We recently interviewed Aadil Essop, who is one of the graduates of our Radar Masters programme:
Tell us a bit about yourself, Aadil:
I grew up in Johannesburg, and completed my Mechanical Engineering undergraduate degree at the Rand Afrikaans University.
I attended various modules of the MEng (Radar and Electronic Defence) programme at the University of Cape Town, graduating in 2014.
My supervisor was Prof Mike Inggs, and the topic of my thesis was “Electronic Attack of a Dual Band Radar” (the abstract of the MEng dissertation is available here, and a PDF of the document can be downloaded here).
I am currently working at Denel Land Systems, in the field of System Engineering, in Artillery Development.
Were you involved in any interesting research during your studies?
Yes. Two specific research projects were significant for me:
- Development of a tracking algorithms for a radar-guided missile.
- Determination of vulnerability of an advanced radar to electronic attack, through simulation.
What benefit did you derive from the Radar Masters programme?
It gave me a thorough introduction to Electronic Engineering as well as detailed and excellent insight into Radar and Electronic Defense.
What did you find the most enjoyable?
The parts I enjoyed most were the course on “Antennas for Radar and Electronic Defence” as well as the dissertation project on Electronic Defense.
What did you find the most challenging?
The course that I found the most challenging was Advanced Mathematics for Radar.
What is your current area of interest or research?
I am currently working in the field of electronic warfare.
What are your goals for the future?
I would like to become the Chief System Engineer on a complex system that requires the application of mechanical, aeronautical, electronic, and radar engineering principles.
What advice do you have for your fellow students?
Vasbyt (Be Steadfast)… you will need it. Anything is possible with sufficient focus and dedication.
Thank you very much for participating in the Meet our Alumni interview series, Aadil. We wish you much success in your future career.