Tania is Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and one of South Africa’s foremost researchers in medical imaging. She is Director of the Medical Imaging Research Unit at UCT, which is funded by the Medical Research Council and currently supports more than 40 graduate students. Tania has completed one-year fellowships in image processing in Tokyo and Cologne. Her research is funded by the National Institutes of Health in the USA and the National Research Foundation of South Africa. Tania’s qualifications include a BSc in electronic engineering (UCT), a master’s degree in biomedical engineering (Vanderbilt), a PhD in bioengineering (Strathclyde) and an executive MBA (UCT).
Kalvenie is currently employed by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) as an Industry Champion where she is responsible for investments in private equity funds as well as negotiations with investors. She has been with the IDC for ten years where her other roles have included working as a Fund Manager and as an Industry Analyst. Prior to that Kalvenie served as Assistant Director with the Department of Trade & Industry where she participated in negotiations on the Free Trade Agreement with the European Union. Her qualifications include honours degrees in chemistry (Natal) and commerce (UNISA), as well as a Master’s degree in Business Leadership (UNISA).
Tessa is Associate Professor of Accounting at the University of Cape Town and also serves as Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Commerce with responsibility for the academic portfolio. She has a BSc in applied mathematics, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Accounting and is a Chartered Accountant (CA). Tessa served her articles with Arthur Young & Company, and also worked as an Investment Analyst for Old Mutual. Her research interest is focused on the effectiveness of information systems and their impact on corporate governance and risk management. Tessa currently plays an active role in the continuing professional education of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Natasha brings a wealth of business experience to the company. For over ten years she worked as a marketing and recruitment consultant in the computer training industry, and ran her own company that manufactured magnets for the educational market. Prior to joining CapeRay she served as a business process coordinator, setting up software systems (accounting, payroll and human resources) for automating a recruitment company, and as an operations manager where she was responsible for finance and administration. Natasha qualified with a higher diploma in art education from the College of Education in Cape Town, and worked for five years thereafter as an art teacher.
John is responsible for the visual aspects and ergonomics of the product and has a keen interest in the emotional appeal of design. Prior to joining CapeRay, John worked as a freelance designer in the South African furniture and exhibition industries. He assisted a new furniture company in establishing a design identity and product portfolio. John has also completed internships with XYZ, a product development consultancy, and with Haldane Martin, a leading South African furniture designer. He and Haldane collaborated on the industrial design of the PantoScanner at CapeRay. John holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Industrial Design from the University of Johannesburg.
Andrew is a graduate in Mechatronic Engineering from the University of Cape Town. His specialisation included mechatronic control systems as well as a project on a muscle-actuated hand prosthesis, the latter being the branch of study which sparked his interest in the field of Biomedical Engineering. During his study years Andrew was employed by several engineering firms: at Hulamin Rolled Aluminium Products he worked with the control and instrumentation department to optimize their production facilities, and at Altech UEC he was a member of their R&D team. His professional interests include robotics, emerging technologies and open source computing platforms. At CapeRay he is responsible for mechanical engineering design.
Roland earned a BSc degree in
Electrical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2002.
Thereafter, he worked as an electrical engineer, first in the
petrochemical industry for Fluor, where he was involved in the design,
procurement and commissioning of electrical equipment for a refinery,
and then for a building services company in London where he was
responsible for the design and installation of electrical infrastructure
projects. Roland earned a master's degree in Biomedical Engineering at
UCT, with a focus on medical imaging. At CapeRay he is responsible for
customer relations, marketing, documenting user and design
specifications, and looking after the company's IT infrastructure.
Shuaib has a BSc (Eng) degree in electrical and computer
engineering from UCT as well as an MSc for a thesis in which he
developed a target tracking system for an unmanned aerial vehicle using
multi-sensor data fusion. His work experience includes two internships,
as software developer for Saratoga and as design engineer at Eskom,
during his undergraduate studies. He subsequently worked as hardware
engineer for Tellumat, where he focused on embedded design for various
microprocessor platforms and FPGA firmware development, and as software
developer at iPay. In the latter position, his code was used in
electricity meters and mobile point-of-sale platforms.
