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Prof. Charles F. Lumumba Mbakaya, Dean school of science

Prof. Charles F. Lumumba Mbakaya, Dean
School of Science, Technology & Engineering

 

INTRODUCTION ABOUT THE SCHOOL:
Innovative application of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) largely remains untapped in Kenya, yet it has a huge potential for scientific discovery and production of commercializable products and services needed to contribute new solutions to difficult problems afflicting society in many sectors and should inevitably be mainstreamed in the scientific research agenda of this 21st Century. At the School of Science, Technology and Engineering (SSTE), we teach students STEM thereby effectively preparing them to be innovative and disruptive scientific thinkers; this being fundamental in enhancing scientific research, discovery, job creation, manufacturing and improved service delivery in the true spirit of the Kenya Vision 2030. In this long-term development policy, Kenya aims to transform into a newly industrializing, middle-income Country, providing a high quality of life to all its citizens by the year 2030 in a clean and secure environment. In particular, the central role of STEM in realization of this vision cannot be overstated, the scarce and much needed scientific research funds notwithstanding. Against the foregoing background, the SSTE is positioning to closely work with the National Government and the County Governments of Migori, Homabay, Kisumu, Siaya, Kisii, Kericho, Kakamega and Busia and international partners, among others to unleash the potential of STEM in solving the pressing and perennial problems in the region with a view to improving healthcare and enhancing agricultural production. As we welcome other strategic partners, we are particularly indebted to the Chinese Government through the Wuhan Textile University, China for providing enormous support for one of our main programmes. Furthermore, our Professors and Lecturers at the SSTE have identified public health and environmental challenges as key areas meriting intense scientific research with a view to providing local solutions to related problems that are unique to this region and beyond. At our School, we continue to engage our students in structured mentorship programmes in STEM as we aspire to make our School and Rongo University a world class place for game-changing and paradigm-shifting scholarly engagement.
Our School, which is growing, currently has two departments that offer several courses in the Departments of Physical Sciences and Biological Sciences.  As Dean I encourage you to explore the breadth and quality of the excellent academic programmes the School offers.
Profile of the Dean

Objectives

To be a leading Analytical/Nutraceutical Chemistry research scientist, scholar, inventor, mentor and policy marker whose works in nutrition, Environmental, Occupational, Public Health and HIV & AIDS research will touch and improve the lives of mankind in Kenya and beyond.Research Interests:  Role of micro-nutrients as effect modifiers of exposure outcomes to environmental contaminants. Diseases of interest include malaria, TB, HIV & AIDS, giotre and cancer. I am also keen on formulating and procuring intellectual property and commercializable rights for nutraceautical products for disease management, including HIV, AIDS, TB, pneumonia, asthma, arthritis and cancer in Kenya and beyond.

  • Graduated with PhD in Analytical/Food Chemistry from Kenyatta University, where title of thesis is “The role of serum zinc, copper, retinol and -tocopherol in modulation of immunity in HIV & AIDS subjects in western Kenya”. This thesis has contributed to new knowledge by showing that the body lowers serum zinc levels so as to produce HIV antibodies necessary in significantly reducing viral load. Consequently, this has led me to re-defining the scientifically contentious cause of AIDS not to be only by HIV but by multiple factors, primarily including zinc deficiency as a result of malnutrition and or evolutionary dynamics that shift human immunological responses from predominantly Th-1 to Th-2 to adapt to/tackle offending pathogens (e.g. viruses, fungi, parasites, semen in the rectum/vagina e.t.c) and chemicals (e.g. pesticides, dioxins, contraceptives, fumonisisn, aflatoxins e.t.c.). This hypothesis has in September 2012 been corroborated by findings reported in the New England Medical Journal by Browne et al. who reported AIDS without HIV infection in subjects in Taiwanese and Vietnamese subjects and attributed it to genetics and environmental factors, demonstrating that I am a cutting-edge researcher on AIDS not only locally, but internationally.
  • Registered by the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) under the Environmental Management and Coordination Act as an Environmental Impact Assessment/Audit Lead Expert on 10th August, 2012.

Date of 3rd Promotion Date of Appointment: stUniversity Teaching:Associate Professor
Appointed Ag. Dean, School of Science, Technology & Engineering, Rongo University

Prof. Charles F. Lumumba Mbakaya

Departments

1. DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICAL SCIENCES

 

IMG_0983Dr. Francis Ongachi Olal (PhD)

Head of Department

Dip (Env and water resources management), Dip (Applied sciences), HDip (Applied chemistry) BSc -Moi (Chem), MPhil –Moi (Chem), PhD –UoE (Anal Chem)

Registered by the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) under the Environmental Management and Coordination Act as an Environmental Impact Assessment/Audit Lead Expert.

Registered member of Kenya Chemical Society

Science and Technology has a huge potential for scientific discovery and production of products and services needed to contribute solutions to problems afflicting society in many sectors and should be mainstreamed in the scientific research agenda of the 21st Century and beyond. At the department of physical sciences, we teach students science and technology effectively preparing them to be innovative scientific thinkers. The department is positioning itself to closely work with the National Government and County Governments, particularly county government of Migori, and international partners in scientific research. We are particularly grateful to the Chinese Government through the Wuhan Textile University, China for providing enormous support for one of our programmes in the department. The department, which is growing, currently has six programmes.  As Head of Department, I encourage you to explore the breadth and quality of the excellent academic programmes offered in the department.

Offers Bachelor of Science in Applied Statistics with Computing; Bachelor of Science in Computer Science; Bachelor of Science in Mathematics; Bachelor of Science in Chemistry; Bachelor of Science in Physics; Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design and Textile Technology and Diploma in Fashion Design and Textile Technology programmes.
2. DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
Prof. Wagai
Head of Department
The department offers Bachelor of Science in Microbiology; Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry; Bachelor of Science in Botany and Bachelor of Science in Zoology Programmes.
Date of Appointment:   1990, as Research Officer, KEMRI, that is equivalent to position
  of Lecturer at Universities.
Date of 1st Promotion:   1999, Senior Research Officer, KEMRI; that is equivalent to
  position of senior Lecturer at Universities.
Date of 2nd Promotion: 2004, Principal Research Officer, KEMRI that is equivalent to

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Dean, School of Science

dean-science@rongovarsity.ac.ke