The Institute of Applied Sciences (IAS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Johann Poinapen to the position of Deputy Director at the Institute. A former Principal/Lead Water Process Engineer at AMEC Australia and a former Water Leader and Engineering Group Manager with MWH Global, Dr Poinapen is a registered and chartered professional engineer with over 15 years’ experience in the water industry. Dr Poinapen hails from Mauritius in South Africa and he obtained his PhD from the University of Cape Town in water process engineering for the co-treatment of sewage sludge and acid mine drainage.
As Deputy Director, Dr Poinapen will assist the Director in providing strategic direction, guidance, leadership and ensure there is adequate funding to carry out IAS strategic plan initiatives. The Director, IAS Professor Bill Aalbersberg in welcoming Dr Poinapen stated that IAS will benefit greatly from the wealth of experience in water process engineering, project development and management experience that Dr Poinapen has to fulfill the core objectives of the Institute.
Dr Poinapen has already contacted local resorts to see how he can assist in water and sewage management and also regionally in the mining industry. He is joined in Fiji by his wife Natacha, a PhD microbiologist and son Nigel. Dr Poinapen’s interests outside work include engaging in community building activities, such as initiating service projects, promoting children and youth empowerment programmes aimed at building the capacity of young people to serve their community. He also enjoys playing football.
The Institute of Applied Sciences is a self-funded consultancy, training and research arm of the University that is located within the Faculty of Science, Technology & Environment. Its main areas of activity are analytical services, quality management and natural resource management. It houses the Centre for Drug Discovery and Conservation and the South Pacific Regional Herbarium.