Dr. Engineer Hiram Ndiritu is the new Dean at the School of Mechanical, Manufacturing & Materials Engineering (SoMME). Dr. Ndiritu who until his election was chairperson of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, beat the incumbent, Prof. George Nyakoe in the Thursday March 31, 2016 to emerge the winner.
The incoming Dean thanked over 80% of the staff who turned up for the exercise for expressing faith in his capacity to steer the school and promised to fulfill his election pledges.
Key among his priorities are industry-academia collaborations to foster training and research in the School. He also plans to consultatively develop a master-plan for SOMME growth and expansion, placing key emphasis on teaching and research equipment and space.
Dr. Ndiritu also has his eyes on mentorship and award schemes that would ensure excelling staff and students are rewarded; besides facilitating registration with relevant professional bodies.
To achieve this vision, Dr. Ndiritu banks on the support of the staff, something he emphasized in his acceptance remarks.
Prof. Nyakoe congratulated the incoming Dean, assuring him of his support. Nyakoe said the school had realized a number of achievements under his tenure including establishment of two departments namely Marine Engineering and Mining Engineering departments. The new School of Biosystems and Environmental Engineering was also originally a department under SoMME. The School is also home to Mechatronic Engineering Department
The Academic Affair Registrar, Dr. Esther Mworia who presided over the elections urged Dr, Ndiritu to put the interest of the School ahead and work with all staff members to realize not just SoMME vision but also the aspirations of JKUAT at large.