CUT honours eminent scientist

2017-04-12 06:01
Prof. Henk de Jager, acting vice-chancellor and principal, officiates the bestowing of the honorary doctorate to Prof. Seeram Ramakrishna.        Photo: Supplied

Prof. Henk de Jager, acting vice-chancellor and principal, officiates the bestowing of the honorary doctorate to Prof. Seeram Ramakrishna. Photo: Supplied

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The Central University of Technology (CUT) has honoured Prof. Seeram Ramakrishna from the National University of Singapore (NUS) with an honorary doctorate in Engineering. He was honoured at a ceremony on Wednesday, 29 March, in Bloemfontein.

Ramakrishna was appointed as a visiting professor in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering at the CUT. He has been recognised by Thomson Reuters as one of the world’s most influential scientific minds of 2014 and 2015.

He is considered the world’s foremost scientist on nanomaterial for use in diverse fields such as health care, energy, water and the environment.

Ramakrishna’s research over the past three decades resulted in seminal contributions in novel processing and mechanistic understanding of the functional behaviour of composite materials, nanofibres and nanoparticles. He received awards and recognition for his pioneering research contributions in the processing and functional development of composite materials, biomaterials and nanomaterials.

Ramakrishna leads approximately 50 faculty members in the definition of, and contribution to, the Future of Manufacturing initiative of the Faculty of Engineering at NUS.

The goals of this initiative is to innovate manufacturing suitable for the coordination and running of regional manufacturing and mass customisation of products and to establish local competence in future manufacturing skills.

Ramakrishna has supervised 50 PhD students and has mentored 100 post-doctoral fellows, research engineers and scholars.

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