René King


Course Facilitator and Managing Director

Miss René King is a Senior Engineer at Project Performance International (PPI). René has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.

During her undergraduate career, René received the Dean’s award for notable performance in mechanics and mathematics. During her undergraduate degree, René spent her 3rd year and 4th year summer break completing vocational work at Steinmüller Bilfinger. She divided her time at Steinmüller between in-office engineering activity and on-site manufacturing. During her office internship she worked on boiler design and developed software for the design of high pressure pipe flanges. During the manufacturing segment of her vocational work, she shadowed the plant manager in conducting high pressure production operations. Her given tasks included working closely with boiler makers in constructing high pressure pipes from design charts and learning about industrial machinery used in heat treating steel pipes. 

René taught Mechatronics to postgraduate diploma students during 2017. Her work involved updating course material, lecturing and developing exam papers for part-time students. The role required in-depth knowledge of precision mechanical engineering, electronics and computer systems. Course content was centred on controller design with a smaller element of modeling and simulation in SimuLink.

René has received a bursary for a Master of Science (MSc) in Systems Engineering from Transnet. As part of her degree, she completed courses in Requirements Analysis, Systems Integration, Verification and Validation and Architectural Design. Her thesis topic encompasses evaluation of operational capacity for a freight railway network. This topic required a large amount of synthesis as this is a brown-field area of research.

René joined PPI as a full-time employee in 2017. Since then she has worked alongside PPI Managing Director, Robert Halligan in developing course material and designing workshop systems for courses such as Project Risk and Opportunity Management 3-Day course (PROM3D) and Engineering Successful Infrastructure Systems 5- Day course (ESIS5D). René is also the PPI Project Lead for the joint INCOSE-PPI collaboration to develop the next generation Systems Engineering Tools Database (SETDB).

Outside of her work and studies, René enjoys playing piano and guitar and is learning photography and video editing. René is passionate about self-development and leadership. Her ideal holiday would be reading a book out in the nature, and meeting new people.

Managing Director and Course Facilitator


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