Current postgraduates

Postgraduate administrator: Melinda Rust (Tel: +27 21 883 2185)

To view the Thesis tracking website click here. Log on with your SU credentials and select the postgraduate tab at the top of the page. Go to the Bedryfsingenieurswese tesis / Industrial Engineering Thesis module to view pertinent details surrounding your thesis.




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Alex Enever
Research Group:
Titanium Manufacturing
Thesis Topic: Tungsten carbide finishing in combination with grinding for alpha case removal from Ti-6Al-4V mill products

Amore van Zyl
Research Group:
Asset Care, Engineering Management
Thesis Topic: A strategic decision making model for the acquisition of Oryx helicopter components Research Area: Asset management strategy

Anthony Smith
Research Group:
Health systems engineering
Thesis Topic: Multi-Tiered Vehicle Routing Problem Research Area: Operations Research

Arno van der Merwe

Thesis Topic: An Organisational and Process Solution for the Improvement of the Efficiency of a High Technology Manufacturing Implementation Research Area: MScEng(Management)

Brian van Vuuren

Thesis Topic: An agent-based simulation model of Eldana saccharina Walker Research Area: Operations Research

Caroline van Heerden
Research Group:
Asset Care, Engineering Management
Thesis Topic: Methods for improving morale in state owned entities’ technical departments Research Area: Human asset management

Charles Nel
Research Group:
Asset Care, Engineering Management
Thesis Topic: The implementation of smart asset management to create an operational minded approach within the services environment of the private healthcare industry to reduce critical system failures Research Area: Smart asset management

Christian Fourie
Research Group:
Asset Care, Engineering Management
Thesis Topic: The contribution of asset information towards meeting multi objective strategic outcomes using the SA Navy as a case study Research Area: Asset management information management

Compton Saunders
Research Group:
Asset Care, Engineering Management
Thesis Topic: Development of an ISO55000 compliant central management framework for asset care plans within a multi-technology portfolio of renewable energy power plants in the SA energy sector Research Area: Asset management decision and life cycle activities

Cornel Steyn

Thesis Topic: Socialnomics: A Social Media ROI Framework Research Area: Engineering Management

Craig Butcher

Thesis Topic: A Framework for the Selection of Technology for Seaport Development Projects in Southern African Countries Research Area: PhDEng(Industrial)

Denzil Kennon
Research Group:
Enterprise Engineering
Thesis Topic: Towards an Antifragile South African SME Research Area: Enterprise Engineering

Devon Hagedorn-Hansen
Research Group:
Titanium Manufacturing
Thesis Topic: The Effects of Selective Laser Melting Strategies on Titanium Hybrid Parts Research Area: Additive Manufacturing

Edward Ellis
Research Group:
Enterprise Engineering
Thesis Topic: An Engineering Management Approach to Two-Sided Markets: A Business Model Framework Research Area: Enterprise Engineering

Elaan Coetzee
Research Group:
Health systems engineering, Supply Chain Management and Sustainability
Thesis Topic: Investigating opportunities for strengething the downstream MDR-TB SLD supply chain Research Area: Engineering Management

Emad Uheida
Research Group:
Titanium Manufacturing
Thesis Topic: Incremental forming of titanium sheet

Emile Strasheim

Thesis Topic: Systems approach to ERP implementation in SMEs Research Area: Information Systems, Enterprise Design, Systems Engineering, Project Management, Innovation Management

Felix J. Bielefeld

Thesis Topic: Techno-Economic Study for Operation Management of Wind Energy Projects in South Africa Research Area: MEng(Industrial) Research

Franco van Wyk
Research Group:
Asset Care, Engineering Management
Thesis Topic: A framework for incorporating business risks in physical asset replacement decisions in capital intensive industries Research Area: A framework for incorporating business risks in physical asset replacement decisions in capital intensive industries

Francois Conradie
Research Group:
Titanium Manufacturing
Thesis Topic: Tungsten carbide tooling for light pass machining removal of alpha case from Ti-6Al-4V mill products

Fransie Malan
Research Group:
Asset Care
Thesis Topic: An evaluation of text mining methods to evaluate failure modes Research Area: Asset management data analysis

