Alumni Visit to the Department of Physics.

On Friday, 2nd June 2023, the Department of Physics was pleased to receive alumni of BSc. Control and Instrumentation (COIN), Mr. Gast Kengere and Captain Bernard Ibau. They were both in the class that graduated in 2015. They are both instrumentation engineers at Kwale Sugar Co. and Kenya Defence Forces respectively. Additionally, they run a company, Industrial Systems Instrumentation & Automation (ISA), which provides industrial process control and automation solutions and training.

Addressing Industry Gaps and Opportunities:

The visit provided a valuable opportunity for current fourth-year students to gain insights into the industry and understand how the COIN program prepares them for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. During the visit, the representatives from ISA engaged in an interactive session with the students, sharing their experiences and shedding light on the gaps and opportunities that the BSc. COIN program addresses in the industry. The BSc. COIN curriculum equips students with a solid foundation in the fundamental laws and principles of physics and their practical application in process measurement and control.

Additional Training in PLC and HMI/SCADA Programming:

One of the highlights of the visit was the announcement by ISA about their additional training programs in PLC and HMI/SCADA programming. These specialized training courses are designed to provide individuals with the necessary skills and knowledge to thrive in the field of industrial automation. Participants will learn about the programming and implementation of PLCs, which are crucial for automating industrial processes, as well as HMI/SCADA systems that enable efficient human-machine interaction and monitoring.

By offering these training opportunities, ISA aims to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical industry demands. Graduates who acquire proficiency in PLC and HMI/SCADA programming will have a competitive edge in the job market and be better prepared to contribute to the rapidly evolving field of industrial automation.

The visit from Industrial Systems Instrumentation & Automation (ISA) to the Department of Control and Instrumentation Engineering at JKUAT was a remarkable event that inspired and motivated the current fourth-year students. By engaging with successful alumni who have established a reputable company in the industry, the students gained valuable insights into the real-world applications of their BSc. COIN program.

For more information about Industrial Systems Instrumentation & Automation (ISA) and their training programs, visit their website: https://www.isainstrumentation.com/index.html

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