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Barry Dwolatzky

Professor of Software Engineering, School of Electrical & Information Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand

After spending the 1970's at Wits completing a BSc(Eng) in Electrical Engineering and a PhD, I left South Africa to live in Britain. Between 1980 and 1989 I lived in Manchester and London working at UMIST, Imperial College and at the GEC-Marconi Research Centre in Chelmsford. I returned to Wits in 1989.

I'm now Professor of Software Engineering in the School of Electrical & Information Engineering and Director of the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE). I established the JCSE in 2005 with the goal of supporting the growth and success of the South African ICT Sector. Since 2013 I've been driving an initiative to establish the Tshimologong Precinct, a Digital Technology Innovation Zone in Juta Street Braamfontein.


  • 2018–present
    Emeritus professor, University of the Witwatersrand
  • 2000–2017
    Professor , University of the Witwatersrand
  • 1998–2000
    Associate professor, University of the Witwatersrand
  • 1989–1998
    Senior lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand
  • 1985–1989
    Postdoctoral research associate, GEC Marconi Research Centre ((UK)
  • 1982–1985
    Postdoctoral research associate, Imperial College London
  • 1980–1982
    Postdoctoral research associate, UMIST


  • 1979 
    University of the Witwatersrand , PhD
  • 1975 
    University of the Witwatersrand, BSc(Eng) Electrical

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow SAIEE


South African IT Personality of the Year 2013-14