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.
The UoN node has recruited new students! Sammy K. Rotich, Timothy N. Ngeru, and Johnson Ngugi are now part of AMSEN. The node is running an MSc course in Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering for the first time, and all of these new students are enrolled in it.
Kenneth Njoroge has submitted his thesis, which is now being examined. The examination process should take about two months.
Dr. Odera at Wits University, September 2014
Dr. Bernard Odera has just returned to University of Nairobi after a short research visit at Wits University.
Dr. F.O. Aramide, a RISE graduate from the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) node, was successful in securing a research grant from the new Competitive Fund for RISE Graduates.
At Wits, Adefunke Fabuyide is preparing for her first conference under AMSEN at the Advanced Metals Initiative, which will be held at Kwa Maritane, South Africa from 15-17 October. She also submitted an abstract to the Microscopy Society of Southern Africa Conference, to be held in Stellenbosch from 2-5 December.
Between Wits and University of Namibia, Silas Hango has had his paper accepted by the International Science and Technology Journal of Namibia (ISTJN), and has submitted an abstract to the 2nd Faculty of Science Annual Science Research Conference at the University of Namibia in Windhoek.
The Wits node of AMSEN received a Gleeble™ thermo-mechanical simulator in August, and it is currently being installed.
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