Siyabulela Xuza, Rocket Scientist
Success is the most important part of our life. This is true for Siyabulela Xuza, South Africa’s youngest innovator. Siyabulela (Siya) Xuza is an energy-engineering Harvard University graduate with a passion for harnessing the power of the sun for clean affordable energy. He conducted research geared towards making cheaper solar cells and assesses the commercial viability of solar technologies. Siya says: “I was chasing the roar of a Cessna plane dropping election pamphlets over Mthatha, my South African township. It was 1994, the first year of a new democracy in my country and the sight of that technological marvel ignited in me a curiosity for science and a passion for using technology to engineer an African renaissance.” A born innovator, Siya began experimenting with rocket fuels in his mother’s kitchen. This passion turned into a serious science project that culminated in him developing a cheaper and safer rocket fuel. Siya’s science project won gold at the National Science Expo and the Dr DerekGray Memorial award for the most prestigious project in South Africa. This led to an invitation to the International Youth Science Fair in Sweden in 2006, where he presented his project to the King and Queen of Sweden and attended the Nobel prize ceremony in Stockholm. His project was then entered into the world’s biggest student science event, attracting about 1 500 students from 52 countries – the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in the US. He won the two grand awards.
Attie Jonker, Jonker Sailplanes
Attie Jonker grew up in a house where maths, science and the practical application thereof was seen as normal. His father was a math and science teacher who built his own glider in his spare time which became the family glider. At the tender age of 15 years, Attie decided to follow his dream to develop the best glider in the world. He matriculated at Potchefstroom Gimnasium with 8 distinctions followed by the degrees B.Sc maths, B-Eng, M-Eng and PhD. With the necessary background he and his team started to develop his dream glider in 1998. The first flight of the JS1 followed in December 2006. The JS1 was an immediate success winning the South-African Nationals that year with Attie as pilot. The JS1 has since won many National and International competitions throughout the USA, Europe and Australia. The Jonker Sailplane Company has since delivered 120 JS1 gliders to clients throughout the world. Attie and his brother Uys are also avid competition pilots, having represented South-Africa 7 times in World Gliding Competitions. The last 8 years flying JS gliders exclusively.
Feedback of delegates at the 2012 event:
"The reason we do business with ESTEQ is the scope of the solutions that you provide and the proof of your service & advice."
-Hano Steyn Forgeweld
It's a great platform for young people like me to be exposed in different technologies used in the industry.
-Sabelo Mnyatezi Transnet Rail Engineering
Very informative conference, good to share ideas with other Teamcenter users.
-Riaan van den Berg Paramount Group
Guest speaker, Clem Sunter made a huge impression on all the delegates at the 2012 event as guest speaker.
Through his speech: The World and South Africa beyond 2012
– The Latest Scenarios, Flags and Probabilities Clem Sunter had the crowd thinking and looking at scenarios in a different way.
Users Conference 2012
Guest speaker, Ivor Ichikowitz Executive Chairman Paramount Group
Through his speech: Architects for a better World!
- How the engineering community can positively influence the future of Africa
Guest speaker, Braam Malherbe
Braam Malherbe has an infectious energy that is fed by his life-long passion to protect the environment and inspire change. Braam Malherbe and his running partner David Grier achieved two world firsts by running the Great Wall of China, a distance of 4218kms, at a pace of a marathon a day for 98 days, as well as the entire coastline of South Africa, a distance of over 3, 200kms. The expeditions raised over R2.5 million for Operation Smile, to provide corrective surgery for children born with cleft lip and cleft palate disfigurements.
Dr. Jakob van Zyl, Project Formulation and Strategy at NASA
Dr. Jakob van Zyl is the associate director of Project Formulation and Strategy at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Formerly, he was the director for JPL's Astronomy and Physics Directorate. Van Zyl received an honors bachelor's degree cum laude in electronics engineering from the University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, South Africa. He received both his master's and his doctorate in electrical engineering from Caltech.
Van Zyl joined JPL in 1986 and held positions of increasing responsibility in the synthetic aperture radar program. In addition, he managed the Radar Science and Engineering Section, the Earth Science Flight Missions and Experiments Office, and the Focused Physical Oceanography and Solid Earth Program Office. He was appointed deputy director for the Astronomy and Physics Directorate in 2002. He has been an adjunct faculty member in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, University of Southern California, where he taught the class "Remote Sensing Systems from Space" from 1997 to 2001. Since 2002, he has been teaching the class "Physics and Techniques of Remote Sensing" at Caltech.
Theo Kleynhans, CEO Denel Aerostructures
Denel’s SARA (South African Regional Aircraft)
One of the presentations will be on Denel’s SARA (South African Regional Aircraft) concept unveiled at the Africa Aerospace and Defence show in September 2014, a collaborative project with technical and government institutions, including universities. Aimed primarily at the African market to serve low-density routes, the SARA project will also build on Denel’s skills development initiatives to groom engineers and technicians in the aerospace environment.