School of Electric, Electronic and Computer Engineering once more saw to a win
Potchefstroom - The School of Electric, Electronic and Computer Engineering on the Pocthefstroom Campus if the North-West University (NWU) remains on the winning path.
The latest performance on the list of the School’s string of brilliant work is a first place in the national competition of the South African Institute for Electric Engineering (SAIEE). Lats year Jacques Germishuys was named student with the best final-year project in South Africa. Jacques secured the winning place with an impressive oscilloscope he had built.
According to Mr Christo van der Merwe, his Promoter and Lecturer at the School of Electric, Electronic and Computer Engineering, the measuring instruments electronic engineers use generally are very expensive, especially for students. Jacques has developed an affordable oscilloscope at a total cost of approximately R3 000 that can be used by students to display readings on their computers.
The device is simply plugged in at the USB port and can then measure, analyse and store signals for later use.
“What makes the product remarkable is that it is completely functional and very near to a marketable product. Jacques received very good feedback from the adjudicators,” explained Van der Merwe.
The clever student of the NWU Puk surpassed seven students from other universities in South Africa and received prize money to the amount of R3 000.
Prof Jan de Kock, Director of the School, said they are genuinely proud of the performances of the past year. The school’s third-years recently won the Siemens Cyber Junkyard competition for industrial automation. This means that this year the school boasts with the best third-years – as well as the fourth-year project.
Jacques Germishuys, the NWU Puk student, who was named national winner of the competition of the South African Institute for Electric Engineers, along with his promoter, Mr. Christo van der Merwe (left) and Mr Victor Wilson, President of the Institute.
The impressive USB-oscilloscope of Jacques Germishuys.