• Dr Ndebombuya Mokaloba, PhD

    Senior Researcher, Building Material Science Division
      Ndebombuya Mokaloba holds a B. Eng. Mechanical Engineering from University of Botswana, B. Honours (Metallurgy) and MSc Chemical Technology from the University of Pretoria, and a PhD (Engineering) from the University of Botswana. His academic interests covered Manufacturing, Physical Metallurgy, also, Polymer Science, Polymer Processing, and Polymer Engineering. His research at PhD focused on the […]
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    • Dr Isaac N. Beas, PhD

      Researcher – Specialty Chemicals
        Dr Isaac N. Beas joined BITRI as a Researcher – Specialty Chemicals on 4th July 2017. Before joining BITRI, Dr. Beas was working as a Postdoctoral fellow at the University of South Africa. He acquired a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Johannesburg/University of Witwatersrand (South Africa). He studied for his MSc in Physical […]
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      • Keneilwe Phiri, BEng (Civil), ERB

        Associate Researcher - Building Material Science
          Keneilwe Phiri is a Civil Engineer with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), from the University of Botswana. Keneilwe worked for a Civil Engineering Consultancy as Junior Assistant Resident Engineer (Pipeline) under the Mmamashia-Kanye North South Carrier Connection Project prior to joining BITRI. Her work included the supervision of the contractor’s daily works ensuring compliance to […]
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        • Dr Kebonye Dintwe, PhD

          Researcher - Climate Change Science
            Dr Kebonye Dintwe is an ecologist who studies feedbacks between climate change and carbon cycling in dry land ecosystems. Kebonye graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree (Biological Science) from the University of Botswana. He received his Master’s Degree and PhD from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Department of Geography. His PhD work focused on […]
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          • Oaitse Dennis Kokome, BSc (Computing with Finance)

            Associate Researcher – Database Systems
              Oaitse Kokome is a software engineer with background in mobile, web and application development. His specialty is database systems and his main focus is researching database systems. Oaitse is also responsible for designing, developing and maintaining database systems for BITRI projects and systems. He is also a well-versed back end and front end developer.
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            • Onkaetse Dikwata, BSc (Hons) Computing

              Associate Researcher – Mobile Applications
                Onkaetse Dikwata is an expert in software development with a strong background in both mobile and web application development. He holds a BSc in Computing from Open University. Before joining BITRI, he worked as a software developer for the Research and Consultancy Department at Botho University where his responsibilities were; to identify and develop educational […]
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              • Thuso Booth Mogorosi, BEng/ MEng, ERB, IMechE

                Associate Researcher - Energy
                  Thuso B Mogorosi holds a Master’s degree (MEng) in Mechanical Engineering from University of South Wales. Booth is the principal researcher in an energy resource mapping project which is aimed at assess and quantifying the viability of solar and wind energy as a renewable source of energy in Botswana. He also consults for BITRI in […]
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                • Mompoloki Calvin Pule, MEng (Electronics and Telecommunications), ERB

                  Associate Researcher – Electronics and Communications
                    Mr. Pule is an Electronics and Telecommunications research Engineer who values technology based innovation, wants to see ideas being implemented in practice and enjoys problem solving. His current research involves, but not limited to, design and development of smart WSN systems. The research combines elements of embedded systems design, wireless communication systems (ZigBee, LoRaWAN, Sigfox […]
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                  • Othusitse Ndeke BSc (Materials/Metallurgy Engineering), ERB

                    Associate Researcher - Building Materials Science
                      Othusitse is currently working under Building Materials Science, which focusses on research for abundant raw and waste materials for the design of sustainable Building materials. He graduated from The University of British Columbia in Canada, as a Materials Engineer specializing in processing and metallurgy. Othusitse has completed several projects in all of which he applied […]
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                    • Boikhutso Mosepele, BEng Microelectronics, ERB

