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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 was a Commonwealth Fellowship scholar in the Department of Food Science and Technology, University of Reading in 1994-1995 academic year. He served as Chairman of the DFSNT from 2004 to 2013. He was the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture from 2013 to 2016. His research interests include: (1) Energy use in food processing industry; (2) Solar energy in food processing industry; (3) Optimization of food processing operations with regard to utilities, waste generation, food quality and safety, and profitability and (iv) Food product and process development. