Prospective postgraduates

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

The Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch hosts two postgraduate study domains: Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management. In the Industrial Engineering study domain, there are two different programmes, i.e. the MEng (Industrial Engineering) programme and the PhD (Industrial Engineering) programme. There is only one programme in the Engineering Management study domain, the MEng (Engineering Management) programme. These options add up to three different possible postgraduate qualifications for students in a variety of research areas:

  • MEng(Research) (Industrial Engineering);
  • MEng(Research) (Engineering Management); and
  • PhD(Industrial Engineering).

The PhD (Engineering Management) programme is currently under development and should be available in 2017. Underpinning the study domains and programmes are research areas pursued by researchers in the department as well as postgraduate courses to lay the theoretical foundation for the respective programmes.

 

Industrial Engineering (as study domain) is a discipline of engineering dealing with the optimization of complex processes or systems. It is concerned with the development, improvement, implementation and evaluation of integrated systems of people, money, knowledge, information, equipment, energy, materials, analysis and synthesis, as well as the mathematical, physical and social sciences together with the principles and methods of engineering design to specify, predict, and evaluate the results to be obtained from such systems or processes. Its underlying concepts overlap considerably with certain business-oriented disciplines such as operations management and financial management, but the engineering side tends to emphasize extensive mathematical proficiency and usage of quantitative methods.

 

Engineering Management (as study domain) on the other hand is a specialized form of management that is concerned with the application of engineering principles to business practice. Engineering management often leads to a career that brings together the technological problem-solving abilities of engineering and the organizational, administrative, and planning abilities of management in order to oversee complex systems from conception to completion. Technology management, as a sub-set of engineering management, is a specialized professional practice that captures technology-based innovation opportunities. It guides technological progress, assesses the potential of individual technologies and uses this potential to the benefit of business, society and the environment. It distinguishes five generic processes: a) identification of technologies, which are (or may be) of importance to the business; b) selection of technologies that should be supported by the organization; c) acquisition and assimilation of selected technologies; d) exploitation of technologies to generate profit, or other benefits; and e) protection of knowledge and expertise embedded in systems.

The figure shows that research in the Industrial Engineering study domain requires a research contribution primarily in engineering but significant integration of management concepts are allowed (up to a maximum of 50% of the total research output). Engineering Management requires mastering advanced management principles and concepts while integrating engineering principles as part of the research contribution. The engineering component of Engineering Management research output must exceed 25% but should be less than 50%. Research outputs where the management component exceeds 75% of the study is typically the make-up of an MBA thesis and falls outside the scope of the Industrial Engineering department.

You can also read our comprehensive Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management Postgraduate Study Guide

The PgDip has been discontinued from 2016 onwards and is only mentioned here for the sake of completeness.

The department realises that many applicants enrol in a PgDip as a means to access the Masters of Engineering degree in the Department – MEng in Industrial Engineering, or Engineering Management – as opposed to the MSc (Applied Sciences) degree that is offered elsewhere. The postgraduate office suggests that candidates who wish to access the MEng degree at the Stellenbosch University Industrial Engineering Department apply for the one-year Honours degree in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Pretoria.

On completion of this degree, candidates will be allowed access to the MEng degree, should they meet the requirements of the Admission Week of the department.

MEng (Research)

The MEng (Research) is a research based programme, generally requiring full-time study and research over a period of 18-24 months. A research thesis is produced, but thesis supportive subjects are required to be completed to instill fundamental concepts. The MEng Degree has a total credit value of 180 SAQA credits.

 

Programme Admission Requirements Format SAQA Credits
M.Eng (Research)(Industrial)M.Eng (Research)(Engineering Management)
    1. Quali cations:
      • BEng
      • Hons BSc
      • Applicable 4-year B degree
      • PGDip
      • MTech

 

    1. Successful completion of Admissions Week

 

    1. Selection by Department
100% research based programme with an element of compulsory supplementary coursework, with the purpose of supporting the research. 180

See the Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management Postgraduate Study Guide for more information on the available post graduate courses.

PHD

The PhD programmes are 100% research based and are summarized below:

Programme Admission Requirements Format SAQA Credits
PHD
  1. Applicable Masters Degree
  2. Suitable Research Topic
  3. Selection by Department
100% research based programme 360

See the Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management Postgraduate Study Guide for more information on the available post graduate courses.

You will find the Postgraduate application form here

Click here to view our current postgraduate students.

