The eighth edition of the JKUAT annual Sustainable Research and Innovation (SRI) Conference got underway on Wednesday May 3, 2017. The three-day event that has attracted participation from Uganda, Botswana, South Africa, Egypt, South Korea, Japan, The Netherlands and Germany; will see established and budding scientists share and exchange ideas on a wide array of engineering areas.
Speaking during the opening ceremony of the event, the Country Manager, SC Johnson, Anthony Mulinge impressed upon the participants to pioneer multidisciplinary research in crucial domains such as renewable energy and industrial automation.
Mr. Mulinge said, it was only through sustainable and innovative approaches that present generation can meet their needs without compromising the needs of future generations.
In a keynote address to the participants, the Executive Director, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Mr. Atsuhiko Naoe, said Japanese companies continue to invest in transformative projects across Africa in key sectors such as transportation, energy, agriculture, and water.
Echoing the title of the conference: Engineering Innovations for Industrialization, Mr. Naoe said JETRO was actively promoting entry of African products into the Japanese market; towards creating what he termed as a win-win relationship between Africa and Japan.
In her welcoming remarks, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga said the event was part of JKUAT strategy to disseminate research findings.
Prof. Imbuga said the University remained committed to the enterprise of research and innovation as seen from a number of products such as the Taifa Laptop.
The Vice Chancellor informed the meeting that JKUAT was spearheading an International Maritime Organization led efforts on implementation and enforcement of the global energy – efficiency regulations related to international shipping in Africa.
“JKUAT is also expected to design and develop tools and machines for production and commercialization of coconut in Kenya under the NACOSTI Research Chairs Programme,” Prof. Imbuga said in a speech read by DVC Academic Affairs, Prof. Romanus Odhiambo.
The opening ceremony was also addressed by the Principal College of Engineering and Technology, Prof. Bernard Ikua and Principal College of Pure and Applied Sciences, Prof. David Mulati