fidelis 2019

Department/Unit/Section: Agriculture & Biosystem Engineering
Contact Address: 43844-00100 Nairobi
Executive Dean - School of Engineering and Architecture  & Senior Lecturer
Area of Specialization: 
Water, Environment and Sanitation (WES)
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A Senior Lecturer and Executive Dean -School of Engineering and Architecture, Kenyatta University boasts 27 years of experience in Engineering, Education, Environment, and Leadership. He's been a member of the Institution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK’s) Policy, Research, and Advocacy committee, a gazetted Washington Accord Assessors by the Engineers Board of Kenya, serves on the board of the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre, Eastern Africa. He is a member of management Board of the Kenya Education Network (KENET) and sits at the steering committee of Stanford’s University Byers Center for Biodesign's East Africa Biodesign program. His research focus and interests includes climate change, appropriate environmental Technology transfer, low cost tech-innovations, sustainable food systems, Water and waste management, and hydrological and groundwater modeling


Articles in refereed journals

  • Fidelis N. Kilonzo, L.J.Kibet Data Test and Pre-Treatment for Hydrological Modelling and Applications Journal of Engineering in Agriculture and the Environment (JEAE), VOLUME 8. NO 1. 2022
  • Halidini Sarakikya, Peter Mashingo, Fidelis Kilonzo, Design and Computational Fluid Dynamics Modelling for a Municipal Solid Waste Incineration Process, Open Journal of Fluid Dynamics, 2021, 11, 177-191
  • Fidelis N. Kilonzo, Winnie M. K., Joyce W. K., Juliana K., Daniel K., Catherine M., and Scholastica M., (2020) Wastewater Reuse For Urban And Peri-Urban Agriculture: Why It's Not Happening Soon? Journal of Engineering in Agriculture and the Environment (JEAE), Volume 6. No 2 pg .32-40
  • Sarakikya, H.; Kilonzo, F.; Gumbe, L, Kiplagat, J., (2020) Prediction Of Temperature And Flue Gases For The Incineration Process Using Mathematical Modeling And Computer Simulation, Journal of Engineering in Agriculture and the Environment (JEAE), Volume 6. No 2 pg .1-11.
  • Tadesse A., F. Kilonzo, A. van Grinsven, and W. Bauwens, (2017) Evaluation and application of alternative rainfall data sources for forcing hydrologic models in the Mara Basin, Hydrology Research.
  • Kilonzo F., F. O. Masese, A. Van Griensven, W. Bauwens, J. Obando, and P. N.L. Lens, (2014). Spatial-temporal variability in water quality and macro-invertebrate assemblages in the upper Mara river basin, Kenya, Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 67-69,93-104.
  • Kilonzo F., U. Mutwiwa, S. Mutua, and M. Waweru, (2012). Evaluating the use of Constructed Wetland in the Treatment of Tannery Wastewater, Kenya Science, Technology and Innovation Journal.
  • Kilonzo F., Van Griensven A., Obando J., and Bauwens W, (2012). Using Cluster and Averaging technique to improve model performance in data poor catchments, Centre International Capacity Development (CICD) Series (ISSN 1868-8578)
  • Van Griensven A., P. Ndomba, S. Yalew, and F. Kilonzo, (2012) Critical review of the application of SWAT in the upper Nile Basin countries. Hydrol. Earh Syst. Sci, 16, 3371-3381
  • Coetsiers, M., F. Kilonzo, and K. Walraevens; (2008). Hydrochemistry and source for high Fluoride in groundwater of the Nairobi area, Kenya, Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) 53(6) pg 1230-1240

Relevant Books and Book Chapters

  • Daniel Kyalo Willy, Fidelis Kilonzo and Juliana Kiio, (2020) Who Cares? Consumer Attitudes and Purchase Decisions on Peri-Urban Agricultural Commodities in the Absence of Information Asymmetry: in Kiio and Njuguna 2020 (eds) Food Safety, from Farm to Fork: Emerging and Re-emerging Issues, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, ISBN (10): 1-5275-5583-6 ISBN (13): 978-1-5275-5583-9.
  • Kiio Juliana, Kilonzo Fidelis, Kyalo Daniel, Muui Catherine and MathengeScholastica (2020) Potential for Wastewater Re-Use in Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture to Mitigate Household Food Insecurity in Nairobi, Kenya: in Kiio and Njuguna 2020 (eds) Food Safety, from Farm to Fork: Emerging and Re-emerging Issues, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, ISBN (10): 1-5275-5583-6 ISBN (13): 978-1-5275-5583-9.
  • Kilonzo, F.N., 2014. Assessing the Impacts of Environmental Changes on the Water Resources of the Upper Mara, Lake Victoria Basin, CRC Press/Balkema, ISBN 9781138026384

Relevant Conference papers

  • The Triple Blessings of Competency-Based Education, Washington Accord and Artificial Relevant Conference papers
  • Intelligence in Engineering Education in Kenya. 30th IEK International Conference, 14th to 17th November 2023, PrideInn Paradise Beach Resort, Mombasa, Kenya.
  • Rationalising Technology-enabled learning to increase student engagement - The 9th International Annual School of
  • Education and Lifelong Learning Conference, 3rd-4th October 2023 – Co-author
    End of the traditional engineering professional: Changing face in engineering education, 28th IEK conference, 2021, PrideInn
  • Paradise Beach Resort, Mombasa, Kenya.
  • Paradigm shift in Linking engineering with the roots; Engineering the Food security agenda, 27th IEK International
  • Conference, 24th to 27th November 2020, PrideInn Paradise Beach Resort, Mombasa, Kenya
  • Feeding city population on dying waters, how can we move into the future?" 22nd International conference on Environmental indicators (ICEI2017), 1-5 August 2017, Helsinki, Finland.
  • Food production systems and the farmers' adaptive capacity to Climate Change in the Upper Mara River Basin, Kenya, Lake
  • Victoria Basin Scientific conference, 22-23 Oct, 2012, Entebbe, Uganda.
  • Spatio-temporal variation in water quality of the upper Mara River basin, paper presented at the WaterNet/ Symposium, 31 Oct- 2 Nov, 2012, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Selecting a Potential Evapotranspiration method (PET) in the absence of Essential climatic input data, paper presented at the
  • SWAT International Conference 14-17 June, 2011, Improving model predictive capacity in poorly gauged catchments, paper presented at the Lake and Catchment Research Symposium (LARS2011) conference, 14-18 March, 2011, Nairobi, Kenya

Research Grants

  • Co- Investigator - Decision-making platform for increased productivity, predictability, and profitability for composting and black soldier fly production for organic waste valorisation in Africa. African Agriculture KTP: 13906 - Innovate UK, Innovation
  • Funding Service – 2024- KES 51.5M (£250,000)
  • Principal Investigator – MedTech Accelerator East Africa program – Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation -2023- KES 170M ($1.199Mn)
  • Co- Investigator - Drought Early warning systems, is it time for Kenya to have one? - National Research Fund (NRF-Kenya) – 2017- KES 20m
  • Principal investigator - Eco-friendly Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture (UPA) - Kenyatta University VC grant-2016 – KES 2M
  • Principal Investigator - Improving the research capacity in Kenyatta University- NUFFIC/UNESCO-IHE -2014 - KES 1M
  • Principal Investigator - Evaluating the use of constructed wetland in the treatment of tannery wastewater - National Council for Science and Technology (NCST) – 1998- KES 1.9m