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Students Research

The current student’s research projects being conducted in the department are listed below1.    Design and fabrication of Carousel powered pumping system2.    Design and fabrication of an automated latrine cover3.    Fabrication and testing of automatic water meter4.    Application of bicycle mechanism to pump water5.    Development and testing of plastic filter pack for use as a filter media in boreholes6.    Design of self – scouring sluice gate system

Research Projects

The following are some of the current research projects in the department:1.    African SNOWS: Scientists networked for Outcomes from Water and SanitationThe focus of the research is to build African capacity in interdisciplinary research in water, sanitation and hygiene. The consortium is made up of the following collaboration institutions:•    Egerton University, Kenya•    Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Ghana•    London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK•    Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda•    Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa•    University of Copenhagen, Denmark•    University of East Anglia, UK•    University of Gezira, Sudan•    University of Venda, Private Bag X5050, South AfricaThe project is funded by Wellcome Trust (2009-2014), Team- Mr.E.W.Muchiri (PI)2.    ARIST:-Investigations and development of an efficient auto-regulative irrigation system with membrane material.Research focuses on developing and testinga auto-regulative subsurface irrigation technology that  adopt the pitcher-irrigation principle to modern materials and production technology based on semi-permeable membraneswith the following collaboration institutions:•    Egerton University, Kenya•    Kassel University, Germany•    Deutsche GesellschaftfürTechnischeZusammenarbeit (GTZ,) Germany•    MICRODYN-NADIR (Wiesbaden, Membrane Technology), Germany•    PFAFF Industrial (Kaiserslautern, welding technology for synthetic tissues•    The National High School of Agronomy (ENSA), Algeria•    The Research Center for Science and Technologies in Arid regions (C.R.S.T.R.A., AlgeriaThe project is funded by BMBF- (project number: AFR 10 / P16), Germany (2011-2013), Team- Mr.E.W.Muchiri (Principal Investigator)3.    NCST project:-Design, development and testing of separate drive and delivery wing hydram for safe water access.The project is funded by NCST (2013-2016), Principal Investigator –Eng.P.N. Karogo4.    ComASI:- A Comprehensive Analysis of Subsurface Surface Irrigation in SSA for an Optimized and Adaption of an Environmental friendly irrigation practice.•    The focus of the research is to investigate in scientific capacity for the development and optimization of affordable and effective irrigation technologies to achieve food security, economic growth and sustainable use of natural resources and increase irrigation water productivity.The project is funded by ERA- ARD(2013-2016), Team- Mr.E.W.Muchiri (PI)

Edward Wanee Muchiri

Mr. Edward W. Muchiri, M.Sc. (1998)
Lecturer/COD
Office: Civil & Environmental Engineering Department,
Faculty of Engineering & Technology,
Academic Affairs Division, Egerton University,
P. O. Box 536-20115, Egerton, Kenya.
Tel: 051-211-3333.
Home: P. O. Box 810-20107, Njoro, Kenya.
Cell phone: +254-722605569.
Email: emuchiri@egerton.ac.ke or edmuchiri@gmail.com

 

EDUCATION

Year

Award

Institution

1998

Master of Science in Water and Waste Engineering

Loughborough University, UK.

1996

Pre-Master of Science in Water and Waste Engineering

Loughborough University, UK.

1987

Higher National Diploma (HND) in Water Engineering

Kenya Polytechnic, Kenya.

1982

Diploma In Water Engineering

Kenya Polytechnic, Kenya.

1982

Diploma in Technical Education

Kenya Water Institute, Kenya.

1978

East African Certificate of Education (EACE)

Narok High School, Kenya.

1974

Certificate of Primary Education

Ole Sankale Primary School, Narok, Kenya.

 

SHORT COURSES

Year

Award

Institution

2012

Cert. on Water point mapping using GIS

Gezira University, Sudan

2012

Cert. on PhD supervision

Gezira University, Sudan

2012

Cert. on Pedagogy for effective teaching

Egerton University, Kenya

2011

PhD Research Methodology Certificate

Sokoine University, Tanzania

2011

Cert. on Moodle platform

Egerton University. Kenya

2007

Certificate on Communication Skills

British Council, Kenya

2005

Cert. in Online Facilitation &Tutoring

The University of Hull, UK

2002

Certificate in Irrigation & Fertigation

The Volcani Centre, Bet Degan, Israel

2002

Certificate in Computer Applications

Egerton University, Njoro

 

FIELD OF SPECIALIZATION

Sanitation, Water Supply and Public Health Engineering

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

2012- to Date

Acting COD, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Egerton University.

