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Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Information Technology

Automotive Experiential Career Development Programme (AECDP) Winter School

The programme is effective in preparing learners whilst still at school for careers that are dependent on good Mathematics and Science results. This winter school also exposes learners to various engineering disciplines with a specific focus on the automotive industry. A long term vision of the AECDP is to enhance the education of learners and hence provide opportunity for employment, which will in turn give sustainability to the programme.

Department of Roads and Transport Saturday Training School for Engineering

The Saturday school initiative provides supplementary education in Physical Science, Mathematics and English for grades 10, 11 and 12. The main focus is to identify and train potential engineering students from all participating regional schools. The purpose is to attract students to further their studies in the field of roads and transport engineering since a large need exists in South Africa in this area.

Nelson Mandela University Racing Formula Student

The Formula Student vehicle is a single-seat formula type car with a 600cc motorcycle engine and fully independent double- wishbone suspension. Advanced technology is used to develop these cars including the latest computer-aided design and engineering CAD/CAE software, electronic fuel injection control,engine and chassis data acquisition with telemetry for vehicle parameter monitoring and the latest steel, aluminium alloy and composite manufacturing techniques.

Baja Bug Competition

Participating students have to design and build a prototype – being a single seater, four-wheeled, off-road recreational vehicle, to meet given design specifications. These cars, powered by a 7,5kW engine must be safe, easy to transport and service and able to negotiate tough terrain. The design of the actual vehicle is open to the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the students.

Siemens Cyber Junkyard

This competition is an inter-tertiary challenge aimed at exposing and stimulating real-life project engineering to engineering students in higher education. The brief of the competition changes every year and teams receive a sponsorship from Siemens to assist them in completing the task.

VWSA Nelson Mandela University Solar Car Project

The Advanced Mechatronic Technology Centre at Nelson Mandela University has initiated a Solar Car project in conjunction with the VWSA–DAAD International Chair in Automotive Engineering. The project will entail the design and development of a solar powered car that will allow students across a range of study fields to conduct research into the renewable energy market and to build on the base of expanding accumulated knowledge in green engineering. This car will take part in an international race in South Africa.

wela (women in engineering leadership association)

merSETA, together with Nelson Mandela University, initiated the wela programme with the aim of empowering young female engineering students at the institution. The duo has recognised the importance of promoting and developing women in this emerging field and to market it as a desirable career aspiration.

It is the intention of wela to focus on academic, professional and personal development of women in engineering and to be of service to the community.

Wind Energy Research Group

This group was formed in 2010 and initially focused on research projects investigating optimization of small wind turbines. The activities of the group have now expanded into other areas of research in renewable energy and include work in solar (PV) and solar thermal projects.

Recent successes include the commercialization of the Twerly ™ street light which runs solely off energy derived from PV and wind as well as the patenting of a novel variable geometry segmented wind turbine blade. Other current projects include a solar thermal system which uses parabolic troughs to heat air which in turn heats a rock bed situated within a vacuum insulated chamber. The rock acts as a thermal battery from which heat can be extracted a few days later. 

Most of the research projects are of an applied, practical nature aimed at solving current challenges opposing large scale implementation of RE harvesting devices.

First Lego League

First Lego League is an international programme aimed towards getting learners from the age of 9-16 years old , interested in Science, Technology, Engineering  and Mathematics.The learners work in teams and need a coach to guide them.The School of Information Commucation Technology at Nelson Mandela University train the coach and learners. 

The Heart of ICT

School of Information Communication Technology has launched an outreach campaign" The Heart of ICT" which is aimed at our students who are in need of assistance.It is important to demonstrate  our commitment to the values of Nelson Mandela University.

We would like to get as much support as possible and therefore, we ask staff and students to participate in the spirit of Ubuntu by donating various items during the course of this campaign.