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NRF Rated Researchers

The South African rating system was introduced in 1984 by the then Foundation for Research Development introduced the evaluation and rating system for researchers in the natural sciences and engineering disciplines.  A new system was implemented in 1999 to cater for research and scholarship in all fields of the humanities, social and natural sciences, engineering and technology. It then developed into a benchmarking system based on the opinions of national and international peers of the recent research outputs and the impact of each applicant's work. It also provides independent and objective information about the quality of research and South African research capacity in different fields.

The Directorate of Research and Innovation is pleased to introduce TUT's National Research Foundation (NRF) rated researchers to all our partners at national and international level. There are currently 50 NRF Rated Researchers at TUT based in the seven faculties of the university as follows: two in Economics and Finance; 13 in Engineering and the Built Environment; two in Information and Communication Technology; three in Management Sciences; 27 in Science and three in the Arts. Even though the university has most NRF Rated Researchers other than its counter parts in the country, 29 NRF Rated Researchers has left TUT due to staff movement and loss of interest in renewing the rating.

The rated researchers at TUT prove that this institution is well on its way to becoming a recognised institution for research and innovation with excellent leaders, world-class expertise and outstanding knowledge who are capable of making a difference in numerous fields of much needed research in our communities, country and continent.

NRF Rated Researchers at TUT

Researcher Specialisation Rating Department Faculty
Chinyowa, K (Prof) African literature, Applied theatre,  African orality, Postcolonialism C, Established researcher Drama and Film The Arts
Chowdhury, SP (Prof) Power systems analysis, Power system stability, Renewable energy, Grid integration C, Established researcher Electrical Engineering Engineering  and the Built Environment
Combrinck, S (Prof) Chromatography, Postharvest fungal diseases, Plant secondary metabolites C, Established researcher Chemistry Science
Dakora, FD (Prof) Biological nitrogen fixation, Nitrogen metabolism, Plant physiology B, Internationally acclaimed researcher Chemistry (Research Chair) Science
De Jager, JW (Prof) Higher education marketing, Health-care services, Service quality, Services marketing C, Established researcher Marketing, Logistics and Sport Management Sciences
Du, S (Dr) Image processing, Computer vision, Pattern recognition, Control systems, Network analysis, Brain-computer interfacing, Control of mechatronic systems, Mechanical systems modelling C, Established researcher Mechanical Engineering Engineering and the Built Environment
Ebewo, PJ (Prof) Drama, Theatre - Research, Educational theatre,  Popular theatre, Cultural studies C, Established researcher Drama and Film The Arts
Fedotov, I (Prof) Technoscience, Mathematical sciences, Physical sciences C, Established researcher Mathematics and Statistics Science
Garg, AK (Dr) Business management C, Established researcher Business School Management Sciences
Jimoh, AA (Prof) Power engineering C, Established researcher Electrical Engineering Engineering and the Built Environment
Jordaan, JA (Dr) Spectral analysis, Electrical load balancing, Load forecasting, Power system state estimation Y, Promising young researcher Electrical Engineering Engineering and the Built Environment
Joubert, SV (Prof) Mathematical modelling, Science education, Mathematical technology C, Established researcher Mathematics and Statistics Science
Kamatou Poungoue, GP (Dr) Essential oils analysis,  High Performance Liquid Chromatography,  Bioanalytical chemistry,  Essential oils - Biological activity, Natural products - Isolation characterization,  Isolation techniques, Quality control, Ethnobotany, Gas chromatography, Oxylipins in yeasts and mammalian cells - Biological activity Y, Promising young researcher Pharmaceutical Sciences Science
Kamika, I (Dr) Y, Promising young researcher Postdoctoral Fellow Science
Katerere, DRP (Prof) Pharmaceutical Chemistry / Phytochemistry C, Established researcher Pharmaceutical Sciences Science
Katskov, DA (Prof) Atomic spectroscopy B, Internationally acclaimed researcher Chemistry Science
Klingelhoefer, HE (Prof) Public sector - Finance,  Environmental management,  Investment analysis,  Microfinance, Financial optimization, Managerial accounting, Environmental Management Accounting, Cost accounting, Corporate finance, Investments C, Established Researcher Managerial Accounting and Finance Economics and Finance
Kogeda, CP (Dr) Agent applications, Applied Artificial Intelligence, Modelling telecommunications, Agricultural information systems, Computer applications, IT for Development, Data mining, mHealth, Mobile communication networks, Vehicular communication systems, Computer forensics Y, Promising young researcher Computer Science Information Communication Technology
McCrindle, RI (Prof) Analytical chemistry C, Established researcher Chemistry Science
