64th Bernard Price Memorial Lecture



64th Bernard Price  Memorial Lecture
SUSTAINABLE ENGINEERING EDUCATION
Event Name: 64th Bernard Price Memorial Lecture
Presenter(s): Prof Saurabh Sinha
Event Date: 29 September 2015
Event Time: 17:30 - 20:31
Event Type: Memorial Lecture
Event Theme: SUSTAINABLE ENGINEERING EDUCATION
Venue: Lecture Theatre, eThekwini Training Centre, 17 Supply Road, Springfield, Durban
Province: KZN
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64th Bernard Price  Memorial Lecture

 

 

 

64th Bernard Price

 

Memorial Lecture

 

 

SUSTAINABLE ENGINEERING

 

EDUCATION”

 

Presented by

 

Prof Saurabh Sinha



29 September 2015

KwaZulu-Natal Centre

Lecture Theatre, eThekwini Training Centre

17 Supply Road, Springfield, Durban

Time: 17h30

Bookings essential: Gillian Nortier – saiee@iafrica.com


 

The South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) presents the 64th Bernard Price Memorial Lecture:

Sustainable Engineering Education

The landscape of higher education, particularly engineering education, is changing globally. The changes are brought forward by the rising cost of higher education, newer technologies and a number of global trends. Global trends include changing expectations of “Generation C” scholars, urbanisation, need for sustainable development, changes in demographics and others.

The changing and challenging expectations create a number of opportunities for engineering education and it’s alignment to expectations of society today and tomorrow, including various players – industry, government and professional societies.

This Bernard Price lecture will summarise the global trends, bring forward a comparison of the proactive approach taken by a number of globally leading higher education institutions, collaborative technologies, the status of engineering education in South Africa, the emerging questions resulting from these trends and propose a way forward.

The 2015 Bernard Price lecture will be presented by Prof Saurabh Sinha, Executive Dean: Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Johannesburg & 2014/5 IEEE Vice-President: Educational Activities.

Prof Sinha obtained his B. Eng, M. Eng and PhD degrees in Electronic Engineering from University of Pretoria (UP). He achieved both his B.Eng and M.Eng with distinction. As a published researcher, he has authored over 70 publications in peer-reviewed journals and at international conferences. In addition, he is the Managing Editor of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) Africa Research Journal. Prof Sinha served UP for over a decade with his last service as Director of the Carl and Emily Fuchs Institute for Microelectronics, Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering. Together with his research group, he conducted teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, researched and performed extensive management tasks. To allow for continuation of postgraduate leadership, he was also appointed as Extraordinary Professor at UP. On 1 October 2013, Prof Sinha was appointed as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built at Environment (FEBE) at University of Johannesburg (UJ).

Beyond his academic contributions, Prof Sinha is an active member of several professional societies and was recently re-elected as the 2015 Institute for Electric and Electronic Engineering (IEEE) Board of Director & Vice President: Educational Activities.

He is also the recipient of the 2007 SAIEE Engineer of the Year Award, 2010 University of Pretoria (UP) Laureate Award and 2013 TW Kambule NRF-NSTF Award as an emerging researcher for an outstanding contribution to Science, Engineering, Technology and Innovation (SETI) through research and its outputs. Beyond his academic contributions, Prof. Sinha, Pr Eng, served as an industrial consultant for Business Enterprises at the University of Pretoria (Pty) Ltd.

Prof Sinha currently serves on committees of international, national, regional and professional societies, including the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).

 



Prof Saurabh Sinhal

Pr. Eng, B. Eng, M. Eng, FSAIEE

Prof Sinha obtained his B. Eng, M. Eng and PhD degrees in Electronic Engineering from University of Pretoria (UP). He achieved both his B.Eng and M.Eng with distinction. As a published researcher, he has authored over 70 publications in peer-reviewed journals and at international conferences. In addition, he is the Managing Editor of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) Africa Research Journal. Prof Sinha served UP for over a decade with his last service as Director of the Carl and Emily Fuchs Institute for Microelectronics, Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering. Together with his research group, he conducted teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, researched and performed extensive management tasks. To allow for continuation of postgraduate leadership, he was also appointed as Extraordinary Professor at UP. On 1 October 2013, Prof Sinha was appointed as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built at Environment (FEBE) at University of Johannesburg (UJ).

Beyond his academic contributions, Prof Sinha is an active member of several professional societies and was recently re-elected as the 2015 Institute for Electric and Electronic Engineering (IEEE) Board of Director & Vice President: Educational Activities.

He is also the recipient of the 2007 SAIEE Engineer of the Year Award, 2010 University of Pretoria (UP) Laureate Award and 2013 TW Kambule NRF-NSTF Award as an emerging researcher for an outstanding contribution to Science, Engineering, Technology and Innovation (SETI) through research and its outputs. Beyond his academic contributions, Prof. Sinha, Pr Eng, served as an industrial consultant for Business Enterprises at the University of Pretoria (Pty) Ltd.

