Doing the mathematics of fluid flow networks
Inaugural lecture delivered on 10 October 2013.
Mapundi Kondwani Banda grew up in Mala^wi, where he com- pleted his secondary school education at Bandawe Secondary School in 1986 and obtained a BSc degree from the University of Mala^wi in 1990. In 1991 he completed an MSc in Comput- ing Science at the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, which was a constituent college of the then University of London. After developing an interest in Applied Mathematics and with a desire to see Mathematics being applied to real-world problems, he proceeded to do an MSc in Industrial Mathematics at the University of Kaiserslautern which he completed in 1997. In 2000 he enrolled for PhD research in the Numerical Methods and Scienti c Computing group led by Prof. A. Klar at the Darmstadt University of Technology which he completed in 2004. He was a postdoctoral fellow for a short term at the same university before returning to Mala^wi in 2004. As a student, Mapundi received scholarships and awards which enabled him to study in London, Kaiserslautern and Darmstadt. He was a recipient of a scholarship from the Overseas Development Shared Scholarship Scheme (ODASSS) in 1990 and the German Academic Exchange Programme (DAAD) award in 1995 and in 1999. In 1991, Mapundi was appointed as a Software Development Analyst at Business Computers Services Limited. He changed his career path to join academia at the University of Mala^wi, Chancellor College, as a lecturer in 1993. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2004. He was appointed as a lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2005 and promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2008. In 2008 he joined the University of the Witwatersrand as an Associate Professor. In 2012 Mapundi moved to Stellenbosch to take a position as a Professor in the Applied Mathematics Division, Department of Mathematical Sciences, at Stellenbosch University. He has been a research visitor at the following institutions: University of Kaiserslautern, RWTH-Aachen, Durham University, Tsinghua University and the University of British Columbia. He is a member of the editorial board of the SAMSA Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics.