Sisa Pityana, PhD, is a Principal Scientist at the CSIR National Laser Centre, Pretoria, South Africa. He is a Professor at the Tshwane University of Technology in the Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering. Prof Pityana has numerous publications and has contributed greatly to the human capital development in South Africa and Africa.
His main focus is in laser materials processing looking into titanium, aluminum and other materials such as metal matrixes and functional graded structures in addition to metal alloys necessary for Aerospace, Energy and Biomedical. His current focus, amongst others, involves research, development and commercialization of titanium aluminide alloys. Sisa has been instrumental Research Programs and Facilities at the CSIR Nation Laser Centre.
These facilities include, amongst others, a world-class laser shock pinning laboratory and 3D Printing Laser Facilities for both research and commercial purposes. His scientific contributions are world class and recognized. He has collaboration with many international institutions which he manages through the DST-NRF Bi-laterals. Most importantly, Prof Pityana believes and proud himself with knowledge sharing within the continent hence he is a lead collaborator in the African Laser Centre with different African Universities. He is well published and has supervised many doctoratal students.