South African Young Academy of Science

Fulufhelo Nemavhola

Fulufhelo Nemavhola

Fulufhelo Nemavhola is currently an associate professor and head of department in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of South Africa. Fulufhelo was born in the Phadzima Dzumbathoho village in the Limpopo province of South Africa. In addition to being a registered professional engineer (PrEng) with the Engineering Council of South Africa, Fulufhelo is also a chartered engineer (CEng) registered with the Engineering Council of the United Kingdom (ECUK). Fulufhelo graduated with Bachelor of Science (Mechanical Engineering) and Master of Science (Mechanical Engineering) degrees at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He held various positions, including those of senior engineer and design engineer in private and parastatal companies before joining the academia. Fulufhelo’s interest in academic research then steered him to pursue a doctorate from the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery of the University of Cape Town in December 2010. The PhD degree was studied under the supervision of Prof Thomas Franz, Prof Neil Davies and Dr Laura Dubuis. His research looked into the remodelling heart post myocardial infarction. His research focus is in the areas of mechanobiology, soft tissue mechanics, computational biomechanics and engineering education in open distance e-learning (ODeL). Fulufhelo is involved extensively in research, having authored, co-authored and presented a number of papers in both national and international fora. Fulufhelo has his heart set on the development of rural villages using technology. As such, Fulufhelo is currently involved in various programmes with the aim of developing poor or underprivileged communities.