2003 - to Date

Lecturer, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Egerton University.

1998-2003

Asst. Lecturer, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Egerton University

1993- 1998

Senior Technologist, Department of Agricultural engineering, Egerton University.

1988 – 1993

Technologist, Department of Agricultural Engineering, Egerton University.

1982 - 1988

Engineering Assistant, Ministry of Water Development, Nairobi, Kenya

 

KEY RESEARCH PROJECTS

2013 – to date Principal Investigator

SRFA project on Characterisation of Pit Contents and Developing a Scientific Understanding of Processes Occurring in Onsite Dry Pit Latrines Systems in Low income Urban Areas “Scientific Understanding of Pit Processes in Kenya” Funded by Water Resources Commission (WRC), South Africa

2009- to date Principal Investigator

African SNOWS Project- Scientists Networked to build interdisciplinary research in water supply, sanitation and environmental health, bringing together 9 universities from 7 countries, Funded by Wellcome Trust

2013-to-date
Principal Investigator

ComASI project: is a consortium bringing researchers across African and European institutions and funded through project administrator BLE by the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV), Germany. ComASI is evaluating the existing subsurface irrigation methods and will develop guidelines for using the techniques in the best environmental friendly manner.
Collaborating institutions are:
· Swiss Center for Scientific Research in Côte d'Ivoire (CSRS), Côte d'Ivoire
· Research Center for Science and Technologies in Arid Regions (CRSTRA), Algeria
· National Advanced School of Agronomy (ENSA), Algeria
· International Agricultural Research and Training Center, Turkey
· Agric. Engineering in the Tropics and Subtropics, Kassel University, Germany
· Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Egerton University, Kenya

2012- to -date

Principal Investigator

ARSIT-Auto regulative Subsurface Irrigation Technology- A joint research project (Egerton, University of Kassel, C.R.S.T.R.A, ENSA, Algeria) funded by BMBF, Germany, investigating on the performance of high technology membrane pipe subsurface irrigation in comparison to the drip irrigation system.

2011 to date

Co-investigator- WATERCAP PROJECT
An APPEAR funded project coordinated by RUFORUM that aims at Strengthening Universities Capacities for Mitigating/Adaptation of Climate Change Induced Water Vulnerabilities in E.Africa”

2011 to 2013

Co- Researcher - CLARA PROJECT-
A Capacity-Linked water supply and sanitation improvement for Africa’s peri-urban and Rural Areas, this a joint research project funded under the 7th Framework of the European Community.

2006-2010

Co- Researcher - ROSA project-
A Resources Oriented Sanitation Concepts for Peri Urban Areas in Africa, -a joint Egerton University, Boku, Humburg, Makerere, LSHTM, Arba Minch, and Dar el Salaam universities and Municipal of Nakuru, Arusha, Arba Minch and Kitgum on ecological sanitation project funded by 6th framework of EC.

 

RECENT SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Journal Papers
1. Muchiri E.W., Muellegger E, Mutua B.M. (2010) Private sector involvement in operating urine diverting dry toilets in Nakuru, Sustainable sanitation practice Vol.2: http://www.ecosan.at/ssp/issue-2-operation-maintenance/article-4/view
2. Muchiri E.W, Mutua B.M. (2010) Pilot UDD toilets at a church and nursery school in Nakuru,
Kenya. Sustainable Sanitation alliance (SUSANA) http://www.susana.org/docs_ccbk/susana_download/2-127-en-cs-rosa-uddt-churchandnurseryschoolsusana.pdf
3. Muchiri E.W, Raude J.M, Mutua B.M. (2010) Pilot UDD toilets and grey water treatment systems at Crater view secondary school in Nakuru, Kenya. ;http://www.susana.org/docs_ccbk/susana_download/2-125-en-cs-rosa-uddt-craterviewsecondaryschool-susana.pdf
4. Muchiri E.W, Mutua B.M. (2010) Pilot UDD toilets at a residential plot in Nakuru, Kenya. Sustainable Sanitation alliance (SUSANA), http://www.susana.org/docs_ccbk/susana_download/2-115-en-cs-rosa-uddt- residentialsusana.pdf
5. Muchiri E.W., Muellegger E (2009) Operation and maintenance strategies for resource-oriented sanitation systems in Nakuru, Kenya, 34th WEDC International conference, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2009
6. Muchiri E.W. (2003): Solid Waste Management in urban centers of Kenya, Kenya Engineer, Journal of the Institution of Engineers of Kenya, Vol. 24 No. 6, Nov/Dec 2003
7. Muchiri E.W, Kimani P.K., Chemelil, Mutulu, Karogo P.N., (1992) Hydrology and Land use of lake Nakuru Catchment, a study for Lake Nakuru Development and Conservation Project.

