The President and Council of the South African Institute for Electrical Engineers have issued an invitation to members, guests, members of other constituent societies and the public to attend the President’s Inaugural Lecture 2020, to be held ONLINE via GoToWebinar, on 07 April 2020 at 09h00-10h00.

           Sy Gourrah, SAIEE President Pr Eng., B Eng., MBA, FSAIEE

To register for this free online webinar, please click here: SAIEE Presidents Inaugural Lecture 2020 @ 07 April, 09h00-10h00

SAIEE President, Sy Gourrah will speak on the Fifth Industrial Revolution.

Synopsis

The fourth industrial revolution, along with its disruptive technologies, focuses on the digital economy, which is evolving rapidly. The application of artificial intelligence and big data is triggering the explosion of better processing capabilities. Every industry is embedding artificial intelligence into their products or services and this is increasing rapidly. The speed of the current industrial revolution indicates that a possible fifth industrial revolution might be sooner than we expect. Every industrial revolution has improved human life, but will the fifth? The fifth industrial revolution is meant to scale a thousand times that of the fourth industrial revolution. The convergence of technology and humans is catapulting us into the fifth industrial revolution.

This address discusses the era of the fifth industrial revolution, the possibilities in the age of artificial intelligence, machines performing human tasks (singularity), innovation and inclusivity. South Africans are more willing to engage with robotics and AI, according to surveys undertaken by PwC, than people in the UK, Germany or Sweden. Health, electric cars, driverless cars (autonomous vehicles), education, 3D printing and the increase in the density of robot workers are all evolving.

The address will also cover current developments of humanoids, development in drones, wearable internet, supercomputers and the data explosion forecast to reach zettabytes by 2025, which is equivalent to a billion terabytes.

The address provokes the endless possibilities for SAIEE and the engineering sector as a whole with artificial intelligence, robotics, IoT, big data, automation, smart systems, machine learning and people striving to achieve countless innovations into the future.

Curriculum Vitae – Sy Gourrah

Sy Gourrah has been part of the energy industry in South Africa for over 25 years. She started her career as a consultant and later was appointed as the City Electrical Engineer for East London. Currently, she is General Manager for the Power System division within Actom. In this role, she leads the division responsible for the designs and execution of turnkey projects, substations and projects ranging from 6.6 kV to 400 kV.

She also holds many qualifications, including a Bachelor in Engineering (Electrical & Electronics), Masters in Business Administration and Government Certificate of Competency.

Sy served as the President of the Association of Municipal Utilities (AMEU) from 2008 to 2010 and on the AMEU executive council from 2001 until 2011. She was the first woman president of the AMEU. She was instrumental in changing the AMEU constitution to include more women on the executive, paving the way for the next woman president.

She is a Fellow of the SAIEE and since 2012 has served as a Council member of the SAIEE. Sy has chaired the Professional Development and Finance Committees and actively participates in various other committees. She recently launched the SAIEE Women in Engineering Chapter, which will strive to promote women’s interests and champion empowerment programmes within the SAIEE and broader electrical engineering fraternity.

She is a registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) as a professional engineer and was an active volunteer at ECSA having served as the Chairperson of the Engineering Programme Accreditation Committee (EPAC). She is an international accreditor for engineering programmes within the Washington Accord signatory countries and participated in the accreditation of South African University programmes. She was also part of the advisory team to the Deputy President on the Eskom turnaround strategy in 2014.

To register for this free online webinar, please click here: SAIEE Presidents Inaugural Lecture 2020 @ 07 April, 09h00-10h00

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