African Materials Science and Engineering Network (AMSEN)

African Materials Science & 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 the Witwatersrand
University of Nairobi
University of Botswana
Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA)
University of Ghana
University of Namibia (UNAM)

University of Nairobi AMSEN Node Partners with Northern Illinois University


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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 (NIU) started his 54-day term as Visiting Professor at the UoN AMSEN node on 5 January 2015.
During his visit, Professor Otieno:
  • Examined the PhD thesis of AMSEN student Kenneth Njoroge entitled “A Multi-Scale Dislocation Model Applied to Metal Plasticity.” Mr. Njoroge passed the examination with just a few grammatical errors to correct, and will be awarded his degree shortly.

  • Taught the course FME 624: Non-Destructive Testing to the MSc students. This was done on an accelerated basis (six hours per week for 7 weeks). The instruction included lectures, laboratory work, a visit to the Kenya Bureau of Standards, continuous assessment by both by written exam and by term papers and assignments. He also set the end of semester examination and provided the solutions and marking scheme.

  • Prepared course outlines for the following suggested courses:
    • Manufacturing Automation
    • Programmable Electronic Controllers
  • Suggested changes to the following postgraduate courses:
    • FME 609: CAD/CAM
    • FME 610: Industrial Data Processing
    • FME 649: Finite Element Method
University of Nairobi invited Dr. Promod Vohra, Dean of the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology at NIU, to visit UoN at a time convenient to both parties. When this visit takes place, UoN and NIU will sign a memorandum of understanding covering the following areas of cooperation:
  • Student and staff exchange
  • Back-linking
  • Joint research projects
  • Joint supervision of postgraduate students
  • Book and equipment exchange
  • Joint laboratory experiments