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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Abu-Mahfouz’s research interests lie in wireless sensor and actuator networks, low-power wide-area networks, software-defined wireless sensor networks, cognitive radio, network security, network management and sensor/actuator node development. His current focus is on smart water management systems.
Snedden’s research focuses on gas turbine engines with a range of expertise in areas such as experimental aerodynamics, computational fluid dynamics and mechanical design applied in that field.
Nair is a CSIR senior researcher in information security. His main research interests include the security aspects of smart cards, biometrics, Internet of Things, payment systems, wireless protocols, and small-footprint embedded devices.