Franz Sprinzl
Research Group:
Value Capture Systems
Thesis Topic: Valorization of Ferrochrome slag: Barriers and Opportunities for Metal Recovery and Reuse of Ferrochrome Slag in South Africa Research Area: Value Capture Systems

Gerard Ungerer
Research Group:
Enterprise Engineering
Thesis Topic: A Competitive Strategy Framework for E-Business Start-Ups Research Area: MEng(Management) Research

Gert Johannes Goosen
Research Group:
Supply Chain Management and Sustainability
Thesis Topic: The Development of a Performance Measurement Model and Management Framework for the Food Supply Chain for Promoting Sustainable Agricultural Practice

Hendri Beukes
Research Group:
Engineering Management
Thesis Topic: Integration of Solar Heat for Industrial Processes Research Area: Renewable Energy

Hendrik Snyman
Research Group:
Enterprise Engineering
Thesis Topic: Strategy Formulation Framework to Effect SME Growth Research Area: SME Growth, Enterprise Engineering

Henri van Eetveldt

Thesis Topic: A Framework for Innovation Management of Nanotechnology in South Africa Research Area: MEng(Management) Research

Herman van Zyl
Research Group:
Enterprise Engineering, Value Capture Systems
Thesis Topic: An Analysis of the Economic Barriers Faced by Key Role Players in the South African Manganese Industry Research Area: Value Capture Systems

Hory Bakand Chikez
Research Group:
Supply Chain Management and Sustainability
Thesis Topic: An Attempt to Reducing the Manufacturing Lead Time in a South African Weaving and Dyeing Plant Using the DMAIC Procedure Research Area: Industrial Engineering

Ingé Kruger
Research Group:
Health systems engineering
Thesis Topic: The development of an optimal layout design technique for rural hospitals Research Area: Operations Research

Jacques Fourie
Research Group:
Supply Chain Management and Sustainability
Thesis Topic: Empirical Validation of Retail Category Management Models in a South African Context Research Area: Industrial Engineering

Jancke Eygelaar
Research Group:
Systems Modelling and Analysis
Thesis Topic: Estimation of unplanned capability loss factors for generator maintenance scheduling Research Area: Operations Research

Janneke Lötter
Research Group:
Systems Modelling and Analysis
Thesis Topic: Development of a Decision Support System for Shelf Space Allocation of Fresh Produce in the Retail Sector Research Area: Operations Research

Jeanne-Mari de Villiers
Research Group:
Value Capture Systems
Thesis Topic: Developing a support framework for strategic business decisions in the Stellenbosch wine industry Research Area: Enterprise Engineering

Jeanne-Marie de Villiers
Research Group:
Asset Care, Engineering Management
Thesis Topic: The use of lean tool in support of ISO55000 requirements Research Area: Asset management best practices

Johan Barend Smit
Research Group:
Supply Chain Management and Sustainability
Thesis Topic: DEVELOP A PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT FRAMEWORK FOR THE SOUTH AFRICAN WINE SUPPLY CHAIN: FOCUS ON BULK EXPORT SEGMENT Research Area: Wine industry supply chain

Johan du Plessis
Research Group:
Enterprise Engineering, Value Capture Systems
Thesis Topic: Platinum beneficiation in South Africa: An evaluation of the barriers and opportunities Research Area: Engineering Management

Johan Janse van Rensburg
Research Group:
Systems Modelling and Analysis, Sustainable Systems
Thesis Topic: Techno-economic analysis of technology for the conversion of biomass to electricity in Hessequa Municipality, aided by system dynamics modelling Research Area: Renewable Energy

Jurgens Pieterse
Research Group:
Systems Modelling and Analysis, Enterprise Engineering
Thesis Topic: An Industry information reference framework enabling semantic and syntactic interoperability in the industry of parliaments based on enterprise architecture design principles Research Area: Industrial Engineering

Kristi Du Toit
Research Group:
Asset Care, Engineering Management
Thesis Topic: The modelling of consumer forces on food waste in the retail environment Research Area: Asset Care

Kyle Lemmer
Research Group:
Asset Care, Engineering Management
Thesis Topic: Maintenance task and frequency optimisation of single- and multi-component equipment in an FMCG production environment Research Area: Asset management decision making

