SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE (SEA)
Meru College of Technology (MECOTECH) identified a niche in automotive and later Building Construction courses since its establishment in 1984, offering the courses at Certificate and Diploma levels. In 2008, the government of Kenya upgraded the then Meru College of Technology (MECOTECH) into a University College and named it Meru University College of Science and Technology (MUCST). During the transition from a college of Technology to a University College, Engineering courses were housed in the Department of Science, Mathematics and Engineering. When the University was awarded the Charter in 2013, a Department of Engineering was then established in the School of Information Technology and Engineering (SITE). In order to exercise that mandate great effort was put to ensure that Engineering degree programmes were introduced to run concurrently with certificate and diploma courses. The first Engineering degree programmes were introduced in September 2014. The programmes which were introduced and are currently running comprise of:
- Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering
- Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering
- Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering
These are 4-year programmes whose graduates will serve the Engineering industry as engineering technologists. The introduction of these programmes justified the creation of Department of Engineering which was domiciled in the School of Information Technology and later led to establishment of School of Engineering and Architecture (SEA) in July 2016.
SEA’s vision is to be a leading centre of excellence in Engineering and Architecture. In this regard we focus on furnishing our students with the finest instruction and strong foundations in Engineering and Architecture. Our core values which are integrity, commitment, academic and research excellence, professionalism, innovation, teamwork, equity and social justice and customer responsiveness are our guiding pillars which the School fraternity strongly believes in.
The aspiration of Meru University of Science and Technology is to expand further the training of Engineers because there is great global demand for them.
Recently the School received modern training equipment from the Government. The equipment has been installed in our newly built workshops and they will go a long way in enhancing the quality of training in the School. In addition, a new building at the main campus which is popularly known as Engineering Complex is substantially complete. The building is intended to house all the Engineering Departments in a very comfortable and serene environment which is conducive for effective learning. These facilities support our resolve to train and produce graduates with fine skills and deep knowledge of the engineering and architectural disciplines in which they are trained.
The School of Engineering and Architecture (SEA) is among the newest School in Meru University of Science and Technology. It was established in July 2016. This happened after the Department of Engineering which was in the School of Information and Technology and Engineering became a full fledged School. Currently the School has three departments namely;
- Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Department of Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
- Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering
Several academic programmes are currently run in the School. The Programmes include Degree, Diploma and Certificate programmes.
- Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering
- Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering
- Bachelor of Technology in Electrical and Electronics in Engineering
- Diploma in Civil Engineering
- Diploma in Electrical and Electronics Engineering
- Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
- Certificate in Electrical Installation
- Certificate in Motor Vehicle Technology
Our vision is to be a leading centre of excellence in engineering and architecture. In this regard we focus on furnishing our students with the finest instruction and strong foundations in engineering and architecture. Our core values which are integrity, commitment, academic and research excellence, professionalism, innovation, teamwork, equity and social justice and customer responsiveness are our guiding pillars which the School fraternity strongly believes in. Recently the School has received from the Government training equipment which are very modern. The equipment have been installed in our newly built workshops and they will go a long way in enhancing the quality of training in the School. In addition a new building at the main campus which is popularly known as Engineering Complex is substantially complete. The building is intended to house all the engineering departments in a very comfortable serene and attractive environment which is conducive for effective learning. These facilities are aimed at supporting our resolve to train and produce graduates with fine skills and deep knowledge of the engineering and architectural disciplines in which they are trained.
The Mechanical Engineering Department has existed since the inception of the Meru College of Technology in 1984 later Meru University College of Science and Technology and finally Meru University of Science and Technology that was given Charter to operate as a full-fledged public university in 2013.Mechanical Engineering Department
The department initially offered craft and diploma courses in automotive engineering examined by the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC). The department, part of the recently established School of Engineering and Architecture (SEA) currently offers a Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering, diploma in Mechatronic Engineering and certificate in motor vehicle technology.
Plans are under way to offer a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering and later Petroleum Engineering, Chemical and Processing Engineering as well as Mining and Mineral Processing Engineering in order to address the current and future national labour needs and also towards attainment of the objectives of Kenya Vision 2030 and beyond.
