Howard Charles Reader, PhD, Managing Director
Howard Reader founded MESA Solutions in 2002 along with two research colleagues. His research in electromagnetics and HF metrology goes back to the mid-1980s when he completed a PhD on time-domain techniques for antenna analysis at St John’s College, Cambridge. His research and consultation in industry has included work in: complex metrology, time-domain electromagnetics, antenna engineering, and microwave dielectric heating. All of this has provided the platform for his sustained activities in EMC since the 1990’s. Howard has contributed to a broad spectrum of technical work in MESA and was actively involved in the EMI characterization and management of South Africa’s SKA KAT-7, and earlier phases of MeerKAT. He remains involved in EMC and metrology topics, primarily linked to SKA-related work. Howard’s academic career began in 1986 and had an EMC research focus between 1994 and 2014 when he held the Chair of High Frequency Electronics, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Stellenbosch University. He is a senior member of the IEEE, co-founder of the South African IEEE EMC Chapter, is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), is a Chartered Engineer (UK), and served for several years as South Africa’s Union Radio-Scientifique Internationale (URSI) Commission E (EMI) Chair. Howard spent nearly 6 years Austria, working as Innovation Process Manager in a well-known HV metrology company and returned mid-2020 as Managing Director of MESA.
PhD, EMC Engineer Specialist
Joely Andriambeloson's expertise in electromagnetics began in 2009 when he joined the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa for postgraduate studies. His research focussed on the SKA project and was funded by the South African SKA and National Research Foundation. He received his MScEng and PhD degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 2011 and 2014, respectively. He subsequently continued his research at a postdoctoral level for two years, focussing on high-frequency metrology. Joely also has a background in physics, with an MSc degree in geophysics from the University of Antananarivo, Madagascar. Prior to 2009, he was an active member of the seismic and infrasound laboratory of Madagascar, a subdivision within the Institute and Observatory of Geophysics of Antananarivo also known as IOGA. He was involved in various projects on the Madagascar seismic observation network and the CTBTO infrasound monitoring station. His present work in EMC includes: material shielding effectiveness evaluation, antenna design, time-domain electromagnetic database analysis and complex EMC problem-solving.
Ursula Reader, PhD,
Financial and Strategic Support Officer
Ursula Reader has been involved in the structures of MESA Solutions since its inception. She received
a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Stellenbosch in 2000, having graduated in 1984 from St
John’s College, Cambridge, with an M.Phil. in Philosophy of Religion and Christian Ethics. From 1998
to 2014 as a part-time lecturer, she specialized in teaching Applied Engineering Ethics and
Philosophy of Culture and Technology, both at the University of Stellenbosch and at Cape Peninsula
University of Technology. More recently, during a five-year stay in Austria, she has been translating
and teaching business English predominantly in German-speaking engineer companies. From 2002-
2014, Ursula took short courses in financial management and co-ordinated MESA’s affairs. In July 2020 she returned to MESA as Financial and Strategic Support Officer.
Kurt Michael Coetzer, MEng, EMC Engineer
Kurt Coetzer received his B.Eng degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Stellenbosch University in 2016. His M.Eng degree in Electrical Engineering, also from Stellenbosch University, was received Cum Laude in 2018. His thesis, titled “Investigating PV module failure mechanisms caused by indirect lightning strikes”, resulted in him receiving the Rector's Award from the Stellenbosch University Faculty of Engineering as the Top Masters Student of 2018. The research also led to the IEEE EMC Society President's Memorial Award in 2019, and again in 2020. He has presented at numerous national and international conferences in the disciplines of energy and EMC. In addition to his part-time consulting role at MESA Solutions, Kurt is pursuing his PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Stellenbosch University. He is a student member of the IEEE, the IEEE EMC Society, and the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society.
Casey Bryant, B.Tech, Mechatronic and EMC Technician
Casey Bryant received his B.Tech in Mechatronics from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 2019. As part of his coursework, he carried out a cost analysis on a radio frequency anechoic chamber in conjunction with the French South African Institute of Technology (FSATI). He is furthering his studies with an M.Eng in Satellite Systems and Applications, researching cost-effective methods to pre-characterise antennas at tertiary educational institutions. In 2021 he began part-time work with MESA Solutions which had links to his postgraduate research. During this period, he strengthened his understanding of EM propagation and EMC and started full-time with MESA in 2022. Casey brings with him a mechanical background with a pragmatic hands-on approach and an eagerness to tackle a wide variety of challenges.