Mr Swart is an experienced Systems Engineer and Engineering Manager who has joined SAIAMC as Chief Engineer on 1 November 2012. He is also acting Programme Manager for the HySA Systems Key Programme 3, which includes Hydrogen-Fuelled Vehicles.
Prior to joining UWC, Mr Swart has taken technical leadership in several high-profile development projects such as the weapons system for the Rooivalk Attack Helicopter and the Southern African Large Telescope. Most recently he was the Chief Technical Officer of Optimal Energy, the developer of South Africa’s first serious Electric Vehicle, the Joule.
Mr Swart specialises in Systems Engineering as applied to the real-world development of complex products.
Registered Professional Engineer at the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA)
Senior Member of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE)
Member of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)
David A. H. Buckley, Gerhard P. Swart, Jacobus G. Meiring, “Completion and commissioning of the Southern African Large Telescope”, in Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes, Larry M. Stepp, Editors, Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 6267 (SPIE, Bellingham, WA 2006), 62670Z.
Gerhard P. Swart, David A. H. Buckley, “Telescope performance verification”, in Modeling and Systems Engineering for Astronomy, Simon C. Craig; Martin J. Cullum, Editors, Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 5497 (SPIE, Bellingham, WA 2004), pp.62-721.
Gerhard Swart, Deon Bester, Janus Brink, Clifford Gumede, Hendrik J. Schalekamp, “Facing software complexity on large telescopes”, in Advanced Software, Control, and Communication Systems for Astronomy, Hilton Lewis; Gianni Raffi, Editors, Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 5496 (SPIE, Bellingham, WA 2004), pp.260-1051.
Hendrik J. Schalekamp, Gerhard Swart, “Flexible pointing models for large Arecibo-type optical telescopes”, in Advanced Software, Control, and Communication Systems for Astronomy, Hilton Lewis; Gianni Raffi, Editors, Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 5496 (SPIE, Bellingham, WA 2004), pp.629-1420.
David A. H. Buckley, Jacobus G. Meiring, Jian Swiegers, Gerhard P. Swart, “Many segments and few dollars: SALT solutions for ELTs?”, in Second Backaskog Workshop on Extremely Large Telescopes, Arne L. Ardeberg; Torben Andersen, Editors, Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 5382 (SPIE, Bellingham, WA 2004), pp.245-1064.