                      Associate Researcher – Electronics & Communications
                        Boikhutso graduated with a BEng in Electronics & Microelectronics from the Southern Federal University-Taganrog Institute of Technology, Taganrog, Russia. He worked as a biomedical service engineer for 3 years before joining BITRI. Boikhutso’s interests are related to the study of methodologies for the design of reliable and safe embedded systems. Reliability aspects are of great […]
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                      • Bellah Oreeditse Pule, PhD

                        Researcher - Nanomaterials
                          Dr. Pule’s work focuses on the fabrication of electrospun nanofiber based devices for Analytical Chemistry applications. She has gained the requisite skills in materials fabrication, characterization and application, and is well suited to drive analytical chemistry projects. For her PhD studies she got involved in a project concerned with the “development of diagnostic probes for […]
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                        • Karabo Hamu, MSc, BIS (Computer Information), PGDE

                          Associate Researcher – Information Systems and Technology
                            At BITRI Karabo is an Associate Researcher with a strong background in Computer Information Systems and Educational Technology. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree and M.Sc. in Computer Information Systems as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the University of Botswana. Karabo is a Computer Information Systems Analyst and a qualified Computer Studies Teacher […]
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                          • Monthusiotsile O. Ngwako Bachelor of Business Informatics, Masters of IT (Network Computing)

                            Associate Researcher - Information Systems and Technology
                              Monthusiotsile holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Informatics and a Masters of Information Technology (Network Computing from University of Canberra (Australia). He is currently working as an Associate Research-Information Systems and Technology at BITRI, some of the research projects he is involved in include design and development of Education, Agriculture and Tourism based computer systems, […]
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                            • Tumo Moruiemang, MEng (Electronic Engineering with Wireless Communications)

                              Associate Researcher – Electronics & Communications
                                Tumo graduated from the University of Southampton (UK) in 2015 with a Master of Engineering (Electronics) and have lots of project experience in Digital electronics, Embedded Systems and Sensor Networks. He was involved in a project titled “A Covert Tracking Cell as a Smart Phone Application” which was an industry-based group project sponsored by Selex-ES(UK) […]
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                              • Alfred K. Pone, BEng (Hons) – Computer Engineering

                                Associate Researcher – Information Systems & Technology
                                Alfred is well-verse Hardware-Software associate researcher with strong background in computer systems engineering. At BITRI, he currently focuses on need-based technology research for Batswana mainly developing Health Data Analytics Technologies , Health Care Services Optimization systems, TV white space spectrum utilization for broadband(with CSIR-SA), and designing of mobile technologies for Education, Agriculture, Tourism sector processes […]
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                              • Matthews T. Segaetsho, MEng (Electronics, Telecommunications and Internet Engineering), ERB

                                Associate Researcher – Electronics & Communications
                                  As an Associate Researcher – Electronics & Communications, Matthews currently conducts research and development of Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) using low power wide area networks (ZigBee, Lora WAN, and SigFox), TV White Space (TVWS) and design of multimedia electronic projects. Matthews completed his Masters in Electronics Telecommunications and Internet Engineering at University of Bradford. Through […]
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                                • Gaolatlhe Swereki, BEng (Civil), MBIE, ERB

                                  Associate Researcher - Building Materials Science
                                  Mr Swereki is currently involved in the Kgalagadi sand building block/brick technology and the development of manufactured sand from quarry/crusher dust research projects. He trained with Arup Botswana Consulting Engineers in general infrastructural design and construction supervision. He was previously serving as a Teaching Assistant (Engineering and construction materials) at the University of Botswana. He […]
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                                • Khumo Theodora Semang, BSc (Mathematics & Environmental Sciences)

                                  Associate Researcher – Climate Change
                                    Khumo works as an Associate Researcher in The Climate Change Division. Her area of research involves quantification and modelling the risks posed by climate change on arable commercial farming in the country. This work entails developing hedging strategies for farmers to climate-proof their crop income during years of drought. Khumo graduated with a Bachelor’s degree […]
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                                  • Kabelo Trust Mathendele, MEng (Mechatronics & Robotics Engineering), ERB