 


OTHER REPORTS

1. Muchiri E.W. (2010) Strategic Environmental Sanitation Plan (SESP) for Municipal Council of
Nakuru, Unpublished report for MCN. www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hIjqf1u8_A - Cached
2. Muchiri E.W, Aguyoh, J (2009) Monitoring and evaluation of ITC farmers, Technical report, AICAD
3. Ogendo, J, Muchiri E.W., (2005) Monitoring and evaluation of ITC farmers, Technical report, AICAD
4. Muchiri E.W. (2002) Njoro Community Water Supply – Technical Report
5. Muchiri E.W. (1998) Strategy for privatizing solid waste management in Nairobi, Kenya, -Unpublished MSc. thesis, Loughborough University, UK.

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Ecological sanitation-UDDTs. Faecal Sludge management and beneficiation.

 

MEMBERSHIP TO PROFESSIONAL/ SCIENTIFIC ASSOCIATIONS

Membership Category

Organization

Registered, Grad. Tech. Engineer

Engineers Board of Kenya (EBK)

AMIEK

Institute of Engineers of Kenya (IEK)

Associate Member

Kenya Society of Agricultural Engineers (KSAE)

Master Of Science In Soil And Water Engineering

RationaleThe upward trend in population has resulted in an ever-increasing demand for exploitation natural resources to meet livelihood needs. The main natural resources, which have been subject to exploitation, are soil and water. The continued exploitation of these resources has resulted into severe environmental degradation. Consequently, it is increasingly becoming difficult to meet the livelihood demands of the ever-increasing population. It is also worth noting that with increasing population, agricultural land is diminishing as settlement increases. This together with urbanisation have resulted into increased flash floods and further destruction of agricultural land and diminishing water resources. Thus, the use of soil and water resources requires understanding of the processes in order to design systems that can improve their sustainable use to meet the increasing livelihood demands.The downward trend of the quality and quantity of soil and water resources has had direct impact on livelihood and the environment in terms of land productivity and reliability of water resources. This course is intended to improve the understanding of soil and water dynamics through use of modern technology such GIS and EO. In addition, it will also provide skills for sustainable use and reliability of water resources and improve land productivity by promoting storage. Programme ObjectivesThe objectives of the programme are as follows:i) To better understand the dynamics of soil and water processes and their interactionsii) To provide understanding on the dynamics of soil and water and their interactions for sustainable productioniii) To improve skills in Engineering applications of soil and water resourcesiv) To build capacity in the use of modern technology in managing soil and water resources for Engineering applications Admission RequirementsThe common University rules and regulations for Masters Degree programmes specified in Egerton University Statutes shall apply.i) Minimum of upper second-class honours from Agricultural Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, and other related fieldsii) Lower Second-class, with two years experience in relevant fields.133.4 Course Structure and DurationCandidates taking a masters degree in Soil and Engineering shall be required to successfully complete thirty (30) credit factors of course work and in addition successfully complete a thesis worth fifteen (15) credit factors to qualify for an award of Masters of Science (MSc) degree in Soil and Water Engineering.The coursework will be conducted in two semesters, which will cover the thirty credit factors. Six (6) compulsory courses of fifteen (15) credit factors will be covered in the first semester. The remaining six (6) optional courses will be covered in the second semester of year 1. In the second year of study, a student shall be required to conduct research and write a thesis under close supervision.i) Full-time candidates for Masters Degree in Soil and Water Engineering shall be registered for a minimum of 18 months and maximum of 36 months and register for a minimum of 9 credit factors per semester.ii) Part-time candidates for Masters Degree in Soil and Water Engineering shall be registered for a maximum of forty-eight (48) months and must register for a minimum of six (6) credit factors per semester.The course code shall be SWEN, which is the abbreviation for Soil and Water Engineering. A course number consisting of three digits shall follow the course code. The first digit (7) shall represent the first or second year of graduate study; the second digit is area of the specialisation and the last digit in the sequence of the courses in the area of specialization.1 - Basic courses2 - Soil and Water Conservation3 - Water Resources Engineering4 - Environment Engineering5 - Self-studyCandidates will be required to take all the compulsory courses and at least one course from the three areas of specialisation.133.5 Examination RegulationsAll Examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with the Examination regulations as stipulated in the Egerton University Statutes number XXIX. Grading SystemThe grading of Examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with Egerton University Statutes number XXIX. Graduation RequirementsTo graduate a student shall be required to take and pass ALL scheduled course within the stipulated period. Degree ClassificationsDegree classification shall be in accordance with Egerton University statutes number XXIX.

