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International Guest Speaker:


Tarek Safwan, Technical Marketing Engineer (TME), National Instruments

Tarek has been working with National Instruments (NI) for 9 years and currently holds the position of a Technical Marketing Engineer (TME). He received his Engineering Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Power and Control) from the Lebanese University - Lebanon, in July 2008.

Tarek joined National Instruments Arabia as an Applications Engineer providing technical support and consultation to NI’s clients in the region. He then worked as an Internal Sales Engineer, providing customers with complete NI systems configuration and pricing.

In 2010 he moved to Saudi Arabia to provide onsite support and system consultations before becoming the Field Sales Engineer (FSE) for the Western Province of Saudi Arabia from 2011 to 2015. He has given a variety of training classes, conducted technical seminars and provided on‐site start up assistance to customers in the Middle East, North Africa.


Local Experts include:

Nicholas Haripersad, NI

Nicholas Haripersad - Field Sales Engineer, National Instruments South Africa

Nicholas completed his Electronic Engineering Diploma at the Durban University of Technology. During his studies Nicholas gained experience in the fields Communication Systems, Process Control and Instrumentation. He then started his career at a Vehicle Tracking and Manufacturing company which he mainly focused with R&D, Automated Test and Control systems of test equipment. Nicholas joined National Instruments in 2012 and has continued adding to his experience within Control, Monitoring and Test Applications. He currently service and manage all industries in Gauteng, Western Cape, Eastern Cape, and Free State.

Jason Strydom, NI

Jason Strydom - Technical Sales Engineer, National Instruments South Africa

Jason completed his BEng degree in Mechatronic Engineering at Stellenbosch University. During his studies Jason worked as an Engineering Intern at Sinapi Biomedical, where he gained first-hand experience in process efficiency improvement, mechanical and electronic design, and process automation systems mostly in the realm of high frequency welding. Jason joined the NI team in 2013 as an Applications Engineer with focus on customer education and support as well as developing demonstrations and proof-of-concepts using NI technology. In 2015 Jason took over the role of Technical Sales Engineer, where he made customer success his goal across numerous complex applications in many industries.

Philip Ehlers,NI

Philip Ehlers - District Sales Engineer, National Instruments South Africa

Philip Ehlers completed his Degree in Computer Engineering at the University of Pretoria. He then started his career at a consulting engineering company focussing on the design and implementation of traffic control systems. Philip gained significant experience in automation control, high speed data acquisition and reporting systems. He then moved on to work at Citect which later became part of Schneider Electric where he worked as a Project Engineer and Key Account Manager. He gained an indebted understanding of control and reporting systems especially in the MMM, WWW and F&B environment and understands the challenges of solutions in these environments. He participated in various projects that involved automated process control, backup power, energy management and monitoring systems. Philip joined National Instruments in the beginning of 2012.

Fanie Coetzer,NI

Fanie Coetzer - Field Sales Engineer, National Instruments South Africa

Fanie completed his degree in Electronic Engineering at the Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein, during which he participated in a 3-month exchange program in Germany, where he expanded his knowledge on robotic and industrial communication systems. He started his career as a Systems Engineer at a commercial radio station, where he gained experience in RF communication, signal analysis and system monitoring. Fanie joined the NI team in 2011 as an Applications Engineer, focusing on providing support and training to customers. During his time at NI, Fanie gained significant experience in finding solutions for customer application requirements, and building proof of concept models in a number of industries including; food and beverage, research and military environment. In 2013 Fanie took the role of Field Sales Engineer and currently services all industries in Gauteng, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, North West and Limpopo.

Stephen Plumb, NI

Stephen Plumb – Area Sales Manager South Africa and GCC, National Instruments South Africa

Stephen obtained his bachelor’s degree in science from the University of Natal (KZN). While completing his education, Stephen worked in the Applied Physics Group on several projects relating to industrial applications of physics, most notably the application of image processing techniques and neural network solutions to conveyor belt monitoring. Based on this research, Stephen formed a company with a graduating partner, specializing in conveyor belt monitoring and other image processing related problems. During this time, projects were undertaken ranging from acoustic measurement systems to towing dynamometers. Working on such a wide variety of complex and interesting applications led to a close association with National Instruments and, in 2006, Stephen joined the company directly when he was appointed as the Area Sales Manager of the South African branch.

Jacques Cilliers, NI

Jacques Cilliers - Applications Engineer, National Instruments South Africa

Jacques completed degrees in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Johannesburg. During his studies Jacques gained experience in the fields of robotics and large scale software development. Jacques joined the National Instruments team in 2010 and currently works as an Application Engineer. He is actively involved in customer education, technical support and proof of concept development for multiple industries across the country.

Timothy Sanya, NI

Timothy Sanya - Technical Sales Engineer, National Instruments South Africa

Timothy obtained his Bachelors’ degree in Electrical. & Electronic. Engineering through Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Nigeria. After which he spent 2 years with a Nigerian-based company as a Site Engineer, specialising in Low/Medium voltage transformer installations. He obtained his Masters’ degree (cum laude) in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from University of Johannesburg specialising in Power Line Communications. His research work is mostly in noise measurement & analysis, impedance measurement, and implementation of theories applicable to power line communications. After his Masters’ degree, he proceeded to Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany - for 1 year - as a research visitor during which he consulted with a power utility company in the Netherlands. Some of his research work have been published in peer-reviewed IEEE conference proceedings. Timothy joined National Instruments as a Technical Sales Engineer in 2014.

Corrie Botha, NI

Corrie Botha - Applications Engineer, National Instruments South Africa

Corrie completed his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Pretoria. He was employed at Russell Stone Protein as a site engineer where he was responsible for the maintenance and efficiency of the plant. He gained experience in preventative maintenance, control and automation for an industrial environment. Corrie joined the National Instruments team as an Application Engineer in 2015 and currently is focused around customer education, technical support and proof of concept development for multiple industries across the country.