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Richard Sobey

Student at Stellenbosch University/Universiteit Stellenbosch

Work History

Jul 2014Feb 2015

Junior Engineer Assistant

Dynamic Systems

Dynamic Systems implements process automation control for industrialized processes, particularly for Sugar production and refinement. Extensive work with Hulett's sugar in KZN as well as international work in Botswana and Ethiopia was done. The work involved the programming and optimization of PLC systems and the utilization of Rockwell Automation Software.

Education

Jan 2013Dec 2016

BEng (Chem Eng) (4Yr) Final Year

University of Stellenbosch

The undergraduate degree of four years includes a well-rounded scope of Process, Chemical, Metallurgical and Mineral Processing Engineering. Topics covered include general, inorganic and organic chemistry, two years of advanced mathematics, static and dynamic applied mathematics, fluid mechanics, introductory and advanced chemical thermodynamics, heat transfer, particle technology, process separation operations and design, numerical methods simulation, bioprocess engineering, materials engineering, mathematical modelling, introductory and advanced reactor design, mineral processing treatment, pyrometallurgical and hydrometallurgical thermodynamics, process design, process control, project management, philosophy and environmental engineering. Extensive exposure to design and simulation with high-end software such as Aspen is exercised throughout the degree. Purely practical modules extenuate highly refined skills in technical report writing and scientific approach to practical experimentation. Additional skill sets include programming in C and mechanical design on AutoCad. Final year studies include the write-up of an original thesis and a plant-scale design project.

20082012

IEB matriculation with 6 distinctions

Kearsney College, KZN

Full matriculation with 6 distinctions from one of the top schools in the country. Subjects included English, Core Mathematics, Physical and Chemical Sciences, Accounting, History, Life Orientation and Afrikaans. Additionally, two extra subjects were taken along with the core syllabus, Mathematics Paper 3 and Advanced Programme Mathematics with Statistics as the optional syllabus module. Final positioning resulted in a year-end position within the top 15 students. 

Thesis 2016

The final year thesis to be completed by November is an original year-long investigation involving experimental execution and design. The thesis topic selected is the potential processing and use of waste tire crumb as adsorbents for the treatment of environmentally damaging marine oil spills. All research, methods and experimentation are self-proposed.

Certifications

2011Present

Member of MENSA International

MENSA South Africa

MENSA is the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world. It involves members who score at the 98th percentile or higher on a standardized, supervised IQ or other approved intelligence test.

20082012

Gold and Silver medalist at South African Mathematics Olympiad

South African Mathematics Olympiad and AMESA

SAMO is the largest olympiad in the country with 80000 participants each year. Focus of the tournament is discovery, validation and problem-solving methods.

20082012

Clifton Closed Scholarship

Kearsney College

Qualified as the single candidate to receive a scholarship to Kearsney College from Clifton Preparatory School. Accolades lie in an all-rounded sphere with academics, sport, culture and leadership as attributes for the award

20112012

Academic Colours and Honours

Kearsney College

For first achieving an overall aggregate of above 80%, and then 85%, academic colours and then honours were awarded via the Kearsney College Academic apartment.

20122012

Gold and Silver Medals for Nasionale Ekspo

Nasionale Ekspo

Afrikaans Ekspo for culture and language. Medals were awarded for a project on music and lyrics as well as a senior prize.

Jan 2011Jun 2011

Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie Training

People-skills course covering human interaction and people management techniques in corporate environments. Specific course is the Generation.Next course.

20092009

Credit for International Assessment for Mathematics and Science of University of New South Wales

Educational Assessment Australia and University of New South Wales

Achievement at international competitions and assessments for schools

Extra-Curriculum

Studio management and music production has been a prominent feature of extra-curriculum activities since 2010. Being the head of DJ and Music Production club at Kearsney College, a large role was played in custom soundtrack production for theatre operations in 2012 as well as collaboration with electronic music artist Veranda Panda. An extensive career in electronic music entertainment for nightlife has followed from 2010 to present. Featuring in nightclubs from Durban such as La Vida, Origin, Tiger Tiger, Kulture, Billionaire's Club and DUC as well as more recent events in Cape Town at Tiger CPT. Residency performance is fairly consistent at local clubs in Stellenbosch.