Adriaan Odendaal
Thesis Title: Die Ontwikkeling van ‘n Pasklaar-Vervaardigde Kunsmatige Intervertebrale Skyf-Implantaat
Supervisor(s):
Prof AF van der Merwe

Albertus Truter
Thesis Title: A cost optimisation of preventative upkeep networks using the South African Navy as a case study
Supervisor(s):
Prof PJ Vlok

Alwyn J van Zyl
Thesis Title: An Information System to Support Telemedicine Projects in South Africa
Supervisor(s):
Dr L van Dyk

Andre Hartmann
Thesis Title: An assessment of telemedicine services in the public health sector of the Western Cape
Supervisor(s):
Dr L van Dyk
Prof CSL Schutte

Andre Smit
Thesis Title: Development of a telerobotic test bench system for small-field-of-operation bilateral applications with 3D visual and haptic (kinaesthetic) feedback
Supervisor(s):
Prof AF van der Merwe

Andrew van den Honert
Thesis Title: Estimating the continuous risk of accidents occurring in the South African mining industry
Supervisor(s):
Prof PJ Vlok

Bernie Lindner
Thesis Title: Determining Optimal Primary Sawing and Ripping Machine Settings in the Wood Manufacturing Chain
Supervisor(s):
Prof PJ Vlok
Brand Wessels

Bruce Beecroft
Thesis Title: Development of a technology transfer and an intellectual property strategy for titanium machining
Supervisor(s):
Mr K von Leipzig
Prof D Dimitrov

Carmen van der Merwe
Thesis Title: An engineering approach to an integrated value proposition design framework
Supervisor(s):
Prof CSL Schutte
Dr A van Rensburg

Chantel von Lorne von Saint Ange
Thesis Title: Integration of ranking and selection methods with the multi-objective optimisation cross-entropy method
Supervisor(s):
Prof J Bekker

Charlotte Haumann
Thesis Title: The Application of the Cross-Entropy Method for Multi-Objective Optimisation to Combinatorial Problems
Supervisor(s):
Prof JF Bekker

Chris Franklin
Thesis Title: Multi-Objective Optimisation Using Agent-Based Modelling
Supervisor(s):
Prof JF Bekker

Cilliers Prins
Thesis Title: Through spindle cooling: A study of the feasibility of split tool titanium machining
Supervisor(s):
Mr NF Treurnicht
Prof AF van der Merwe

Deirde Du Toit
Thesis Title: Decision-making framework for the management of spare parts in capital intensive industries
Supervisor(s):
Prof PJ Vlok

Delyno Johannes Du Toit
Thesis Title: ATM Cash Management Decision Support System for a South African Retail Bank
Supervisor(s):
Prof JF Bekker

Denele Esterhuizen
Thesis Title: A knowledge management framework to grow innovation capability maturity
Supervisor(s):
Prof CSL Schutte

Denzil Kennon
Thesis Title: Improbable Circumstances Strategic Framework
Supervisor(s):
Prof CSL Schutte

Derek Hammond
Thesis Title: An investigation of the impact of selected cooling strategies on milling of difficult-to-cut materials with an emphasis on titanium alloys and hardened steel
Supervisor(s):
Prof DM Dimitrov
Mr NF Treurnicht

Devan Koen
Thesis Title: An Investigation of Novel Cooling Methods to Enhance Aerospace Component Manufacturing Practices
Supervisor(s):
Mr NF Treurnicht

Donald van Blommestein
Thesis Title: Automating a Labour Performance Measurement and Risk Assessment: An Evaluation of Methods for a Computer Vision Based System
Supervisor(s):
Prof AF van der Merwe

Emile J Herselman
Thesis Title: An Investigation of Sliding Wear if Ti6Al4V
Supervisor(s):
Mr NF Treurnicht
Dr GA Oosthuizen
Akdogan Guven

Erich Charles Essmann
Thesis Title: A Cost Model for the Manufacture of Bipolar Plates Using Micro Milling
Supervisor(s):
Mr TD van Schalkwyk

Esmarie Scholtz
Thesis Title: A Comparative Study on the Value of Accounting for Possible Relationships Between Decision Variables When Solving Multi-Objective Problems
Supervisor(s):
Prof JF Bekker

Este van der Merwe
Thesis Title: A Study of Current and Possible Future Industrial Engineering Methodologies Used to Increase Energy Efficiency
Supervisor(s):
Mr TD van Schalkwyk

Frans Snyders
Thesis Title: Determining the Feasibility of Using Mobile Phones to Strengthen the Information Management of Preventative Health Care in South Africa
Supervisor(s):
Dr L van Dyk
Prof PJ Vlok

Graziano Marcantonio
Thesis Title: Development of framework for the manufacture of customized titatnium cervical cage implants using additive manufacturing
Supervisor(s):
Prof DM Dimitrov
Prof AF van der Merwe

