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Yashin Brijmohan Head of School

Yashin is a professional Engineer with a BSc Engineering Degree from the University of KwaZulu Natal, a Masters in Engineering Management from the University of Pretoria and a Post-Graduate Business Management Diploma from the University of Warick.

He has held various positions within Industry in both Engineering and Education. He is the Vice President of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations, where he chairs the international committee on Engineering Capacity Building. He has recently been nominated onto the Governing Board of the UNESCO world centre on Engineering Education.

In Engineering he played key roles, managing teams in the areas of Asset Management, Maintenance, Plant Investigations, and Renewable Energy. He is commonly known for his expertise in Strategy Development, Business planning, Young Professional Development, and Capacity Building (Research and Education). Engr. Yahin’s passion for the development of people, has resulted in him been elected to lead several initiatives and committees both locally and internationally. These include the Tertiary Education Support Programme at Eskom, the Strategic Advisory Committee for the Engineering Council of South Africa and the Africa Engineering Week at continental level amongst others. He has also served on the National Science and Technology Forum Adjudication panel for the National Science awards, and was Chief Judge on Provincial Science Expos. His interests are in the research areas of Engineering Capacity Building, Systems Integration and Design, Renewable Energy, and Asset Management.

Braam Van der Vyver

Braam has obtained degrees in law, marketing, communications and information systems. He has occupied management positions in all three spheres of government, a parastatal as well as in the private sector.

He has 20 years lecturing experience which includes 15 years at MSA. His research interests include development informatics and social informatics.

Etzabeth Smith

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Jaco Pretorius

Jaco is a lecturer in Information Systems. He started out his career in IT as a lecturer at the University of Pretoria in 2000.

For the past 17 years he developed and given lectures in data warehousing, data mining and systems analysis and design at the department of Informatics, and also various places including Kumasi, Ghana and Joensuu, Finland. He has a keen interest in spatial data relating to data warehousing, data mining, and Geographic Information Systems. Currently his interest has shifted towards the relationship between data warehousing, data mining and knowledge management.

Johan Vorster

Johan has been involved in higher education and in training for over 20 years. He has worked in academic and managerial roles for a number of institutions, including Vista University, Technikon Witwatersrand, University of Johannesburg, Roehampton University (London), The Independent Institute of Education, Unisa, and Monash South Africa.

While living in London for a few years he worked in the field of Business Intelligence, and he maintains an interest in BI, data analytics, and dashboards. During that time he completed industry certifications in Project Management (Prince2 Practitioner) and Business Intelligence (MicroStrategy Certified Engineer). He completed his undergraduate studies and MSc Computer Science at the Rand Afrikaans University, and is currently enrolled for a PhD Information Systems at Unisa.

Johann Smith

Johann is a lecturer at the school of IT with over 10 years’ experience in secondary and higher education. He holds a BCom (hons) in informatics and a Masters degree in Communication Management.

He is currently studying towards a PhD in Entrepreneurship. He has been involved in numerous community development initiatives, ranging from entrepreneurship to the performing arts. In his free time he writes scripts for television and stage.

Neil Manson

Neil is the Course Director for the Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences, as well as for the Honours Degree at MSA. He has over 20 years of experience teaching in the fields of mechanical and civil engineering, and various topics within computer science.

Neil completed a BSc in Mechanical Engineering, and then went on to do an MSc in Civil Engineering, during which he built a simulation model of a large urban water supply network, with embedded optimisation. During this time he also realised a passion for both teaching and for computer science in all its many forms.

Sheelagh Walton

Dr Walton is a Senior Lecturer in the School of IT at Monash South Africa. Her research passion to determine the impacts of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) interventions with the intention of empowering local indigent youths is what prompted her to tackle and complete her PhD.

Dr Walton is passionate about bringing computer technology to the local communities and since 2001 has worked together with undergraduate MSA volunteers to achieve this. Both the international and national conference proceedings to which she has contributed articles and presented her work, include Human-Computer Interaction, Development and Community Informatics and IT in Education.

Dr Walton has lectured in the ICT environment since 1997, especially focusing on programming languages. She became Java Sun Microsystems certified in 1999, which remains her main lecturing focus. She runs a full-time full day Summer School unit for the weaker programming students, to give them the opportunity to build their confidence, enthusiasm and knowledge of coding. The Computer Gaming Club is supervised by her, but she inspires the undergraduate students to initiate student participation, gaming material construction, events and competitions.

Stella Ouma

Dr. Stella Ouma is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Information Technology at Monash South Africa. She has more than 9 years of work experience in academia. Her research interests are in the areas of Development Informatics, E-health/M-health and Human Computer Interaction.