The UCM proudly graduated three PhD students at the recent 2016 March graduation ceremony. The students are James Olawuyi, Pieter Nieuwoudt and Riaan Combrinck. James conducted work on the mechanical properties of high-performance concrete with superabsorbent polymers, while Pieter worked on the time-dependent behaviour of cracked steel fibre reinforced concrete and Riaan on the cracking of plastic concrete in slab-like elements. All three students were supervised by Prof Billy Boshoff over the past four to five years. The ceremony was made even more special with the graduation of another eight fellow PhD Civil Engineering students, setting a new record of eleven PhDs for Civil Engineering at one graduation ceremony.
From left to right: Dr James Olawuyi, Dr Riaan Combrinck, Prof Billy Boshoff, Dr Pieter Nieuwoudt