Regina Maphanga is a Principal Researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa. Prior to joining CSIR she was an Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Limpopo, South Africa.
Her research focuses on using computer simulations (classical and quantum mechanical) methods to probe materials properties and design new materials, particularly for energy storage.
She is an alumni member of South African Young Academy of Science and Global Young Academy – the voice of the young scientists around the world. Amongst various professional committees she serves, she is an Honorary Secretary and Executive Council Member for South African Institute of Physics; and an international Steering Committee Member for the workshop on women in high performance computing during Supercomputing and International Supercomputing conferences. She is one of the founding members of University of Limpopo Women Academic Solidarity Association. Recently she was elected a member for C20 Commission on Computational Physics of International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP).
She received distinguished awards for her outstanding contribution in Science, Engineering and Technology in South Africa. She made continuous contributions to a number of programmes on promotion of public understanding of science, engineering and technology in SA. She is involved in various outreach activities on encouraging youth to become future scientists. She is passionate about science communication and often writes science communication essays for Science.