African Materials Science and Engineering Network

AMSEN is based on the premise that increased skills in materials science and engineering are needed in southern Africa to develop and add value to the extensive mineral deposits of the region. AMSEN benefits from existing collaborations, including the DST/NRF Centre of Excellence in Strong Materials established at Wits in 2004 and the Wits-Namibia Engineering Curriculum Development Program in nanotechnology, sponsored by Norway’s SANTED Programme. To reduce the brain drain in this field from academia to industry, AMSEN uses a retention strategy that includes supplementation from industry, allowing staff to consult for and be seconded to industry, and providing incentives for publishing in academic journals.
Updates on Recent AMSEN Activities

* AMSEN Collaborates with Northern Illinois University (NIU) *

The application submitted by the AMSEN node at University of Nairobi to the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program has been successfully approved for funding and support! Prof. Andrew Otieno of Northern Illinois University will start his 54-day term as Visiting Professor at the UoN AMSEN node on 5 January 2015. Among the activities lined up for Professor Otieno are: external examination of the PhD thesis of AMSEN student Kenneth Njoroge; teaching and examination of one unit in the MSc program (Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering) that AMSEN is spearheading at UoN; curriculum refinement; and identification of future avenues of cooperation between UoN and NIU.
Kenneth Njoroge (UoN) has submitted his PhD and is working on at least three papers from that work.
Silas Hango (UNAM, hosted at Wits) gave a presentation at the 2nd Annual Science Research Conference in Namibia.
Adefunke Fabiyide (Wits) presented a combination of her work, Aodeji Apata’s (previous AMSEN PhD student at Wits) and another student’s work at the Advanced MetaIs Initiative conference in South Africa, and her work has also been accepted for the Microscopy Society Southern Africa conference in December. She is also learning how to use the new Electron Probe Micro-analyser (EPMA) at Wits.
Both Michael Bodunrin (Wits) and Liberty Chipise (University of Botswana, hosted at Wits) have nearly finished their PhD project proposals.
University of Ghana has signed the paperwork to join AMSEN and their node now has three MSc students lined up. Official announcement forthcoming!
AMSEN Leaders
Academic Director and Secretariat
Prof. L. A. Cornish, Director of Centre of Excellence in Strong Materials
Head of AMSEN Secretariat
Casey Sparkes
University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Prof. F. P. L. Kavishe, Founding Dean, Faculty of Engineering & Information Technology
University of Namibia 
Prof. George Rading, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
University of Nairobi, Kenya