Mqhele Dlodlo
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BornMqhele Enock-Hershal Dlodlo
(1954-05-02) May 2, 1954 (age 67)
Sandolo Village, Zimbabwe
EducationDelft University of Technology, The Netherlands
OccupationVice Chancellor
EmployerNational University of Science and Technology (NUST)
PredecessorLindela Rowland Ndlovu (Late)
Spouse(s)Flora Sukoluhle Dube
ChildrenThandeka Nokholo and Dumisa Sibane
  • Enock Dlodlo (father)
  • Nanzeni Khumalo-Dlodlo (mother)

Professor Mqhele Dlodlo is a Zimbabwean academic who is the current Vice Chancellor of the National University of Science and Technology (NUST). Before his appointment to this position he was working as an Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town (UCT), and continues to serve as an Emeritus Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department of UCT, supervising PhD and Masters Students at the Institution.


Mqhele Enock-Hershal Dlodlo was born on 2 May, 1954 in Sandolo Village, Zimbabwe. Son of Enock and Nanzeni (Khumalo) Dlodlo.[1] He married Flora Sukoluhle Dube on 18 August, 1979 and the couple has two children, Thandeko Nokholo and Dumisa Sibane.


He still recalls the names of his two primary school rivals: Soneni Ngwenya and Winette Mpofu. “Some years I was ahead, some years one or the other of them took the top spot. It was a fierce competition.” This fierce competition pushed him to excel so that he mantains that supremacy over his competitors. After completing elementary school he went on first to Matopo Secondary School and later to complete his A levels at Thekwane High School near Plumtree, where he excelled at his studies. Dlodlo had set his sights on pursuing tertiary studies somewhere away from home, as long as it was not the University of Rhodesia (now University of Zimbabwe). As it turned out, he won a tuition scholarship to Messiah College,a Christian liberal arts college in Grantham, Pennsylvania, in the United States, to study pre-engineering physics. While there, he won a fully funded scholarship through UNESCO to study at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.[2]

He attained the following qualifications:

  • PhD (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands);
  • MSEE (Kansas State University, USA);
  • BSEE, BS – Mathematics and Engineering Management (Geneva College, USA).


At the time of his appointment as the National University of Science & Technology (NUST) Vice-Chancellor, Prof M.E. Dlodlo was working as an Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town (UCT), and continues to serve as an Emeritus Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department of UCT, supervising PhD and Masters Students at the Institution. He was the inaugural Programme Convener of the Master of Engineering Degree Programme with a specialisation in Telecommunications, in the Electrical Engineering department at UCT. Prof Dlodlo also served as Assistant Dean for Internationalisation with an Afropolitan Agenda at UCT in the Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment (EBE), from January 2011 to December 2015. He joined the University of Cape Town as an Associate Professor, in the Electrical Engineering Department in January 2005.

Prof. Dlodlo was previously employed by NUST between May 1992 and December 2004, during which period he also served as Dean of the Faculty of Industrial Technology (FIT) from May 2002 for a two-year term. He joined NUST as a Lecturer, in 1992 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electronic Engineering within FIT, in 2000 . Prior to that, Prof Dlodlo also served as a Principal Lecturer and Head of the Electrical Craft Department at Bulawayo Polytechnic from 1983 to 1992.

Prof M.E. Dlodlo is an extensively published scholar and reseacher in the Telecommunications and Wireless Communication Systems, having also served in several Technical, Steering and Organizing Committees of distinguished and international conferences and workshops. He has produced at least (11) eleven well published PhDs, more than (30) thirty Masters and numerous other Engineering degreed and Technnical graduates both in Zimbabwe and South Africa, who have gone on to achieve Professorships, Directorships and Top Level Management positions in several and reputed institutions, companies and organisations.[3]

Membership to Other Boards

  • UCT-US Center of Excellence in Broadband Networks and Applications;
  • Communications Research Group;
  • Fulbright Association;
  • Kansas State Alumni Association;
  • Geneva College Alumni Association;
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers;
  • Zimbabwe Institution of Engineers,
  • Engineering Council of Zimbabwe.

Research Interests

  • Wireless Communication Systems
  • Software-defined Radio
  • Cognitive Radio
  • Video Streaming


  • Performance Evaluation of TCP-Friendly Rate Control Enhanced with Adaptive Filters
  • RRB-SIMD: RTP Rate-Based SIMD Protocol for Media Streaming Applications over the Internet
  • An RTS Based Data Channel Reservations and Access Scheme in Multi-Channel Systems
  • The design and implementation of the Cyclic Scheduling Algorithm: A multi-channel MAC protocol


  1. [1], Prabook, Accessed: 11 April, 2020
  2. Ambre Nicolson, [2], University of Cape Town News, Published: 4 May, 2018, Accessed: 11 April, 2020
  3. [3], NUST, Accessed: 11 April, 2020