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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Malinga’s research interests and expertise include defence telecommunication systems modelling, simulation and development; integrated capability management; and systems engineering with a focus on next-generation communication systems.
Morelli’s engineering interests lie in the operation of a suite of wind tunnels, with a special focus on design and execution of experimental aerodynamic testing in the subsonic, transonic and supersonic speed regimes.
Goslett’s interests lie in the strategic planning and integration of force capabilities and main equipment, with specific reference to maritime special operations at various levels.
The CSIR’s work in optronics sensor systems focuses on video image processing, infrared electronic warfare and opto-mechatronics engineering. Mkwelo leads the group, with its strong expertise in modelling, simulation, design, prototyping, testing and evaluation of optronics systems. The CSIR addresses problems related to improved optical observation of relevant targets/phenomena, camera-based intelligence and situational awareness in operational scenarios and aircraft self-protection countermeasures.