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Caitlin Courtney

Caitlin  Courtney

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 11

Young Expert at Colsen - South Africa

First position after YEP

Master Studies in Water Quality Engineering in Cape Town, South Africa

YEP Role

I am a Junior Engineer at Aquest Colsen. We specialise in the field of waste water treatment, biogas production and sustainable energy. Our core activities can be described by in-house development and application of innovative technologies for re-use of water, recovery of nutrients from waste water and organic waste and the application of sustainable energy from biogas. I am currently working on three pilot projects in the fields of UV disinfection of wastewater, thermophilic digestion and nutrient recovery in manure.

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  • Project management
  • Research and development
  • Problem solving and Analysis
  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Visual Communication

Nationality: South African
Education: BSc. Honours in Chemical Engineering, University of Cape Town


Experience before YEP

I completed my honours thesis on the water footprint of beef in South Africa. This gave me a deep insight into the importance of water management in South Africa and thus lead me to pursue a career in the water sector. 

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Organisation: Colsen
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