On 11 April 2018 the top first-year students (in 2017) and the lecturers who had inspired them were honoured by Stellenbosch University. Engineering's top four are: Matthew Baas (E&E), Zander Snel (Civil), Bianca Jordan (Industrial) and Alex Muthua (E&E).
Matthew Baas says that Dr Naina Ralaivaosaona (Engineering Maths) is the one who inspired him most: "Even with the packed and stuffy classes during the first semester you always managed to spur some life into us with your lively presentations and humorous remarks…"
Prof Thinus Booysen (Computer Programming), who is Alex Muthua's favourite lecturer, said the following about his bright student: "I am fully aware that, despite clearly having been blessed with a sharp intellect, this achievement has not merely landed in your lap, and probably required a lot of hard work from you. I want to assure you that continuation of this work ethic will serve you well."
Prof Marcel Wild (Engineering Maths) is both Zander Snel and Bianca Jordan's most inspiring lecturer, keeping them stimulated and focused with a touch of humour. To this accolade, he replied: "Thank you for that honour! I assume, but am not sure, it is because I often point out that Math can be fun. At an advanced age I still listen to Deep Purple, Moody Blues, Michael (and Millie) Jackson."
Main photo from the left: Prof Anton Basson (Vice-Dean: Teaching and Quality Control), Zander Snel, Prof Marcel Wild, Bianca Jordan, Prof Arnold Shoonwinkel (Vice-Rector: Learning and Teaching), Alex Muthua, Matthew Baas, Dr Naina Ralaivaosaona and Prof Wikus van Niekerk (Dean: Engineering).
Insert: Prof Thinus Booysen.