School of Computing and Information Technology Gets New Director

Dr. Michael Kimwele (right) hands over the office documents to Dr. Agnes Mindila

The School of Computing and Information Technology (SCIT) is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Director, Dr. Agnes Mindila.

Appointed by the Vice Chancellor, Dr. Mindila will assume the role for a period of 2 years, effective from August 9, 2023. She succeeds Dr. Michael Kimwele and will be responsible for both administrative and academic matters within the department.

Dr. Mindila brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to her new position. Expressing her excitement about the challenges ahead, she highlighted the School’s dedication to fostering research, innovation, and consultancy through collaborations.

“We are fortunate to have exceptional minds within the School, ready to contribute their expertise towards addressing the multifaceted challenges our society faces. This will not only benefit our University and country but also the broader region,” said Dr. Mindila.

She further revealed her strategic approach, indicating that the School plans to harness the power of its alumni network to cultivate robust relationships with both the academic community and industry.

Dr. Mindila stressed the importance of networking in creating opportunities for collaboration, research partnerships, and funding. She added, “Through our alumni network, the School aims to strengthen the culture of innovation, research, and collaboration among both our staff and students.”

Dr. Mindila, a Senior Lecturer within SCIT, holds a PhD in Information Technology. Her research interests encompass a variety of areas, including ICT for development strategies, blockchain technology, system dynamics, assistive technology with artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Her impressive academic profile features nearly 50 publications and poster presentations. She has also been actively involved as a member of the innovation Open Data and Visualization (iODaV) Sub-taskforce of the AFRICA-ai-JAPAN Project. In addition, she previously chaired the Department of Information Technology from 2017 to 2019.

As she takes on her new role, Dr. Mindila receives well-wishes from her predecessor, Dr. Kimwele. In a statement, Dr. Kimwele expressed his confidence in Dr. Mindila’s ability to excel in this leadership role. He assured her of his availability for guidance and support, emphasizing the collaborative efforts needed to ensure the continued growth and success of the School of Computing and Information Technology.

The SCIT community eagerly anticipates the positive impact Dr. Mindila will bring to the School’s academic and administrative landscape, as it continues to be a hub of innovation and excellence in the field of computing and information technology.

SCIT Administrative staff extend a warm welcome to the new Director

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