                                    Associate Researcher – Electronics and Communications
                                      Kabelo graduated from the University of Leeds in July 2015, with project experience ranging from Embedded systems, Robotics & Machine Learning, FPGA and Sensor Networks. At BITRI, Kabelo conducts research on intelligent and efficient electronic and communication systems that is in line with the needs of Botswana. The research ranges from, but is not limited […]
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                                    • Ronnie Phuthego, MSc, MEng (Renewable Energies)

                                      Associate Researcher – Energy
                                      At BITRI, Ronnie is an Associate Researcher with strong a background in Solar PV systems engineering. Currently focusing on need based technology research for Batswana mainly dealing with renewable energy such as solar PV systems, Gas-to-Electricity projects, energy resource mapping, and designing of solar PV/PVT/Thermal testing facilities. Ronnie holds a Bachelor degree & Master of […]
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                                    • Tiro Nkemelang, BSc (Hons) Meteorology

                                      Associate Reseacher, Climate Change
                                        Tiro works as Associate Researcher with the Climate Change Division. His area of research involves developing and adapting methods to downscale global climate projections to a scale appropriate for assessments and policies in Botswana. Tiro holds a BSc (Hons) Meteorology from the University of Reading (UK). He previously worked as a Meteorologist with the Department […]
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                                      • Koketso Ramoonwa, BA – Environmental Sciences and English

                                        Associate Researcher, Climate Change
                                          Koketso’s responsibilities include conducting research on climate change knowledge management, adaptation, and mitigation with the intent to inform policy decision makers, inform development, and decision support tools for risk management at community level. Koketso holds a Bachelor of Arts (Humanities), Environmental Sciences and English and she joined BITRI as a volunteer in June 2015. Her […]
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                                        • Fiona Nermark, MSc in Analytical Chemistry

                                          Associate Researcher, Nanomaterials
                                            Fiona Nermark is part of a team that is involved in liquefaction of coal by pyrolysis.She has an MSc in Analytical Chemistry with the thesis comprising Analytical/Physical Chemistry entitled “Bioremediation of copper and lead contaminated soil using Moringa oleifera seeds water extract and physicochemical studies of the seeds pure protein”. Fiona has worked as a […]
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                                          • Thuto Geofrey

                                            Associate Researcher, Energy
                                              Thuto Geofrey is a Renewable Energy Researcher exploring the production of energy through natural resources, such as the extraction of oil and gas, as well as from renewable or sustainable sources of energy, including bio fuels, wind and solar power. Mr. Geofrey is a Energy Engineer with a special interest in finding efficient, clean and […]
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                                            • Abraham O. Magwaza

                                              Associate Researcher, Nanomaterials
                                                Mr. Magwaza is a Chemist by profession and works as a Associate Researcher in the department of Natural Resources and Materials. He is part of a team that is involved in Coal to Liquid (CTL) whereby coal is converted liquid, offering a range of important chemical products that are produced by liquefying coal. Prior to […]
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                                              • Richard Makhura

                                                Associate Researcher, Nanomaterials
                                                  Richard Makhura has a background in Analytical Chemistry and works as a Associate Researcher in Nanomaterials on the Coal to Liquid Technology project. The CTL project is intended to converts coal to fuels and the chemical analysis of samples from the coal pyrolysis pilot plant. Prior to joining BITRI, Richard worked as an Assistant Research […]
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                                                • Maitshwarelo Ignatius Matsheka, Ph.D

                                                  Senior Researcher, Nanomaterials
                                                    Dr Maitshwarelo Ignatius Matsheka is a Senior Researcher in the Nanomaterials division of BITRI, working in the area of diagnostics and water filtration technologies. Dr Matsheka has a PhD qualification in Medical Microbiology with specialization in Bacteriology. His specific area of expertise is the use of DNA based methods for the identification and typing of […]
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                                                  • Stephanus Hermanus Coetzee, MPhil in Physics, BSc Hons. Applied sciences, NHD Metallurgical Engineering, NDP Electron Microscopy

