Two from TUT in run for South African Oscars of Science

The wait is almost over for two research experts at the Tshwane University of Technology nominated as finalists in the 2016/2017 NSTF-South32 Awards.

Prof Khumbulani Mpofu, HoD of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Prof Felix Bankola, Research Professor in Computing and Information Resources Management, have been nominated in the category for Emerging Researchers Award. Prof Mpofu has also been nominated in the category for Research of Engineering Capacity Development Award.

The 19th NSTF-South32 Awards, scheduled to take place tomorrow, 29 June 2017, is a collaborative effort to recognise outstanding contributions to science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation in South Africa for researchers and other SET-related professionals. This includes experienced scientists, engineers, innovators, science communicators, research and engineering capacity builders, organisational managers/leaders, and research managers.

The NSTF-South32 Awards is often referred to as the ‘Science Oscars’ of South Africa, as it is the largest, most comprehensive, and most sought-after national awards of its kind. The NSTF Awards was also the first science awards initiated in the country in 1998.

It is an extraordinary honour to be an Award finalist, given the quality of the nominations received, the fierce competition that nominees face, and growing interest from the community over the years.

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