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A Snape Memorial Lecture by Professor Mark Alexander
The Student Retreat, held in the new Economics Building of UCT on the 16 of July, was a wonderful opportunity for CoMSIRU students, who range from countries across the African continent, to gain knowledge through interaction and information sharing as well as a sense of belonging for the new comers.
On Thursday 18 June 2015, members of various engineering organisations all stepped away from their normal work to take part in the fourth annual panel meeting of the Concrete Materials and Structural Integrity Research Unit (CoMSIRU).
The day started with four well-executed student presentations which struck a chord with the panel members, as they then had an opportunity to comment on the quality of the research that CoMSIRU students were undertaking.
Once again the CoMSIRU soccer team lead after the first leg of the annual two-legged soccer tournament against the fourth year students.
On Thursday the 27th of October 2014, the much anticipated CoMSIRU vs the Fourth Years Tournament began. A naturally shaky beginning due to the late start and uncertain weather conditions did not discourage CoMSIRU as they were able to overcome the first leg of the tournament against the fourth year students 5 – 1.
On Saturday the 26th of June 2014 the Civil Engineering team comprised mainly of the CoMSIRU soccer team competed with several other teams in the first ever annual EBE postgrad 5-aside soccer tournament. CoMSIRU won 2-1 in the finals against the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
"We played the good, the bad and the rugby-like", said Mr Olukayode Alao. "Nonetheless the team prospered and our win may be attributed to the outstanding team work exhibited by the players."
We congratutulate Mr Noor Hassen and Ms Elly Yelverton of CoMSIRU for their long service awards.
Mr Noor Hassen is currently serving as the laboratory manager in the New Engineering Building and has served 35 years in the Department of Civil Engineering. Ms Elly Yelverton, the CoMSIRU research finance officer has served 10 years in the Department of Civil Engineering.
CoMSIRU prides themselves on their graduates as they go out into industry to develop themselves and learn as well as apply the skills they have gained...
Lombe Mutale, a 2009 undergraduate transfer from the University of Namibia and a 2013 DST Women in Science fellow, successfully graduated with her master's degree in structural engineering. Her thesis topic was "An Investigation into the Relationship between Surface Concrete Resistivity and the Chloride Conductivity Test". She is currently working at NWE Consulting Engineers located in Bellville in the Western Cape.
CoMSIRU added to its illustrious list of alumni as more of our students graduated on 17 December, at UCT Jameson Hall. This was an occasion for much celebration, particularly for Tom Dittmer who graduated in record time for his Masters of Science (MSc) degree.
In the most one-sided affair of the 2nd leg of the annual fixture, CoMSIRU soccer team emphatically beat the fourth years 4-1. The score could have been much more save for a combination of good defending and fine goalkeeping from the fourth years. CoMSIRU, led by Philemon Arito, started on a nervous note and barely had a touch of the ball in the first ten minutes of the match.
Graduation day is always a momentous occasion for reflection and celebration of one's achievement. For three CoMSIRU students this was particularly true as they were capped and joined the illustrious body of UCT alumni. Nicholas, Simon and Mbogeni already employed and enjoying the fruits of their labour, took the day off to reminisce and celebrate with loved ones.
Second year Masters Student Mike Loseby impressed once again at the SA University Championships in Durban last week. Despite running in his fifth half marathon of the year, including the gruelling Two Oceans Marathon Mike showed no sign of easing up when pitted against the best South African students. In fact, he managed to beat his best time by two minutes and 10 seconds and came in 19th in a field of 55.