Welcome to my personal university web page. My name is Paul Gauché and I prefer people to use my first name – so just Paul. I’m the guy on the right in the above picture. Industrial Engineering is my host department. To contact me, see the contact link or visit the links in my current roles.

Current roles

Associate Professor (Extra-ordinary)

Engineering Management and Sustainable Systems Group
Industrial Engineering, Stellenbosch University

In this role, my primary activity and interest is offering supervision to motivated post-grad PhD and Master students in areas such as:

  • Energy systems analysis
  • Technology development, innovation and the management thereof
  • CSP (Concentrating solar power)
  • Systems aspects at the nexus of energy, food, water. This includes environment, economics, technology, complexity and more.
  • Systems engineering

Department and Program Manager

CSP Department & National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF)
Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico


I am a founding member of STERG, and in the process of transitioning the DST/NRF Solar Thermal Spoke grant to a colleague in Mechanical Engineering. My ongoing involvement in STERG will relate to my university and full time roles.

I’m affiliated with CRSES as a consultant and I’m introducing a new short-course in 2017 in Power System Simulation (Energy systems analysis).

For more on my professional activities and history, visit my LinkedIn page.

Featured stuff


Previous roles & responsibilities

Some interests

  • Solar thermal energy & power
  • Sustainability & renewable energy systems
  • Heat transfer & cooling
  • Multidisciplinary and user-centric creativity, innovation & design
  • Strategic planning
  • Systems engineering
  • Engineering management
  • Operations management
  • People management
  • Stuff that looks cool and useful and I wish I know something about like UAVs, the environment, complex systems and Python programming