group of women in 1991 who started a joint savings scheme and taught themselves every aspect of building to design and construct their homes as they were sick of living in shacks. For little more than the cost of the very basic RDP home, the women can build three-bedroom homes of around 85 sq metres. So successful has the project been that they now advise other women’s groups around the world how to build homes.
Every year since 2012 Brewing UCT have managed to specialise and win in a new category at the SAB Intervarsity Beer Brewing competition held annually at the SAB World of Learning in Johannesburg.
This year on 30 August, the BUCT team who are sponsored by CeBER and comprised of UCT chemical engineering postgraduate students, secured first prize in the Cider Category – an improvement on last year’s second prize in the same grouping.
Joyce Mwangama, a doctoral student from the Communications Research Group in the Department of Electrical Engineering, has won one of the three best paper awards at the 17th annual Southern African Telecommunication Networks and Applications conference held in early September in Port Elizabeth.