Technological innovation and its management and application are essential for the creation of prosperity in any country. The Engineering School of the University of Pretoria gives students the education to make a considerable contribution in this field.
Our EngineeringSchool is one of the largest of its kind in the country and has various fields of specialisation in a variety of departments, like industrial & systems engineering, chemical engineering, electrical, electronic & computer engineering, mechanical & aeronautical engineering, material science & metallurgical engineering, mining engineering and civil engineering. We have strong ties with industry. One of the benefits for our students is the high esteem in which our graduates are held, both nationally and internationally.
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Prof Gerhard Hancke is the Head of the Advanced Sensor Networks Group and Coordinator of the Computer Engineering Programme. He pioneered and is still leading advanced sensor networks (ASN) research in South Africa, with significant international recognition, especially for advanced wireless sensor network and communication solutions for industrial applications. In 2007 he received the South African Department of Trade and Industry THRIP Technology Award in the SMME Development Category, and in 2011 in the Advanced Hi-Tech Category.
The Head of the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Pretoria, Prof Josua Meyer, has received an award by the World Education Congress as Best Professor in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering.
The 2013 National Student Project Competition of the SAIEE (South African Institute of Electrical Engineers) was hosted by the University of Pretoria on 28 November. Top final-year students from South African universities and universities of technology took part in the competition.
Projects in this year’s competition covered a wide range including the designing and development of a prototype super-capacitor-powered campus bicycle, occluded body pose estimation, the development of a robotic demonstration platform for use in the research of intelligent transport systems, and the designing of a low-cost teleconferencing system based on the Raspberry Pi.
October 20th 2013 was the date set for the annual Aeronautical Society of South Africa (AeSSA) intervarsity flight competition. Great enthusiasm was shared by all the students tasked with the designing and building of a radio control (RC) aeroplane, as part of a group which would compete in a flight competition. All teams had to demonstrate their aircraft’s ability to take off and within 30 seconds enter, in a controlled manner, the first of four lengths of an out-and-back course of 150 m (i.e. 600 m in total). The aim was to fly this course as faster as possible. Tuks won again!