Botswana International University of Science & Technology - BIUST

Physics & Astronomy

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Introduction

Physics and astronomy explores the behaviour and structure of matter and energy at all levels to help describe our world and the universe. Physics has helped us contemplate the origins of the universe and develop new products and technologies that meet human needs. The fundamental laws of physics find application in almost every branch of science, engineering and technology.

The Department has active research programs in Astronomy/Astrophysics, Condensed Matter Physics, High-energy Physics, Nuclear Physics, and Biophysics. Our high-energy physics, particle astrophysics and nuclear physics groups are involved in experiments which recreate the conditions of the early universe and help explain how it has evolved. In providing instruction in classical and modern physics, we cover such areas as mechanics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, introductory modern physics, and quantum mechanics.

Staff

ACADEMIC STAFF

  • Professor Elisha Shemang Prof. Gregory Campbell Hillhouse HOD & Professor - Physics and Astronomy
    Prof. Hillhouse has a PhD in Theoretical Nuclear Physics. He has held positions of Acting HOD (Physics and Engineering) at the University of Zululand [South Africa (SA)], HOD (Physical and Chemical Sciences) and Director of the Centre for Research and Innovation at Elizade University (Nigeria), Professor of Physics at Stellenbosch University (SA),  Professor of Physics at the University for Information Science and Technology  (Macedonia), HOD and Program Director (Science and Mathematics) at The Edge Learning Centre (Hong Kong), and HOD (Physics) at the Cambridge International Centre (China). Prof. Hillhouse has published several papers in high-impact factor journals. His research focuses on the development of relativistic models and computer simulations of nuclear reactions and pulsars. He has secured funding for research in Japan, China, and the USA. Over the past 20 years, Prof. Hillhouse has empowered thousands of students in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. He has implemented cooperative/peer learning approaches, designed labs, and popularized science. His strives to provide a deep conceptual understanding of Physics, accompanied by real applications, and an appreciation of Science as a unified academic discipline. Prof Hillhouse is very excited about being part of BIUSTs drive to move Botswana towards a knowledge-based economy.
  • Professor Stephen Thangiah Sathiaraj Prof. Stephen Thangiah Sathiaraj Professor - Physics and Astronomy
    Prof. Sathiaraj has a PhD in Physics/Materials Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India.  He has held positions of Lecturer/Associate professor at the University of Nairobi and the University of Botswana. Prof. Sathiaraj has published more than 40 papers in international journals of repute. He has equal number of conference papers/proceedings. He has been in the organizing committees of more than 10 International Conferences and actively took part in the organization of several conferences. 
  • Doctor Conrad Tabi Doctor Conrad TabiSenior Lecturer - Physics and Astronomy
    Dr. Tabi has a PhD in Theoretical and Computational Physics of Complex Systems. He graduated from the University of Yaoundé I in Cameroon and served as a staff member in the Department of Physics of the same University.
  • Doctor Cosmos Muiva Doctor Cosmas Muiva Lecturer - Physics and Astronomy
    Dr. Muiva has a PhD in Physics. He joined BIUST in August 2012 as a Teaching Instructor (Physics) and is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He was acting and founding Head of Department (HOD), Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Science form Dec 2014 – August 2015. He has held administrative positions including Head of Department Science, Ukia High School (Kenya) and Chairman, Kaiti Unit of MASWOKE.
  • Doctor Albert Juma Doctor Albert Juma Lecturer - Physics and Astronomy
    Dr. Juma is a lecturer of Physics. Prior to joining BIUST he worked as a sessional lecturer at the Technical Univeristy of Kenya, a research scientist at Tallinn Univeristy of Technology in Estonia and as a Tutorial Fellow at Maseno Univeristy in Kenya.
  • Tebogo Molefhi Tebogo Molefhi Teaching Instructor- Physics and Astronomy
    Ms. Tebogo Molefhi has an MSc in Environmental and Atmospheric Physics from the University of Botswana. She has held positions of Laboratory Demonstrator (Physics Department) at the University of Botswana and Physics Lecturer in the Department of Basic Sciences at the Botswana College of Agriculture.
  • Calistus Ramotoroko Calistus Duncan Ramotoroko Teaching Instructor- Physics and Astronomy
    Mr. Calistus Duncan Ramotoroko has MSc degree in Physics. Calistus decided to change scientific disciplines and in 2015 he commenced a Ph.D in Geophysics with the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences at Botswana International University of Science & Technology (BIUST). The main objective of his Ph.D study is to construct 3D geophysical models of Madibe-Kraaipan greenstone terrain which is crucial to mineral exploration.
  • Thamani Modie Thamani Modie Teaching Instructor- Physics and Astronomy
    Mr Thamani Modie has an MSc in Physics (Radiation) obtained in 2013. and a BSc (General) double major (Physics and Mathematics) obtained in 2008, all from the University of Botswana.
  • Tshwenyego Kemiso Tshwenyego Kemiso Teaching Instructor- Physics and Astronomy
    Kemiso Tshwenyego has MSc degree in Physics. After completion Kemiso held the position of temporary full time demonstrator and temporary full time lecturer respectively in the department of Physics at the University of Botswana teaching the undergraduate Physics courses especially year one students and general education course for non-Science students.

LABORATORY STAFF

  • Thapelo Mabaka Thapelo Mabaka Chief Technician- Physics and Astronomy
    Mr Thapelo Mabaka graduated with a BSc (Major in Physics) in 2001 from University of Botswana. He worked at Botswana College of Agriculture (BCA) as laboratory technician in Physics and grew along the ranks to become the senior technician. He furthered his studies attaining a BSc(Hons) in Medical Physics and MSc in Applied Instrumentation and Control. In his MSc project he investigated the possible use of wireless instrumentation at Debswana Jwaneng mine.
  • Phalaneng Maphane Phalaneng Maphane Technician- Physics and Astronomy
    Mr Phalaneng Maphane graduated with a BEd Science (Physics) in 2004 from the University of Botswana. He worked as Physics teacher at Tutume McConnell College in Tutume from 2005 to 2008.  He worked as a demonstrator at the Physics department, University of Botswana (2008 -2012) and later worked as a Technician in the same department.
  • Mothusi Madiba Mothusi Madiba Technician- Physics and Astronomy
    Mr Madiba has BSc in Physics from University of Botswana. He has held jobs ranging from teaching Physics at Senior Secondary Schools to being a Teaching Assistant and also Demonstrating Physics experiments at the University of Botswana. Currently Mr Madiba is completing his MSc in Physics and his research interest is fabrication of thin film materials for solar cell applications.
  • Bokang Present Bokang Present Technician- Physics and Astronomy
    Mr Bokang Present graduated with BSc Physics in 2007 from the University of Botswana. He obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) in 2008 from the same university. He worked at the Institute of Health Sciences (Lobatse, Botswana) from 2008 to January 2010 teaching Physics. He then moved to Botswana College of Agriculture as a laboratory technician in Physics from January 2010 to August 2013.

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