Beeuwen Gerryts has a degree in Mechanical engineering, and a Master's degree in Engineering Management, both from the University of Pretoria. He also completed the SANDF’s Executive National Security Program in 2003.
During his CSIR career, he was the leader of the CSIR aerospace initiative and the assistant national contact point (ANCP) for Aeronautics within the EU Framework 7 research programme. He joined DST in 2012 as Chief Director: Technology Localisation, Beneficiation & Advanced Manufacturing and is also co-championing the strategic objective 'R&D led industry development'.
He is a board member of the Council for Geosciences and the Centurion Aerospace Village.