Bachelor Of Technology In Civil Engineering

RationaleThe main purpose of introducing this programme is to facilitate possible upgrading of holders of the Diploma in Engineering to a Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering level focussing on those areas relevant to the local industry. As a technology degree, it builds on the practically oriented training at diploma level. The curriculum for the degree of Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering is therefore designed to produce graduates with sufficient theoretical knowledge, design skills and practical experience that will enable them fit into any area of Civil Engineering practice. The programme aims at giving a chance to already trained graduates from tertiary institutions to further their studies. Qualified and Practising Technician Engineers who are holders of Diploma in Engineering or its equivalent will be trained to a Bachelor of Civil Engineering Technology level so that they can be considered for registration as Professional Engineers by the Engineers Registration Board (ERB). The cornerstone of the programme is the deliberate emphasis placed on computer applications in solving engineering problems and the possibility of Electives for specialization.The Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering programme targets diploma holders from recognized middle level colleges who will be upgraded to degree level.i) Such graduates will be better placed for the competitive job market by combining hands on experience which is normally emphasised at diploma level.ii) The Course will also provide a missing link between Masters Programmes in Engineering and Diploma Programmes. It will facilitate possible upgrading and hence a route/pre-requisite for admission to relevant Masters programmes for the Diploma holders in Engineering related areas.iii) The programme creates opportunity for specialisation in the following areas of the Civil engineering discipline: Environmental Engineering Water Resources Engineering Structural Engineering Construction Engineering and Management Geotechnical and Highway Engineering
Programme ObjectivesAt the end of the training, the student will have acquired practical and conceptual skills in research, consultancy, planning, design, development, operation and maintenance founded on scientific principles, upon which Civil Engineering is based. The specific objectives of this programme are to:i) Extend the students appreciation of principles established in his or her previous study.ii) Develop the knowledge and technical ability to analyse, synthesize and optimise the variables in real problems as posed by the project, clients or technologists/engineer.iii) Develop the ability to discern and evolve by scientific methods the most appropriate technology and/or materials to be used in a given situation or problem.iv) Give a theoretical/practical orientation to the graduate engineer to be able to contribute practical solutions to water, environmental, structural, building construction and engineering management problems.v) Impart knowledge and modern technical and managerial skills to students, to enable them respond effectively to the nation‟s industrialisation challenges.vi) Prepare graduate engineers with sound engineering ability in planning, design construction operation and maintenance of civil facilities.vii) Provide a firm academic base to students to enable them carry out research, pursue further studies and offer consultancy services in Civil Engineering and other related areas. Admission RequirementsThe programme is open to all candidates who meet the following requirements under Egerton University statutes:i) Holders of relevant technical based Diploma certificate of minimum credit pass from institutions recognized by Egerton University.ii) Holders of relevant technical based Higher Diploma certificate from institutions recognized by Egerton University.iii) Diploma holders with pass grade from institutions recognized by Egerton University However this group will undergo a bridging course for one academic year before being admitted into the programme. Course Structure and DurationThe duration of the programme is six (6) semesters (equivalent to 3 academic years) with a supervised industrial attachment after the 4th semester. To graduate a student will be expected to cover a total of 124.5 Credit Factor (CF). The processing of examinations will be done at the end of every academic Year.The course code used is CENT, standing for Civil Engineering Technology, followed by 3 digits. First digit indicates the Year the course is offered (1,2,3).Second digit indicates the discipline within the course as follows: General Courses1. Basic Engineering and Technology courses2. Geotechnical Engineering courses3. Structural Engineering courses4. Environmental Engineering courses5. Water Resources Engineering courses6. Research, Industrial attachment and projects7. Construction Engineering and Management courses8. Transportation Engineering coursesThird digit indicates the sequencing of the courses within a discipline.Examination RegulationsAll Examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with the Examination regulations as stipulated in the Egerton University Statutes number XXVIII. Grading SystemThe grading of Examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with Egerton University Statutes number XXVIII.The following practical related courses shall be examined as indicated:i) CENT 261: Research Methods and Applications; shall be examined as follows: Final examination 40%, Course-work 60%. This course shall be done during the third semester of the study programme. Each student will be expected to submit a typed project proposal.ii) CENT 364: Student Research Project; The project implementation stage shall be examined by course-work as follows: Final report which shall be typed and bound will account for 60% of the marks and oral presentation of the project will constitute 40% of the marks.iii) CENT 262: Field visits; shall be assessed through attendance and written reports.iv) CENT 363: Industrial attachment (Internship); shall be examined by faculty staff visiting the student in station of attachment (20%), a written report (70%) and the field supervisor of the student (10%). Graduation RequirementsTo graduate a student shall be required to take and pass ALL scheduled course within the stipulated period.Degree ClassificationsDegree classification shall be in accordance with Egerton University statutes number XXVIII.

