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DB Lortan(hod) Head of Department: Prof DB Lortan
Tel: 031 373 2075
Fax: 086 373 2723
Email: Dlortan@dut.ac.za
Location: S10 L3
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
Qualification(s): PhD (Maths), University of  Natal

Bio: Dr Lortan is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at the Durban University of Technology where he has held several leadership positions (including Executive Dean, Acting Senior Director: Engagement, and Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic). Apart from Mathematics he has a keen interest in Community Engagement (CE). His involvement with CE began in 1997 through a project marketing STEM professions to high school students. The project extended to other areas in the city of Durban, with significant support engendered through a formal collaboration with Ikamva Youth, an NGO focusing on youth development and educational support.

He has served as a Board member of the Sekusile, a Community Adult Basic Education Centre and the Jirah Academy. Both of these organisations’ primary focus is the provision of post school training and local community skills development. As his management duties at the Durban University of Technology increased in various capacities, his role became more advisory in nature.Since 2011, he has served on the Board of the South African Higher Education Community Engagement Forum (SAHECEF), a group of community engagement directors/managers from universities across South Africa. During his term as Chair/President of SAHECEF, his roles included training and networking at a national level, advocacy with government and not-for-profit organisations. One of its foremost advocacy partnerships has been with the National Research Foundation (NRF).

The establishment and promotion of a dedicated funding instrument for the development of Community Engagement as a knowledge field is the centre piece of this partnership.Dr Lortan played a pivotal role in the establishment of the DUT Centre for Social Entrepreneurship (CSE) which provides training to social enterprises, cooperatives and small community based businesses. The Centre’s networks with the local municipality and local communities are available to all aspirant social entrepreneurs. The CSE continues to foreground social entrepreneurship as a community engagement activity.Under his leadership, DUT has joined the UNESCO Knowledge for Change Consortium (K4C) as the South African Hub. At the heart of this partnership is the development of the next generation of Community Based Participatory Researchers, drawn from community members and engaged students.Dr Lortan is the Principal Researcher for the South African Qualifications Authority Articulation Research Partnership (2016-2019): Developing an Understanding of the Enablers of Students Transitioning between TVET Colleges and Higher Education Institutions.


default-avatar-e1448374196642 Secretary: Mrs DF Day
Tel: 031 373 2075
Fax: 086 373 2723
Email: dianad@dut.ac.za
Location: S3 L1
Campus: Steve Biko Campus

Noor Ally Lecturer: Mr N Ally
Tel: 031 373 2281
Email: NoorA@dut.ac.za
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
Qualification(s): M.Ed (Maths), University of KwaZulu Natal

Subject Expertise: Undergraduate Engineering Mathematics.

Research Interests: Mr Ally’s research focuses on the incorporation of e-learning into the mainstream mathematics courses at a University of Technology. Two areas of importance within mathematics e-learning are receiving particular attention: the chasm that exists between school mathematics and first year tertiary mathematics, and the development of in-course mathematics material for e-learning.Research involving the incorporation of e-learning into the mathematics curriculum is currently proceeding in terms of the design of learning, teaching and assessment material within the mathematical content, the communication through electronic devices between learners and tutors/lecturers, and multiple online assessments in an interactive e-environment with instant feedback and tutorial support.


Prof D Brijlall Position: Prof D Brijlall
Tel: 031 373 2126
Email: DeonarainB@dut.ac.za
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
Qualification: PhD (Maths), University of Natal

Subject Expertise: Undergraduate Engineering Mathematics.Professor Brijlall is a full-time staff member in the Department of Mathematics at DUT, and a research associate at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. His research areas include point-free topology and mathematics education. His special focus engages with research activities involved in the learning and teaching of mathematics in higher education.Within these domains of research Professor Brijlall has employed conceptual frameworks of: 1) Shulman’s model for teacher knowledge, 2) Ball (et al.)’s levels of pedagogical content knowledge, and 3) Kilpatrick’s conceptual framework for mathematical reasoning and APOS theory.His contribution to APOS theory includes, amongst others, undergraduate students learning of: 1) monotonicity and boundedness of infinite real sequences, 2) continuity of functions, 3) optimization and 4) the chain rule application in calculus.

Prof. Brijlall has published more than fifty peer-reviewed publications in both national and international journals and conference proceedings. He serves as reviewer of many DoHET accredited journal articles and is an editorial board member for the US-China Education Review: Education Theory (ISSN 2161-6248), US-China Education Review: Education Practice (ISSN 2161-623X) and Afrasian Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences (ISSN 1694-2566) and the International Journal of Educational Sciences (0975-1122).

Links to my publications:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0732312317300615

http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/FqcjGFiia57iRjb3Qt8q/full

https://www.scribd.com/document/294269035/Exploring-the-Gurteen-Knowledge-Cafe-approach-as-an-innovative-teaching-for-learning-strategy-with-first-year-engineering-students

www.sajournalofeducation.co.za/index.php/saje/article/view/679


Prof Megandhren Govender Professor: Prof M Govender
Tel: 031 373 2125
Email:  megandhreng@dut.ac.za
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
Qualification(s): PhD (Physics), University of Natal

Subject Expertise: Engineering Mathematics,  Applied Mathematics, Tensor Methods, General Relativity, Extended Irreversible Thermodynamics.

Academic Interests: The use of demonstrations and experiments in the teaching of Math, Applied Math and Physics.

Research Interests: Gravitational collapse of radiating stars, black holes, thermodynamics in curved spacetime, exact solutions of the Einstein field equations, compact objects in general relativity and higher order theories of gravity.