                                                    Electron Microscope Scientist
                                                    At BITRI, Stephan is the Electron Microscope Scientist assisting different research groups with their high resolution imaging, EDDX. WDX and EBSD analysers. Stephan has a MPhil in Physics, BSc Hons. Applied sciences, NHD Metallurgical Engineering, NDP Electron Microscopy. Stephan has numerous papers in premier journals. He believes that “Microscopy relates to science as English relates […]
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                                                  • Dumisani Benard

                                                    Associate Researcher, Energy
                                                      Dumisani’s research focus area is in energy efficiency and clean energy technologies. Previously, he worked for Debswana Mining Company as an Engineer in Training. His interests include using electronics to come up with designs that can help in using electricity/energy efficiently.
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                                                    • Segomotso Bagwasi, PhD, MSc in Technology – Chemical Analysis and Laboratory Management

                                                      Researcher, Nanomaterials
                                                        Segomotso Bagwasi’s area of interest is in eco-friendly environmental remediation technologies with more emphasis on photocatalytic degradation techniques. Currently working on filtration technologies (water and air) in BITRI. At PhD level she worked on cost effective methods of inducing visible light absorption in nanostructured TiO2 (Titanium Dioxide). This was achieved by doping and co-doping TiO2 […]
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                                                      • Nnyaladzi Batisani, Ph.D

                                                        Lead Researcher, Climate Change
                                                          Nnyaladzi is an Earth and Environmental System Analyst interested in complex environmental science: the integration of biophysical, social, and information sciences to solve food security and environmental change problems. His research addresses global environmental change in local places–that is, how local communities and the places in which they live contribute to global environmental changes and […]
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                                                        • Thato Tsalaile (PhD, MBA, MSc, BEng – MIEEE)

                                                          Lead Researcher
                                                            Professor Tsalaile leads a group of researchers developing technology solutions and next generation products for Health, Education, Agriculture, Communication Infrastructure, Transportation, Security & Forensics and Tourism & Culture clusters. Prof T. Tsalaile joined BITRI in 2014 after serving for a number of years at University of Botswana, where he rose from SDF position to the […]
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                                                          • Ephraim Gower, PhD – Electronic Systems Engineering, BEng Telecommunications

                                                            Senior Researcher, Electronics and Communications
                                                              At BITRI, Gower supervises a group of researchers in design and development of smart electronic and communication systems, signal and image processing. Gower has BEng Telecommunications (2006), and PhD Electronic Systems Engineering (2009) from Essex. He was a Senior Lecturer at UB and BIUST. He is a recipient of several international awards, including three (3) […]
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                                                            • Penny Lesolle

                                                              Associate Researcher, Climate Change Science
                                                                As a Climate Change Researcher Penny undertakes applied research in order to advance knowledge and understanding of atmospheric processes to improve the understanding of Botswana’s climate. Her work includings development of methodologies to forecast the impacts of research for development, outcomes and impacts. A trained Meteorologist, Penny brings a wealth of experience to BITRI having […]
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                                                              • Kefentse Arnold Tumedi

                                                                Associate Researcher, Natural Resources and Materials
                                                                  Kefentse Arnold Tumedi is in the diagnostics team of Natural Resources and Materials. He has worked as a Quality Assurance Manager for a local condom manufacturing plant called Latex Medical Products, then for the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC-Botswana as a Medical Research Scientist. He then worked for University of Pennsylvania, Perelman […]
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                                                                • Sinah Kgosietsile

                                                                  Associate Researcher, Climate Change and Society
                                                                    Sinah is a practicing Climate Change Researcher. She conducts research on Climate Change risk knowledge, adaptation and mitigation with a view to inform development, policy and decision support tools for risk management at household and community levels. Over the last 6 years she has been involved in teaching at tertiary level. Her recent research include; […]
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                                                                  • Kgomotsego Motlopi

