The Department of Science and Innovation – National Research Foundation (DSI-NRF) Centre of Excellence in Mathematical and Statistical Sciences (CoE-MaSS) honoured the Durban University of Technology’s (DUT’s) Dr Mathew Aibinu; Post-Doctoral Research Fellow; Research and Postgrad Support, with an award for the contribution to the Centre in 2022. The award ceremony was held during the 9th Birthday celebration of the CoE-MaSS event that was held at the University of Witwatersrand on Friday, 31 March 2023.
The DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Mathematical and Statistical Sciences CoE-MaSS was established on the 1st of April 2014 to bring together the areas of research excellence in the Mathematical Sciences and Statistics in South Africa. The CoE-MaSS promotes knowledge and human capital development in areas of strategic importance to South Africa. In addition, the CoE-MaSS promotes collaborative research, develops interdisciplinary research, systematically develops a creative research-training environment that is internationally competitive and strives for the highest standards of quality, international competitiveness and esteem of their science.
Speaking about the award, Dr Aibinu expressed his gratitude to the CoE-MaSS and said that he defies the odds to enlist the name of DUT on the walls of fame. Though the measure of the award space may be finite, the space contains an infinite number of opportunities and accommodating countless more is feasible. He enunciated his appreciation to his DUT Host, Prof. Sibusiso Moyo; former DVC: Research, Innovation and Engagement, for mentorship and support.
Dr Aibinu is currently a Research Associate in the Institute for System Science at DUT. He obtained a Ph.D in Mathematical Science from University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Dr Aibinu was a beneficiary of CoE-MaSS Doctoral funding. He studied at African University of Science and Technology, Nigeria for a Master of Science (M.Sc) degree in Mathematics. He graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. He is a researcher in the disciplines of Differential Equations and Geometric Functional Analysis with options in Fixed Point Theory and Applications. Dr Aibinu states that his research goal is to create symbiotic relationship between mathematics and other fields of research through incorporation of a range of sub-disciplines such as modelling, applied complex analysis, asymptotic analysis, dynamical systems, numerical computation, applied PDEs and stochastic analysis.
“I am willing and ready to collaborate with researchers from various fields such as engineering as well as physical, biological and social sciences for co-designing of problems, which confront humanity and how to tackle those challenges”, said Dr Aibinu.
Dr Aibinu has won several awards, both nationally and internationally. The feathers in his cap include Isaac Newton Institute ECR Bursary to attend a workshop titled “Analysis of dispersive systems”, at University of Cambridge, UK in September 2022, Mathematical Sciences Early Career Fellowship, awarded by National Graduate Academy for Mathematical and Statistical Sciences in January 2022 and Emerging Researcher’s Fund through University Capacity Development Grant, South Africa in 2021.
Pictured: Dr Mathew Aibinu