CUT Engineering

CUT Engineering, the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology is comprised of six departments, namely the Department of Built Environment, Department of Civil Engineering, Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, Department of Mathematical and Physical Sciences and the Department of Information Technology.

The programmes offered in the departments of the Faculty are designed to equip diplomates and graduates with the necessary skills and expertise to be leaders in their chosen professions.  The key to the Faculty’s success lies in the high premium it places on innovation, along with the work that is done by different role players and stakeholders to promote the Faculty’s and CUT’s achievements in the fields of Science, Engineering and Technology.  This is achieved through a benchmarking system, which ensures that training and research programmes always meet the highest standards.

All the departments within the Faculty have extensive laboratory and computer facilities, and are well equipped to support a practical, project-oriented approach to learning.  Programmes are career focused, with some requiring a year-long Work-Integrated Learning component at diploma level.  Through the different advisory boards that meet on a regular basis, close contact is maintained with industry and the private sector in the effort to ensure that learning programmes remain relevant.

The research conducted within the Faculty is of an applied nature and is directed at the needs of industry and the community at large.  Research projects are generally well supported by local, national and international partners.

The Faculty’s aim is to deliver world-class teaching and research while appreciating the need to be appropriately responsive to its African roots.

Annual Career Guidance Workshop for High School Learners

6th African Engineering Association International Conference (AEEA 2016) | 20 to 22 September 2016 | Bloemfontein Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology

Faculty Administrator: Mr BW Jeremiah

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Faculty Officer: Ms M Mbeo

Tel.: 051 507 3081 | Fax: 051 507 3254 |


Vermaak Herman

Prof. Vermaak is a distinguished Engineer, and a specialist in Automation, Robotics and Renewable Energy. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Twente in the Netherlands and is a registered Professional Engineer and Technologist, as well as a qualified artisan.

Prof. Vermaak is not new to academia and leadership in the higher education sector. He has been working in the higher education sector for more than 23 years, as a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor and Professor at CUT. He was Head of Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering at CUT for 11 years, and has been the Assistant Dean for Research, Innovation and Engagement in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology since January 2017. In addition, Prof. Vermaak was the first holder of the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (merSETA) Chair for Engineering Development at CUT. Furthermore, he received a number of awards, including the Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Award in the category Established Researcher, which he received twice, and the Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Award in the category Advanced Teaching Career. Prior to joining the academe, Prof. Vermaak worked in the industry for ten years, at the Goodyear Tyre Company and the General Motor Corporation, respectively.

Prof. Vermaak has been involved with the Accreditation Committee of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) for more than ten years. He served as team leader for several accreditation visits at engineering faculties within South Africa, as well as Chairperson and member of seven international review panels who conducted institutional and programme reviews. Three of these panels acted on behalf of the International Engineering Alliance (IEA), which governs the International Engineering Accords. He is also a programme evaluator and assessor for the Council on Higher Education (CHE), and a representative of ECSA with CHE.
He has published and co-published more than 30 articles in journals and conference proceedings; presented and co-presented more than 40 papers at international and national conferences; and successfully supervised more than 30 master’s and doctoral degree students. Prof. Vermaak was awarded a DAAD Visiting Professor sponsorship in 2018. Finally, he is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE); a senior member of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE); and an established researcher, with a C-rating from the National Research Foundation (NRF).