Mpofu, K (Dr) Reconfigurable and emerging manufacturing systems,  Advanced manufacturing,  Industrial robotics, Robotics,  Expert systems (Computer science) Y, Promising young researcher Industrial Engineering Engineering and the Built Environment
Mokgalaka, N (Prof) Phytoremediation,  Environmental analytical chemistry, Plant secondary metabolites, Heavy metal polluted soils, Heavy-metal tolerant plants, Environmental water quality, Soil and water remediation C, Established researcher Chemistry Science
Momba, MNB (Prof) Soil and water sciences C, Established researcher Environmental, Water and Earth Sciences Science
Moshokoa, SP (Prof) Topology,  Analysis C, Established researcher Mathematics and Statistics Science
Moshia, ME (Dr) Y, Promising young researcher Crop Science Science
Muchie, M (Prof) Humanities, Development Studies, Information technology and socio-economic development, African political thought, African development, International political economy, Comparative studies, Environmental Studies C, Established researcher IERI Economics and Finance
Msimanga, M (Dr) Materials characterisation, Ion beam analysis, Ion beam modification of materials,  Radiation and matter physics,  Thin film fabrication, Nuclear microscopy Y, Promising young researcher Physics Science
Nedambale, TL (Prof) C, Established Researcher Animal Sciences Science
Nephawe, KA (Prof) Animal breeding, Animal genetics, Animal biotechnology C, Established Researcher Animal Sciences Science
Nicolae, DV (Dr) Power electronics, Electrical motor drives, Simulation and control, Power quality, Energy audit, Power Tapping from HV Lines C, Established Researcher Electrical Engineering Engineering and the Built Environment
Okonkwo, JO (Prof) Environmental analytical chemistry C, Established Researcher Environmental, Water and Earth Sciences Science
Onyango, MS (Prof) Reaction-separation engineering Y, Promising young researcher Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering Engineering and the Built Environment
Olwal, TO (Prof) Telecommunications,  Broadband wireless multimedia communication, Software defined radio - Wireless technology, New generation wireless access technologies,  Constrained optimization,  Telecommunication networks,  Wireless telecommunication networks, Wireless cellular systems, Industrial wireless sensor networks, Foraging ecology/behavior Y, Promising young Researcher Electrical Engineering Engineering and the Built Environment
Panichev, N (Dr) Analytical chemistry,  Environmental analytical chemistry C, Established researcher Chemistry Science
Popoola, PI (Dr) Corrosion Engineering; Laser Materials Processing; Nanotechnology; Properties of Engineering Materials C, Established researcher Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering Engineering and the Built Environment
Pretorius, AB (Dr) Software engineering,  Knowledge management,  Innovation - Management,  Artificial intelligence,  Intellectual property, Business modelling Y, Promising young Researcher Software Engineering Information, Communication and Technology
Regnier, T (Dr) Food chemistry and safety C, Established researcher Chemistry Science
Sadiku, ER (Prof) Rheology - Polymers,  Nanoclay polymers, Mixing of polymers C, Established researcher Mechanical Engineering (Polymer) Engineering and the Built Environment
Shale, K (Prof) Bio-aerosols and if you need to add more you can add Food Safety and environmental radioactivity C, Established researcher Environmental Health Science
Shai, LJ (Dr) C, Established researcher Biomedical Sciences Science
Shatalov, M (Prof) Vibration analysis, Aerospace mechanisms design,  Nanotechnology and nano-design, Dynamics of structures, Numerical ecology,  Transducers (Ultrasonic) C, Established researcher Mathematics and Statistics Science (Extraordinary Professor)
Sirayi, HM (Prof) C, Established researcher Executive Dean
The Arts
Sivakumar, D (Prof) Fruit technology C, Established researcher Crop Sciences Science
Soundy, P (Prof) Vegetable production,  Electronic commerce, Soil and water sciences, Vegetable production, Electronic commerce, Soil and water sciences C, Established researcher Crop Science Science
Steyn, GS (Prof) African urbanization, Affordable housing, Informal housing,  Community development,  Vernacular architecture – African C, Established researcher Architecture Engineering and the Built Environment
Talukhaba, AA (Prof) Construction economics,  Construction management,  Building science, Construction - Project management, Dispute resolution, Procurement systems, Housing – Management C, Established researcher Electrical Engineering
Engineering and the Built Environment
Toriola, AL (Prof) Sport sciences C, Established researcher Sport, Rehabilitation and Dental Sciences Science
Van Heerden, CH (Prof) Corporate image, Sports - Marketing, Sports sponsorship,  Leisure - Marketing, Tourism – Marketing C, Established researcher Marketing, Logistics and Sport Management Sciences
Van Wyk, BJ (Prof) Machine intelligence, Signal processing, Image processing,  Telecommunication networks C, Established researcher Associate Dean Engineering and the Built Environment
Viljoen, AM (Prof) Medicinal plants, Ethnobotany B, Internationally acclaimed researcher Pharmaceutical Sciences
Science
Wolkersdorfer, C (Prof) C, Established researcher Environmental, Water and Earth Science Science