The department is equipped with the state of the art training facilities that includes laboratories and workshops with CNC (computer numerically controlled) machines as well computers with internet access for research and training. We look forward to fulfilling our mandate of equipping young Kenyans with the necessary skills to drive this country and humanity forward.
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department
The Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department has existed since 2003 under the then Meru College of Technology, which later became the Meru University College of Science and Technology and eventually the Meru University of Science and Technology in 2013 after receiving a charter.
Since its inception, the department offered craft courses examined by the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC). In 2010, the department introduced Diploma and Certificate courses which it offered under the School of Information Technology and Engineering (SITE). In 2014, the department started offering degree courses in Engineering Technology under the Engineering department. In July 2016, the school of Engineering and Architecture (SEA) was formed, after the splitting of the initially one Engineering department into three departments (Civil, Electrical and Mechanical). The department of Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering currently operates under SEA.
There are plans to establish a bachelor of engineering degree course in Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering department to help diversify workforce to meet the demand for diversity in the rapidly growing industrial environment.
The department, through the support of the University,has acquired excellent equipment and training facilities that embrace modern technology to ensure learners are equipped with skills relevant to the latest technology. We feel sufficiently empowered to announce to Kenyans and the world in general that we are ready to equip them with knowledge to face tomorrow with courage.
Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
The Department started since the inception of the then Meru university college of Science and Technology in 2009 with the vision of training high qualified civil engineers whose talent ,skills, ability and knowledge meet the requirements and needs of the Nation and potential private employers. The Engineers are also expected to carry out research in order to bring new insight into the academia bases of Civil Engineering field.
The Meru University of Science and Technology Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has a mission of planning ,design, and construction of buildings, bridges, tunnels, transportation facilities and other structures required for health, welfare ,safety, employment and pleasure of the society and for environmental control and use of natural resources.
The department of civil and Environmental Engineering of Meru University is committed to high standards in products and service delivery. In this regard, the department pledges to offer competitive and client-driven, academic programmes aimed at producing quality products and services to its customers. Guided by the University’s vision, mission and core values and collaboration with stake holders the department seeks to provide quality training, research and technological transfer in the field of Civil and Environmental Engineering through nurturing an intellectual culture that integrates theory with practice and innovation for sustainable national and global development.
|Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering Department|
|1.||Jacob T. Makanga||PhD. (AIT Malysia), Msc., HND (Kenya Poly)|
|2.||George N. Njeru||HND (Mombasa Poly)B.Phil., (UoN), MSc., (DKUT)|
|3.||Ben Asiago||Bsc. Mech. (JKUAT)|
|4.||Joel M. Rukariah||B. Ed. Tech.(Moi)|
|5.||KinyuaMburung’a||B. Ed. Tech.(Moi)|
|6.||Joblincon M. Atonga||Certificate (Mvm)|
|Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department|
|1.||Iddi M. Macharia||Dip. (Elect.)|
|2.||James M. Nteere||Dip. (Elect.)(MUST)|
|3.||Liza K. Marete||Dip. (Elect.)(MUST)|
|4.||Caroline Muiga||Dip. (Elect.)(MUST)|
|Civil and Environmental Engineering Department|
|1.||Francis K. Kigira||MSc.(JKUAT) HDip(Kenya Poly),Dip(JKCAT). Dip(Okayama)|
|2.||Joy Riungu||MSc., BSc.|
Programs currently on offer:
SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE (SEA)
Master of Science in Sanitation
Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health/Community Health/Environmental Sciences/ Micro Biology/Biological Sciences/Chemistry/Biochemistry/Civil Engineering/ Agricultural Engineering/Agriculture/Health Sciences or any other relevant degree with at least Second Class Honours (Upper Division) from an institution recognized by MUST Senate.
Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health/Community Health/Environmental Sciences/ Micro Biology/Biological Sciences/Chemistry/Biochemistry/Civil Engineering/ Agricultural Engineering/Agriculture/Health Sciences or any other relevant degree with at least Second Class Honours (Lower Division) from an institution recognized by MUST Senate and two (2) years relevant post qualification work experience.
