Ethiopian Doctoral Graduate Described as a “Success Story” BY: .

Dr Zelalem Getahun Dessie, who was awarded a PhD degree in Statistics during the UKZN Spring Graduation virtual ceremony, was described as a ‘success story’. The description was made by the Dean and Head of the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science at UKZN Professor Delia North. After completing his MSc in Statistics at

Quiet Determination a Hallmark of Humble Achiever

Don’t allow your struggle with research prevent you from appreciating the gift of education – that’s the advice MSc in Mathematics cum laude graduate Ms Zahra Kader has for student colleagues. Kader registered for her MSc in 2018 under the auspices of UKZN’s Astrophysics Research Centre (ARC), submitting her thesis two years later.  Although she found the

Analysis of Air Pollution and its Link to Birth Outcomes Earns Biostatistician his PhD

Dr Aweke Abebaw Mitku has been awarded a PhD in Statistics from UKZN’s School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science. Mitku has always been passionate about Statistical data analysis and programming. He obtained his BSc in Applied Mathematics from Addis Ababa University and his MSc in Statistics from Hawassa University, Ethiopia. Inspired by his hunger

Maths PhD Candidate Part of Top Women Conference Panel

Click here for isiZulu version Ms Sinenhlanhla Precious Sikhosana participated in a panel at the Standard Bank Top Women Conference where she joined Miss Universe, Ms Zozibini Tunzi; Standard Bank Head of Policy, Advocacy and Sustainability, Ms Wendy Dobson; and United Nations Women South Africa representative, Ms Anne Githuku-Shongwe to discuss how to build a future ready

Maths Boffins Battle it out Despite COVID-19 Restrictions

Emeritus Professor at UKZN Poobhalan Pillay did not let COVID-19 restrictions prevent him from coaching KwaZulu-Natal’s up-and-coming mathematics boffins. When lockdown prevented him from holding classes in person for mathematically talented school pupils, he moved the Siyanqoba Mathematics Olympiad training programme online. On 17 October, the young mathematicians met physically for the first time since

UKZN Academics Present at ITWeb Security Summit

IoT Security: Do I need a Firewall for my Lightbulb?, was the title of a presentation delivered by two UKZN academics at the annual ITWeb Security Summit held online this year because of COVID-19. The academics were Mr Barend Pretorius and Dr Brett van Niekerk of the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science. The

ASSAf Membership for Respected UKZN Academics

Click here for the isiZulu version Three UKZN academics are among 31 of the country’s leading scholars and scientists inaugurated as members of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) while a colleague is one of 10 admitted to the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS). Professor Petra Brysiewicz and Professor Thirumala Govender,

Professor Nurtures Talent in Statistics

Professor of Applied Statistics in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science (SMSCS), Temesgen Zewotir, has established himself as a top researcher and a developer of young talent in the Discipline of Statistics as he pursues research and training in Data Science and Applied Statistics. Originally from Bahir Dar in Ethiopia, Zewotir joined UKZN in 2003

College Student Support Services Internship Produces Qualified Psychologists

Click here for isiZulu version The Student Support Services (SSS) Division in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES) is celebrating the qualification of 10 of their former interns as psychologists, with a further four due to qualify soon. This is the only College SSS division at UKZN to host an internship programme that is accredited by the

Wonder Women in Science Virtual Event a Resounding Success

About 600 people registered for this year’s Wonder Women in Science (WWIS) webinar, which celebrated achievements of the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science’s (CAES) five “Wonder Women”. The individuals – one from each of the College’s Schools – shared their stories of entering and achieving in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Held every year