Robert studied at the University of Stellenbosch where he obtained Bachelor, Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Electronic Engineering. He is the Director of the French South African Institute of Technology (F’SATI) and the Africa Space Innovation Centre at CPUT. Under his direction, a postgraduate programme in satellite systems engineering was established at CPUT in 2009. The South African Department of Science and Technology funds the F’SATI satellite programme as a flagship skills development initiative to support the national space industry.
Robert regularly participates in outreach and networking events, as well as an invited speaker at forums throughout Africa.
In his spare time he enjoys playing the French Horn.