Eng Prof. A. N. Gitau

Eng Prof. A. N. Gitau is an Agricultural Engineer (Registered with Engineers Board of Kenya) with over 30 years of academic and practical experience in: Agricultural Mechanization and infrastructure (Water; Irrigation and In-built) Development; Water Harvesting Technologies; Environment; Renewable Energies; Conservation Agriculture Technologies and Power and Machinery Engineering. He has held various positions which include: Lecturer and Head of Department of Science and Technology, Kenya Industrial Training Institute (KITI) – Ministry of Trade and Industry (1997-2001); Lecturer and Ag. Head of Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources – Kenya Methodist University (2001-2002), full time Lecturer – University of Nairobi (2002 to 2008); Senior Lecturer (2008 to 2014) and Associate Professor (2015 to date). He has acted as chairman; Department of Environmental and Biosystems Engineering; April – September, 2005; April, 2007 and 2010. He has been chairman, Department of Environmental and Biosystems Engineering, University of Nairobi (2011 to July 2017) and has acted as Dean, School of Engineering. He is the current Dean – School of Engineering University of Nairobi. He is also a Council Member: Institute of Engineers of Kenya (IEK) 2018 to 2020.
He has been a resource person in the former Commission for Higher Education (CHE); 2006 to 2008, reviewing, evaluating and monitoring project proposals and on-going projects respectively in; mechanization, tillage, power, irrigation, water and environmental conservation. Together with other stakeholders he has implemented a project in collaboration with Universities in East Africa and European on: Energy-Agro food synergies: An educational model for Universities from 2012 to 2016. They have also implemented a project titled: Water Harvesting for Sustainable Food and Nutritional Security (WHENFS) in Semi-Arid Kitui West District, under National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) funded from 2011 to 2014. He is currently an External Examiner for Makerere University (Uganda), Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering from 2011 to date (Postgraduate Thesis), Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Department of Biomechanical and Environmental Engineering from 2011 to date, Postgraduate Thesis and currently – 2015 to date; External Examiner, BSc programmes and Egerton University, Department of Agricultural Engineering for undergraduate and postgraduate semester examinations from 2011 to date as an external examiner and University of Zimbabwe, Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Engineering for undergraduate and postgraduate semester examinations from 2015 to date.
He has been reviewing peer refereed papers and publications for numerous journals from 2005 to date including; Agricultural Engineering international CIGR e-journal, Africa journal of science and technology, Taylor and Francis Energy series; Australian journal of Agricultural Engineering; Agricultural Mechanization in Asia, Africa and the Pacific (AMA-editor) among others. He has been editing scientific publication and text books with East Africa Education Publishers (EAEP) from 2003 to-date.
Eng Prof. A. N. Gitau has an extensive training, research and consultancy experience and expertise in: mechanization development; process engineering, renewable energies; water harvesting, irrigation systems, equipment design and valuation and conservation agricultural technologies for small and medium scale farmers in developing countries. Together with other stake holders they have sourced for research funds regionally and internationally and community service through University of Nairobi Enterprises Limited (UNES) to apply the experience and expertise as mentioned earlier. He is a registered lead expert in ESIA/EA with NEMA and a Quality Assurance ISO Auditor with KEBS. He has conducted international training and consultancies in: post harvest processes, renewable energies, solar, biogas and wind, conservation tillage and rainwater harvesting.

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