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SAIIE Newsletter: May 2018

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Monday, 27 August 2018 12:11

Please find attached the SAIIE May 2018 Newsletter.


SAIIE Newsletter_Vol 4_ May 2018_Final.pdf 1.1M 27 Aug 18 12:11

2018 SAIIE Awards Finalist: Announcement

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Monday, 6 August 2018 14:42

SAIIE is proud to announce the finalist in the 2018 SAIIE Awards are as follows:

Finalist: Kris Adendorff Award - Most Prominent Industrial Engineering Professional


John Bicheno is a Professor of Lean Enterprise at the University of Buckingham, UK. An Associate Professor and Head of IE from 1984 to 1987 at the University of Witwatersrand. He began Systems Engineering. Grew postgrad IE from 40 to 80 students per year. Lectured on postgrad ‘Lean Manufacturing’, 2000 to present; now taken by over 600. He admitted the first black undergrad and postgrad I.E. students in South Africa. At Lean Enterprise Research Centre, 1996-2013, Cardiff Business School. Started the first MSc in Lean in the world in 1999. The 200+ graduates are now directors and consultants in many countries.

Co-founder of ‘European Lean Educator Conference’, now in its 5th year.

Books: ‘Lean Toolbox’, (cumulative sales of over 110,000 copies).  28 others, including editions and translations. Keynote speaker at conferences in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Australia, UK, USA.  62 Publications. Google scholar citations 2370. Worked as mentor with dozens of companies.

Roland Röhrs is registered as a Professional Engineer and has a B Eng IE (Cum Laude) and MBA from University of Pretoria. In his earlier years he was a known entrepreneur and started/co-started and ran a handful of own businesses in consulting and manufacturing, most are still operational. Highlights during these years were when he was a founder partner of the first industrial engineering consulting firm in South Africa, Röhrs & Buys inc., later known as Xcel and in 1984 he became a major shareholder in a glass manufacturing concern, Glamosa Glass, in Estcourt  (KwaZulu-Natal) and was managing director from 1985 to 1995.

In 1997 Roland joined Organisational Development International (ODI), a productivity consulting company, as director doing 20 Keys (Kaizen) projects and was managing director as well. He has been non-executive chairman of ODI from 1st January 2003 to date. As part of turn-around projects Roland was asked in October 1997 to become Managing Director of Wispeco Holdings Limited and is serving as chairman of the Board of Directors from 2013. Roland has been part time lecturer at Industrial Engineering at University of Pretoria from 2014. He served or is still serving on various bodies – ECSA’s PAC IE, Tuks IE Advisory Board, Town Council, Student RC and many more. 

Finalist: SAIIE Award - Most Outstanding Industrial Engineering



Teresa Hattingh is passionate about industrial engineering.  She believes that every industrial engineer has the power to change the world and the responsibility to really make a difference.  She spends most of her energy on her undergraduate and postgraudate students exploring exciting ways to introduce industrial engineering to every aspect of society.  She is actively involved in engineering education research and is the African representative on the Research in Engineering Education (REEN) board.  She is currently working as an academic at the University of  Witwatersrand.






Prof David Kruger, holds a Doctorate in Engineering management. He has been in higher education for 21 years and during that time held various positions at a number of higher education institutions. During this time, he gained experience in teaching and learning as well as research. The experience includes lecturing at residential institutions as well at an Open Distance Learning institution.

During his tenure at the ODL institution he became aware of challenges facing students who do not attend classes and must self-reliant to master study material. As a result, he investigated numerous techniques to assist the students to attain a better understanding of their study material and thus increase the past rate. He utilised the electronic platform of the institution to disseminate extra worked examples of mathematical problems, produced videos to explain difficult concepts and presented online discussion classes. Detailed written feedback was produced for submitted assignment in which common mistakes made by students is discussed. The aforementioned resulted in a steady increase in the pass rate for the module Operations Research III.

Finalist: SAIIE Award - Most Outstanding Industrial Engineering

Young Researcher


Prof Tiaan Oosthuizen obtained his PhD degree in 2010 from Stellenbosch University, when he was awarded the Best Post Graduate Researcher award. As part of the Andrew Mellon New Generation Researcher Development Programme he was awarded a NRF post-doctoral fellowship.

Thereafter, he became a CIRP research affiliate and senior lecturer at the University of Johannesburg. He was then also the director of the Manufacturing Research Centre and developed into a NRF rated researcher.

