Latest News in Environmental and Biosystems Engineering

The chairman – EBE, Prof. A. N.  Gitau met with a delegation from the Botswana’s Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources - Department of Energy; Mr.Lesedi Bafetanye, Mr. Tendai Mugoni and Madam Semwelo Keipeile.                               



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The principal CAE, Prof. Peter M. Ngau paid courtesy visit to the department of EBE upper kabete premises on 17th Aug, 2016. The purpose was familiarization of the infratructures, buildings and other parts of the department.



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UPPER KABETE
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Eng. Prof. A. N. Gitau participated in CEO GLOBAL, Regional Symposium and Award Ceremony held at Mayfair. He emerged country winner in the  Titans finalist (men) on Education and Training: Academic category.                                  



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MAYFAIR
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ESA and EBESA organized for a cleanup event at Donholm in conjunction with Environmental Sustainability led by Dr.Mbuge. The community work took place from 9am to 3pm in the evening. There were 70 students and a few saff members from CAE.



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MAYFAIR
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The Department of Environmental and Biosystems Engineering invited PhD Students to present their progress report on 31st May, 2016.



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MAYFAIR
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The chairman, EBE met with Rachel Peletz and Emily Kumpel representatives from Aquaya Institute. The meeting held on 17th May 2016 aimed at discussing possible collaborations between the department and the Institute.                



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MAYFAIR
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The Department of Environmental and Biosystems Engineering  students are currently sitting for their second semester 15/16 final examination. The Examination started on 9th May and will end on 20th May 2016.



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MAYFAIR
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The University of Nairobi wishes to notify all students whose programmes were in session before the closure of the University on April 5, 2016 that they will resume their studies as follows:



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MAYFAIR
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Environmental and Biosystems Engineering Students Association (EBESA) held their Annual Open Day on 2nd April 2016 at Upper Kabete sports complex. There were several sports activity lined up for the day.

These included  semifinals in football, short races, egg race, eating competition and indoor games such as scrabble, checkers and chess.



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Upper Kabete
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The dean School of Engineering, Prof. Mbuthia Jackson M. paid a courtesy call to the department of EBE office, Upper Kabete on 20th April 2016. The purpose was familiarization of the infratructures, buildings and other parts of the department.



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Upper Kabete
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Environmental and Biosystems Engineering 4th year students had the mechanical design presentation on 5th April 2016.

The design project involves a study of the application of the general principles, empiricism of mechanics of solids to the creative design of mechanical equipment, product development, management and economics. This unit is examinable by coursework



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Upper Kabete Campus
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The department of Environmental and Biosystems Engineering organized Engineering Design Project Final Presentations for the 5th year students 2015/ 2016. The presentations were held on 31st March 2016 at the department’s Upper Kabete premises.



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Upper Kabete
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SEFA an NGO is working in three (3) counties namely; Kilifi, Kitui and Kakamega in promoting food crops namely; Casavva, Sorghum, greengram and also in bee keeping. Their interest is collaboration in the areas of Bio-char and Conservation Agriculture (CA).



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Chairman office, Upper Kabete
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The chairman, EBE  and the Ag. Director Dr. Noah Wawire - Agricultural Mechanization Research Institute (AMRI)  met on Thursday 17th March, 2016. The purpose was to discuss the possibilty of the department to collaborate with AMRI to establish the status of Agricultural Mechanization in the country.


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chairman office, main campus
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The Environmental and Biosystems Engineering Students Association (EBESA) committe organized an academic excursion trip for the EBE students students to Aberdares National Park on 19th March, 2016. The aim of the trip was to give the students a practical exposure to the processes of the earth formation.



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aberdares national park
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Eng Charles Mutunga, a consulting with GIBB International consulting engineers gave a lecture to our 4th year students on Friday 4th March 2016 on “The Procurement of Irrigation projects (services)” at Upper Kabete. This was among the lecture series for the unit FEB422: Professional Practice.



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upper kabete
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The chairman and other member of staff met with Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue University on 3rd March, 2016.

The chairman, on his introduction made a brief presentation on the history of the department, the core thematic areas and the research projects that the department has involved in and the ongoing projects.



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UPPER KABETE
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The University of Nairobi, College of Architecture and Engineering students and staff representatives joined Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) in the commissioning of Thange River Clean Up exercise which took place at Thange Primary School on 1st March, 2016.



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Kibwezi
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Through the continued support from DEVKI STEEL MILLS LTD, our 3rd Year students currently on fourthterm visited the company on an educational trip in AthiRiver on 19th February 2016  . They were taken through various processes by Mr. Harison an employee there.



