SustainAM School: Forging a Sustainable Additive Manufacturing Future

Dr.-ing James Wamai Mwangi introduces the 5th cohort of SustainAM School

The foundation for the future of engineering lies in our capacity to harness the potential of locally available, renewable, and bio-compatible resources within the realm of Additive Manufacturing (AM) Technologies. This core message resonated strongly as the JKUAT College of Engineering and Technology proudly hosted the 5th Sustainable Additive Manufacturing (SustainAM) School.

According to the Coordinator, SustainAM project, Dr.-ing James Wamai Mwangi the school is specifically designed to equip students with the requisite skills to excel in utilizing these sustainable resources, marking a significant step in shaping the next generation of Additive Manufacturing experts.

Jointly executed by Technische Universitat Bergakademie Freiberg (TUBAF), Germany, and JKUAT, the training school targeted 17 students over a two-week period commencing August 28, 2023.

Prof. Jackson Kwanza addresses the 5th SustainAM School

Speaking during the opening ceremony, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research, Production and Extension, Prof. Jackson Kwanza commended the collaborative spirit of the school and urged students to internalize the knowledge acquired, in order to enact meaningful change within society.

“I am confident, forging international partnerships of this nature will yield benefits for both institutions, positioning JKUAT as a research and innovation hub, thereby attracting top-tier talent and enhancing its global reputation,” said Prof. Kwanza.

On his part, the Chairman, Department of Additive Manufacturing, TUBAF, Prof. -Ing Henning Zeidler, said the initiative is not merely a theoretical endeavor; rather, it is a practical step towards creating sustainable solutions in the realm of additive manufacturing.

“The school is more than just an educational institution; it is a hub of forward-thinking research and practical applications that contribute to the larger goal of sustainable and Additive Manufacturing,” said Prof. -Ing Zeidler who joined the meeting virtually from TUBAF.

A section of the 17 students of the SustainAM 5th School follow proceedings during the opening ceremony

The school is hosted by the SustainAM Project and is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The project aims to revolutionize additive manufacturing by incorporating bio-based materials that are currently either wasted, underutilized, or considered unwanted.

“By integrating these materials into the manufacturing process, the project seeks to not only reduce waste but also promote sustainability and innovation in the field,” said Dr.-Ing Mwangi.

The JKUAT team steering the training will be represented by Dr. (Eng.) Samuel Kabini Karanja, Dr-Ing. James Kuria Kimotho, and Dr. Erick Kiplangat Ronoh. Also on the team are, Dr.-Ing. James Wamai Mwangi, Ms. Maurine Andanje, and Ms. Lucy Kariuki, all from Mechatronics Engineering.

SustainAM School: Forging a Sustainable Additive Manufacturing Future

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