African VLBI Network Training Site


SA Partner Lecturers: 2019 AVN DARA Training





Dr Arnold de Beer (AdB):      <invited talk>

Arnold de Beer started his professional career at the Rand Afrikaans University in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he obtained a bachelors, masters and PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. After more than a decade in industry he returned to academia as senior lecturer at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), where he lectures High Speed Electronics and Electromagnetics. He is active in two research groups at UJ, the group on Electronic Energy Processing (Power Electronics) and the Centre for Telecommunications, where he investigates the role of power and digital electronics on Power Line Communications (PLC). 


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Mr Eugene Avenant (EA):      <SANSA visit>

Eugene Avenant received his Bachelors of Engineering from the University of Pretoria in 1989. After his studies he joined the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Aerotek where he worked on RADAR front ends and antenna systems. In 1999 he joined the Satellite Application Centre (SAC),  a unit of the CSIR).  CSIR SAC became incorporated into SANSA (South African National Space Agency) in 2011. He currently holds the position of Chief Engineer in the Space Operations unit.

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Prof Hartmut Winkler (HW):      <invited talk>

Prof Hartmut Winkler is a member of the Department of Physics of the University of Johannesburg (UJ). He specialises in astrophysics, atmospheric physics and solar radiation. He has published papers on active galactic nuclei, the structure of the universe, interstellar dust, novae and stars with shells as well as on aerosols and their impact on solar irradiation. 

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Prof Markus Böttcher (MaB):      <invited talk>

Markus Böttcher obtained his PhD. in 1997 from the University of Bonn, based on research conducted at the Max-Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at Rice University, Houston, TX, USA, from 1997 - 2002, and was on the faculty (as assistant, associate, and full professor) of Ohio University, Athens, OH, USA, from 2002 - 2013. Since 2013, he holds the SARChI Chair of Astrophysics and Space Physics at North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa.

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Prof Nukri Komin (NK):     <invited talk>

Nukri Komin obtained his PhD in 2005 from the Humboldt-University in Berlin, Germany. Post-doctoral research followed in France, at CNRS in Montpellier and Annecy and at CEA in Saclay. In 2013 he joined Wits University, first as senior lecturer and, since 2016, as associate professor. His research interest is the gamma-ray emission from objects in the Milky Way and nearby galaxies, such as pulsars and their nebulae, supernova remnants and, most recently, binary systems.

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Prof Roger Deane (RD):      <invited talk>

Roger Deane is an Associate Professor at the University Pretoria (UP), where he leads the Radio Astronomy group within the Department of Physics. His research interests include strong gravitational lensing, binary supermassive black hole systems, and shadow detection of the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy. In these pursuits, he uses the technique of VLBI, both to conduct wide-field surveys and to perform detailed Bayesian inference of black hole physics.




Prof Russ Taylor (RT):      <invited talk>

Russ Taylor received a B.Sc in Astronomy from the University of Western Ontario in 1976, and a Ph.D. in Physics (Radio Astronomy) from the University of British Columbia in 1982. He is currently the Director of the newly established Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy and also a South African Joint Research Chair in Radio Astronomy at the University of Cape Town and University of the Western Cape. Before coming to South Africa in 2014, Professor Taylor was Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Calgary and Director of the three-university Institute for Space Imaging Science. 

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Prof Tinus Stander (TS):      <invited talk>

Tinus Stander completed his B.Eng and PhD degrees in Electronic Engineering at Stellenbosch University in 2005 and 2009, respectively. From 2010 to 2012 he served as RF and microwave engineer at Denel Dynamics (a division of Denel SOC LTD) before joining the Carl and Emily Fuchs Institute for Microelectronics (Dept. Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering) at the University of Pretoria in 2013. He currently serves as principal invesgator in microwave and mm-wave microelectronics.



Mr Tony Voorvelt (TV):      <invited talk>

I am a self taught scientific technician with interest in the fields of Astronomy, Electronics, Radio Communications (apprenticeship with Johannesburg Television and Radio) and Radar (active radio-ham ZS6CCD), a keen interest in the history of Science and Chemistry and an avid collector of antique scientific instruments. Worked  at the Johannesburg Planetarium in the 1960's and as as chief electronics technician at the University of the Witwatersrand. Worked at the University of the Witwatersrand for 34 years, at the Central Electronic Services (Planetarium) for 7 years and in the School of Physics for 27 years. Retired from the University of the Witwatersrand, School of Physics in 2011.