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ATHI RIVER
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The Energy Agro-Food team held a conference in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa from 18th to 20th February, 2016.The conference was the final project meeting Act 5, 4
 

Final Conference in Addis Ababa – Group Photos

UON was represented by Eng. Prof.  A. N. Gitau, EBE,  Prof. Wambui K. M, FNST and Mr. C. Njuguna, registrar CAE



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Ethiopia, Addis Ababa
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EBESA in coordination with the department organized for a visit to Rehema children’s home on Saturday 6th 2016 as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).  The students arrived at 11.00 a.m. The children at the home aged from 14 months to teenager.

The students as part of giving back to the community donated various items to this worthy course and these items were:



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Ethiopia, Addis Ababa
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Science and Technology Park (STP) is about adding value and training people how to add value by digital fabrication. EBE 3rd and 4th year student were privileged with a special presentation by Derrick Mugasia from UoN, STP on 9th February, 2013. STP has two facilities within the UoN



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upper kabaete
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The Energy – Agro-Food Synergies in Africa (EDULINK II) Stakeholders Half – Day Workshop Meeting that was hosted by the University of Nairobi was held on February 5, 2016 at the University of Nairobi, Institute of Nuclear Science & Technology Conference Room.



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Institute of Nuclear Science & Technology Conference Room
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Find attached the revised Engineers Act, 2011 that was approved on 27th Jan 2012 for assent. The arrangements of the sections are as follows; The Engineers Act, 2011



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Institute of Nuclear Science & Technology Conference Room
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The Department of Environmental and Biosystems Engineering  technical staff held a meeting on 11th January, 2016 at upper Kabete. It was presided  by the Principal Technologist Mr. J. O. Orodi. The meeting  discussed on the preparation of 3rd year fourth term timetable that is to include both FEB 240: Workshop Practices  & FEB 340: Engineering practices.



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UPPER KABETE
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The Department of Environmental and Biosystems Engineering 3rd,  4th and 5th year students met with students from University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA for an interactive session on 14th January, 2016. The guest students were welcomed by the  Mr. A. K. Inima.



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UPPER KABETE
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The University wishes to request the students who graduated from the Department of Environmental and Biosystems Engineering from 2004/2005 to 2014/2015 to liaise with the University through the Department for registration of a course to enable them be registered with the Engineers Board of Kenya (EBK) as Graduate Engineers. The registration of the course commences on 11th to 15th January, 2016.



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UPPER KABETE
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The department of EBE held an Oral Defense Seminar Examination (proposal presentation) for the 5th year students 2015/16 on 20th November, 2015, at upper Kabete premises.

 5th year student, (Christopher Kagwiri) presenting his proposal to the panelist and fellow students



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UPPER KABETE
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The department of EBE in collaboration with KENDAT participated in a training held at University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Australia from 24th October – 7th November 2015.

A group photo of the FACASI project participants at NCEA, Australia



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UPPER KABETE
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Environmental and Biosystems Engineering Students Association (EBESA) in collaboration with the EBE, organised a career talk on 6th November, 2015 in Upper Kabete (VetLab 4 lecture theater). Speakers at the event were, Dr. George Mwaniki (UNEP), Vitalis Too (Lake Turkana Wind Power Company), Ms. Dorcas Nduge (staff EBE) and Mr. Peter Kimani (staff EBE).   



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VETLAB 4, UPPER KABETE
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The Lions Club of Kenya joined their President, Dr. Vijoo Rattansi in planting over 2,000 trees at the CAVS, Kanyariri Farm. The department of EBE was represented by Dr. Mbuge, Ms. Dorcas and Mr Kangethe

Dr. mbuge, Ms. Dorcas and Mr. Kangethe planting trees



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VETLAB 4, UPPER KABETE
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A Makerspace is a community centre that provides technology, manufacturing equipment and educational opportunities to the public. Makerspaces, hackerspaces or fablabs are creative, Do It Yourself (DIY) spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn. They often have 3D printers, software, and tools etc. for fabrication work.



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VETLAB 4, UPPER KABETE
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The chairman and academic member of staff met all students in the department on 30th Septmber 2015.  The first year students were welcomed by all staff and EBESA chair gave a brief about the process of where they have come from in accreditation of the program.

