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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Mpekoa’s research interest is in the area of mobile technologies, mobile services (e-Government and m-government), and mobile security. As part of her PhD studies, she is looking into the development of a framework that has the potential to enable the successful implementation of mobile voting in South Africa. The proposed framework is an information technology artefact that seeks to improve human experiences for voting. She is engaged in research focusing on mobile services in the Free State provincial government and also the use of information and communications technology for the inclusion of visually impaired students in engineering courses.
Rampine’s technical interests lie in the design, analysis and development of software systems, with a special focus on systems engineering, systems/business analysis and the complete software development life cycle.