In 2014 he was appointed as director of the Rapid Product Development Laboratory at Stellenbosch University. He is currently an associate prof at the department of Industrial Engineering and the director of the Stellenbosch Technology Centre at Stellenbosch University.


Dr. Nadia Viljoen is a professionally registered engineer and returned to the University of Pretoria as senior lecturer in 2017. Her career has centred around freight transport modelling and supply chain economics research both at the CSIR and at GAIN (Pty) Ltd. Nadia studied her bachelor's and honours degrees at the University of Pretoria before embarking on a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology.

At the University of Pretoria Nadia is continuing her research in freight transport modelling and is currently piloting the Vertically Integrated Projects Programme in conjunction with the Georgia Institute of Technology.




Finalist: SAIIE Award - Most Outstanding Industrial Engineering



Prof Johan W. Joubert is an associate professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and is also affiliated with the Centre for Transport Development in the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology (EBIT). His research focuses on the development of decision-support models under uncertainty, especially related to access inequality and transport infrastructure spending. A particular interest is multi-modal, multi-agent simulation models in the (freight) transport domain. His research appeared in many leading international transport journals, including Transportation, the Journal of Transport Geography, Transportation Research, Cities, and Networks & Spatial Economics. He is a former Fellow of the Mobility Cultures in Mega-cities programme sponsored by the Institute for Mobility Research (ifmo), a research facility of the BMW Group. He is a director for the international Institute for City Logistics and have been visiting professor at both ETH Zürich in Switzerland and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna, Austria. He is a registered professional engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA); and in 2007 he received the President’s Award from the Southern African Institute for Industrial and Systems Engineering (SAIIE). He holds a C2-rating from the National Research Foundation (NRF).




Prof Khumbulani Mpofu completed his doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2011, after completing a masters in manufacturing systems and operations management in 2006 and a bachelor of engineering in industrial and manufacturing engineering in 2004. He is a specialist in reconfigurable manufacturing technologies, he has patented five products which are at various stages of commercialisation and authored and co-authored more than 100 journal, conference papers and book chapters. He has chaired and hosted several scientific events in the past. He has graduated four doctoral students and over 20 masters students in his unwavering pursuit to develop advanced manufacturing human capability in the South African economy. He is currently the Gibela Research Chair in Manufacturing and Skills Development where he is part of the academic infrastructure that has been setup to assist Gibela in its vision of the revitalisation of the commuter rail car manufacturing industry. He is also the founder of the Rail Manufacturing Centre for Entrepreneurship Rapid Incubator. The Incubator is aligned to the mandate of supporting the activities of modernising and renewing an ageing railcar fleet to ensure safe, affordable, reliable and affordable commuter transportation thus directly and indirectly contributing to economic growth in the country. It will be the driver in developing new technology based enterprises and cooperatives, unravelling the triple helix challenge of poverty, unemployment and inequality. The Rail Incubator will be a vehicle to translate the technological innovations developed at TUT into new technology based businesses.



The winners of the SAIIE Awards in the above categories will be announced at the SAIIE Awards and Gala evening scheduled for Friday, 27 July 2017 at 18:30, at The Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre.

Last updated Monday, 6 August 2018 12:42

Announcement of 2018 SAIIE Awards Nominees, Gala Evening & Sponsorship opportunities: 27 July 2018

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 6 July 2018 21:20

The SAIIE Awards honour and celebrate outstanding contributions to industrial engineering in Southern Africa and we are proud to announce the 2018 SAIIE Awards nominees in the following categories:

 Prof Kris Adendorff Award for Prominent Industrial Engineering Professional

  •  John Bicheno - Professor of Lean Enterprises, University of Buckingham, UK
  • Johan Dekker - Managing Director, DSV Solutions Africa
  • Roland Rohrs - Chairman & Honourary Lecturer, Wispeco Holdings & University of Pretoria
  • Hannelie Nel - Managing Director, Tenelli Industries (Pty) Ltd
  • Cobus Rossouw - Chief Strategy Officer, Imperial Logistics (including international division)
  • Stephan Scott - Snr Manager-Solutions, DSV Engineering & Project Management; DSV Louwlardia

