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Volkswagen South Africa - DAAD International Chair in Automotive Engineering



The main objective of the chair is the conception and establishment of new research and Development trends within the field of Energy systems, Materials and manufacturing technology in order to enhance cooperation between the university and the automotive industry.

Undergraduate and potential post-graduate students are hereby invited to participate in developing Industrial Projects with the specific view of solving problems in Automotive Engineering. The work may contribute towards your formal qualification (Design Projects lll, Industrial Project lV etc) or a post graduate degree.   

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Master's and PhD students act as mentors for students working on Industrial projects. Past and current research projects include:

  • Automation and de-automation in the production process
  • Quality assurance
  • Optical measurements
  • Intelligent control concepts for automotive air-conditioning systems
  • Production simulation
  • Mobile robot development

For more information on the VWSA-DAAD International Chair in Automotive Engineering and how to get involved in Industrial projects, please feel free to contact the following individuals:

Prof Theo van Niekerk (Chair)
Tel: +27 (0)41 504 9951

Mr LeRoi Grimbeek (Marketing and Finance Manager)
Tel:  +27 (0)41 504 9912