Hagen Alexander von Peterdorff
Thesis Title: Identifying and Quantifying Maintenance Improvement Opportunities in Physical Asset Management
Supervisor(s):
Prof PJ Vlok
Prof CSL Schutte

Hendrik Joubert
Thesis Title: Investigation of Lubrication Strategies in Ti6Al4V Milling Operations
Supervisor(s):
Mr NF Treurnicht

Hendrik Winterbach
Thesis Title: Theory of perspective: A continuous and sustainable internal process improvement roadmap for small business managers
Supervisor(s):
Mr K von Leipzig

Husam A Shames
Thesis Title: Development of a Selection Program for Additive Manufacturing Systems
Supervisor(s):
Prof D Dimitrov
Prof AF van der Merwe

Jacobus P Le Roux
Thesis Title: A Pragmatic Approach to Knowledge Management: Understanding the Dynamics of Knowledge Sharing
Supervisor(s):
Prof CSL Schutte

Jacobus Schoeman
Thesis Title: Estimating residual life of equipment using subjective covariates
Supervisor(s):
Prof PJ Vlok

Jacques Du Preez
Thesis Title: A Study of Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems with Computer Simulation
Supervisor(s):
Prof JF Bekker

Johan G Stadler
Thesis Title: Multi-Objective Optimisation Using the Cross-Entropy Method in CO Gas Management at a South African Ilmenite Smelter
Supervisor(s):
Prof JF Bekker

Johan P van Heerden
Thesis Title: Reducing risks in large scale projects : investigating the integration of systems engineering principles into project management
Supervisor(s):
Prof CJ Fourie
Mr KH von Leipzig

Johannes H Gous
Thesis Title: Towards a reference architecture for integrated knowledge networks
Supervisor(s):
Prof CSL Schutte
Aurona Gerber

Johannes Jacobus Roelofse
Thesis Title: Economic feasibility study of the establishment of smallholder pig farmers for the commercial market : Empolweni case study
Supervisor(s):
Mr NF Treurnicht
Mr L Liebenberg

Kenny O’Kennedy
Thesis Title: A Sustainable Strategy Development Tool for Manufacturing Enterprises
Supervisor(s):
Mr TD van Schalkwyk

Leon D Swanepoel
Thesis Title: Framework for identifying systemic environmental factors causing underperformance in business processes
Supervisor(s):
Mr KH von Leipzig

Liebrecht Otto
Thesis Title: Investigating the introduction of e-mobility in South Africa
Supervisor(s):
Mr KH von Leipzig

Liezl van Dyk
Thesis Title: The development of a telemedicine service maturity model
Supervisor(s):
Prof CSL Schutte

Lizelle Nieuwoudt (Troskie)
Thesis Title: Building a decision map for selecting the appropriate Industrial Engineering Technique for mining problems
Supervisor(s):
Prof CSL Schutte

Louzanne Oosthuizen
Thesis Title: A location science model for the placement of POC CD4 testing devices as part of South Africa’s public healthcare diagnostic service delivery model
Supervisor(s):
Prof J Bekker

Madelie von Ludwig
Thesis Title: Using lead indicators in the strategy life cycle to derive an early go/no-go decision for strategy execution
Supervisor(s):
Prof PJ Vlok

Marc Hatton
Thesis Title: Requirements specification for the optimisation function of an electric utility’s energy flow simulator
Supervisor(s):
Prof J Bekker

Maria J Treurnicht
Thesis Title: A Decision Support System for Telemedicine Needs Assessments in South Africa
Supervisor(s):
Dr L van Dyk

Markus Papsch
Thesis Title: The implementation of six sigma process improvement in small flexible enterprise with limited resources
Supervisor(s):
Mr KH von Leipzig

Martin Bezuidenhout
Thesis Title: Additive manufacturing enabled drug delivery features for titanium-based total hip replacement cementless femoral stems
Supervisor(s):
Prof DM Dimitrov
Leon Dicks
Prof AF van der Merwe

Marvel Mandaza
Thesis Title: Lean six sigma and theory of constraints for service: Model definition and validation at ABSA
Supervisor(s):
Mr KH von Leipzig

Matthew Shedlock
Thesis Title: Techno-economics of industrial scale B-D-fructofuranosidase and short-chain fructooligosacchardes
Supervisor(s):
Mr T Dirkse van Schalkwyk
Gorlach Igor

MJ Odendaal
Thesis Title: Business Process Modelling Using Model Checking and the Theory of Constraints
Supervisor(s):
Prof D Dimitrov
Prof CSL Schutte
Jaco Geldenhuys

