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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Van Reenen’s research interests are in indoor environment quality with a focus on acoustics, particularly in healthcare and education settings, the design and maintenance of healthcare facilities, and green building design application.
De Villiers has extensive experience in battery types and their application for infantry soldiers. The work includes the use of field-based sensors for battery monitoring and maintenance based on Internet of Things concepts.