EBESA chair Spenser Kirawa addressing students in the department



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upper kabete
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The Technical Staff held their meeting on 29th September 2015 at Upper Kabete Conference Room. The Chairman Eng. Prof. A. N. Gitau was in-attendance. He reported that EBK has approved the program as Biosystems Engineering but the name of the department remains as Environmental and Biosystems Engineering. That the University of Nairobi is an ISO Certified Institution.



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upper kabete conference room
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 A collaborative initiative between Agricultural Engineering Services Directorate, State Department of Agriculture, and Department of Environmental and Biosystems Engineering, University of Nairobi. The research was conducted in two counties namely Machakos and Makueni.



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Machakos and Makueni counties
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The Department of EBE in collabortaion with KENDAT conducted a baseline study on agricultural mechanization hubs from 21st to 26th September, 2015.



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Meru and Laikipia County
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The Department of EBE received students from Eldoret University, Department of Agricultural and Biosystem Engineering and Mechanical Engineering on 8th September, 2015.The purpose of the academic trip was to give the students a wide exposure to complement theory and practicals done during their studies.          



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UPPER KABETE
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The Energy Agro Food International Intensive School kicked off on Monday 31st August 2015 in Mekelle University in Ethiopia. 



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Mekelle University in Ethiopia
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The Seed Enterprise Management Institute (SEMIs) at CAVS with collaboration with EBE conducted international training courses on seed production from 10th – 15th August and on seed drying, processing and storage from 17th – 22nd August, 2015. The instructors from EBE were Eng. Prof. A. N. Gitau, Dr. D. O. Mbuge and Eng. J. Mutua.                      



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Mekelle University in Ethiopia
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The Department of EBE participated on this year's Nairobi Ploughing Competition that was held on 25th July, 2015 at Kanyiriri Farm (CAVS). The event was organised by the Agricultural Society of Kenya. Wilberforce Kipkoech and Eric Kibondori both 3rd year students were among the contestants. Wilberforce emerged 3rd in the disk plough categories.



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KANYARIRI FARM
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The Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Secretariat) organised a joint stakeholders conference in Brussels, Belgium on 7th and 8th July 2015. The aim was "To bring together in a networking event, representatives of granted projects within the three programmes as well as other high level stakeholders in the ACP Group of States tertiary education and research sectors."



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Brussels, Belgium
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The Good News Broadcasting Systems (GBS) interviewed the Chairman, Environmental and Biosystems Engineering, Prof. Ayub N. Gitau and Dr. Muthumbi Waweru (Environmental Specialist) on various issues concerning Solid Waste Management (SWM), on Tuesday, June 30, 2015.



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EBE MAIN CAMPUS CHAIRMAN OFFICE
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EBE MAIN CAMPUS CHAIRMAN OFFICE
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The Departments of Environmental and Biosystems Engineering, MSc. Students presented their progress report to the panel of Department lecturers and post graduate students  on 27th -  28th May, 2015. The presentation topics covered the core thematic areas of the department: Environmental, Processing, power and Machinery, and water.



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MAIN CAMPUS
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The Chairman EBE,  Dean F o A,   and Ministry of Agriculture livestocks and Fisheries met with  BrazAgro Ltd Commercial Director, (Mr. Maina Kariuki) and Senior Technical Sales (Mr. Antony Mwangi) on 27th May, 2015. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss possibiliities of collaborations in students interships and attachments.



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UPPER KABETE DEPARTMENTAL BOARD ROOM
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The Department of Environmental and Biosystems Engineering 3rd, 4th and 5th year students are currently sitting for their second semester 14/15 final examination. The Examination started on 18th May and will end on 29th May 2015.



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UPPER KABETE
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Engineering Design is the process in which scientific principles and the tools of engineering are used to produce a plan which can be fabricated, installed, commissioned and operated to satisfy a need. Where; Mechanical Engineering Design is the above process as applied to components and systems of a mechanical nature 

Eng. Prof. A. N. Gitau Examining the end product of Hydro- Powered Venn Pump



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UPPER KABETE
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The department of Environmental and Biosystems Engineering held an Oral  Examination (Defense) Presentation Final Project  for the 5th year students 2014/ 15 on 8th May, 2015, at Upper Kabete Premises. The project is aimed at solving a particular engineering problem, with the application of Engineering Sciences learnt during the course period.



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UPPER KABETE
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The Department of Environmental and Biosystems Engineering  together with  the EBE Students Association organised for the  Annual Open Day held on 25th April, 2014  at Upper Kabete Sport Complex. The purpose of the day is bringing together all the EBE students to interact and  have social day.



