SAICHE GOLD MEDAL AWARD GOES TO UKZN PROFESSOR

SAICHE GOLD MEDAL AWARD GOES TO UKZN PROFESSOR

The South African Institute of Chemical Engineers (SAIChE) awarded Professor Deresh Ramjugernath their Gold Medal Award at their recent National AGM and Awards function in Johannesburg.

Ramjugernath is the DST/NRF South African Research Chair for Fluorine Process Engineering and Separation Technology, Director of the Thermodynamics Research Unit at the University, as well as the Pro-Vice-Chancellor: Innovation, Commercialisation, and Entrepreneurship.

His team is recognised as one of the leading research groups in its field globally. The team undertakes a number of cutting-edge research endeavours which contribute towards chemical process development and optimisation of separation processes in South Africa and internationally.

The SAIChE Gold Medal Award is granted for outstanding achievement in chemical engineering or process technology in its broadest definition. The main criteria for the award is based on ‘unusually competent chemical engineering efforts carried out essentially within Southern Africa, including commercial implementation (where relevant) and with at least an element of innovation’.

Ramjugernath received the award for his ‘outstanding achievement in Chemical Engineering, including his contribution to the Advancement of Chemical Thermodynamics and Chemical Engineering Education’.

‘I’m passionate about capacity development and it is deeply rewarding to have my contributions to the profession recognised by a national body such as SAIChE,’ said Ramjugernath.

Speaking of his success, Ramjugernath acknowledges the contributions of co-workers as pivotal: ‘Such achievements are not made on an individual basis. Rather, it is the result of various important partnerships with peers, students, team members and colleagues.’

Most notably the Gold Medal Award has been traditionally given to teams within the industrial arena. Ramjugernath is a marked and rare departure from this trend - a direct reflection of the excellence of his research undertakings in the Discipline of Chemical Engineering.


author email : Maraisb@ukzn.ac.za