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Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Information Technology


It is with pleasure that we announce the appointment of our new Dean of the Faculty, Dr Oswald Franks, who takes up his position on 1 July.

Dr Franks has extensive experience as a professional engineer, having practiced as a contracts and project engineer in the fabrication, mining, and nuclear energy sectors.

During his 27-year academic career, he has held the positions of Senior Lecturer, Head of Department, Director of the Institute of Technology, and Dean of the Engineering Faculty at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).

He holds a PhD in Engineering Science, a first degree in Mechanical Engineering, an honours degree in Business and Administration, and a Government Certificate of Competency (Mines and Works).

Prior to his appointment to NMMU, Dr Franks was the Chief Executive Officer of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).

We welcome him to the Faculty.