Eng. Prof. Duncan O. Mbuge: Best Researcher in Engineering 2022

In the ever-evolving landscape of engineering and research, there are those whose contributions stand out, leaving a lasting impact on their respective fields. Eng. Prof Duncan Onyango Mbuge is one such luminary in the world of Environmental and Biosystems Engineering, specializing in food and processing. His dedication to research and innovation recently earned him the prestigious title of "Best Researcher in Engineering" for the year 2022 during the University of Nairobi Research Week in 2023. His achievements were a result of years of dedication, innovative thinking, and a relentless pursuit of excellence. The University of Nairobi Research Week is an annual event that brings together the brightest minds in academia and research, serving as a platform for recognizing and celebrating exceptional contributions.

Prof. Duncan Mbuge's journey to becoming a renowned researcher is a testament to his passion for making a difference in the world of engineering. With a background in Agricultural Engineering for both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees, and a Ph.D. in Environmental and Biosystems Engineering, his work consistently pushes the boundaries of what is achievable in the field, particularly in the realm of food and processing. His groundbreaking research has touched various facets of Environmental and Biosystems Engineering. His contributions to food and processing have not only advanced the field but have also had a tangible real-world impact on sustainable agriculture and food security. Some of his notable contributions include:

Sustainable Food Processing: Prof. Mbuge's research has led to the development of eco-friendly food processing techniques that reduce waste and energy consumption. (WFP, Construction of Ecofriendly Cooling and Storage structures in Wajir and Marsabit Counties)

Agricultural Innovation: His work has significantly improved the efficiency of agricultural processes, from crop production to post-harvest handling. (Valueform Ltd. (UK), Development of tomato packaging for safe transport and storage)

Environmental Conservation: Prof. Duncan Mbuge's research also emphasizes the importance of eco-friendly practices in engineering, aligning with the global commitment to environmental sustainability. (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Characterization and utilization of solar energy in Kenya to improve agricultural productivity, food security and livelihoods,)

Beyond his remarkable contributions to the field, Prof. Mbuge has become an inspiration to aspiring engineers and researchers. His dedication, passion, and tireless pursuit of knowledge have set an example for the next generation of engineers to follow.