N. Basson MSc (Nikki)


About Me

I completed my BSc in Mechanical Engineering at North-West University in 2014. I worked at Eskom's Lethabo Power Station from 2015 to 2019 as a Plant Engineer. During my time in the industry, I also studied for an MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering, which I obtained from the University of Cape Town. In 2019, I joined the University of the Witwatersrand as a lecturer. Currently, I am also a lecturer at the University of Twente in the Thermal & Fluids Engineering Department. Additionally, I am a freelance scientific language editor. My research interests include the computational modelling of thermo-fluid systems for both biomedical and industrial applications, as well as machine-learning in healthcare. I am currently pursuing a PhD, which aims to study the fluid dynamics of aqueous humour in the human eye and how it could quantitatively affect the patient-specific surgical considerations made by ophthalmologists.


PhD topic: A Computational Fluid Dynamic Study on the Reduction of Intraocular Pressure in the Human Eye with Glaucoma Surgery.

MSc topic: Studying Water-Wedging as a Cause for Short Term Overheating in the Boiler of a Coal-Fired Power Plant.

Projects I have supervised:

  • Flow visualisation in an in-vitro setup of the human eye.
  • Glaucoma Drainage Device and Endothelial Cell Damage.
  • Validity of Imbert-Fick Law in the Measurement of Intraocular Pressure.
  • The Effect of Scleral Flap Size and Shape on the Efficacy of Trabeculectomy.
  • Brain-Computer Interface Ability to Learn.
  • Bioheat Transfer Analysis of Modern Cetacean Brain.
  • Strength Analysis of 3D-printed vs Commercial Shin Guards.


Other Contributions

N. Basson, F. Alimahomed, P.H. Geoghegan, S.E. Williams and W.H. Ho, “An aqueous humour fluid dynamic study for normal and glaucomatous eye conditions”, 44th International Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 4p, 11 – 15 July 2022.

N. Basson and W.F. Fuls, “Over-attemperation and short-term overheating in pendant-type superheaters”, R&D Journal, vol. 37, pp. 58-69, Sep. 2021, http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2309-8988/2021/v37a7

N. Basson, W.H. Ho, P.H. Geoghegan, S.E. Williams and F. Alimahomed, “A Computational Study of Glaucomatous Aqueous Humour Dynamics in the Human Eye”, 12th SACAM Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, 29 Nov – 1 Dec 2021.

A. Chimfwembe and N. Basson, “Corneal Thickness Variation Effects on Tonometry Measurements”, 2nd International Symposium in Biomedical Engineering Innovation, Johannesburg, South Africa, 23 – 24 Nov 2021.

N. Rooy, Y.E. King and N. Basson, “A Computational Heat Transfer Analysis of Archaeocete and Modern Cetacean Brains”, SAIMechE Postgraduate Student Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa, 11 Nov 2021.

F. Alimahomed, N. Uddin, N. Basson, W.H. Ho, R. Heitmar, P.H. Geoghegan, “Computational Fluid Dynamic Study of the Eye to Improve Success Rate Surgical Intervention”, BioMedEng21, Sheffield, United Kingdom, 1p, 6 – 7 Sep 2021.

N. Basson, W.F. Fuls and R. Tarr, “Studying Water-Wedging as a Cause for Short Term Overheating in the Boiler of a Coal-Fired Power Plant”, 4th EPPEI Student Workshop, Johannesburg, South Africa, 12p, 29 – 30 May 2017.

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Courses Academic Year  2023/2024

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Courses Academic Year  2022/2023

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University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex (building no. 20), room N213
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex  N213
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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