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
  • Kenneth Njoroge has completed another draft of his PhD, and will be submitting it soon. He has been appointed Assistant Lecturer at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya. (6/14)

  • Adenike Olaseinde has successfully completed her PhD corrections. (6/14)

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 and Information Technology
University of Namibia
Prof. George Rading, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
University of Nairobi, Kenya