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.


University of Ghana Joins AMSEN

The new University of Ghana node of AMSEN is based at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, School of Engineering Sciences within the College of Basic and Applied Sciences. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (DMSE) at University of Ghana is a foundational part of the School of Engineering Sciences, which granted admission to its first batch of students for the 2004-05 academic year.
The Department offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in materials science and engineering (MSE) with particular focus on ceramics, metallurgy and polymers. The postgraduate programmes, which started in the 2014/2015 academic year (August 2014) focus on equipping students with a solid background knowledge in advanced MSE, training them to conduct independent scientific investigations and develop materials for the energy, environment and health care sectors, and giving them the advanced interdisciplinary skills required to design, optimize and evaluate the technical and economic viability of materials resources.
The node has access to shared facilities within the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, such as an X-ray diffractometer, Scanning Electron Microscope, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrometer, mass spectrometer, UV-Vis spectrophotometers, muffle furnace (1200°C), metallurgical microscopes, spin coater, centrifuge, spray coater, etc.
The AMSEN node at the University of Ghana aims to become a centre of excellence in energy materials research. The University of Ghana joined the AMSEN project in September 2014 with its three pioneer Master of Philosophy (MPhil) students; Miss Afia Rania Nuamah, Mr. Reuben Seth Richter and Fredrick Paakwah Buabeng (pictured above, L to R). All of the students are currently enrolled at the University of Ghana and are being supervised by Dr. Boateng Onwona-Agyeman and Dr. David Dodoo-Arhin and co-supervised by AMSEN nodes at the University of Nairobi and the University of Botswana. The node is coordinated by Dr. David Dodoo-Arhin, the Ag. Head of Department.

University of Nairobi AMSEN Node Partners with Northern Illinois University

The application submitted by the AMSEN node at University of Nairobi to the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program was successfully approved for funding and support! Prof. Andrew Otieno of Northern Illinois University started 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.
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