Paul van der Merwe,
PhD, Operations Director
Paul S. van der Merwe received his B.Eng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering form Stellenbosch University in 2006 and his PhD in Electronic Engineering focussing on EMC issues for the South African SKA project in 2011. He then spent two years as a postdoctoral research fellow at Stellenbosch University working mostly on low-frequency antenna arrays, while simultaneously doing part-time consulting work for MESA. He joined the company full-time in 2013 as an EMC engineer, and became an associate in 2015. His involvement in the SKA SA project has remained active through MESA's professional role as EMC and RFI consultant, but now includes new challenges brought on by the increased development in renewable energy infrastructure. Characterising these complex systems, as well as undertaking propagation analyses to determine their potential impact, have become two important areas of activity. Paul was in the managing director role of MESA from 2016 to mid-2020 and now focuses as Operations Director on expanding the company's consulting expertise as well as continually developing and innovating its measurement capabilities.
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
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. His investigations in the field of electromagnetic compatibilty include: material shielding effectiveness evaluation, antenna design, time-domain electromagnetics and complex electromagetic coupling problem. Joely also has a background in physics and received an MSc degree in geophysics from the Univeristy of Antananarivo, Madagascar, in 2004. Before 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.
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 this financial co-ordination role.