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Professor  Michael W. Okoth  is a Chemical Engineer with vast training and experience in  Food Science and Technology with emphasis on Food Process Engineering.  He obtained B.Sc. (Eng) degree in Chemical Engineering from  Imperial College of Science and Technology, University  of London in 1978. After  a two year stint in mineral beneficiation industry, he proceeded to ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich)  for coursework leading to M.Sc.  Food Science and Technology  of the University of Nairobi in 1984.  He later obtained a  doctorate degree (Dr. sc. techn.)  in Food Process Engineering from ETH Zurich in 1990. Prof. Okoth has been an Associate Professor in the Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Technology of the University of Nairobi (DFSNT)  since 2004, having risen through the ranks from the position of Assistant  Lecturer in 1985.  He served as Chairman of the DFSNT between February 2004 and February 2013.  His research interests include: (1) Energy use in food processing industry; (2) Solar energy in food processing industry; (3)  Optimisation of food processing operations with regard to utilities, waste generation,  food quality and safety, and profitability and (iv) Food product and process development.

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