Johann du Toit

B.Eng & M.Sc.Eng (Mechanical) University of Stellenbosch

Simera Group Chief Executive Officer

  • Engineering and Process management
  • Product and Process Innovation
  • Systems Engineering and Systems Design
  • Optical system design, evaluation and testing

Josias van der Westhuizen

B Eng Mechanical & M Eng Aeronautical (University of Stellenbosch), MS ESM-Composites (Virginia Polytechnic and State University)

Simera Group Director

Johann Müller

B.Eng & Honours, cum laude (University of Stellenbosch, 1982, Mechanical, Honours Aeronautics), M S – Master of Science (Stanford University, 1989, Aeronautics and Astronautics)

Simera Advisory Board Member

  • Operations Management
  • Engineering Management
  • Project Management
  • Systems Engineering
  • Quality Management Systems
  • Team dynamics and mentorship

Ana-Mia Louw

B.Eng (Mechatronics), Stellenbosch

Simera Sense Chief Project Officer

  • Project Management
  • Team Management
  • Optical Systems Design
  • Optical Testing
  • Client and Supplier relations

Jill Fisher

Simera Group Chief Financial Officer

  • Financial Management
  • Business Development
  • Lean Engineering
  • Strategic Planning
  • Process Innovation

Louwrens Marais

B.Eng & M.Sc.Eng (Mechanical) University of Stellenbosch

Simera Consult Chief Technical Officer

  • Systems Engineering and Systems Design
  • Aero- and Space vehicle design
  • Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics
  • Team guidance and mentorship
Rudolf Niemoller

Rudolf Niemoller

B.Eng (Mechanical), University of Stellenbosch

Lead Mechanical Engineer

  • Structural design and analysis, using CAD & FEA
  • Mechanical team line management
  • Design for Manufacture
  • Mechanical Test & Measurement

Thys Cronje

B.Eng & MSc.Eng (Electronics) Stellenbosch University

Chief Commercial Officer for Sense

  • Product commercialisation
  • Business Development
  • Electro-optical systems

Hano Steyn

B.Eng (Mechanical) Stellenbosch University, MSc.Eng (Mechanical) Stellenbosch University

Group Chief Innovation Officer

  • Satellite Systems Engineering
  • Business Development
  • Team Center PLM Configuration

Nicolas Lategan



  • Business Development Manager for SIMERA INNOVATE
  • Innovation and IP commercialization
  • Business Model Development
  • Technology transfer and IP management


Johan du Plooy

B.Eng (Mechanical), University of Stellenbosch

Structures Team Leader

  • Structures design and analysis, using analytical and numerical methods (FEA)
  • Manufacturing Engineering and Production Management
  • Mechanical Testing
  • Optical system assembly and testing

Eben Grobbelaar

B. Eng & M.Eng (Mechanical) Stellenbosch University

Optical Systems Team Leader

  • Mechanical design
  • Optomechanical design of spaceborne optical systems
  • Assembly, integration and testing of optical systems
  • Structural analysis
  • Design for production, systems assembly and testing
  • Project Management

Marius Cronje

B.Eng & MSc. Eng (Mechanical Engineering); University of Stellenbosch; Certificate in Technology Management, Open University UK; 2011.

Lead Engineer and Program Manager

  • Finite Element Analysis – High Temperature Materials
  • Technology Management for Industry 4.0
  • Manufacturing Process planning and optimization
  • Project Management

Hennie Roodt

B.Eng (Mech) – University of Stellenbosch

PLM implementation Specialist

  • Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems implementation
  • Structural design
  • Structural analysis and testing
  • Quality management systems implementation and fusion with PLM execution frameworks
Jacu Vos

Jacu Vos

B.Eng & M.Eng Electronic Engineering – Stellenbosch University

Senior Functional Engineer

  • Electro-Optical system design
  • Electronics Design and ECAD
  • FPGA Firmware Development
  • Software Programming
  • Systems Engineering


Josua Blom

B.Eng Mechatronic Engineering & M.Eng Electronic Engineering – Stellenbosch University

Mechatronic Engineer

  • Unmanned aerial vehicle systems development
  • UAV Hardware and software systems integration
  • Electronic/mechatronic systems development
  • Control systems implementation
  • Hardware in-the-loop testing
  • Measurement and testing solutions

Johan Smit

National Diploma (Mechanical Engineering) – (Port Elizabeth Technical College) Electro- Mechanical Engineering – National Diploma (Eastcape Midlands College). NX and Teamcenter Training

Mechanical Designer and CAD Specialist

  • Mechanical Design
  • CAD & PLM Systems implementation
  • Team CAD mentor and System implementation specialist
  • Production Management

Francois van Tonder

B.Eng. Mechanical, Potchefstroom

Mechanical Engineer

  • Mechanical Design
  • FEM Analysis
  • Structural design
  • Composite Design & Manufacturing
  • Aerospace system modelling

Marc Mundell

Intermediate Draughting, Architectural Draughting, AutoCAD ( Academy of Draughting 1996), NX CAD training

Mechanical and Optomechanical Designer

  • Optomechanical design
  • Design for assembly, Integration and test
  • Equipment design
  • Production Management
  • Optical system component preparation and test

Floris van Zyl

B.Eng & M.Eng Electrical and Electronic Engineering – University of Stellenbosch

Electronic and Biomedical Design Engineer

  • Electronic and Mechatronic systems development
  • Biomedical research
  • Software development
  • AIT (Assembly, Integration and Testing)
  • Systems integration and control

Rosca de Waal

B.Eng & M.Eng (Mechanical) Stellenbosch University

Mechanical Engineer

  • AIT (Assembly, Integration & Test)
  • GSE (Ground Support Equipment) design
  • Instrumentation, Testing and Analysis
  • Opto-mechanics

Dalene van Staden

B.Eng Mechanical (Stellenbosch University)

Optical System Analyst

  • Optical Analysis
  • Optical Design
  • Optical Testing
Debbie Lee Lloyd

Debbie Lee Lloyd

B.Eng (Mechatronics) & M.Eng (Mechanical) University of Stellenbosch

Project and Production Manager

  • Project Management
  • Production Management
  • Client Interface
  • Production and Development Risk Management

Jürgen Lüdemann

B.Eng. & M.Eng Electronic Engineering – University of Stellenbosch

Electronic Engineer

  • Firmware development
  • Software development
  • Electronic interface design, testing and verification

Guy Hendry

BSc Honours in Computing (cum laude): UNISA
BSc Computer Systems: Heriot-Watt University

ICT Administrator

  • Implementation and maintenance of ICT Infrastructure
  • Improvement of ICT system architecture and elements
  • Network security
  • Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems implementation

Lize Loftie-Eaton

BTech Industrial Design, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Industrial Designer

  • Product Conceptualization & Illustration
  • Product Design, Development & Innovation
  • Visual Marketing Communications Support

Johannes Leuvennink

B.Eng Mechatronic Engineering & M.Eng Mechatronic Engineering – Stellenbosch University

Mechatronic Engineer

  • Electronic/mechatronic systems development
  • Electronic design
  • Automation systems

Maxwell Xozumthi

Xolisile Secondary School

Principal Laboratory Assistance

  • Parts preparation
  • Composite manufacturing
  • System Assembly
  • Laboratory maintenance and preparation


Janine Wiggins

Financial Administration

Ron Storey

Financial Administration

Barbara Esterhuyse

Barbara Esterhuyse

Human Resources Advisory

Hansruedi Schnieper

Director (Switzerland)

Sue Steyn



Deliah Mukweva


Daniel Mujakachi