Following the Southern African Young Scientists Summer Program (SA-YSSP) 2013-14, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa are pleased to announce four awards, including three newly established IIASA-NRF Systems Analysis Scholarships. We congratulate the winners!
- A six-month Systems Analysis Scholarship is awarded to Mr. Nathaniel W. Tindall for his research on Agent-Based Modeling of Energy End-Use in the Residential Sector of Developing Economies: A Case Study of South Africa. A citizen of the United States, Nathaniel Tindall is completing his PhD degree at the Department of Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, USA. The SA-YSSP Steering Committee commends the innovative and integrative nature of Nathaniel Tindall’s research, which, in the spirit of systems analysis, interfaces technological and social perspectives on residential energy use.
- A three-month Systems Analysis Scholarship is awarded to Ms. Delin Fang for her research on Assessing the Resilience of Urban Water Metabolic System Using Ecological Network Analysis. A citizen of China, Delin Fang is completing her PhD degree at the School of Environment at Beijing Normal University, China. The SA-YSSP Steering Committee recognizes Delin Fang’s innovative application of network-analysis methods to changes in the structure of water flows among economic sectors.
- A three-month Systems Analysis Scholarship is awarded to Ms. Seuneu Tchamga for her research on Delay in Stability Switches in Singularly Perturbed Models and its Applications. A citizen of Cameroon, Seuneu Tchamga is completing her PhD degree at the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science at the University of Kwa-Zulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. The SA-YSSP Steering Committee appreciates Seuneu Tchamga’s mathematically advanced derivation of novel analytical solutions for predicting epidemiological outbreaks in disease dynamics.
- An Honorable Mention is awarded to Mr. Erkka Rinne for his research on Stochastic Power System Simulation with Energy Storages. A citizen of Finland, Erkka Rinne is completing his PhD degree at the Department of Energy Systems at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland in Espoo. The SA-YSSP Steering Committee recognizes Erkka Rinne’s extension of a scheduling tool for optimizing hydropower generation and storage.
On behalf of all SA-YSSP partners, the SA-YSSP Steering Committee extends their cordial congratulations to all four award winners!
As part of the program, systems analysis scholarships are granted to young scientists whose research achievements and reports are considered superior in terms of the quality and originality of their research, the effectiveness of their approach, and the broader relevance of their findings. These scholarships enable the selected young scientists to advance and deepen their research through another intensive collaborative research period, this time at IIASA. For the SA-YSSP 2013-14 awards, six young scientists were nominated by their supervisors. To evaluate these nominations, 18 external reviews were secured – the SA-YSSP Steering Committee gratefully acknowledges all reviewers, whose assessments were of great value in the selection process. Finally, based on all received reports, nominations, and reviews, three scholarships were selected by the SA-YSSP Steering Committee.