Heidi is a graduate of the University
of Cape Town with a BSc degree in mechatronic engineering, where her
thesis on the automated counting of red blood cells in thin blood smears
led to a published paper in IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical
Imaging. She gained practical experience with a printed circuit board
manufacturer and as a research assistant with Disa Vascular during her
undergraduate training. Prior to joining CapeRay, Heidi worked for three
years as a project engineer for Electrical Engineering Solutions (EES)
where she was involved in high-level engineering design and also served
as the company’s quality management representative with responsibility
for ISO 9001 and ISO 20000 compliance.
Nielen has worked as an electronics
technician for Lodox Systems, trouble shooting digital X-ray systems,
and for Shonaquip, repairing electric wheelchairs. He earned a BSc
degree in mechatronic engineering from UCT in 2009 and recently completed an MSc
(Med) in biomedical engineering for which he applied wavelet de-noising
techniques to improve our understanding of skeletal muscle function.
Nielen previously worked as an engineering intern at Bi-Tron Technical
Services and at TF Design, where he installed electrical components and
implemented programmable logic controllers (PLCs). At CapeRay he is
contributing to our system software and image processing projects.
Bridget brings a wealth of relevant
experience to CapeRay, including stock control, payroll, general
accounting, rental finance and office administration. Most recently she
worked as Financial Manager for Fenestration Technologies, a
manufacturer of aluminium windows, where she was responsible for the
day-to-day running of the company. Bridget was previously employed as a
Director at Paradigm Rentals, during which period she set up a branch
office in London and was responsible for establishing credit lines with
major financial institutions. She has also worked as Administration
Manager for Prescience Project Finance and Mercantile Bank, establishing
the bank’s offices in Johannesburg.
Raphael is currently enrolled for
the MSc (Med) degree in biomedical engineering at UCT, having earned a
BSc in aeronautical engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand
in 2011. His work experience includes serving as an energy consultant to
Nick Plewman Architects for whom he designed and wrote a software
package to analyse energy requirements and payback period for solar
energy. At Wits Raphael served as President of their Baja team,
responsible for the design, manufacture and racing of an off-road
vehicle. At CapeRay he is busy with a project on coupling our custom
ultrasound probe to the breast platform.
Patrick earned a first
class honours degree in mechatronic engineering from the University of
Cape Town in 2011 and is currently enrolled for an MSc (Eng) in the same
field. For his undergraduate thesis he designed and built an autonomous
modular robot to navigate through pipes of varying diameters. Patrick
has previously worked as a technician for Casey’s Auto Electric,
repairing vehicle alternators and generators, and as a research
assistant in the Department of Aeronautical Engineering at the
University of Western Michigan on an aerial refuelling system for jet
aircraft. At CapeRay he is using his mechatronics skills in the
development of our automated breast ultrasound system.
Brian is a biomedical engineer with
substantial experience in developing electro-medical products. He has
worked for a range of companies including small family firms and
startups, and managed projects for a global multinational business. He
also has experience securing CE marking for medical products developed
in South Africa. Brian worked for the Technology Innovation Agency and
played a leading role in growing the medical device industry in South
Africa. He assisted CapeRay to secure the CE Mark for the Pandia in 2012
and is currently contributing to regulatory affairs and risk management
for the Aceso. Brian has a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Wits
University and an MSc in Biomedical Engineering from UCT.
Mike has a
BSc degree in electro-mechanical engineering from UCT where, for his
final year project, he designed and built a pair of robotic arms for use
in a hazardous environment. For the past 15 years he has gained
significant multinational experience in mechanical, electronic and
software development. In the UK he worked for Symbian Software Ltd,
T-Mobile International and Visto Software Ltd, delivering advanced
products in the field of telecommunications. Prior to joining CapeRay,
Mike worked closely with two South African companies, GeoAxon and
Southern Implants, in the development, testing, documentation and
certification of their medical devices.