Leo Simpson
Research Group:
Asset Care, Engineering Management
Thesis Topic: Optimisation of asset management practices in electricity distribution Research Area: Asset management best practices

Lilian Ganduri

Thesis Topic: An economic model for the lifecycle of Agave Americana naturalised in Southern Africa

Lilongeni Kayofa
Research Group:
Enterprise Engineering
Thesis Topic: Feasibility study and business plan for manufacturing a 3 kW-electrical solar Stirling engine and dish, for off-grid power supply units

Lisha du Plessis
Research Group:
Systems Modelling and Analysis
Thesis Topic: Development of a direct marketing optimisation model with respect to channel and target selection Research Area: Optimisation

Liz Engelbrecht
Research Group:
Titanium Manufacturing
Thesis Topic: Carbide tool machinability of alternative titanium alloys for medical implants compared to existing alloys with adverse biocompatibility

Lizan Henning
Research Group:
Value Capture Systems
Thesis Topic: Developing a framework to assess day hospital maturity Research Area: Value capture systems, Enterprise Engineering

Louisa Botha
Research Group:
Enterprise Engineering
Thesis Topic: A Framework to guide Micro-businesses through the process of forming Micro-franchises Research Area: Empowerment of the BoP population.

Lourens Delport
Research Group:
Titanium Manufacturing
Thesis Topic: Milling induced shape deviation of thin-walled Ti6Al4V Components Research Area: Titanium Machining

Luca Lategan
Research Group:
PRASA Chair
Thesis Topic: System Analysis for Improved Energy Recovery in a Regenerative Electrical Traction Network Research Area: Electrical Engineering

Lukas Steenkamp
Research Group:
Enterprise Engineering
Thesis Topic: Researching real-time interactive platforms such as Social Media and evaluating their relevance to new business models Research Area: Technology/Business Management

Lungile Nyanga
Research Group:
Enterprise Engineering
Thesis Topic: Development of an E-Manufacturing model for South African industry.

Marelise Hattingh
Research Group:
Health systems engineering, Systems Modelling and Analysis
Thesis Topic: Developing a decision support tool to optimize crisis discharge policies at Stikland Psychiatric hospital’s in-patient ward with the goal to reduce the readmission rates. Research Area: Health Care, Data Mining, Operational Research, Decision Support

Mark Mc Naught
Research Group:
PRASA Chair
Thesis Topic: A RISK-RELIABILITY COMPARISON FOR TRACK SECTIONS IN THE PASSENGER RAILWAY INDUSTRY Research Area: Asset management, Statistics

Mark Sklar-Chik
Research Group:
Systems Modelling and Analysis
Thesis Topic: Lifecycle costing of energy technologies Research Area: Renewable Energy

Matt Pretorius

Thesis Topic: A strategic Roadmap for a sustainable accelerate growth rate of a new business start-up with the aim of listing on the JSE. Research Area: Strategic Management

Michael van der Merwe
Research Group:
Enterprise Engineering
Thesis Topic: The bottom of the pyramid: a framework for SME action Research Area: Engineering management

Mncedisi Trinity Dewa
Research Group:
Systems Modelling and Analysis, Enterprise Engineering
Thesis Topic: Development of a Holonic Control System for the Tool, Die and Mould making industry in South Africa Research Area: Resource Efficient Production Engineering

Mohamed Mukuddem
Research Group:
Asset Care, Engineering Management
Thesis Topic: Plant health assessment for power transformers within the Western Cape Research Area: Asset management data analysis and decision making

Nathan Wilson
Research Group:
PRASA Chair
Thesis Topic: Predicting the impact on service quality when adding new trains to the Western Cape rail network Research Area: Simulation

Nelia Oosthuizen
Research Group:
Health systems engineering
Thesis Topic: Concept Demonstrator: Ambulance Routing Decision Support Tool Research Area: Optimisation

Nicholas Umeh
Research Group:
PRASA Chair
Thesis Topic: Integration of Lean Supply Chain into Maintenance Environment Research Area: Supply Chain

Nicholas van Wyngaard
Research Group:
Asset Care, Engineering Management
Thesis Topic: Developing an algorithm for identifying trending assets based on an asset health index Research Area: Asset management data analysis and decision making

