TOP HONOURS FOR MSC ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING STUDENT

TOP HONOURS FOR MSC ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING STUDENT

School of Engineering student Mr Bhekisizwe Mthethwa, who started his MSc in 2011, has completed his degree summa cum laude and has also had two papers based on his research published in respected international journals.

Dr Leigh Jarvis, Academic Leader of Research in the School of Engineering, described Mthethwa as a role model for other students. Mthethwa, who was supervised by Professor Hongjun Xu, has consistently been a high performer. During his undergraduate degree in electronic engineering, he received 28 Certificates of Merit, six Deans’ Commendations and won awards for being the best electronic engineering student in his second, third and fourth years. In addition, his final-year project received a “highly commended” award.   

His academic performance caught the attention of industry and Mthethwa was awarded a full bursary for his undergraduate studies. A consequence of this was that after completing his undergraduate degree he worked at an engineering consulting firm in Johannesburg for three years, gaining invaluable experience in the mining, infrastructure and energy industries.

However, Mthethwa said his goal has always been to complete his MSc at UKZN. His research focused on improving data rates in a low complexity MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) wireless scheme and statistically deriving the bit error rate performance of this wireless scheme in an urban environment. He hopes his research will lead to faster streaming of videos on cell phones and other mobile devices.

Mthethwa, who acknowledged the guidance of Xu throughout his studies, said he plans to complete his doctoral studies at UKZN on a part-time basis.

 


author email : nathooa@ukzn.ac.za