Duration: 4 semesters Mode of Study: Fulltime/Part-time/Weekend Campus: Main Campus (Nchiru)
Tuition fees per semester: Ksh. 60,000
1. UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMMES
Bachelor of Technology (Electrical Engineering)
2. K.C.S.E mean grade of C+ (plus). In addition, students are expected to have obtained at least a grade C+ (plus) in each of the following cluster subjects in K.C.S.E examinations:
iv. Biology/any Group III/any Group IV/any Group V.
KCSE Subject Grouping
Group I: English, Kiswahili, Mathematics
Group II: Biology, Physics, Chemistry
Group III: History and Government, Geography, Christian Religious Education, Islamic Religious Education, Hindu Religious Education
Group IV: Home Science, Art and Design, Agriculture, Aviation Technology, Computer Studies, Drawing and Design, Power Mechanics, Electricity, Metalwork and Building Construction.
Group V: French, German, Arabic, Music, Business Studies
A-Levels or Equivalent
Students should have a minimum of two (2) principal passes in Mathematics and Physics and a subsidiary level pass in Chemistry with a credit pass in English at O-Level
Diploma or Equivalent
Bachelor of Technology (Mechanical Engineering)
Bachelor of Technology (Civil Engineering)
Duration: 8 semesters Mode of Study: Full-time/Weekend Campuses: Main Campus (Nchiru) and Meru Town Campus (Hart Towers) Tuition fees per semester: Ksh. 45,000
RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS
PUBLICATIONS IN CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP PROCEEDINGS:
J.T. Makanga, D. Shitanda, C. Njoroge and M.G. Ong’era “Application of Renewable Energies for Storage of Horticultural Produce in Marginal Areas of Kenya: The Performance Evaluation of a Prototype Solar-Charcoal Cooler”. International Journal of Science and Technology, ISSN 2321 – 919X, Volume 4 Issue No. 12 Pages 115 – 124, December 2016.
Nathan A. Bogonko, Thomas Thoruwa, M.C.Z. Moturi and James T. Makanga “Assessing the Effect of an Exhaust Fan on the Performance of a Rice Husk Fuelled Flat Bed paddy Dryer”. International Journal of Science and Technology, ISSN 2321 – 919X, Volume 3 Issue No. 8 Pages 102 – 106, August 2015.
- N. Kinyanjui, J.T. Makanga and J.J. Kitetu “Production of biodiesel from
animal fats and evaluating its potential as an alternative fuel”. Journal of Agriculture, Science and Technology (JAGST) Volume 17 (1) 2015.
J.T. Makanga and Eric N. Ngondi “Status and Constraints of Wind Energy Resources Utilization in Kenya. Presented at the International workshop on small wind energy devices for developing countries. September 14-16 2009 AICAD, JKUAT, Kenya.
J.T. Makanga, D. Shitanda and C. Njoroge “Development of a solar- charcoal cooler for storage of farm produce in marginal areas of Kenya.” Presented at the first biannual JKUAT funded research Projects seminar, 21-22 August 2008, JKUAT, Kenya.
J.T. Makanga, “Tractor Wheel Compaction on Clay Soil and Its Effects on Crop Production”. Presented during the Fourth International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology. 28th – 31st July 2008, Wyndham Greenspoint Hotel, Houston, Texas, USA.
J.T. Makanga, J. Nozaka, D.M. Mburu and A. Anyangu “Effect of Tractor Wheel Soil Compaction on Crop Growth and Yield: A Maize and Beans Case Study. Presented during the 2007 JKUAT Scientific, Technological and Industrialization Conference.
J.T. Makanga, V.M. Salokhe and D. Gee-Clough “Soil Failure and Force Behaviour as Influenced by Tillage Machinery”. Accepted for Presentation during the 2002 Asia International Agricultural engineering Conference,held in China.
J.T. Makanga, J. Nozaka, D.M. Mburu and A.Anyangu “Effects of Tractor wheel Compaction on Maize and Beans Growth and Yield. Submitted to “Support Africa International” for purposes of the 2000 Agricultural Award.
