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WHAT WE DO

We are a Stellenbosch University based research group in operations research that:

 

RESEARCH

to find and promote ways of doing the right things the right way through mathematical modelling, optimisation and simulation techniques

TEACH AND MENTOR

to train, develop and empower scientific young minds to become innovative and creative problem solvers

REACH OUT

to give back with purpose to society through tutoring, applied research and consulting

 

WHY WE DO

what we do

Surgor was born in 2013, with the aim to create a supportive, collaborative and community focussed approach to research that will empower young minds to reach their potential, become creative problem solvers, strive for excellence and give back with purpose to society. 

The word 'surgor' is a derived form of the latin word surgo, which means rise, get up, arise, raise, lift up and grow. We are rising, we are gotten up, we are arisen, we are lifting up, we are growing. We rise by lifting others. We are passionate about making a difference in society with our skills.

We do operations research, the science of better, to find and promote efficient and sustainable ways of improvement by using mathematical, optimisation and simulation techniques.

- Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. - 1 Thess 5:11

 

TEAM

 

LINKE POTGIETER

Senior Lecturer

Founder and member of Surgor since 2013.

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes." - Marcel Proust

DIRK HUMAN

Masters (final year)

Member of Surgor since 2014.

"We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don't let yourself be lulled into inaction." - Bill Gates

PIETER DE WET

Masters (final year)

Member of Surgor since 2014.

"Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability." - Roy L. Smith

NOÉ MANFOUO

PhD (final year)

Member of Surgor since 2016.

"Research is to see what everyone else has seen and to think what nobody else has thought." - Albert Szent.

KYLE VAN HEERDEN

 Masters (final year)

Member of Surgor since 2017.

“I started my life with a single absolute: that the world was mine to shape in the image of my highest values and never to be given up to a lesser standard, no matter how long or hard the struggle.” - Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged. 

ANNELIE WESSELS

Masters (1st year)

Member of Surgor since 2018.

"Think big, and your deeds will grow; Think small, and you'll fall behind; Think that you can, and you will— It's all in the state of mind." - Walter D. Wintle

DEAN MATTER

Honours

Member of Surgor since 2019.

"Those who leave everything in God's hands eventually see God's hands in everything."

ALUMNI

 

BRIAN VAN VUUREN

PhD (Industrial Engineering)

Member of Surgor 2014 - 2016. 

“It doesn't matter what you do, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that's like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.” – Ray Bradbury

HELÉNE DELPORT

MCom (Operations Research)

Member of Surgor 2014 - 2016.

"Everything you accept as the norm, you will never change." - Suzette Hatting

BRYCE SENEKAL

MCom (Quantitative Management)

Member of Surgor 2016 - 2017.

"If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals." - JK Rowling

THLONI MASIPA

MSc (Operations Research)

Member of Surgor 2013-2018.

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us." - Marriane Williamson

CHANWYN WILLIAMS

BCom Hons (Operations Research)

Member of Surgor in 2013.

KIMBERLEY BAILEY

BCom Hons (Operations Research)

Member of Surgor in 2014.

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour and some style." - Maya Angelo

CANDICE MULLER

BCom Hons (Operations Research)

Member of Surgor in 2015.

GILLIAN TOPLIS

BCom Hons (Quantitative Management)

Member of Surgor in 2015.

"Happiness cannot be travelled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude." - Denis Waitley

MASHOTO MASELELA

BSc Hons (Operations Research)

Member of Surgor 2017 - 2018.

"If you FAIL, never give up because FAIL means 'First Attempt In Learning". END is not the end; in fact it means 'Effort Never Dies'. If you get NO for an answer, remember that no means 'Next Opportunity'." - Abdul Kalam

 

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