                                                                    Associate Researcher, Climate Change
                                                                      Kgomotsego Motlopi is a certified Environmental Assessment Practitioner and a practicing Climate Change Researcher. She conducts research on Climate Change risk knowledge, adaptation and mitigation with a view to inform development, policy and decision support tools for risk management at household and community levels. Over the last 13 years she has utilised participatory methods to […]
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                                                                    • Bakang Modukanele, BSc (Hons.), MSc (ARST)

                                                                      Associate Researcher
                                                                        Bakang Modukanele is currently into water filtration research and water purification innovative designs to promote clean and drinkable water to communities having challenges in access to potable water. He is passionate in designing simple designs and industrial designs that can filter water at low voltage – energy consumption that promotes use of renewable energy. He […]
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                                                                      • William M. Motswainyana, PhD (Inorganic Chem), MRSC

                                                                        Researcher - Nanomaterials
                                                                          William Motswainyana is a researcher in Nanomaterials division and conducts research within Water Filtration Team, whose aim is to develop suitable materials for water treatment. Prior to joining BITRI, his research, predominantly as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (University of Fort Hare), involved biological investigations of novel organometallic scaffolds. He also possesses basic knowledge on solving […]
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                                                                        • Tshiamo Ketlhoilwe, BEng (Civil)(Hons), ERB

                                                                          Associate Researcher - Building Materials Science
                                                                            In his role as Associate Researcher – Building Materials Science, Tshiamo explores alternative building materials, Test existing materials for fitness of purpose and consulting clients to provide tailor made solutions to their difficulties.
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                                                                          • Simisani Kelaotswe, BSc Mobile Technology

                                                                            Associate Researcher, Information Systems Technology
                                                                              Mr Kelaotswe is a Mobile computing professional who holds a BSc Honours in Computing with specialism in Mobile Technology. Professional acumen includes Products Management and Business Development. Previous work experience include Products Management Officer with Mascom Wireless Botswana and Business Development Executive with The Voice Mobile Enterprises. 
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                                                                            • Samuel Chigome, PhD

                                                                              Senior Researcher, Natural Resources and Materials
                                                                                Over the past six years, Dr Samuel Chigome’s research work focused primarily on electrospinning, initially with a focus on electrospun nanofiber based analytical device fabrication. Progressively, his application of electrospinning broadened to cover energy, health and the environment. Samuel has always been passionate about industrial processes and product development. Hence his keen interest in electrospun […]
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                                                                              • Reason L. Machete, DPhil

                                                                                Senior Researcher, Climate Change
                                                                                  Reason Machete holds a DPhil in Applied Mathematics and an MSc in Mathematical Modeling and Scientific Computing, both from the University of Oxford and a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Botswana. Prior to joining BITRI, he held academic positions at Botswana International University of Science and Technology and the University of Botswana and […]
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                                                                                • Prisca Dube

                                                                                  Associate Researcher, Information Systems and Technology
                                                                                    Communications Engineer professional currently persuing a career in Mobile Application Development and designing, maintaining telecommunications systems.
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                                                                                  • Phatsimo Matshediso, MSc

                                                                                    Associate Researcher, Natural Products and Materials
                                                                                      Phatsimo Matshediso is a member of the Water filtration team that researches on filtration technologies intended to address the scarcity of potable water. The team intends on employing nanotechnology in its solutions. Phatsimo recently represented Botswana in the USA in a global programme of young female scientist who have contributed to the fraternity of science. […]
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                                                                                    • Ngonye Keroletswe, PhD (Chemistry)

                                                                                      Researcher, Natural Resources and Materials
                                                                                        Ngonye Keroletswe is a Natural Product Chemist who graduated with a PhD in Chemistry at University of Botswana in 2015. Her previous research entailed isolation, characterization and screening isolates plus plant extracts for antimicrobial and antioxidant activities for potential therapeutic applications. She also carried out some synthetic work particularly on heterocyclic chemistry as well as […]
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                                                                                      • Neo Mokgolodi, PhD in Botany, MSc (Environmental Science), PGDE (Biology teaching), BSc (Biology and Environmental Science)