J.T. Makanga, V.M. Salokhe and D. Gee-Clough “Deformation and Force Characteristics Caused by Inclined Tines in Loam Soil Below Liquid Limit. Part II: Force Characteristics. Presented during the 2001 KSAE Conference, Nairobi, Kenya.
J.T. Makanga, V.M. Salokhe and D. Gee-Clough “Variations in Soil Deformation and Force Characteristics in Tillage Operations”. A review and Personal Experience. Presented at the 2000 KSAE Conference, October, Nairobi, Kenya.
J.T. Makanga, V.M. Salokhe and D. Gee-Clough “Deformation and Force Characteristics Caused by Inclined Tines in Loam Soil Below Liquid Limit. Part I: Deformation Characteristics”. Proceedings of the 8th to 9th June 2000 JKUAT Mechanical Engineering 6th Annual Seminar.
J.T. Makanga, “Effect of moisture content on soil failure and force characteristics caused by inclined tines in loam soil.” Presented at the 1997 Kenya Society of Agricultural Engineers (KSAE) Conference, Milimani Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya.
J.T. Makanga, V.M. Salokhe and D. Gee-Clough “Preliminary investigations into the effect of tine rake angle on soil failure patterns in dry loam soil”. Presented at the Japanese Society of Agricultural Machinery (JSAM) Conference, March 1997, Tsukuba, Japan.
Kigira, F.K., Gathenya, J.M., Home, and P.G. Assessment of the Impact of Different vegetation as Riparian Zones in controlling nutrients flow into water bodies, (Nile Water Science and Engineers Journal, Vol 10, issue 1, 2017.)
Kigira, F.K., Gathenya, J.M., Home, and P.G., To assess the impact of land use change on nutrients flow and to establish the level of key pollutants of Nyangores. (Nile Water Science & Engineering Journal, Vol. 8Issue 2, 2015)
Kigira, F.K., Gathenya, J.M., Home, and P.G., Modeling the influence of land use/land cover changes on hydrology and sediment yield of Thika River catchment using SWAT model. (Nile Basin Water Science and Engineering Journal, Vol, 3 issue 3,2010
Mirara, S.W., Septien, S., Velkushanova, K., Singh A., Buckey, C.A. Drying and Pasteurization of Faecal Sludge from VIP latrines in an Infrared Radiation process ( under review)
Septien.S, Singh,A., Mirara S.W., Makununika, B, Teba L., Velkushanova K., Buckley C.A., Overview of a Medium Wave Infrared Process, ‘LaDePa’, for Drying and pasteurisation of Faecal Sludge from VIP latrines, 4th YWP-ZA Biennial and 1st African YWP Conference. Pretoria, South Africa, November 16-18, 2015(article available in proceeding).
Xiangmei M., Martijn S., Mirara S. & Wiebren D., Jong. 2014. Experimental Study of Drying Different Sludges Using a Belt-Mir Ladepa Dryer. European Biomass Conference and Exhibition Delft, Netherlands.
Septien, S., Singh, A., Mirara, S.W., Teba, L., Velkushanova, K., Buckley, C.A. ‘LaDePa’ Process for the Drying and Pasteurisation of Faecal Sludge from VIP Latrines using infrared radiation South African Journal of Chemical Engineering Elsevier, B.V., Radarweg 29, 1043 NX Amsterdam, The Netherlands (under review)
Riungu J., Ronteltap, M., van Lier, J.B. 2018. Build-up and impact of volatile fatty acids on E. coli an A. lumbricoides during co-digestion of urine diverting dehydrating toilet (UDDT-F) faeces. J Environ Manage, 215, 22-31.
Riungu J., Ronteltap, M., van Lier, J.B. 2018. Volatile fatty acids (VFA) build-up and its effect on E. coli inactivation during excreta stabilisation in single-stage and two- stage systems. Journal of Water Sanitation and Hygiene for Development. 10.2166/washdev.2018.160.
