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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Mwenge Kahinda’s research interests lie in catchment hydrology, water resources management and water engineering, with a special focus on rainwater harvesting as an alternative water source, as well as hydrological modelling.
Engelbrecht’s research focus is on exploiting synthetic aperture radar data for a variety of applications, with a particular focus on deformation hazard assessment.
Panayides’ research interests lie in medicinal chemistry and the application of high throughput screening of natural product extracts and synthetic compounds to focus lead discovery efforts.