Research

NRF Rated Researchers

The National Research Foundation (NRF) has a long history, dating back to 1984, of instituting a system of evaluating and rating researchers. Annually, researchers from universities and research councils - including international researchers - apply for evaluation by the NRF. Evaluated researchers are put in categories that depict their standing within the scientific community. These ratings are difficult to attain and are thus held in high esteem.

For information about ratings, and the criteria applied to each, visit the NRF website: http://www.nrf.ac.za/

Unisa is proud of all its NRF-rated researchers. One of the portfolio's goals is to provide the support needed for the university's researchers to attain higher ratings, as well as increase the number of NRF rated researchers in general. Not only is support seen as imperative, but numerous incentives are available to those who are rated as further encouragement in their pursuit of excellence.

Below is a list of Unisa's NRF rated researchers within the College of Science, Engineering and Technology with the rating they currently hold:

Category A

An A rating is given to researchers who are unequivocally recognised by their peers as leading international scholars in their field for high quality and impact of their recent research outputs.

Name Department Rating
Prof D Glasser Institute for the Development of Energy for African Sustainability (IDEAS) Research Institute A1

Category B

A B rating is given to researchers who enjoy considerable international recognition by their peers for the high quality and impact of their recent research outputs.

Name Department Rating
Prof D Hildebrandt Institute for the Development of Energy for African Sustainability (IDEAS) Research Institute B1
Prof MS Scurrell Civil and Chemical Engineering B2
Prof SC Ray Physics B3
Prof TA Dube Mathematical Sciences B3

Category C

A C rating is given to established researchers with a sustained recent record of productivity in the field who are recognised by their peers as having:

  1. Produced a body of quality work, the core of which has coherence and attests to ongoing engagement in the field
  2. Demonstrated the ability to conceptualise problems and apply research methods to investigating them.
Name Department Rating
Prof JD Botha Mathematical Sciences C1
Prof AE Botha Physics C1
Prof PM Alexander Computing C2
Prof LL Jewell Civil and Chemical Engineering C2
Prof TAM Msagati C2
Prof E Mnkandla Computing C2
AT Kuvarega C2
Prof O Ighedo Mathematical Sciences C2
Prof AK Mishra C2
Prof Hossana Twinomurinzi Computing C2
Prof De Villiers Computing C2
Prof VR Veeredhi (Chairperson of the School Research Committee) Mechanical and Industrial Engineering C2
Prof EF Doungmo Goufo Mathematical Sciences C2
Prof Z Wang Electrical and Mining Engineering C2
Prof MJ Mphahlele Chemistry C2
Prof MS Dhlamini Physics C2
Prof VS Vallabhapurapu Physics C2
Prof Judy van Biljon Computing C2
Prof M Khumalo Mathematical Sciences C3
Prof I Naidoo Mathematical Sciences C3
Prof H Jafari Mathematical Sciences C3
Prof Legesse Kassa Debusho Statistics C3
Prof Bhekisipho Twala Electrical and Mining Engineering C3
Prof LW Snyman C3
Prof M Braun Physics C3
Prof BM Mothudi Physics C3
Prof MM Nindi Chemistry C3
Prof Elmarie Kritzinger Computing C3

Category Y

A Y rating is given to young researchers (40 years or younger) who have held the doctorate or equivalent qualification for less than five years at the time of application, and who are recognised as having the potential to establish themselves as researchers within a five-year period after evaluation, based on their performance and productivity of quality research outputs during their doctoral studies and/or early post-doctoral careers.

Name Department Rating
Prof B Patel Civil and Chemical Engineering Y2
Prof KEM Krauss Computing Y2
Prof E Nxumalo Y2
Dr Corne Van Staden Computing Y2
Dr N Chimwani Research Y2
Prof X Liu Research Y2
Prof Adele Da Veiga Computing Y2
Prof Felix Bankole Computing Y2
Dr AA Muleja Electrical and Mining Engineering Y2
Dr SJ Moloi Physics Y2
Dr L L Noto Physics Y2
Prof T Matambo Research Y2
Dr C Bhondayi Institute for the Development of Energy for African Sustainability (IDEAS) Research Institute Y2
Prof F Mulenga Electrical and Mining Engineering Y2