Jakobus van Zyl

Jakobus van Zyl

University of Cape Town
Cape Town, South AfricaGlobal citizen
Education: PhD

Professor JE (Kobus) van Zyl holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering, and a Diploma in Scientific Computing from the University of Johannesburg, and obtained a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at the University of Exeter in 2001. He was Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering Science and held the Rand Water Chair in Water Utilisation at the University of Johannesburg before joining UCT in 2009. He is currently the Assistant Dean for Academic Development in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment. 

Prof van Zyl is a registered Professional Engineer, a member of the South African Society of Civil Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers and the International Water Association, and a Fellow of the Water Institute of Southern Africa. In 2008 he chaired the 10th Water Distribution System Analysis (WDSA) Conference, held in the Kruger National Park under the auspices of the American Society of Civil Engineers. This was the first time a WDSA conference had been held outside the USA. 

Prof van Zyl has twice been awarded the Best Paper prize in the Journal of the South African Society for Civil Engineering. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, and a member of the Editorial Board of the Urban Water Journal. 

Prof van Zyl’s research focuses on water distribution systems, and his current interests include hydraulic modelling, impact of pressure on leakage, reliability of bulk supply systems and water demand management.

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