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Bruce Mellado
Senior Scientist & Professor at iThembaLabs & Witwatersrand School of Physics

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A PhD from Columbia University, Bruce Mellado, is a Full Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, a Senior Researcher of iThemba LABS of the  NRF and serves as the Director of the Institute for Collider Particle Physics. Prof. Mellado is the National Contact Physicist of South Africa at the ATLAS experiment at CERN and is the co-Chair of the Nuclear Particle and Radiation Division of South African Institute of Physics. He is the recipient of several awards and fellowships. Prof. Mellado is an internationally acclaimed researcher of the National Research Foundation of South Africa.

Prof. Mellado is an expert on the Higgs boson – a sub-atomic particle that is thought to give matter its mass – and was a leading participant in its discovery that was announced in 2012 and led to the Nobel Prize in Physics being awarded in 2013 to François Englert and Peter W. Higgs. He has attained and continue to have a number of positions of leadership internationally.

Prof. Mellado is a member of the Gauteng Premier’s COVID-19 Advisory Committee, where he leads work on predictions. The latter includes the implementation of advanced analytical techniques and Artificial Intelligence. Prof. Mellado works with an interdisciplinary consortium of over 50 scientists from Southern Africa, affiliated with universities and other institutions in Botswana Eswatini, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.  A Dashboard that includes visualization and predictive modelling was launched in March. The project received a grant award by the IEEE.

The project has been covered on TV, radio and major newspapers. For a selection of interviews and articles on the press:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9ybm4x2tgcqasgn/AABFuAnx95Kvcqs9Y61u4QDTa?dl=0