Theo Andrew

Theo Andrew
Durban University of Technology, South Africa
Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment

Professor Theo Andrew initially qualified in electrical engineering and worked, lectured, and consulted in this field for over 29 years, most of these having been in academia. He is a Fellow of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE), and served as its KZN provincial branch chair and as one of its national vice-presidents. He is also a member of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS) and a founding member of the Board of the South African Society for Engineering Educators (SASEE), and served as its vice president. Theo is a member of the Higher Education Quality Council of South Africa, and chairs its National Program Review Committee. He is also a member of the education committee of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) and a member of the UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Urban Quality and Culture. Theo holds a PhD in the area of rural telecommunications planning from the University of Natal, and serves as a specialist reviewer for the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the EU funded EUROSA project. He was the leader of the NRF funded Research Unit in ICT and Development, and the manager of the Telkom-Ericsson Centre of Excellence in Rural Telecommunications at the Durban Institute of Technology. Theo has served a total of over 16 years as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (EBE) at four institutions. He is the current Executive Dean at the Durban University of Technology, which has an EBE School of approximately 7000 students.