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TITLE: Lecturer, THEORETICAL PHYSICS & ASTROPHYSICS
DATE OF BIRTH: 17th April 1984
MARITAL STATUS: Married
PHYSICAL ADDRESS: P. O. Box 49056 Code 00100, Nairobi, Kenya

PHONE:  254-20-4447552

FAX: 254 020 4449616

E-MAIL: gokengo (at) uonbi (dot) ac (dot) ke

ABOUT ME:

I am a Theoretical Physicist and Astrophysicist working at the intersection between theoretical physics, astrophysics/cosmology and applied mathematics. I have wide ranging research interests that span the areas of:


  • Theoretical Cosmology
  • Theoretical Physics
  • Solar system dynamics
  • Quantum Mechanics & Quantum Field Theory
  • Scientific Computing & Big Data Analytics
  • Nuclear & Radiation Physics

Education:

2012-2015:  Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (Astrophysics)- University of the Western Cape, South Africa.

2009-2010: Msc in Astrophysics (Cum Laude)- University of Capetown/University of the Western Cape, South Africa

2008: Honours in Astrophysics & Space Science- University of Capetown, South Africa.

2003-2007: B.Sc. Physics Hons (Theoretical Physics)- University of Nairobi, Kenya.

Honour and Awards:

  • 2015: IAU/IUCAA 3-Month Merit Visiting Fellowship Award- Return Air Ticket, accommodation, meals plus Monthly honorarium of INRs 25,000.
  • 2012-2014: Square Kilometre Array (South Africa) Doctoral Fellowship.
  • 2009-2010: Square Kilometre Array (South Africa) Masters Fellowship.
  • 2009: IAU/SAAO Diploma in Communicating Astronomy with the public.
  • 2009: Brightest Young Minds- South Africa.
  • 2008: National Astrophysics and Space Science Honours Programme (NASSP).
  • 2003-2007: Kenyan Government University Sponsorship through HELB.  
Research Projects Supervision:
Masters
  1. " A Study of Hydroxyl (OH) Maser Variability in NGC 6334 F" - Peter Jairous Banda - MSc, 2017-2018
  2. "Testing of the Copernican Principle With Astronomical Observations"- Mutunga Samson- Msc, Graduated Sept. 2017.
  3. "Measurement of natural radioactivity and radiation dose rate assessment in the gold mining region of Lolgorian in Narok County"- Amos Kipkosgey Kirwa- Msc, 2016-2018

  4. "Detection of radioactive minerals using remote sensing: A case study of Mrima hills Kwale County"- Ondieki Jephter Ongige - Msc, 2016-2018

Bsc (Fourth Year):

  • "Potentially Dangerous Asteroids detection and mitigation technologies"- Nungari Tabitha Gikuiyu- Bsc.
  • "A theoretical model for the Kuiper-Cliff Anomally"- Kinyanju Carringtone- Bsc.
  • "Information Emission by Super-Massive Blackholes"- Otieno Vivian- Bsc.
Collaboration:

  • Astronomy Science Education as a tool for development-  With Samir Dhurde from IUCAA.
  • Interacting Vacuum Dark Energy- with Roy Maartens and Daniele Bertacca (UWC)

Responsibilities:

  • 2017 - To date: Committee Member, Square Kilometer Array National Technical - National Council for Science, Technology & Innovation
  • 2016 - To date: Founder & Coordinator, The Scientific Computing Academy, Department of Physics - University of Nairobi.
  • 2016 - To date: Department of Physics representative - College Environmental committee
  • 2015 - To date: Patron - University of Nairobi Astrophysics and Space Science Association (UNASSA)
  • 2016: Judge Innovations - 5th National Science Week (2016), Commission for Science Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI), Ministry of Science and Technology
  • 2015-2016: Member - Physics and Astrophysics curriculum review committee, Department of Physics, University of Nairobi
  • 2015: Member, College of Biological & Physical Sciences World Bank Proposal Development Committee - appointed by the VC
  • 2017- To date: Executive Committee member, Chiromo Campus Club
  • 2017 - To date: Treasurer, Matutu Adventist High School Alumni Association
Conference Papers (2015)
1. "Testing the Copernican Principle With Cosmological Observations", The 5th East African Astronomical Society Workshop, Axum Hotel, 29th June-1st July 2015.
2. "Indigenous Astronomical Knowledge and Science- Complementary Systems", National Workshop in Celebration of the Scientific Revival Day Africa: Tapping Africa's Indigenous Knowledge for Economic Development,  Laico Regency Hotel, Nairobi-Kenya, 25th June, 2015.
3. "An evaluation of the dangers to life on Earth from potentially dangerous asteroids (PDAs) and the need for adequate technological preparedness", The 5th National Science, Technology and Innovation Week, Chancellors Court, University of Nairobi, 11th - 15th May, 2015.

Public Talks/Lectures/Seminars (2016):

  • "A brief Tour Through The Universe" - The Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi; 13th May, 2016.
  • "The Universe is no longer silent! What the gravitational waves discovery implies to both science and humanity" - National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI); 23rd March, 2016
  • "Gravitational Waves: What Their Discovery Implies for Both Science and Humanity"- School of Physical Sciences (SPS) Boardroom, College of Biological and Physical Sciences, University of Nairobi; 17th March, 2016

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