Prof Sinha currently serves on committees of international, national, regional and professional societies, including the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).

 

 

THE ORIGIN AND HISTORY OF

THE BERNARD PRICE MEMORIAL LECTURE

the first joint meeting : 1931

The year 1931 marked the centenary of the discovery of electromagnetic induction by Michael Faraday. To commemorate the occasion, the Council of the Institute and the University of the Witwatersrand agreed to hold a Joint Meeting of both bodies. The fact that the Professor of Electrical Engineering at the time, Professor O R Randall, was also a Vice President of the institute is likely to have been a key factor in the decision.

The meeting took place on 27 August 1931 in what was then the large lecture theatre of the Chemistry and Physics Building of the University. In his introductory remarks the President, Mr M Jacobs said :

"It is fitting that electrical engineers should join with the University, with the more scientific side let me say, in celebrating this centenary. On behalf of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers, I would like to convey to your Council through you, Mr Raikes (the Principal of the University) the appreciation of my Institute for your hospitality and your co-operation in these proceedings."

As well as the lecture, an exhibition illustrating Faraday's work and the consequences which flowed from it, was staged in the Department of Physics and electrical Engineering of the University.

The meeting was so successful that it was decided that similar joint meetings be held annually and so they have ever since. The lecturer is chosen by the Council of the Institute and he is invited to present the address. Many prominent engineers and scientists, both from this country and from overseas, have participated.

the first bernard price memorial lecture : 1951

Dr Bernard Price was born in London in 1877, was President of the Institute in 1915, and was elected an Honorary Fellow in 1940. He was well known as the Chief Engineer and General Manager of the Victoria Falls & Transvaal Power Co. As a young man he worked for Merz & McLellan and at that time developed the well known Merz Price method of power circuit protection.

Under his guidance the VFP expanded its electrical system and also developed a compressed air system, reticulating compressed air to the mines from Rose Deep to Crown mines by means of pipelines having a total length of about 50km and a maximum diameter of 700mm. In all, the system required 85 000kW to drive it and was unique in the world.

 

 

Dr Bernard Price was instrumental in the formation and endowment of both the Bernard Price Institute of Geophysical Research, and the Bernard Price Institute of Palaeontology at the University of the Witwatersrand. He died in 1948. To commemorate his name, the Institute's Council decided that in future there should be an annual lecture to be known as the Bernard Price Memorial lecture and, because of his association with the University, this lecture should be presented at the Joint Meeting.

The first lecture (at the twenty-first Joint Meeting on 26 July 1951) was presented by Dr B F J Schonland (later Sir Basil Schonland) who addressed the gathering on the work of the Bernard Price Institute of Geophysical Research. In opening the meeting, the President of the Institute, Mr A W Lineker paid tribute to Dr Price. The Principal of the University, Dr H R Raikes, after expressing pleasure at having attended all twenty-one of the Joint Meetings, said

"A special reason for pleasure is that this is the occasion of the first Bernard Price Memorial Lecture in commemoration of a man who had served his country in a most remarkable way and in particular had been of great assistance to the University of the Witwatersrand. Dr Bernard Price was a great son of South Africa; he was not born here but came here to devote the best years of his life to this country. The lecture to be given is about the work which he made possible but it is only one example of his work, and this meeting is to commemorate a very great scientist who developed the electrical industry in the Transvaal."

the visiting lecturer scheme : 1960

The success of these meetings led the Institute's Council to establish in 1959 a Visiting Lecturer's Fund.

At the tenth Bernard Price Memorial Lecture, held in 1960, the President, Professor W Cormack, paid tribute to the previous year's President, Mr R Gettliffe, for establishing this fund and said :

"One of the proposals made by our last President, Mr R Gettliffe, was that the Institute should be in a financial position to invite prominent people from overseas as visiting lecturers to this country, to deliver the Bernard Price Memorial Lecture. Now, Mr Gettliffe not only suggested the idea of a fund but he worked for its practical realisation until, with the help of the Chamber of Mines and De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd, he was able to bring it into being."

Owing to the foresight of Mr Rupert Gettliffe, the Fund has made it possible for the Bernard Price Memorial lecturer also to address members of the Institute's local centres in Cape Town and Durban and the engineering fraternity in Port Elizabeth and East London, and to visit the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Departments of South African Universities to address staff and senior students.

This pattern has continued to the present day, thanks to this Fund to which many members of the Institute contribute annually




29 September 2015

KwaZulu-Natal Centre

Lecture Theatre, eThekwini Training Centre

17 Supply Road, Springfield, Durban

Time: 17h30

Bookings essential: Gillian Nortier – saiee@iafrica.com




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