Nigel Tatenda Zhuwaki
Research Group:
PRASA Chair
Thesis Topic: Application of reliability analysis in improving maintenance management of railway infrastructure Research Area: Reliability analysis

Nina Uys
Research Group:
Health systems engineering, Systems Modelling and Analysis
Research Area: Healtcare, Operations Research, Ergonomics, Productivity Analysis

Nina van Rooyen
Research Group:
Asset Care
Thesis Topic: Developing a model to overcome the communication deficiencies that exist in the PAM industry using information communication technology Research Area: Asset management best practices

Pieter Conradie
Research Group:
Asset Care, Engineering Management
Thesis Topic: To be finalised Research Area: Reliability Engineering

Pieter Conradie
Research Group:
Titanium Manufacturing
Thesis Topic: Cost Modelling Process Planning Framework for Milling Ti-alloys Research Area: RPD Labs

Piotr Rokita
Research Group:
Titanium Manufacturing
Thesis Topic: Techno-economic study on titanium machining

Renier Steynberg
Research Group:
Systems Modelling and Analysis
Thesis Topic: Identifying success indicators for tertiary students Research Area: Operations Research

Richard Girdwood
Research Group:
Titanium Manufacturing
Thesis Topic: Process Chain Optimisation of Intelligent Implants Research Area: Rapid Prototyping/Biomedical Engineering

Robert Saunders

Thesis Topic: Improving Frontline Supervisor Effectiveness in Team-Based Organisations Through Standardised Management Routines Research Area: PhDEng(Industrial)

Rudolph Bester

Thesis Topic: SME-Hackerspace Partnerships Towards Increased Anti-Fragility in Innovation Research Area: Innovation Management

Ryno Brits
Research Group:
Systems Modelling and Analysis
Thesis Topic: Multi-objective inventory management of coal stockpiles Research Area: Simulation and Multi-Objective Optimisation

Siviwe Pani
Research Group:
Asset Care
Thesis Topic: A decision support model for the selection of technology in asset management Research Area: Asset management decision making

Smit van Niekerk
Research Group:
Systems Modelling and Analysis, Sustainable Systems
Thesis Topic: Agriculture sector implications of a green economy transition in the Western Cape Province of South Africa: A system dynamics modelling approach to food crop production Research Area: Engineering Management

Stefan Swanepoel
Research Group:
Asset Care, Engineering Management
Thesis Topic: Maintenance resource scheduling and allocation with uncertain and partial planning information using self learning algorithmic methods Research Area: Asset management decision making

Stefan Terblanche
Research Group:
Asset Care, Engineering Management
Thesis Topic: Critical physical asset management success factors in the mining industry Research Area: Asset management decision making

Talon Garikayi
Research Group:
Health systems engineering
Thesis Topic: Development of myoelectric robust control architecture for lower limb robotic prosthetic applications Research Area: Biomedical Engineering

Timilehin Okeowo

Thesis Topic: Effect of Performance Measurement System on Road Transportation System

Vahid Yazdani

Thesis Topic: Techno-Economic Feasibility Study of Small Home Wind Turbines in South Africa Research Area: MEng(Industrial) Research

Webster Gova
Research Group:
Value Capture Systems
Thesis Topic: The possible effects of developmental pricing on the South African polypropylene value chain: A Global Value Chain Approach Research Area: Value Capture Systems

Wilhelm Durr
Research Group:
Value Capture Systems
Thesis Topic: A Feasibility Study for Titanium Recycling in South Africa Research Area: Sustainable Process Chains

Willie Krause

Thesis Topic: Creating an Open Innovation Approach for Small and Medium Enterprises Incorporating Business Management Methods Research Area: PhDEng(Industrial)

Willie Weber

Thesis Topic: An Investigation to Determine the Level of Standardization of Operational Strategies in a Continuous Operating Environment by Implementation of ISO 55000 Research Area: PhDEng(Industrial)

Wouter Bam
Research Group:
Enterprise Engineering
Thesis Topic: Beneficiation in South Africa: Identifying barriers and opportunities Research Area: International Industrial Systems

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