The University of Johannesburg is proud to announce that Professor Soraya Malinga has been named as a finalist in the Engineering Research Capacity Development category of the NSTF-South32 Awards. Prof Malinga is a water treatment researcher within the Faculty of Science who focuses on finding solutions to water pollution and scarcity using membrane technology. Her research has already contributed to the training and mentoring of many science students at the Advanced Diploma, Honours, MSc and PhD levels.
“My research is on water purification using membrane technology. A membrane is a filter used to remove or filter out pollutants from water. I have worked in this research field for the past 8 years and it has led to the development of a prototype, a simple product that can be used to test a concept,” says Prof Malinga.
Prof Malinga’s research has the potential to revolutionise the way we treat water. Her work could lead to the development of new and more efficient water purification technologies that could help to ensure a sustainable supply of clean water for all.
Making an impact inspires her. “What keeps me going despite all challenges is that I am making a meaningful contribution to the body of knowledge by conducting new impactful research that can inform or influence policy thus bringing about societal change,” she says.
“Being an academic and conducting research means I can teach, mentor, and pass knowledge. It is possible to empower the young generation and further contribute to building capacity,” says Prof Malinga.
The NSTF-South32 Awards are the most prestigious science and engineering awards in South Africa. The awards recognise outstanding achievements in a wide range of fields, including research, innovation, and education. Prof Malinga’s nomination is a testament to her outstanding research and her dedication to making a positive impact on the world.