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  Department of Industrial Engineering Research Topics ~ 2018   1. Engineering Management    Enterprise Engineering Prof Corne Schutte Page 2    Enterprise Engineering   Mr Denzil Kennon Page 3    Enterprise Engineering   Dr Louis Louw Page 4    Enterprise Engineering   Prof Sara Grobbelaar Page 5    Sustainable Systems Mrs Imke de Kock Page 6    Health Systems Engineering Mrs Imke de Kock Page 7    Health Systems Engineering   Mrs Louzanne Bam Page 8    Health Systems Engineering Prof Sara Grobbelaar Page9    Innovation for Inclusive Development (I4ID) Prof Sara Grobbelaar Page 10    Beneficiation of Minerals   Mr Wouter Bam Page 12    Risk Management Prof Wynand van Dyk Page 13 2. Manufacturing    Smart Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing   Mr Devon Hagedorn-Hansen Page 14    Smart Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing   Prof Dimitri Dimitrov Page 16    Smart Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing   Prof Tiaan Oosthuizen Page 18     Additive Manufacturing   Prof Andre van der Merwe Page 19     Micro-manufacturing   Dr Stephen Matope Page 21    Micro-manufacturing   Dr Theuns Dirkse van Schalkwyk TBC 3. Operations Management    Supply Chain Management   Mr Joubert van Eeden Page 23     Supply Chain Management   Mr Konrad von Leipzig Page 24     Supply Chain Management   Dr Louis Louw   Page 26     Physical Asset Management Dr Wyhan Jooste Page 28     PRASA Engineering Research Chair   Prof Neels Fourie Page 29  4. Systems Modelling, Operations Research and Decision Support      Systems Modelling Dr Brian van Vuuren Page 31     Systems Modelling Mr Danie Lötter TBC    Systems Modelling Prof James Bekker Page 32     Systems Modelling Prof Jan van Vuuren Page 34   2 Faculty: Faculty of Engineering Department: Industrial Engineering Lecturer: Prof Corne Schutte  E-mail:   Tel: +27 (0)21 808 3617 Field of Research: Enterprise Engineering, Economics, Project- and Risk Management General Description field of research): The research area covers the field of enterprise engineering which is a systems engineering focus on the way in which enterprises are constructed. Engineers draw on knowledge throughout their studies to construct the complex adaptive system that is an enterprise. The enterprise engineering cycle focusses from the idea of an enterprise, through to strategic intent, strategy, tactics and how these are implemented through project management with a keen focus on the financials and risk management of the enterprise and the project. The research allows for the hard sciences in engineering on an elemental level of the organisation and project management right up to the softer sciences with a systems engineering focus on strategy, tactics and the organisation of the entities within the enterprise. List of Research Topics: MEng PhD Funding 1 Building an Enterprise for the South African Future X Refer to the notes below 2 Enterprises as living organisms: Antifragility X Refer to the notes below 3 Enterprises as living organisms: Design Structure Matrices X Refer to the notes below 4 Enterprises as living organisms: Organisation of Functional Units for Adaptation X Refer to the notes below 5 Project Management in a start-up economy X Refer to the notes below 6 Risk and feasibility management: Removign the straw that breaks the camel’s back X Refer to the notes below Notes regarding Funding: ã   Funding has not yet been confirmed, but do get in touch with me so that we can discuss any possible funding opportunities. Prerequisites or Requirements: N/A  3 Faculty: Faculty of Engineering Department: Industrial Engineering Lecturer: Mr Denzil Kennon  E-mail: Tel: +27 (0)21 808 4231 Field of Research: Enterprise engineering, management, complex adaptive systems, risk management and antifragility General Description field of research): Enterprise engineering is the field of study which allows the systems engineer to encroach on how enterprises as a whole are run by seeing the enterprise as a complex system. In assessing, organising, designing and operating these systems, there are various ways at looking how these systems respond to internal- and external environments. In South Africa, there are unique challenges, which is why an enterprise for a South African future is required. Models, frameworks, policy and other constructivist considerations are required to support this. Enterprises in this way can be seen as living organisms which would evolve and adapt. This is made possible through various lenses through which a problem can be assessed; antifragility, design structure matrices, enterprise-in-environment adaptation, etc. A different view on how risk can be seen in these ever evolving fields is required where sandboxes are created where failure = learning whilst supporting growth in the system. If you are interested in transcending transdisciplinary problem solving and, as a result, creating your own niche engineering skill, please contact me. Further discussions with myself will be required to ensure that the prospective student’s passion is married to a field mentioned above. List of Research Topics: MEng   PhD Funding 1 Own research interest merged with alternative tools X Refer to the notes below Notes regarding Funding: ã   Funding is available for candidates with special cases. Prerequisites or Requirements: N/A  4 Faculty: Faculty of Engineering Department: Industrial Engineering Lecturer: Dr Louis Louw  E-mail:   Tel: +27 (0)21 808 4448 Field of Research: Enterprise Engineering General Description field of research): Engineering Management/ Enterprise Engineering/ Innovation Enterprise engineering is a discipline that views the enterprise as a complex system that can be purposefully designed or re-designed. It applies systems theory and engineering techniques to the specification, analysis, design, re-design or improvement, and implementation of an enterprise for its life cycle. It is a multi-disciplinary approach that “takes a broad perspective in synthesizing technical and non-technical aspects of enterprise capability”. Innovation also an important driver for enterprise design /re-design, and therefore the management or enablement of innovation is therefore also a key focus. The work life and the organisational world is changing very fast. Digitisation and the industrial revolution 4.0 is accelerating these changes.  The impact on organisations and humans will be immense. Some new developments are organisations and their ecosystems, digital leadership, digital and agile organisational culture, new work places, robots in factories, big data and new business models, virtual/augmented reality, mobility all around, open innovation via the Internet.  A key research focus in both these fields will be on the digitalisation of operations and value chains in service environments (such as financial services) . Digitization has touched all aspects of businesses, including supply chains and operating models/ business models. Today, new technologies have enabled organizations to transform their existing hybrid structures (combination of paper-based and IT-supported processes) into more flexible, open, agile and collaborative digital models. Digital value chains enable business process automation, organizational flexibility and digital management of corporate assets. List of Research Topics: MEng PhD Funding 1 Digitalisation in value chains - impacts on business models, enterprise design and innovation (various topics in this field can be considered, including student’s own topics) X Refer to the notes below 2 Block chain - impact and applications in operations and value chains (in service organisations) X Refer to the notes below 4 Own topics in the field of enterprise engineering, innovation – can be discussed X X Refer to the notes below Notes regarding Funding: ã   Bursaries may be available for these projects, but cannot be confirmed at this stage. Prerequisites or Requirements: N/A  
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