Meet Our Postgraduates

The Department of Process Engineering boasts a thriving postgraduate research environment with approximately 130 registered postgraduate candidates, including researchers from across Africa and the globe. Our department is also proud of an active Postgraduate Student Council (PGSC), which leads and serves the postgraduate cohort with academic and social support, as well as community engagement. Meet them below!

Meet our Postgraduate Student Council


I am a fun-loving person, but I enjoy music more than a lot of things in life. My hobbies reflect that: guitar playing and songwriting.

Kudzai Chiodza


Before living in Stellenbosch, I grew up and went to school in Gaborone, Botswana. Attending an international school exposed me to many people from different places and backgrounds, which I feel has made me very welcoming and friendly.

Darné Nunes

Welcoming and International Students

I have a love-hate relationship with coffee. I like to laugh and like to think I have a sharp sense of humour, but my jokes are mostly lame. I also have a lowkey obsession with anything Korean. Shame.

Veronica Lourens

Secretary & Socials

I am an outgoing person always willing to be of help and create a welcoming atmosphere around me. I like to smile and find the bright side to every situation I find myself in. Call me an optimist!

Mensah Brobbey

Monthly Bulletin Editor

I have been at the faculty since 2016 now and it has become a special place to me. I hope through my effort and dedication as an engineer I can make 2022 an extra fun year to be a postgraduate. Also, I like woodworking, camping, and most socials interactions in general.

Roelof Maritz

Socials & PG Symposium

I am from East London, in the Eastern Cape. I enjoy console and tabletop games and a bit of music. I play the guitar, bagpipes and trumpet, although I haven’t actually touched a
trumpet in years…

Izak Schlebusch


I grew up on a dairy farm near George. I completed my BEng in Chemical Engineering at SU. During my final year project, I developed a deep interest in bioprocessing, especially anaerobic digestion. As a hobby, I enjoy playing the clarinet. I see myself as a person with a high standard of work ethics, who values honesty and pays attention to detail.

Judi Kuyler

PG Symposium

Meet our Postgraduate Candidates

Bright Amanful


Bioresource Engineering

Research Topic

Stochastic Techno-Economic Analysis of Retrofitting Alternative Sweeteners Bioproduction into Sugar Mills: A Case Study in South Africa

Supervisor(s) / Promotor(s)

Prof Johann Gorgens & Dr Eunice Sefakor Dogbe

Professional Summary

It is my earnest goal to become an expert in the field of renewable energy or waste valorisation to propose scalable solutions to Africa’s energy/environmental challenges.

With approximately two years’ industrial exposure at Wilmar International’s subsidiary plant in Ghana, I have an understanding of the following areas: plant and process safety, process control, steam generation, influent and effluent treatment, project management, quality control and assurance. As a process engineer and a Master’s student, my research focuses on bioresource-based Aspen simulations, techno-economic analysis, and stochastic modelling, I look forward to join an institution after graduation where my technical experiences and research abilities would be utilized to ensure sustainable and efficient production.

Stellenbosch University (SU), Stellenbosch
MEng (Research) Chemical Engineering (Techno-Economics)
January 2021 – Present (Completing in December 2022)
Sponsor: Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholars Program

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
BSc. Chemical Engineering (Waste Valorisation)
August 2015 – June 2019
Sponsor: MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program

Short Courses
Arizona State University & Baobab
Fundamentals of Project Management (February 2022)

The University of Manchester
Creating a Sustainable World (September 2021 – January 2022)

Stellenbosch University (SU), Stellenbosch – South Africa
Facilitative Leadership (August – November 2021)