I have been quiet for the past six weeks or so. I have been having too much work from two fronts. The first one has to do with my appointment as Acting Head of the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Namibia. I am serving in this position with effect from July 17, 2015. My stint ends on 13 December, 2015. I am not used to administrative work. This is really a new experience for me and it brings in a hell lot of work especially because heads of departments do not have secretaries in this university.
Secondly, I travelled to South Africa with two of my research students (Michelle Handura and Walfried Lambert) from 24th July to 8 July, 2015. This trip is part of the South Africa-Namibia Joint research project on Broadband Free Space Optical Communication in Namibia and South Africa. I am the Principal Investigator (PI) on the Namibian side while Prof Thomas Olwal from Tshwane University of Technology is my Co-PI on the South African side.
We were staying in Hotel 224 in Arcadia, Pretoria, where the personnel were friendly and excellent. We really felt at home. Their complementary shuttle service around Pretoria made our life even much easier.
Michelle worked with me last year when she was doing her research project titled Determining the Feasibility of Free Space Optical Communication in Namibia. She graduated earlier this year. On the other hand, Lambert is currently in his final year. He is using Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) to optimize FSOC parameters based the atmospheric conditions in Namibia.
In South Africa, we had several workshops and discussions on the progress made so far. It was nice to interact with the postgraduate students at Tshwane University of Technology. Their contributions to our work are invaluable. I also had a meeting with Wietz Joubert from Optelix. Optelix is a Centurion based company that manufactures FSOC equipment.
After the research related activities, I took some time off to visit my good old friends, Michael Mshali, who is doing his PhD studies in Civil Engineering at University of Pretoria, and Dr Justin Kalima, who runs his law firm and car hire business in Johannesburg.
All in all, it was nice to be in South Africa again after more than seven years!!!