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Professor Ian Jandrell, dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at Wits University, and a director of Crown Publications, received a ‘Science Oscar’ at the 2017/2018 National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)- South32 Awards in the category Engineering Research Capacity Development: by an individual. The awards were held on 28 June at an Awards Gala Dinner.

Professor Ian Jandrell a Science Oscar winnerReferred to as the ‘Science Oscars’ of South Africa, these awards are the largest, most comprehensive, and most sought-after national awards of their kind in the country. They were also the first science awards in South Africa.

Professor Jandrell has produced high-level skills in the specialised research field of high voltage engineering and lightning. Focusing on the damaging effects of lightning, he and his students have made a hugely significant contribution to the needs of South African industry.

Accepting the award, Prof Jandrell made the point that success in whatever form is always a team effort, saying, “I humbly accept this award on behalf of a team that consists of people past and present, students and people from a variety of organisations, institutions and universities, many of whom are here tonight.” He signalled out his own alma mater, the University of the Witwatersrand, for the “amazing support” he has received over decades.

The NSTF Awards were established in 1998 as a collaborative effort to recognise outstanding contributions to science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation by SET-related professionals and organisations in South Africa. This includes experienced scientists, engineers, innovators, science communicators, engineering capacity builders, and organisational managers/leaders, as well as data and research managers.

National Science and Technology is partnered by South32, a metals and mining company that de-merged from BHP Billiton in 2016. It took over the co- branding sponsorship agreement for the annual NSTF Awards.

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