 SAIIE Award for Outstanding Industrial Engineering Educator

  •  Teresa Hattingh - Lecturer, University of Witwatersrand
  • Wyhan Jooste - Snr. Lecturer, Stellenbosch University
  • David Kruger - Associate Professor, University of South Africa
  • Roland Rohrs - Honourary Lecturer, University of Pretoria

 SAIIE Award for Outstanding Industrial Engineering Researcher

  •  Johan Joubert - Associate Professor, University of Pretoria
  • Khumbulani Mpofu - Professor & Research Chair, Tshwane University of Technology
  • Kem Ramdass - Snr. Lecturer, University of South Africa

 SAIIE Award for Outstanding Young Industrial Engineering Researcher

  •  Tiaan Oosthuizen - Associate Professor & Director: Stellenbosch Technology Centre - Laboratory for Advanced Manufacturing Stellenbosch University
  • Nadia Viljoen - Part-time Lecturer, University of Pretoria
  • Shakib Zohrehvandi - Head Planning & Scheduler, MAPNA Group

The winners of the SAIIE Awards in the above categories will be announced at the SAIIE Awards and Gala evening scheduled for Friday, 27 July 2017 at 18:30, at The Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre. A three-course meal will be served and an exciting keynote speaker, will be addressing the audience.

To book your seat, please contact lynette.pieterse@up.ac.za before 18 July 2017. The cost is R750 per person and sponsor opportunities are available. Please refer to the attachment for the various sponsorship opportunities. 



2018 Sponsorship opportunities.pdf 348.3K 6 Jun 18 14:05

Last updated Friday, 6 July 2018 19:20

SAIIE Newsletter: April 2018

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 20 April 2018 10:04

Please find attached the SAIIE April 2018 Newsletter. 


SAIIE Newsletter_Vol 3_ April 2018_Final.pdf 1.2M 20 Apr 18 10:04

SAIIE Newsletter: March 2018

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 16 March 2018 10:51

Please find attached the SAIIE March 2018 Newsletter. 


SAIIE Newsletter_Vol 2_ March 2018_Final.pdf 872.0K 16 Mar 18 10:51

SAIIE Newsletter: February 2018

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 16 March 2018 10:50

Please find attached the SAIIE February 2018 Newsletter. 


SAIIE Newsletter_Vol 1_ Febr 2018_Final.pdf 997.4K 16 Mar 18 10:50

SAIIE Newsletter: December 2017

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Wednesday, 17 January 2018 08:58

Please find attached the SAIIE December 2017 Newsletter. 


SAIIE Newsletter_Vol 11_ Dec 2017_Final.pdf 1.2M 17 Jan 18 08:58

Changes on the SAIIE website

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Tuesday, 1 July 2014 14:42

The SAIIE team has created a:

1. Career Module (jobs, vacancies)

By the click of a button, this will allow:

  •          Companies to advertise positions available
  •          As a member you can apply for these positions

Select the option for

  •          Companies to view your CV

 For the effective operation of this function, SAIIE members are requested to PLEASE complete their CVs online – the service is Free and GRATIS!

2. Knowledge-share Platform

If you have ever faced a situation where you were seeking industry information with

  •          no one to talk to
  •          no forum to consult

this is the answer!

 You can

  •          add links
  •          post videos and
  •          images
  •          subscribe to interesting topics being discussed
  •          share what you have learned or experienced

3. Two events calendars

  •          SAIIE annual conference
  •          Online training and smaller seminars/workshops

View these and register to attend!

PS Where applicable events will be linked to the CPD Manager!

4. CPD Manager

The SAIIE team realised they could assist the members by managing their CPD points. The

CPD Manager will:

  •          track your CPD points
  •          pro-actively advise you when points are needed, and
  •          in which category, plus
  •          where you can find the necessary seminar/workshop, etc.

 5. Secure online payment

  •          options, and
  •          up to date information

Please view your statement online and update your personal details and become part of the SAIIE online community!

SAIIE has walked the extra mile to add value for our members. Now it is your turn

  •          to make use of the initiatives, and
  •          please provide feedback to enable us to cater for your needs!


Meeting the Demand for SIPs Scarce Skills: Industrial Engineering: Occupational Team Feedback Report 2

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Monday, 14 April 2014 13:30

Refer to the attached file.


SIPs Scarce Skills in Industrial_Engineering - Report 2 - version 4.pdf 1.4M 14 Apr 14 13:30

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