Josua Meyer

University of PretoriaSouth Africa

Prof Josua P Meyer obtained his B.Eng. (cum laude) 1984, M.Eng. (cum laude) 1986, and his Ph.D. (1988) all in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pretoria. He is registered as a Professional Engineer and he completed his military service at the Faculty of Military Science, University of Stellenbosch where he lectured aerodynamics for pilots in the South African Air Force. After his two years of military service (1988 – 1989), he accepted a position as Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at North-West University in 1990. He was Acting Head and Professor in Mechanical Engineering before accepting a position as professor in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Johannesburg in 1994. He was the Chairperson of Mechanical Engineering from 1999 until the end of June 2002 after which he was appointed as Professor and Head of the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering of the University of Pretoria from 1 July 2002. He is Chairperson of the School of Engineering since 1 January 2004. The School has almost 5 000 students and has eight departments and ten different programmes. He teaches and conducts research in heat transfer, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. He is the author and co-author of more than 250 research articles, conference papers and patents and has received various prestigious awards for his research. He is also a fellow or member of various professional institutes and societies (i.e. South African Institute for Mechanical Engineers, South African Institute for Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, American Society for Mechanical Engineers, American Society for Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning, Royal Aeronautical Society, and American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics) and is regularly invited to be a keynote speaker at local and international conferences. He has also received various teaching awards as Lecturer of the Year (at the University of North-West and University of Johannesburg) as well as two Exceptional Achiever awards by the University of Pretoria. In 2006 he was evaluated by the Foundation of Research Development (NRF) as an established researcher who enjoys considerable international recognition for the high quality and impact of their recent research outputs.

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