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MJ (Thinus) Booysen

Professor in Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Stellenbosch University

Thinus is Professor in Engineering, Director of the MTN Mobile Intelligence Lab, Founding Director of Bridgiot, Founding Director of GreenX Engineering, and co-founder of the Smart Mobility Lab, all at Stellenbosch University.

My name is Thinus (or MJ), not Professor. Pronunciation: TEA-nis, like Venus with a T, the h is only decorative.

Bio: MJ (Thinus) Booysen is Professor at the Electrical & Electronic Engineering Department at Stellenbosch University. He has been with Stellenbosch University from 2009 and his research is on the Internet of Things, with a focus on Smart Energy, Water and Vehicles (specifically its application to paratransit in Sub-Saharan Africa). He is also a founder of Bridgiot (Bridge-to-the-Internet-of-Things), and co-creator of Geasy and Count Dropula. He is the Director of the MTN Mobile Intelligence Lab and co-founder of the Stellenbosch Smart Mobility Lab. He is a Member of the Institution of Engineering Technology (MIET), a Chartered Engineer (CEng) at the Engineering Council (UK), and a Professional Engineer (PrEng) with the Engineering Council (SA). He has over ten years’ international industry experience in the aerospace and automotive industries with companies that include SunSpace, Rolls-Royce, Boeing, BMW, and Jaguar Land Rover.


  • –present
    Associate Professor at the Electrical & Electronic Engineering Department, Stellenbosch University