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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Nair is a CSIR senior researcher in information security. His main research interests include the security aspects of smart cards, biometrics, Internet of Things, payment systems, wireless protocols, and small-footprint embedded devices.
Roro’s research interests are photovoltaic technologies across the entire value chain, solar resource assessment and forecasting, integration of solar technologies to the grid, and renewable energy.
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.
Van Niekerk’s research interests include the assessment of estuary condition and ecosystem threat status; estuarine freshwater flow requirements; climate change impacts on estuaries; estuarine hydro and physical dynamics as well as estuarine policy development and management.