Professor Marlien Herselman of the CSIR’s Meraka Institute is the recipient of the 2009 Female Scientist of the Year award by the IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) and IEEE South Africa section committee.
Herselman, an adjunct professor at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and a principal researcher who leads the Living Labs research group at the CSIR, is no stranger to awards. Her work has been recognised locally and internationally. In 2005, she was named Women Researcher of the Year at Tshwane University of Technology. In 2000, she was awarded a scholarship of the Deutsche Akademischer Austauschdienst of the International Women's University to attend a summer semester at the University of Hamburg, in the project field of information.
With a double Master’s degree (in education and business information systems) and a doctorate in the use of computer games for teaching, her research focuses on the use of information and communications technology for business enhancement, rural community informatics and e-health projects.
The IEEE awards event comes just ahead of the first annual conference for Living Labs in Southern Africa Network (LLiSA). Living Labs is recognised internationally as a methodology and an innovation approach that works well in a multidisciplinary context in various settings, such as urban and rural environments.