Preamble

The Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering was established in 2017 under the School of Engineering and Technology in a bid to train more manpower in the field of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. The department is currently offering one programme, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. The programme is designed with a view to effectively empower its graduates across a broad range of engineering activities seeking practical solutions to the societal problems. The programme has been designed from carefully selected specialized courses within the conventional Engineering fields, and includes key areas revolving around agriculture and food production, meteorology and climate change, geography and environmental management, limnology and biological disciplines.

Rationale

With agriculture being the mainstay of the Kenyan economy and contributing directly and indirectly 52 percent of the total Gross Domestic Product (GDP), there is a dire need to embrace technology reducing the over reliance on unskilled/semi-skilled labor that accounts for over 40 percent of the total population and over 70 percent of the rural people. This can only be achieved by invocation of technology, innovation and inventions. The need for this programme has continued to be recognized through the various global, regional and national initiatives. The Sustainable Developments Goals (SDG#1- end poverty, SDG#2- No hunger, SDG#6- clean water & sanitation), the African Union Agenda 2063, and the National Government’s Big 4 agenda, are the latest policy shifts that promotes the intensification of agricultural value chain through technological innovation and inventions realized through the programme.

Vision

The department envisions being a centre of excellence in Training, Research and Consultancy in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering with special emphasis on the needs of the industry and society. The programme will produce experts who are effective practitioners of the Engineering as a profession, while underscoring the changing biosystems need in Agriculture.

Mission

To train market driven and world class engineers with the knowledge and skills to pursue careers in research, education and consultancy.

Objectives

  • To produce graduates with sound knowledge in principles of Engineering Sciences for continued research and development in their areas of expertise and for postgraduate studies.
  • To enable the graduate to identify, plan and solve arising problems not only in the engineering field, but also at the interface of Agriculture and Environment based on the Systems Approach.
  • To produce professional and consulting Engineers, who understand and respect ethical values and responsibilities of serving the community, society and the environment at large.
  • To produce graduates with basic entrepreneurial skills endowed with the ability for self-employment.

Collaborations

  • KTDA
  • University of South Africa (UNISA)
  • Water Resources Authority (WRA)

 

Undergraduate Programs

Program Duration

The programme shall cover a minimum of five academic years, with all subjects taught in units including practicals. Each candidate is required to take a minimum of 16 units per academic years. To qualify for the B.Sc. degree award thus, the candidate will be required to have taken a minimum of 80 units. To facilitate hands on practical experiences, B.Sc. Engineering students shall have a third semester in second, third and fourth years in conformity with the requirements of the Engineering Board of Kenya (EBK). A semester shall consist of 16 weeks, 2 of which for examination. The teaching hours for each course shall be two hours of lecture, one hour for tutorials and three hour of laboratory work where required.

Entry requirements

For KCSE Candidates, the basic admission requirement shall be the minimum requirement set for entry into the Public Universities and in addition candidates are expected to have their clusters as shown below:

Mathematics:               B+

Physics:                       B

Chemistry:                   B

English:                       B-

Geography/Biology:      B

National Diploma holders in Agricultural engineering. Civil Engineering, Building Construction or Water Engineering and Mechanical engineering from National Polytechnics other recognized institutions.

 Full time Staff
1. Dr. Kipng’etich Nickson Lang’at
2. Dr. Eng. Fidelis Kilonzo -  Chairman
3. Mr. Nduhiu Gathuma
4. Dr. Wesley K. Kirui
5. Dr. Kennedy Mwetu
6. Dr. Eng. Patrick M Murigi
7. Eng. John Otieno Nyaguti

8. Mr Simon Thuku Mwangi

9.Mr. John Mulwa Ndisya

10. Ms. Angela Hiuhu

11. Mr. Simon Thuku Mwangi

Technical Staff

  • Dan Nyando

Adjunct Professors

  • Prof Lawrence Gumbe
  • Prof. AyubGitau
  • Prof. BancyMati

Part-Time Lecturers

  • Purity Njeru
  • Asaph Mbugua
  • Elias Ako
  • Dan OchiengOjwang