Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering Department
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. Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering degree programme incorporates specialties’ in the following options in its fifth year of study: (1) Farm Power and Energy Engineering (2) Soil, Water and Environmental Engineering, and (3) Biosystems Structures and Agricultural Processes Engineering. In developing these program, wide consultations was made across various engineering curricula that grant the relevant degree programmes. This program is thus benchmarked against similar programs offered by other leading Universities, nationally and internationally.
VISION OF THE PROGRAMME
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 OF THE PROGRAMME
To train market driven and world class engineers with the knowledge and skills to pursue careers in research, education and consultancy.
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
To produce graduates with sound knowledge in principles of Engineering Sciences for continued research and development in their areas of expertise and for post graduate 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.
DURATION AND STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAMME
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.
I. 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
English: c+ Geography/Biology: B
II. National Diploma holders in Civil Engineering, Building Construction or Water Engineering from Kenya Polytechnic, Mombasa Polytechnic, Kenya Water Institute and other recognized institutions will be accepted as follows:
a) Higher Diploma or Equivalent
A candidate with at least a credit pass in the Higher Diploma shall be eligible for admission into the programme corresponding to his/her area of Higher Diploma qualification. A qualified Higher Diploma applicant shall normally be admitted into the second year of study or given equivalent credit transfer.
b) Basic University Diploma or Ordinary Diploma or Equivalent
A candidate with at least a credit pass in the Ordinary Diploma or University Basic Diploma (lasting at least 3 academic years) and who in additional had attained at least a C (Plain) for mean aggregate and C+ (Plus) in Mathematics and Physics at the KCSE shall be eligible for admission into the programme corresponding to his/her area of diploma qualification. A qualified diploma applicant shall normally be admitted in to the second year of study or given equivalent credit transfers.
1. Eng. Prof Lawrence Gumbe
2. Eng. Prof. Ayub Gitau
3. Eng. Prof. Bancy Mati
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 Nyaguti8. Mr Simon Thuku Mwangi
10. Ms. Angela Hiuhu
1. Mr. Roy Orenge
2. Dr. Samwel Muthoga
3. Prof. Urbanus Mutwiwa
4. Mr. Erick Oloo Omulo