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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Engelbrecht’s research focus is on exploiting synthetic aperture radar data for a variety of applications, with a particular focus on deformation hazard assessment.
Smit’s research interests are multidisciplinary and focus on mathematical modelling, especially the application of conservation law modelling applied to coastal system dynamics and earth systems modelling, as well as multi-physics/multi-scale modelling. She leads the CSIR’s advanced mathematical modelling research group in Stellenbosch.
Foko’s research interests lie in the field of information and communications technology (ICT) in education, monitoring and evaluation, digital media, and ICT for development.