Our initiative is truly diverse in origin and outlook, bringing together the best people from a variety of backgrounds and a wide range of experiences. Our people embody the MtM values and work strongly together, always striving for excellence.
Alison Gwyne Evans
UCT, South Africa
Alison is a staff member of the EBE Faculty at UCT with a strong inter-disciplinary and design-thinking focus and commitment to inspiring students to make significant life choices. Her background is in education and development and she engages with the curriculum in a critical and enabling way. She has focused on developing and researching opportunities for student engagement with ethical challenges facing industry and society. She is committed to engaging with policy affecting the reach and responsibility of engineers in practice. She is an active member of the MtM Forum group, the EBE Ethics in Research Committee and the UCT Curriculum Change Working Group.
Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, UCT
Alison Lewis graduated with a BSc (Chem Eng), MSc (Chem Eng) and PhD, all from UCT, and is a registered Professional Engineer. She is the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the University of Cape Town, and still maintains her position as Director of the Crystallization and Precipitation Unit in the Chemical Engineering Department.
Anenyi Isafiade brings expertise in chemical plant safety analysis (HAZOP, HAZAN), and is leading the research into mine safety. He was primary supervisor of MSc student Jude Bonsu (completed), and is currently primary supervisor of Daniel Mabeti and Clive Mwansa, both registered for the MPhil programme in Sustainable Minerals Resource Development.
Prof Patricia Kooyman
Formerly in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands, Patricia Kooyman now holds the SARChI Chair Nano Materials for Catalysis at UCT. Her specialisations include hetero-geneous catalysis structure-activity relationships, focussing on catalyst synthesis and characterisation. She is an expert in transmission electron microscopy characterisation of inorganic materials, which is the relevant expertise for the MtM programme. She co-developed the system for gas-phase atmospheric pressure trans-mission electron microscopy and still works on improving this system and of course using it to advance her structure-activity relationships research. She supervises and co-supervises several MSc and PhD students.
Shireen is the Laboratory Manager for the Centre for Minerals Research (CMR) in the Department of Chemical Engineering, UCT. She has worked as a chemist at a commercial mineral exploration laboratory and also in the Departments of Geochemistry and Geological Sciences, UCT, as a Research Assistant and Scientific Officer respectively. She recently completed an MPhil in Environmental Management and has a research project with the Western Cape Industrial Symbiosis Programme at Green-cape. She also facilitates experiential learning of undergraduate chemical engineering students from CPUT and UCT through the CMR internship programme and vacation work opportunities.