The School of Engineering are involve in a large number of School and Tertiary learners based projects and programmes.

  • WELA (women in engineering leadership association)

merSETA, together with Nelson Mandela University, initiated the wela programme with the aim of empowering young female engineering students at the institution. The duo has recognised the importance of promoting and developing women in this emerging field and to market it as a desirable career aspiration. It is the intention of wela to focus on academic, professional and personal development of women in engineering and to be of service to the community.

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ISFAP was established as a funding model to sustainably cater for the higher education needs and costs of South Africa’s poor and middle class students. The programme aims to fast track South Africa’s skills production for the 21st century by funding the higher education costs of students studying towards a career in occupations of Higher Demand (OHDs), which have been identified as critical to South Africa’s economic development by the Human Resources Development. These include, Actuaries, Accountants, Artisans, Engineers, Medical Doctors, Pharmacists and Prosthetists.

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The STEM PP has been operational since March 2010. The target group is Grade 10, 11 and 12 Physical Science learners from schools with a track record of excellence in Physical Science and Mathematics in the NCS final examinations. Physical Science learners from these schools were selected on the basis of their academic achievement in Physical Science and also had to indicate an interest in a career in science and/or engineering.

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Our projects include "The research and development of Remotely Piloted Airborne Systems focussing on image recognition, AI flight and mission control and hybrid/renewable power sources. Our aim is to assist NMU researchers by providing modern long range, high lift drone platforms in all sectors including but not limited to building management, ocean sciences and zoology. "

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Mobility Research Group focuses on teaching & Learning, Research and Engagement partners. 


The research group was formed in 2010 to formalize and stimulate the various RE research activities being conducted in the Engineering school at Nelson Mandela University. 

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  • ECO CAR 

The Eco-car projevt was initiated back in early 2014 when Shell’s Norman Koch visited the NMU and introduced the concepts of the Shell Eco-Marathon to the AMTC’S Karl du Preez. This was then introduced to the Solar Car team, who decided to give it a bash. With the demise of the Solar Car project due to escalating costs, the Eco-Car projects became priority project for the team.

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The Advanced Engineering Design Group (AEDG) at Nelson Mandela University is an engagement group in the Faculty of Engineering that focuses on Design for Light weighting, Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM), Generative Design & Topology Optimization, Lattice Design, Biomimicry & Conceptual Design, IoT & Robotics, Industry 4.0 Design Integration, and Innovative Design for the Medical field, in projects that are student-driven and which involve cross-institutional, industry and private sector participation. The group focuses on collaborative projects to produce physical & functional real-world outcomes that promote & encourage engineering design utilising the latest available technology platforms in tandem with their industry and private sector partners.

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Siemens Training Centre provides individuals with the confidence to effectively apply systems and optimise product usage. Knowledgeable employees with the correct training, results in shorter start-up times, reduced downtimes and faster trouble shooting.

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The Isuzu Chair of Mechatronics is a platform for international engagement, mentorship and practical industry research and development. It has facilitated the completion of numerous projects to date and boasts a strong project pipeline.

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