Riungu J. N., Ronteltap M., Van Lier J. B. Biochemical energy recovery during anaerobic stabilization of Urine Diverting Dehydrating Toilet Faeces (UDDT-F) in urban poor settlements: single vs two stage. (In press)
Riungu J. N., Ronteltap M., Van Lier J. B. An evaluation of the limitations of slum sanitation chain. 3rd IWA development congresss and exhibition, conference proceedings. (14th-17th October 2014), Nairobi, Kenya.
Riungu N.J, Hesampour M., Pihlajamaki A., Manttari M., Home P. G., Removal of pesticides from water by Nanofiltration, Environmental Science and Engineering, USA.
Riungu N.J, Home P. G. and G. M. Ndegwa, Removal of natural organic matter from water; effect of TiO2 catalyst, Environmental Science and Engineering, USA
- A. Osuto, H. A. Ouma and E. N. Ndungu, “Vision Based Road Traffic Density Estimation and Vehicle Classification for Stationary and Moving Traffic Scenes during Daytime,” Journal of Sustainable Research in Engineering, vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 100-110, 2015.
Welma Nyabuto, C. Maina, and P. Kihato, “Dynamic Voltage Stability Analysis on Shore-to-Ship Power Connected System,” Int. J. Eng. Res. Technol., vol. 11, no.7, pp. 1051–1066, 2018
ATTENDED CONFERENCES AND PRESENTATIONS
Kigira, F.K., Gathenya, J.M., Home, and P.G., To assess the impact of land use change on nutrients flow and to establish the level of key pollutants of Nyangores River. Paper presented on the 10th JKUAT Scientific,Technological and Industrialisation conference and exhibitions. 12th – 13th November 2015.
Kigira, F.K., Gathenya, J.M., Home, and P.G., 2008: Modeling the influence of land use changes on hydrology and sediment yield in a river catchment using SWAT model. Paper presented at 3rd International conference on Appropriate Technology, 12th-15th November, 2008, Kigali Rwanda.
Kigira, F.K., Gathenya, J.M., and Home, P.G., 2007: Modeling the influence of land use changes on hydrology and sediment yield in Thika River catchment using SWAT model. Proceeding of 2007 JKUAT Scientific, Technological and Industrialization conference, 25-26 October 2007, Kenya.
Riungu J. N., Ronteltap M., Van Lier J. B. Simultaneous stabilization and hygienization of faecal matter from poor urban settlements applying co-digestion in plug-flow digester systems. AD conference, TU Delft, Netherlands
Riungu J. N., Ronteltap M., Van Lier J. B. Pathogen inactivation during anaerobic stabilization of human feaces in two stage reactor setup. 41st WEDC International Conference. Egerton University, Kenya
Riungu J. N., Ronteltap M., Van Lier J. B. An evaluation of the limitations of slum sanitation chain. 3rd IWA development congresss and exhibition (14th-17th October 2014), Nairobi, Kenya.
Riungu J. N., Ronteltap M., Van Lier J. B. Assessing the bio-methane potential (BMP) and concomitant pathogen removal of UDDT faeces with(out) additional organic substrates. 3rd Feacal sludge management conference (17th-22nd Jan 2015), Hanoi, Vietnam
Riungu J. N., Ronteltap M., Van Lier J. B. Impact of VFA on Ascaris lumbricoides and E. coli deactivation during stabilization of UDDT faeces with/without organic substrates. AFWA development congress and exhibition (21st-25th Feb 2016), Nairobi, Kenya.
Riungu J. N., Ronteltap M., Van Lier J. B. Assessing the potential for methane production and pathogen reduction from UDDT waste with/without organic substrates: Laboratory and pilot scale study results. Chennai, India 17th-21st February 2017.
Riungu J. N., Ronteltap M., Van Lier J. B. Hygienisation of human waste in anaerobic treatment – making use of intrinsic processes, IWA Development Congress, 13th-16th November 2017, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Riungu N.J, Hesampour M., Pihlajamaki A., Manttari M., Home P. G., Mwangi H., Effect of two different kinds of photocatalysts (TiO2) on decomposition and ultrafiltration of humic acid. IWA regional conference and exhibition on membrane technology and water reuse –Istanbul, Turkey, 2009
Riungu N.J, Hesampour M., Pihlajamaki A., Manttari M., Home P. G., Investigating removal of pesticides from water by Nanofiltration Membrane Technology, Fifth JKUAT Technological and Industrialization Conference, 2010
- A. Osuto, H. A. Ouma and E. N. Ndungu, “Automatic Road Traffic Density Estimation Using Image Processing Algorithms,” in Sustainable Research and Innovation (Sri) Conference, Nairobi, Kenya, pp. 80-86, 4th– 6th May 2016.
