Executive committee



Prof. Daniel N. Wilke

Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, University of Pretoria

Physics-based (FEA, DEM, SPH) and data-driven generative modelling accelerated by graphical processing compute and gradients whenever possible. Applications focus on adding value to mining comminution and materials handling. Passionate about optimization with practical application in response surfaces (gradient enhanced and gradient-only focus) for digital twins and parameter estimation inverse problems, with a particular focus on practically solving the parameter identifiability problem. The intermediate educational aim is to enhance tertiary engineering education by incorporating practical sensing, basic data science and statistical modelling as a golden thread in engineering curricula.


Dr. Muaaz Bhamjee

Lecturer, Department of Mechanical Engineering Science, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Johannesburg

Dr. Muaaz Bhamjee is currently a senior lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering Science at the UJ. He lectures the first year Introduction to Engineering Design modules. He is involved in research and has published in the fields of Computational fluid dynamics (CFD), Heat and Mass Transfer, Experimental Fluid Dynamics, Lattice Boltzmann Modelling, Multiphase Flow, Solar and Renewable Energy, Solar Air Heating, Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) Modelling, Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI), Fluid Dynamics in Biomedical Applications and Engineering Education.

Head of Special Interest Groups

Dr. Andie de Villiers

Lecturer, Applied Mathematics, Stellenbosch University

Andie obtained a B.Eng and M.Eng in mechanical engineering at the North-West University and completed a PhD at the University of Cape Town. She enjoys teaching mechanics-related modules to science and engineering students. Her research interests range from peridynamics, to mechanical modelling of biological materials to modelling and simulation of biomedical applications.

Dr. Philip Loveday

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand

Philip joined the University of the Witwatersrand in May 2020 and is the Head of the Applied Mechanics Stream.  Prior to joining Wits, he led a Research Group in the area of Smart Materials and Structures at the CSIR.  His current interests include the industrial application of ultrasound, particularly guided wave ultrasound where he researches numerical modelling and measurement techniques which support the development of inspection and monitoring systems.

Head of Social Media

A Prof. Quinn Reynolds

Technical Specialist: Computational Modelling, Pyrometallurgy Division, Mintek
Associate Professor: Department of Process Engineering, University of Stellenbosch

Quinn holds degrees in Engineering and Applied Mathematics. He has worked in the Pyrometallurgy Division at Mintek for the past two decades, a state-owned research institute serving the extensive mineral and metallurgical processing sector in South Africa. His expertise includes mathematical and computational modelling of complex coupled phenomena in high-temperature processes, and in particular, the application of high-performance computing and open-source software platforms to pyrometallurgy. His current areas of research include magnetohydrodynamic modelling of electric arcs, multiphysics fluid flow problems in furnace tapping and phase separation, combustion modelling for metallurgical processing, and discrete element modelling for particle flow problems.

Head of Website and IT

Dr. Benjamin Alheit

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Research in Computational and Applied Mechanics, University of Cape Town

Ben completed his PhD specialising in multiscale computational modelling of biological structures at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 2021. He currently holds a postdoctoral research fellowship at UCT. His interests span a broad range of topics in computational solid mechanics: nonlinear viscoelasticity, multiscale modelling, crystal plasticity, etc. However, his current research focus is on multiscale thermomechanical modelling of aluminium alloys during manufacturing processing.

Special industrial member

Dr. Danie de Kock

Director, Qfinsoft

Danie obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pretoria in 2006 and where he was also appointed as senior lecturer.   He currently holds the position of managing director of Qfinsoft.  Qfinsoft is the leading Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) software and services supplier in Southern Africa through best-in-class software, technical excellence and highest-quality technical support.