Prof. Bernard Ikua, the Principal, College of Engineering and Technology and Prof. Robert Kinyua, former long serving Director, Institute of Energy and Environmental Technology have been appointed to the positions of Deputy Vice-Chancellors.
Prof. Ikua, 53, a Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor will serve as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration) while Prof. Kinyua, 52, a Professor of Physics will be Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs.
Prof. Victoria Ngumi, JKUAT Vice Chancellor in a communique announced the two will serve on an acting capacity from August 1, 2018. The positions fell vacant following recent elevation of the previous occupants; Prof. Victoria Ngumi and Prof. Romanus Odhiambo to the helm as Vice Chancellors of JKUAT and Meru University of Science and Technology respectively.
Kinyua, who holds a PhD degree in High Energy Physics obtained in 2000 at Osaka University, Japan, had earlier studied at the University of Nairobi graduating with a masters and undergraduate degrees in Physics in 1993 and 1990 respectively.
Prof. Kinyua whose research interests are in high energy physics, radiation physics and renewable energy has widely published with 35 scholarly papers in peer referred journals to his credit.
Ikua, also an alumnus of the University of Nairobi where he studied for his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering also holds PhD and MSc degrees in the same field obtained in Japan based Totori University in in 2002 and 1999 respectively. With his research interests on machine designs and dynamics, modelling and control machining process, and manufacturing systems and precision engineering, Prof Ikua has posted over 22 papers in scholarly international journals.
Meanwhile, Dr. Hiram Ndiritu has been appointed Acting Principal, College of Engineering and Technology.