Prof Xiaohua Xia from the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology has been nominated for consideration for a 2018/2019 National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)-South32 Award in the category Lifetime Awards.
The NSTF is the largest and most representative non-profit body and is recognised by government for the purposes of consultation with stakeholders on matters relating to science, engineering and technology (SET), and innovation in South Africa. The NSTF’s vision is a transformed country where SET and innovation contribute to attaining a high quality of life for all who live here. The profile of SET professionals is representative of the population profile in areas where education is effective, particularly in terms of performance in SET subjects and the promotion of innovation.
Through the NSTF-South32 Awards, the NSTF has, since 1998, recognised and celebrated individuals and teams for innovation and outstanding contributions in the SET fields. Being nominated therefore means that the nominee has made an outstanding contribution to SET and innovation in South Africa and qualifies as a potential winner.
In his invitation to Prof Xia to attend the Award Gala Dinner, the Chairman of the NSTF Adjudication Panel, Mr Denis Hunt, congratulated both him and the University of Pretoria on his nomination for this prestigious award. The current Minister of Science and Technology, Mrs Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, who is the patron of the NSTF Awards, will present the awards at the Award Gala Dinner scheduled to take place on 27 June 2019 at the Emperor Palace in Gauteng. Publicity for the nominees and their work will be generated through various media campaigns, which will inspire thousands of young people to pursue careers in SET.
Visit the NSTF website for further information on the categories and selection criteria, and the names of eligible nominees and the other finalists being considered for the 2018/2019 NSTF-South32 Awards.
The Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology is proud of Prof Xia’s nomination and wishes him well.
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