October 23, 2019

Today I asked my colleague Lieschen Venter to introduce our MathOR learners (the group of school learners that we teach extra mathematics classes to at our university department) to one of the operations research techniques that she teaches in her university course.

She...

October 18, 2019

Operations Research (OR) might seem like a widely-unknown field in South Africa, defined as “the science of better,” by INFORMS. In other parts of the world, perhaps more known.

Or perhaps we are just disguised as business modellers, data scientists, epidemiologists, qu...

October 15, 2019

In the past month I was privileged to get the opportunity to present my honours research of last year at the annual ORSSA conference. For my honours project, I built a discrete event simulation model of the patient flow at a state clinic. The objective was to decrease...

September 13, 2019

“So…when will I ever use this?” – a question many educators receive, especially when teaching something more abstract like mathematics. And every single time I get this question, I am struck with how such a simple question can be so difficult to answer. And the reason...

December 10, 2018

This year I had the privilege of doing my honours research project for at a state clinic in the cape winelands district. As I am fortunate enough to afford private care, I did not quite know what to expect at the clinic. I went “undercover” and visited the clinic to ex...

November 19, 2018

One of the objectives listed in the National Development Plan for improving education, training and innovation is to increase the number of students eligible to study towards maths and science based degrees to 450,000 by 2030. This objective will not be reached unless...

November 15, 2018

Battle of the banks is Simarch developed bank simulation competition run by ICAP training solutions together with Thomson Reuters. Teams representing 30 banks across the African continent are expected to run a complete bank balance sheet with standard commercial bankin...

September 4, 2018

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It's been quite a journey since I started my work life, learning and defining what I want to become and inspire in others in a competitive individualistic world that in so many cases are all about...

July 18, 2018

By definition, OR is a field that is focused on using mathematics and all its offspring to help us make better decisions in the real world, making it a little ironic that so many practitioners seem to focus on very theoretical (and mostly deterministic) topics. But for...

The general consensus in the research community seems to be that attending and presenting at conferences is a useful tool to survive in a PhD journey and research career. I still remember the requirements list given by my study leader in March 2016, as I was making the...

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