The 2012 JKUAT Mechanical Engineering Annual Conference on Sustainable Research and Innovation commenced Thursday, May 3, 2012 at the Africa Institute for Capacity Development (AICAD), Juja. The two-day conference now in its third year running is organized by the Department of Mechanical Engineering, of the School of Mechanical, Manufacturing and Materials Engineering.
Presiding over the opening ceremony, Dr. Silas Simiyu, CEO Geothermal Development Company (GDC) Ltd, lauded JKUAT for its consistent leadership that he said had provided a forum for engineering scholars and their counterparts in industry to exchange valuable information in current research and innovation.
In a speech read by Dr. Peter Omenda, Chief Manager in charge of Resource and Development, Geothermal Development Company, Dr. Simiyu said that plans were underway for the two institutions, JKUAT and GDC to work out a Memorandum of Understanding that would enable the University and the Geothermal Company to conduct joint research and innovation in a number of key sectors of the economy such as food technology, Engineering, Technology transfer, and geospatial science among others.
In her welcoming remarks, Prof. Mabel Imbuga the Vice Chancellor, challenged Kenyan engineers to sustain the spirit of innovation in order to remain relevant in the global economy.
“My challenge to you participants is to take these contributions a level higher by engaging the relevant authorities in order to make the ideas presented a reality”, added the VC, in a speech read on her behalf by Prof. Mulati
The conference brings together scholars in engineering, industry and related fields to exchange ideas on new and existing knowledge. Some of the papers presented at the forum find their way into refereed journals.
This year, the JKUAT annual conference has attracted over 60 participants drawn from various countries of the world including Australia, Germany, Iran, Japan, Korea, Poland, South Africa, USA and Kenya. Both academic institutions and industry are represented in the conference.
From Kenya, participating institutions include JKUAT, Moi University, Aga Khan University, Egerton University, University of Nairobi, Kimathi University College of Technology and Mombasa polytechnic. Others are Kenya Intellectual Property Institute, Pajat Management and Numerical Machining Complex.
Other JKUAT officials who graced the opening ceremony include Faculty Deans; Prof. K. Ngamau, Prof. J. Nderu and Dr. Eng. B. W. Ikua- for Agriculture, School of Electrical, Electronic & Information Engineering and School of Mechanical, Manufacturing & Materials Engineering respectively.