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UPPER KABETE
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The Department of Environmental and Biosystems Engineering was represented by Mr. Antony Karimi ( Farm Mechanization Technologist)  in a mission for FACASI PROJECT from 20th to 24th April, 2015 in Bungoma and Laikipia counties in Kenya.

 the 2WT planting with Morrison single row planter



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UPPER KABETE
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The chairman, members of teaching staff and all EBE Students met on 2nd April, 2015 for a brief feedback on accreditation of EBE program by EBK. The students expected the feedback from EBK on March 2015, to which the chairman reported to them that the meeting was postponed to April 2015.

 



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Upper Kabete Premises
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The Department of Environmental and Biosystems Engineering held Technical Staff Meeting on 26th march 2015 at Upper Kabete, Conference Room. The department chairman Eng. Prof. Ayub N. Gitau was In-Attendance. He highlighted on the following; promotion, Punctuality, Work Environment, University Webometric ranking and Labs Timetables.



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Upper Kabete
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The department of Environmental and Biosystems Engineering held an Oral Defense Seminar Examination (proposal presentation) for the 5th year students 2014/ 15 on 13th March, 2015, at upper Kabete premises.              



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UPPER KABETE
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Dr. Mwenje High School students paid a visit to the Department of Environmental and Biosystems Engineering on 6th February, 2015. The students were welcomed by chief Technologist, Mr. G. E. Chweya on behalf of the Department Chairman. The aim of the visit was to learn practically how to operate agricultural farm machineries.  

 



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UPPER KABETE PREMISES
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The Energy Agro Food team held a conference from 22nd to 26th February 2015 at Sokoine University, Morogoro - Tanzania. The aim was to develop the new teaching modules and internship programme in four Africa universities. The Department was represented by Eng. Prof. Gitau and Mr. Chweya See Photos 



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Sokoine University, Tanzania Africa
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The UNESCO Water Harvesting Project Team was in Rombo. The two day event included conducting group training for Trainers of Trainers (ToT), Artisans (for water tank construction) and two of the participating groups (Engong’ee Rombo and New Jerusalem Women Groups)



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Sokoine University, Tanzania Africa
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The Department of Environmental and Biosystems Engineering hosted 200 students from Kenyatta University on 2nd and 3rd of February, 2014.  see photos



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upper kabete premises
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UNESCO and University of Nairobi water harvesting project team visited Rombo Division, Oloitokitok Sub County, Kajiado County on 28thJanuary to give community members the results of a research carried out on water harvesting. See Photos 



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ROMBO DIVISION, KAJIODO COUNTY
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The UNESCO/UNI TWIN, in collaboration with College of Architecture and Engineering (UON), hosted a UN Joint programme on 26th January 2015 to Film and Interview the beneficiaries of the Water Harvesting Project in Tulimani Location, Makueni County. See Photos 



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Makueni County
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The University of Nairobi being  an ISO 9001 : 2000 certified and World-Class University has embraced modern techonologies as one method of teaching. Click to see Photos



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Upper Kabete
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The Department of Environmental and Biosystems Engineering 4th and 5th year students met with nine guest students from University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA for an interactive session on 15th January, 2015. They were welcomed by the chairman Eng. Prof. Gitau and Mr. A. K. Inima. click to see photos 



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Upper kabete Premises
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As part of the planned activities for the Energy-Agro-Food Synergies Project, the Department of Environmental and Biosystems Engineering was represented by two senior lecturers namely: Eng.Dr. Ayub Gitau and Eng. Dr. Duncan Onyango Mbuge at University of Pavia, Italy

A group photo of the project Stakeholders



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Upper kabete Premises
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Eng. Joackim Mutua lecturer in the Department of Environmental & Biosytsems Engineering presented his PHD proposal defence seminar on 3rd November, 2014 at Upper Kabete. The research title "Characterization of the Quality of Long Grain Rice during Milling Using the Descrete Element Method." 

Eng. J. Mutua presenting to the audience his PHD proposal defence 



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Upper Kabete Premises
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The Department of EBE participated on this year's Nairobi Ploughing Competition that was held on 25th October, 2014 at Kanyiriri Farm (CAVS). The event was organised by the Agricultural Society of Kenya. 