                                                                                        Researcher, Natural Resources and Materials
                                                                                          Neo Mokgolodi has a PhD in Botany, MSc (Environmental Science), PGDE (Biology teaching) and BSc (Biology and Environmental Science). Her previous research work integrated both indigenous knowledge and modern scientific knowledge to determine the suitability of rangelands for pastoral farming. Mokgolodi has also undertaken study on the ethno botanical value of Sclerocarya birrea, Ziziphus mucronata […]
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                                                                                        • Nakale Kelapile, MEng

                                                                                          Associate Researcher, Electronics and Communications
                                                                                            Nakale Kelapile is a practicing Electronic Engineer and conducts research on Road safety of highways, Traffic control system and Seeding light for application of roads design and construction in Botswana by BITRI. Over the last 6 to 7 years during his academic’s,  he has carried out research on End to End OFDM system in terms of […]
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                                                                                          • Mothusi Mokgwa

                                                                                            Associate Researcher, Building Materials Science
                                                                                              Mothusi Mokgwa is a Civil Engineer with experience in infrastructural development (Design and Construction Supervision). He has adequate contact with a variety of building materials used in construction and has over time witnessed their success and failures both structural, functional and sometimes even in cost. It is from this background that Mothusi desires to continue […]
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                                                                                            • Lesego Cecilia Mmualefe, Ph.D.

                                                                                              Researcher, Natural Resources & Materials
                                                                                                Lesego Cecilia Mmualefe’s areas of specialization are in chromatography and sample handling techniques. She has previously taught Analytical Chemistry at the University of Botswana; worked on the Bioboundary Project at the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust  sponsored by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation to unravel the key chemical compounds employed by the African Wild dog […]
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                                                                                              • Kediemetse Mothibedi, Msc

                                                                                                Associate Researcher, Natural Resources and Materials
                                                                                                  Kediemetse Mothibedi is an analytical chemist and she works as a junior researcher in the department of natural resources and materials. She is a member of the filtration team which focuses on research and innovation of filtration technologies for water and air purification employing nanotechnology. Previously Ms Kediemetse worked for Ministry of Agriculture under department […]
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                                                                                                • Karabo Hamu, Msc (Computer Information Systems)

                                                                                                  Associate Researcher, Information Systems and Technology
                                                                                                    Karabo Hamu is a Computer Scientist who has interest in combining the field of computing with education and health. She has conducted research on transnational education in Botswana. She has done her thesis “Framework that Incorporates Cross Cultural Conflict Caused by Nonverbal Gestures” which was for tourists in Botswana. She has worked at Botho University […]
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                                                                                                  • Kaone Bogopa, MEng

                                                                                                    Associate Researcher, Electronics and Communications
                                                                                                      Kaone Bogopa is a full time Associate Researcher – Electronics and Communications at BITRI. He holds a Masters degree in Electronic Systems Engineering from the University of Surrey in England, attained in July 2013. Previous institutions attended include University of Essex and University of Botswana for undergraduate studies. He has been a member of staff at UB […]
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                                                                                                    • Kagiso Ricardo Monageng

                                                                                                      Associate Researcher, Building Materials
                                                                                                        Kagiso Monageng is a materials engineer and researches on alternative building materials such as mine and industrial wastes. He has worked in construction as a floor tile restorer and also at Tati Nickel as a metallurgist in training.
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                                                                                                      • Kabo Mosetlha, Ph.D Analytical Chemistry

                                                                                                        Researcher, Natural Resources and Materials
                                                                                                          Kabo Mosetlha is an analytical chemist who conducts research in water and food safety through the use of electrospun nanofibers. He is particularly interested in the development of simple and affordable point-of-use diagnostic tests for quick determination of problem contaminants in groundwater in Botswana to improve testing efficiency in the country. Over the last 5 […]
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                                                                                                        • Janes Mokgadi, PhD

                                                                                                          Researcher, Energy
                                                                                                            Janes Mokgadi is an analytical chemist and conducts research on environmentally friendly sample handling and sample preparation strategies for a wide range of samples prior to analysis with high pressure driven separation & spectroscopic techniques coupled with high resolution detection systems such as mass spectrometry. Her current research is focused on non-renewable energy. This includes […]
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                                                                                                          • Ipe John Mavunkal

