To meet its mandate of improving the quality of life of South Africans, the CSIR relies on its most important asset, its people. The CSIR’s multidisciplinary nature positions the organisation to help solve the increasingly complex problems of our time. This multidisciplinary science, engineering and technology base is made up of individuals who are highly specialised in their respective fields. They are geneticists, virologists, software developers, polymer chemists, applied mathematicians and industrial engineers, just to name a few.
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Le Roux’s research interests focus on using geographic information science to provide planning and decision support to local, regional and national decision-makers with a specific focus on land-use change modelling, disaster risk reduction and spatial trends analysis.
Sharma specialises in the design and system integration of electronics for laser power supplies, as well as pulse diagnostics, temperature, flow, motion control, opto-mechanics, spectroscopy and optical sensors. Other competences include light detection and ranging, and optical coherence tomography.
Nahman’s main research interests include the economic valuation of environmental resources and impacts, the economics of environmental policy, the economics of pollution and waste, understanding consumer behaviour, operationalising and measuring the green economy, and the development of alternative indicators of well-being.