Research Links:

Popularisation of Science:

YouTube channel: what the watt science (wtwscience)


Prof D Day Associate Professor: Prof D Day
Tel: 031 373 2125
Email: DDay@dut.ac.za
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
Qualification(s): PhD (Maths), University of Natal
Subject Expertise: Undergraduate Engineering Mathematics.
Academic Interest: The use of innovative E-Learning and lecturing techniques to enhance student’s learning experiences.
Research Interests: Graph Theory: Connectivity

Dr C Thama Duba Senior Lecturer: Dr T Duba
Tel: 031 373 2890
Email:  Thamadub@dut.ac.za
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
Qualification(s): PhD (Maths), University of Cape Town

Subject Expertise: Undergraduate Engineering Mathematics

Research and Innovation focus: Dr Duba’s research focuses on fluids in which rotation is a main factor, like oceans and atmosphere, both of which affect weather and hence climate change. Weather and climate change are affected by either wind-wave interactions or by mixing processes, like convection. Her research focuses on these two aspects of large scale fluids. In wave dynamics, the main focus is on Rossby waves generated by the latitudinal variation of the Coriolis force, which tends to direct motion to the right in the Southern Hemisphere and to the left in the Northern Hemisphere. Rossby waves are responsible for the El Nino and the La Nina, and are very significant in the study of weather and climate change. In the area of mixing processes, the focus is on convection due to pressure gradients and buoyancy (Benard Convection), or between two opposing pressure gradients (double-diffusive convection), studying the bifurcation patterns using nonlinear stability analysis.


Dr Adhir Maharaj Senior Lecturer: Prof A Maharaj
Tel: 031 373 2602
Email: AdhirM@dut.ac.za
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
Qualification(s): PhD (Maths), University of KwaZulu Natal

Subject Expertise: Engineering Mathematics.

Research and Innovation focus: Dr Maharaj’s work analyses the algebraic and analytic properties of ordinary and partial differential equations which arise in mathematical and scientific studies and their solution. Particular areas of application lie in classical mechanics, quantum mechanics and mathematical biology. Differential sequences generated by recursion operators in terms of their symmetry and singularity properties are also a subject of research.


Narenee Mewelall Lecturer: Mrs N Mewalal
Tel: 031 373 2371
Email: NareneeM@dut.ac.za
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
Qualification(s): MSc (Maths), University of KwaZulu Natal

Subject Expertise: Undergraduate Engineering Mathematics.

Research and Innovation focus: Mrs Mewalal is currently enrolled for a PhD in relativistic astrophysics in the Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Unit at UKZN. Her research includes generating exact solutions of the Einstein field equations via conformal transformations and modelling dissipative gravitational collapse.


Ms TG Mkhize Director: Ms T Mkhize
Tel: 031 373 2074
Email: ThembiMK@dut.ac.za
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
Qualifications: BSc (Maths & Stats), BSc (Hons)(Stats), MSc(Financial Maths), University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Subjects Expertise: Mathematics 1, Mathematics 2, Quantitative Methods and Statistics.

Research and Innovation focus: My research focuses on the theoretical group properties to the classification of nonlinear differential equations. My research activities range from applications in Applied Mathematics, Mathematical Biology and currently applications to differential equations arising from Stochastic processes in Financial Mathematics. This has also included group techniques to the classification of nonlinear differential equations with jump terms with application.


Prof Sibu Moyo Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research, Innovation & Engagement: Prof S Moyo
Tel: 031 373 2602
Email: Moyos@dut.ac.za
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
Qualifications: BSc (with Merit) (Mathematics) (1995), BSc (Hons) (Mathematics) (1997), MSc (Mathematics) (1998), PhD (Mathematics) (2002)

PhD Thesis: Title: Symmetry properties of ordinary differential equations, Noether’s Theorem and first integrals of ordinary differential equations (supervisor: Prof P G L Leach)

MSc Thesis: Noether’s Theorem and First Integrals of Ordinary Differential Equations (supervisor: Prof P G L Leach)
Research Interests: DVC Research


preggy Lecturer: Dr P Perumal
Tel: 033 845 8893
Email: PreggyP@dut.ac.za
Campus: Indumiso Campus
Qualification(s): PhD (Maths), University of KwaZulu Natal
Subject Expertise: Undergraduate Engineering Mathematics.
Area of research – finite group theory
Supervisor: Prof Jamshid Moori

Dr Sury Rajah Lecturer: Dr S Rajah
Tel: 031 373 2530
Email: MisthryS@dut.ac.za
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
Qualification(s): PhD (Maths), University of KwaZulu Natal

Subject Expertise: Undergraduate Engineering Mathematics and Applied Mathematics.

Bio: She has been secretary of the South African Gravity Society and has served as an executive member of the National Institute of Theoretical Physics (KZN node), and is a member of UKZN’s Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Unit. Her recent interest in transformation of education has led to her being awarded an NRF grant under Indigenous  Knowledge  Systems. She currently leads a project in rural school communities, “The unfoldment of Ubuntu through indigenous values-based education”.

Research and Innovation focus: Dr Rajah’s research into astrophysical compact objects began with her PhD, which investigated the collapse of radiating stars. Her Master’s degree was in the area of astrophysical plasmas, where the cause of low frequency electric field fluctuations (LEFs) in auroral plasmas was investigated. Dr Rajah has completed two postgraduate certificates in e- and online learning and in 2015, she was project leader on the e-learning Mathematics Pathfinder project.