                                                                                                            Senior Researcher, Natural Resources and Materials
                                                                                                              Ipe Mavunkal’s expertise is in the area of synthetic organometallic chemistry.  His research spanned diverse areas of metal carbonyl compounds, boranes, carboranes, metallaboranes and dendrimers.  In addition to his experience as a researcher at various institutions including Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, University of California, Los Angeles, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, University of […]
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                                                                                                            • Gaopalelwe Basimolodi, MEng, ERB

                                                                                                              Associate Researcher - Building Materials Science
                                                                                                                As an Associate Researcher in the Building Materials Science Division, Mr Basimolodi conducts needs-based research in the area of construction and building materials. Basimolodi holds a MEng in Chemical Engineering (Extractive Metallurgy) from the University Of Leeds, UK. Prior to joining BITRI he has briefly worked on an exploration project to evaluate the economic potential […]
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                                                                                                              • Fred Mampadi, PhD

                                                                                                                Senior Researcher, Information Systems and Technology
                                                                                                                  Dr Fred Mampadi is a computer scientist with a strong background in programming, research and software development. He has MSc in Distributed Interactive Systems from Lancaster University and a PhD in Computer Science from Brunel University in the United Kingdom. He was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at the University of […]
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                                                                                                                • Esau Masuku, PhD

                                                                                                                  Lead Researcher, Building Materials Science Division
                                                                                                                    Esau Masuku is presently engaged in industry-driven investigation of the potential of hitherto untapped natural raw materials and industrial by-products/wastes, for exploitation as building materials and/or raw materials for the production of building materials and/or products. Development of technologies for re-cycling of building materials, identification of innovative uses for conventional building materials, modification of conventional […]
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                                                                                                                  • Edward Rakgati, PhD

                                                                                                                    Senior Researcher, Energy
                                                                                                                      Edward Rakgati spent 16 years lecturing Energy related courses to both undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Botswana. He also researched, published and consulted in Energy related areas. One of the major research projects done was to lead the design a 20 kW distributed grid connected solar PV for Mmokolodi village which is […]
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                                                                                                                    • Dikabo Mogopodi, Ph.D (Analytical Chemistry)

                                                                                                                      Researcher, Natural Resources and Materials
                                                                                                                        Dikabo Mogopodi is an analytical chemist who is working in a team that focuses on the development of simple and affordable point-of-use diagnostic kits for rapid analysis of mycotoxins in food and contaminants in portable water. Dikabo has applied her analytical skills in method development and analysis of various sample matrices such as food and […]
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                                                                                                                      • Christopher Mpofu, MSc, BSc (Hons)

                                                                                                                        Associate Researcher, Biochemistry and Analytical Chemistry
                                                                                                                          Christopher Mpofu has a strong background in the fields of agriculture, biochemistry and analytical chemistry. His past research work involved pesticide residue analysis in biota and his research findings have been presented at international conferences in Southern and West Africa respectively. He and his co-authors have contributed to a book chapter entitled “Modern sample preparation […]
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                                                                                                                        • Biki T Kalake, MEng & BEng

                                                                                                                          Associate Researcher, Natural Resources and Materials
                                                                                                                            Biki Kalake holds an integrated master’s degree from University of Leeds in the field of chemical and mineral engineering. His most recent research was in the metallurgical characterization of Raney type nickel catalyst precursor alloy powders using various microscopy techniques, mainly SEM. Previously worked as BIH project officer for the SAiS demand driven business incubation […]
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                                                                                                                          • Moses Tsalaile, BSc, MSc (Electronics and Communications), ERB

                                                                                                                            Associate Researcher – Electronics and Communications
                                                                                                                              Moses Tsalaile is a telecom engineer and conducts research on current projects running in BITRI for road safety solutions and the upcoming transition of technologies in time for Internet of things.
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