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Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Mandela University’s Lodewikus Vorster, a master’s student in chemistry and researcher at the engineering innovation hub eNtsa, recently won the IOM3 (Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining) Young Persons' Lecture Competition South Africa. He will now represent the country at the worldwide competition final next month.   


The Young Persons' Lecture Competition invites students and professionals up to the age of 28 to deliver a short lecture (12 to 15 mins) on materials, minerals, mining, packaging, clay technology, wood science or an engineering related subject.

Candidates compete in a series of heats, organised by IOM3 local societies, from which regional finalists are selected to compete in the national final.

The winner then goes on to represent their country in the Young Persons' World Lecture Competition.

Even though Lodewikus studies Chemistry he wants to include as much engineering in his project as possible and he is completing his project in collaboration with eNtsa , he says.

The title of his lecture was “Cyclic potentiodynamic polarization testing of TIG welded 316L stainless steel for characterization of pitting corrosion.”

The competition organised by IOM3, is sponsored by The Worshipful Company of Armourers & Brasiers and Henry Royce Institute.

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