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Dr. Benard Ouma Alunda is a lecturer with extensive teaching and academic research experience. His areas of expertise are material science, instrumentation and control engineering, nanotechnology and engineering design.
Dr. Alunda has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Kenya), Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Yeungnam University (South Korea), and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Kyungpook National University (South Korea).
Dr. Alunda describes himself as a self-driven individual whose goal is to help initiate and sustain a revolution in the fields that straddle the discipline of engineering. He is currently actively involved in research on Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM) for surface imaging and nanofabrication with sub-nanometre resolution, optical microscopy techniques, and aluminium recycling with special emphasis on the influence of their microstructure on the mechanical properties and defect formation (especially cracking) during manufacturing.
Dr. Alunda has several publications to his credit in refereed journals. Additionally, he has successfully supervised and continues to supervise, masters candidates in the field of mechanical and mining engineering. He is currently the instrumentation engineer in the Operational Space Weather Project (OSWP) hosted in TTU by the Kenya Space Agency (KSA) in collaboration with University of Eldoret (UOE) and Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT). He is also the research scientist for the establishment of the National Physical Science Research Laboratory (NPSRL) in Konza Technopolis.
Welcome to Taita Taveta University School of Mines and Engineering, where we believe that Engineering changes lives.
Here you will find researchers and students who are devoted to solving some of the world’s most intricate engineering challenges. A place where passion combined with curiosity meets intellects to create discoveries that will bring transformational changes in the lives of humanity. It is a privilege to lead this group as the Dean.
Our mandate as an exceptional engineering program is to provide a conducive learning culture and ample leadership opportunities for the students. Our training is geared towards producing well-rounded graduates who can compete for research and professional opportunities globally, and offer considered solutions to the social and engineering challenges of today and tomorrow. On the whole, our priority is to drive the innovation and technology development agenda forward using the natural resources that Kenya is endowed with towards a future where technology is even more inclusive of diversity and responsive to the needs of society.