Dr Oscar Philander is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Director of a Technology Station in Advanced Manufacturing at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town, South Africa. Oscar has been involved in teaching, research, technology and innovation for the past 20 years at the university. The main thrust of his activities lies around servicing, consultation, and localisation of technologies for South African industry. He’s been involved in different areas of Technology Development that includes aeronautics, aviation, motorsport, and maritime. He is fluent in languages of structural and non-structural modeling with a focus on materials science and smart materials. His activities and experience has positioned him well in answering the South African Government’s call towards its ocean phakisa and exploiting the blue economy.