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Accolades

CoMSIRU's team, including graduates and students, has been awarded recognition from academia and industry over the years. Here are some of the highlights.

2016

  • Hans Beushausen became a a full Professor from Jan 2017
  • Mark Alexander was made a RILEM Honorary Member at the RILEM Annual Week, Copenhagen, Sep 2016
  • Philemon Arito received a Carnegie scholarship
  • Mark Alexander was appointed Associate Editor of the international journal Cement & Concrete Research, 2016–2018
  • Mark Alexander became a member of International Expert Panel for a French National Research Project, ‘Perfdub’ (“Performance-based approach for concrete structures durability”) aimed at defining suitable methodology for justifying concrete durability through performance tests and corresponding criteria (for the different exposure classes of European Standard EN 206).
  • Dr Moses Kiliswa receiving The Joseph Arenow Prize for the best PhD thesis in the EBE faculty in 2016

2015

  • Prof. Pilate Moyo was appointed Deputy Dean, Research and Postgraduate Studies in the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment
  • Prof. Mark Alexander was appointed as a senior research scholar in the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment. His period as President of RILEM came to an end in September 2015, and he is now the Immediate Past President of RILEM to 2018.
  • Assoc. Prof. Hans Beushausen received a new, and higher, NRF rating (C2)

2014

  • Prof. Mark Alexander is President of RILEM (International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures, France) for 2012–2015
  • MGA: Elected Director and Board member of Concrete Society of Southern Africa, March 2014
  • Dr Chris Oosthuizen (Panel Member) is currently Chairman of the ICOLD Technical Committee on Dam Surveillance. He received the SANCOLD 2013 Award for an outstanding contribution to Dam Engineering in South Africa
  • Dr Sifiso Nhleko was awarded the C V Raman International Fellowship for African Researchers, by the Indian Ministry of Science and Technology
  • Assoc. Prof. Hans Beushausen: Appointment as the African Management Committee Observer for European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action TU1406 (Quality specifications for roadway bridges, standardization at a European level)
  • Mr Mike Otieno and Mr Philemon Arito: Carnegie Scholars in the Department of Civil Engineering
  • Dr Mike Otieno, PhD graduate and Carnegie research scholar, was appointed to a lectureship at the University of the Witwatersrand from March 2014
  • Dr Rachel Muigai, PhD graduate, was appointed to a lectureship at the University of Johannesburg from April 2015

2013

  • Prof. Alexander is President of RILEM (International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures, France) for 2012–2015
  • Mr Mike Otieno, PhD student and Carnegie research scholar, was appointed to a lectureship at the University of the Witwatersrand from March 2014
  • Dr Chris Oosthuizen (Panel Member) is currently Chairman of the ICOLD Technical Committee on Dam Surveillance. He received the SANCOLD 2013 Award for an outstanding contribution to Dam Engineering in South Africa
  • Dr Sifiso Nhleko was awarded the C V Raman International Fellowship for African Researchers, by the Indian Ministry of Science and Technology
  • Mr Mfundo Vezi, a Masters student in CoMSIRU, attended the South African National Committee on Large Dams (SANCOLD) conference in November, 2013. He was the recipient of the SANCOLD award for the best paper prepared and presented by a young engineer

2012

  • Prof. Alexander was elected President of RILEM (International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures, France) in September 2012
  • Prof. Alexander, Assoc. Prof. Beushausen and Mr Mike Otieno were awarded the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Wason Medal for Materials Research for the best paper in the ACI Materials journal
  • Ms Gladwell Nganga and Lombe Mutale received the Department of Science and Technology SA Women in Science Awards
  • Ms Rachel Muigai received the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany Green Talents Award
  • Assoc. Prof. Beushausen received the UCT College of Fellow’s Award for Young Researchers
  • Dr Beushausen was promoted to Associate Professor
  • Assoc. Prof. Moyo was promoted to full Professor