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PROFESSION: Physicist

ACADEMIC POSITION: Associate Professor, Department of Physics, University of Nairobi, Kenya.

CURRENT ADMINISTRATIVE POSITION: Chairman, Department of Physics, University of Nairobi.

COUNTRIES VISITED: United States of America (USA), Japan, Germany, Italy, China, South Africa, Ghana, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania.

Prof. Francis Wanjala Nyongesa is the Chairman, Department of Physics at the University of Nairobi, a position he has occupied since November, 2019. He has been a member of University of Nairobi Senate since 2012 and College (CBPS) Academic board (CBPS) since 2008. In 2008, he was appointed Coordinator, Open and Distance Learning Science Program (ODL), a position he served until 2019 when he was appointed the Chairman, Department of Physics.

Prof. Nyongesa is an accomplished scholar with proven track record in formulating and managing academic programs as demonstrated by his publications in peer review journals; supervising and mentoring Master and PhD students and serving as academic head in the Department of Physics. He has supervised and mentored 2 PhD Students to completion and over and 7 Masters Students to completion. He has published over 22 research articles in refereed journals and made over 15 conference presentations. He has authored two books (Modules) in Physics for the distance learning programs and three undergraduate physics laboratory manuals..

Prof. Nyongesa is a holder of Bachelor of Science (1991), a Master of Science in Physics (1994), and a Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (2000) from University of Nairobi, Kenya. He was employed by the University of Nairobi upon graduation with a Masters degree in 1994 as an Assistant Lecturer and later promoted to Lecturer (2000), Senior Lecturer (2005) and Associate Professor (2016). He has a cumulative 25 years of research and teaching experience at various institutions of higher learning including Princeton University (USA), in 2008. His research interest include Functional Materials for Energy Efficiency Systems, Dye Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSCs), Applications of Nanotechnology in Materials for Energy and in Water Purification Systems. As a person, he is highly motivated individual possessing high levels of initiative and drive, good communication and interpersonal skills. He is a person who values integrity, honesty, professionalism and hard work.

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