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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Theron specialises in testing, evaluation and characterisation of optical/optronic surveillance sensors and cameras; also in optical, infrared and light-related measurement and in optical characterisation of natural and man-made materials, targets, plumes, flames and optics.
Coetzer’s research interests lie in operational effectiveness on a national and organisational level through the operationalisation of cyber security centric solutions and capabilities, with a special focus on cybersecurity debt management modelling.
De Villiers has extensive experience in battery types and their application for infantry soldiers. The work includes the use of field-based sensors for battery monitoring and maintenance based on Internet of Things concepts.