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Perfect Score for Thesis Earns High Achiever Cum Laude

2017/04/21 05:14:48 PM

Mr Ebrahim Paruk’s 100% mark for his final year Civil Engineering dissertation is a true reflection of his stellar academic career at UKZN.

 Mr Ebrahim Paruk graduated cum laude with a BSc degree in Civil Engineering
Mr Ebrahim Paruk’s 100% mark for his final year Civil Engineering dissertation is a true reflection of his stellar academic career at UKZN.

Paruk, who graduated cum laude with a BSc degree in Engineering (Civil Engineering), described Civil Engineering as an ‘art’, saying he was extremely passionate about his choice of study.

His thesis, which investigated the feasibility of energy extraction from pressure driven pipes, was supervised by Dr Sam Kumarasamy.

Paruk also scored 98% for producing an outstanding final year design project supervised by Professor Derek Stretch, and won third prize when he presented his research at the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) “IP Showdown” earlier this year.

‘Civil Engineering staff are proud of him and wish him a successful career,’ said Kumarasamy.

Said Paruk: ‘Civil engineering serves the global community through building functional infrastructure whilst experiencing personal growth. The motivation behind my choice of Civil Engineering is the conceptual idea that this field quite literally builds the future.’

His father, Mr Ahmed Paruk, is his role model and he thanked both his parents for their love and patience.

Paruk’s short term goal is to pursue an MSc Civil Engineering degree after which he wants to do an MBA in order to hone his professional and corporate management skills.

While Paruk described his degree as difficult and unforgiving, he says it was the best experience of his life thus far. He thanked UKZN for giving him the opportunity to pursue his studies and was grateful to the Civil Engineering staff who assisted him and put their resources at his disposal.

‘My studies have been an extremely rewarding experience because of the amount of time and effort I’ve invested in them,’ he said. ‘Over the years my analytical and practical skills have grown, coupled with my growing engineering knowledge.

‘Looking back I realise that studying for a BSc Civil Engineering degree has opened my mind to a new way of thinking,’ said Paruk. ‘It has helped me develop an eye for finer details.

‘In short, if I could I would do it again and again, especially with the friends I have been surrounded by. As I was always told, don’t only be a student in class, be a student of life. I still have my whole life to develop on the strong basis my BSc Engineering degree has given me.’

Prashina Budree


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