Welcome to the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering
The Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology at the University of Pretoria is a leading and dynamic faculty that is one of the foremost providers of high-level intellectual capital and research in the country. The Faculty is renowned for its unique approach to innovation, its international status and links with industry.
The Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering is one of 14 departments in the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology, and is the largest Department of Mechanical Engineering in South Africa. Its graduate and postgraduate students are trained to become top quality engineers, owing to the Department’s internationally accepted programmes.
Its excellent staff, comprising of 24 world class academic staff members, and 17 most capable members of the support staff, and facilities that include sophisticated experimental and computer laboratories have enabled the Department to establish various internationally renowned centres of excellence. Facilities include the following:
A unique laboratory for structural mechanics, which is one of a very small number worldwide
A superbly equipped vibration and controls laboratory
The recently established Chair in Maintenance Engineering in the Centre for Asset Integrity Management (C-AIM) in the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering at UP, has received strong funding support from Weir Minerals Africa, a company that delivers engineering solutions to customers in the minerals, oil and gas, and power markets. This support will enhance the masters and PhD research programs offered by the Centre, with special emphasis on condition monitoring and mechatronics systems. The support from Weir Minerals is further testimony of the relevance of the Centre to industry, as other prominent companies such as Exxaro, Eskom and Rand Water have also committed funding support for the next five years.
The 15th International Heat Transfer Conference took place from 10 to 15 August 2014 in Kyushu, Japan. This conference started in 1951 and is referred to as the Olympics of Heat Transfer as it is only hosted every four years.