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Kanyiriri Farm (CAVS)
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The Environmental and Biosystems Engineering Students Association met with the Dean School of Engineering Prof. Patts Odira and the Chairman EBE Eng. Dr. A. N. Gitau on 31st October, 2014 at Upper Kabete. See Photos



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UPPER KABETE
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The Chairman Eng. Dr. Gitau and Chief Technologist Mr. Chweya met with CAE Internal Auditors Mr. Githinji and Mr. Kiilu on 3oth October, 2014 at Chairman's office Main Campus.

going through the Audit report



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Main Campus
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John Ndisya and Angela Hiuhu, MSc. students EBE, conducted field trials of various tillage equipments in the University of Nairobi Field Station.

Ms. Angela, Mr Macharia and Mr. Wahome adjusting the oxen mouldboard plough



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Upper Kabete
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Kennedy Wandera Makudiuh Msc. Student EBE carried out test on his project titled: "Rake Angle Effect on the Draft Power Requirement for Conservation Tillage Tools"



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Upper Kabete
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The Department of Environmental and Biosystems Engineering participated in the Africa Engineering Week on 4th September 2014. The event was organized by UNESCO, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) and the School of Engineering, University of Nairobi.



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School of Engineering
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Silvia Chindemi and Federica Borriello from Politecnico di Milano (Italy) visited the Department of Environmental and Biosystems Engineering on Wednesday 13th August 2014.

Silvia Chindemi and Federica Borriello during a meeting with Eng. Dr. Gitau and G. E. Chweya.



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EBE Main Campus
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The University of Nairobi Chancellor Dr. Vijoo Rattansi paid a visit to the Department of Environmental and Biosystems Engineering on 5th of August 2014.



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EBE Main Campus
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The Department of Environmental and Biosystems Engineering organized an Academic trip to Kajiado and Ngong’ Hills on 25th July, 2014.

Dr. M. Gichaba with EBE students during the visits.



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Kajiado and Ngong’ Hills
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No words could capture the joyous feelings in the hearts of Mr. and Mrs. Waithaka when they visited the Department of Environmental and Biosystems Engineering on 1st August 2014.   

Mr. and Mrs. Waithaka having a word with Dr. Gitau during the visit



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Kajiado and Ngong’ Hills
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Experts from different fields related to Post Harvest Technologies and Seed Management attended SEMIs curriculum review workshop between 2nd and 6th July 2014 at Great Rift Valley Lodge.



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Great Rift Valley Lodge - Naivasha
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The Nation Media Group Team visited the Department of Environmental and Biosystems Engineering on 2nd July 2014 to follow up on the progress of Brian Owenga.



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Great Rift Valley Lodge - Naivasha
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Participants Group Photo



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Great Rift Valley Lodge - Naivasha
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Postgraduate students in the Department of Environmental and Biosystems Engineering presented their study progress on Saturday 24th May 2014.

Group photo: MSc. Students and their Supervisors

The event was held at the Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology Conference room.



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Main Campus
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The school of Engineering organized ISO QMS sensitization workshop for its student leaders  on 11th March 2014.  Eng. Dr. A. N. Gitau, an Internal QMS auditor in the University of Nairobi was the resource person during the workshop.



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American Wing Room 406
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The Departments of Environmental and Biosystems Engineering and Food Science, Nutrition and Technology in the University of Nairobi organized a one day conference with stakeholders in the Energy–Agro-food sector.



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Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology conference room
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EBE students visit to Hell's Gate on an academic trip



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Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology conference room
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The Chairman and the Chief Technologist met with EBESA Team on 18th September 2013 at Chairmans' office, Main Campus.

Environmental and Biosystems Engineering Students Association (EBESA) team in a Meeting With the Chairman and the Chief Technologist.



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Main Campus
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The University of Nairobi has noted that there is a message trending on social media, purportedly from the Vice-Chancellor’s desk, advising second year students on opening dates.

 

The University wishes to state that this message is not from the University.  The position of the University is that the status quo has not changed, and second year students should wait for official communication on the opening dates which will be made through the mainstream media as has always been the practice.

 



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Mekelle University in Ethiopia
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Due to great public demand, the University of Nairobi Library in
conjunction with UNES Ltd will conduct a short course on Institutional
Repositories and Open Access Publishing as follows:

Date: 25th -28th August 2015

Venue: University of Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Library

Target Group: Project Managers/Administrators, IT staff, Editors & Library
staff with the responsibility to implement/manage institutional
repositories

Cost: Ksh. 50,000.00

	

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Mekelle University in Ethiopia
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http://cae.uonbi.ac.ke/content/6th-annual-east-africa-regional-exhibition-and-workshop-kicks

 

The University of Nairobi will host the first Nairobi Innovation Week on August 5-7, 2015.



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KANYARIRI FARM
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