B. Sc. in Water and Environmental Engineering

RationaleThe department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Egerton University has specifically designed the programme to train engineers who can contribute solutions to ever-changing water and environmental problems of our society. The programme lays a heavy emphasis on the practical application of knowledge, while at the same time recognizing the importance of theoretical knowledge in developing the intellectual capacity of the graduate engineer. The course profile provides sufficient core elements of civil engineering education for the graduate to gain recognition and acceptance by professional bodies like Engineers Registration Board (ERB) and the Institution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK). Possible employers of Water and Environmental Engineering graduates are Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Ministry of Environment and Natural resources, Regional development authorities, Municipal council‟s water service companies, Private consulting firms, National and International Non-Governmental Organizations, Civil engineering contractors, Institutions of higher learning and National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) among others.Programme ObjectivesThe main objectives of the programme are to:i) Prepare graduate engineers who can accomplish planning, design and construction of water systems and related infrastructural facilities.ii) Give a practical orientation of the graduate engineer to be able to contribute practical solutions to environmental problems in our society.iii) Inculcate the graduate engineers with sound theoretical knowledge in engineering sciences as well as in research and consultancy skills.iv) Impart positive and responsive vocational attitudes, initiative and creative thinking in their mission as engineers.Admission Requirementsi) All candidates admitted to the degree programme must satisfy the minimum entrance requirements stipulated in the common university entrance regulations.ii) In addition, candidates must obtain at least the minimum grades in the following cluster subjects at Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (K.C.S.E).Alternative A Alternative BMathematics B+ Mathematics B+Physics B+ Physical Science A-Chemistry B+ Biological Sciences A-Either Biology or Either Geography or anyGeography or any Group IV subjectsGroup IV subjects (i.e. technical subjects)(i.e. technical group of subjects) B+(iii) Those holding qualifications equivalent to the K.C.S.E (above) from institutions recognized by Egerton University Senate may also be admitted.(iv) Admission may be offered to outstanding diploma holders in engineering disciplines passed with a credit or above or their equivalent from institutions recognized by Egerton University Senate. Such cases will be treated on individual merit.(v) Transfer of credit up to a maximum of 30% of the total CF may be considered for diploma holders based on the guidelines stipulated by the Senate.(vi) Self-sponsored applicants shall be required to meet the University and Faculty admission criteria. Course Structure and Duration(i) The Programme shall be covered in five academic years for full time students. Each year is divided into two semesters of 17 weeks each.(ii) Part time students shall be allowed to cover the programme within ten academic years.(iii) To graduate, a student will be expected to have covered a minimum of 195 credit factors(iv) All students shall undergo an Internal Engineering Practice and two Industrial / Field Attachment each lasting 8 weeks after the second, third and fourth year of study.The course code used is WEEN, standing for Water and Environmental Engineering, followed by 3 digits.Digit 1, indicates year course is offered (i.e. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).Digit 2, indicates nature of the course discipline as follows.Level 0 - Introductory courses.Level 1 - Basic engineering courses.Level 2 - Geotechnical engineering coursesLevel 3 - Structural engineering coursesLevel 4 - Environmental engineering coursesLevel 5 - Water resources engineering coursesLevel 6 - Research, industrial attachment and projects.Digit 3 - Sequencing of the course within a discipline.Examination RegulationsAll Examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with the Examination regulations as stipulated in the Egerton University Statutes number XXVIII. Grading SystemThe grading of Examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with Egerton University Statutes number XXVIII.Graduation Requirements
To graduate a student shall be required to take and pass ALL scheduled course within the stipulated period.
Degree ClassificationsDegree classification shall be in accordance with Egerton University statutes number XXVIII.

Civil and Environment Engineering

Welcome to the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Egerton University. It was established in 1998, then as the department of Water and Environmental Engineering, and later adopted its current name in 2008 in order to accommodate more academic programmes. The department is mandated to train and produce competent Graduate Engineers who will be able to accomplish the planning, design and construction of civilian systems and infrastructure facilities. The first batch of students was admitted in 1999 to study BSc in Water and Environmental Engineering. The vision is to become a department of excellence in the area of Civil and Environmental Engineering with quality learning environment and research facilities.
 
 

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