Dr. Pierre Cilliers obtained a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering at The George Washington University and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at The Ohio State University. He was a professor in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Pretoria from 1988 to 2004. In 2004 he joined the Hermanus Magnetic Observatory as a space physicist, where he lead the research on ionospheric tomography. Currently he is the group leader for research on Geomagnetically Induced Currents (GICs) at SANSA Space Science, and the PI for a collaborative research project on Geomagnetic disturbance monitoring in Namibia with the Namibia University of Science and Technology (Previously Polytechnic of Namibia). He has supervised several postgraduate students at SANSA and has produced more than 20 peer reviewed publications since joining the HMO in 2004. In 2013 he was appointed an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at UCT.