Moonyoung Yoon
Thesis Title: Developing basic soccer skills using reinforcement learning for the RoboCup small size league
Supervisor(s):
Prof J Bekker
Steve Kroon

Myra Triegaardt
Thesis Title: Picture Archiving and Communication Systems in the South African Public Healthcare Environment: A Suitable Structure and Guidelines to Assist Implementation and Optimisation
Supervisor(s):
Dr L van Dyk

Nicolas Benjamin
Thesis Title: A systematic approach to enterprise risk management
Supervisor(s):
Prof N Fourie
Dr L Louw

Olabanji Asekun
Thesis Title: A decision support model to improve rolling stock maintenance scheduling based on reliability and cost
Supervisor(s):
Prof N Fourie
Prof PJ Vlok

Pieter De Waal Eksteen
Thesis Title: Development of incrementally formed patient-specific titanium knee prosthesis
Supervisor(s):
Prof AF van der Merwe

Pieter DF Conradie
Thesis Title: Quantifying system reliability in rail transportation in an aging fleet environment
Supervisor(s):
Dr GA Oosthuizen

Riaan (JJA) van der Walt
Thesis Title: Knowledge roles and flows in open innovation
Supervisor(s):
Prof CSL Schutte

Rian Willem Geyer
Thesis Title: Value-adding business process modelling : determining the suitability of a business process modelling technique for a given application
Supervisor(s):
Prof CJ Fourie
Mr. NF Treurnicht

Ruan Albert Daffue
Thesis Title: Applying patient-admission predictive algorithms in the South African healthcare system 
Supervisor(s):
Dr T Visser

Ruan de Bruyn
Thesis Title: Improving and implementing advanced milling techniques for the manufacture of selected titanium aerospace parts
Supervisor(s):
Mr NF Treurnicht
Mr T Dirkse van Schalkwyk

Rudi Smit
Thesis Title: Check weighing in table grape punnet packing: Opportunities in the development of operational effectiveness
Supervisor(s):
Mr NF Treurnicht
Mr MM Blackenberg

Sarel van Baalen
Thesis Title: Investigating capacity self- assessment as a catalyst for improved municipal service delivery
Supervisor(s):
Prof CSL Schutte
Mr KH von Leipzig

Sebastian EA Read
Thesis Title: The development of a robotic coarse-to-fine positioning system
Supervisor(s):
Prof AF van der Merwe
Prof CSL Scutte

Sigrun Melax
Thesis Title: An implementation and management framework for cluster initiatives in South Africa
Supervisor(s):
Mr KH von Leipzig

Sulene Burnett
Thesis Title: A Simplified Numerical Decision Making Toolbox for Physical Asset Management Decisions
Supervisor(s):
Prof PJ Vlok
Prof CSL Schutte

Taryn Olivier
Thesis Title: The Efficiency of the Container Shipping Industry and the Development of a Performance Measurement System
Supervisor(s):
G Ruthven

Thea Roberts
Thesis Title: Near-Optimum Cost Minimisation of Transporting Bio-Energy Carriers From Source to Intermediate Distributors
Supervisor(s):
Mr TD van Schalkwyk

Thys De Beer
Thesis Title: Sustainable waste management : a decision support framework
Supervisor(s):
Mr KH von Leipzig

Timm Engelbrecht
Thesis Title: Cost reduction of reusable packaging material in the automobile industry of South Africa
Supervisor(s):
Mr KH von Leipzig

Tinashe G Tendayi
Thesis Title: An Investigation Into the Applicability of Lean Thinking in an Operational Maintenance Environment
Supervisor(s):
Prof N Fourie
Mr TD van Schalkwyk

Tinomudashe Dube
Thesis Title: Irrigation infrastructure asset management plan for Limpopo Department of Agriculture
Supervisor(s):
Mr KH von Leipzig

Trudie Leonard
Thesis Title: Comparing Airport Apron Layout Designs Using Computer Simulation and The Cross-Entropy Method
Supervisor(s):
Prof JF Bekker

Wiehahn Carstens
Thesis Title: Regression Analysis of Caterpillar 793D Haul Truck Engine Failure Data and Through-Life Diagnostic Information Using the Proportional Hazards Model
Supervisor(s):
Prof PJ Vlok
Prof CSL Schutte

Wyhan Jooste
Thesis Title: A critical success factor model for physical asset management services
Supervisor(s):
Prof PJ Vlok
Prof CSL Schutte

Yakubu Jidayi
Thesis Title: Reliability improvement of railway infrastructure
Supervisor(s):
Prof N Fourie
Prof PJ Vlok

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