Riungu N.J. Enhanced biogas production with concomitant pathogen inactivation during anaerobic stabilization of UDDT-F. PhD research, Unesco-Ihe, Delft. (Submitted)
Esther M. Momanyi. Enhancing sludge hygienisation in anaerobic digestion of UDDT faeces, MSc Supervision. July 2015, UNESCO-IHE, Delft
Riungu J.N. 2009. Investigating removal of natural organic matter and pesticides from water by Ultrafiltration (UF) and nanofiltration (NF) membranes. (MSc research) JKUAT/ Lappeenranta University of Technology- Finland
Riungu N.J., Principal Investigator. Paradigm shift in faecal sludge management in Kenya for environmental management and food security. Newton-utafiti Fund
Simon. W. Mirara, Processing VIP latrine faecal sludge using a bench scale mid infrared machine, MSc research, 2017
Kigira Francis, Modelling the impact of land use/ land cover changes on hydrology on Thika River catchment using Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT), 2008, JKUAT
Kiigira Francis, Modelling water quality of Nyangores catchment using Water erosion practices project (WEPP) and soil and water assessment tool (SWAT)
Welma Nyabuto, Dynamic Voltage Stability Analysis on Shore to Ship Power Connected System. MSc research
Mwende Rosemary Matheka: Optimization Of Organic Waste Protein Using Black Soldier Fly Larvae..MSc research…ongoing.
Fiona Prema Otieno: A study of the effects of facts devices in renewable energy grid-connected systems to improve voltages stability, MSc research, Ongoing
Njeru. G.N, B. Skills and competency gaps analysis of motor mechanics in the informal sector: A case study for Meru township in Kenya, PhD research..ongoing.
Njeru. G.N, Asiago. B. Design and performance test of a solar powered drier for BSF larvae – on going
Rukaria M. Joel: Development and analysis of a biogas-solar hybrid system to power a helical rotor water pump. MSc research, ongoing.
Practical applicability award of PhD Research, ‘Sani-bio reactor setup’-Enhanced biogas production with concomitant pathogen inactivation during anaerobic stabilization of UDDT-F in a two stage bioreactor at UNESCO-IHE, Institute for Water Education, Netherlands.
Agricultural Society of Kenya, Meru: Best research and innovation award, June 2018
Riungu N. J. Training workshop on maintenance of infrastructure for developing countries 26-28 March 2018. Malaysia
Riungu N.J. 2018. Training workshop on maintenance of infrastructure for developing countries, Malaysia between
Riungu J.N. 2010. Helminth egg analysis. Asian Institute of technology
Riungu J.N. 2010. Decentralized sanitation- an overview of the challenges related to inadequate sanitation in developing countries and an overview of potential technical solutions. Design and implementation of smaller decentralized wastewater treatment systems, natural and source separating systems. Norwegian University of life sciences, 31st May-26th June 2010. Norway
Riungu J.N. 2010. Membrane processing for water treatment-Water treatment by Membrane filtration. Lappeenranta University of Technology
Riungu J.N. Advanced course in waste water treatment Technologies. August 3- 13, 2009. Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology organized by JKUAT and Lappeenranta University of Technology (Finland) and sponsored by CIMO-NSS Project.
The school has received training equipment from the government of Kenya. A team from the company that supplied the equipment visited the university and installed the equipment. In addition, they conducted a week long intensive training for members of staff from the engineering and physics departments. These equipment are now being used to train students in the undergraduate as well as diploma and certificate programmes.
Students during a practical session on the electronic workbench
Engine Test Rig
Radial drilling machine
Surface grinding machine
Horizontal milling machine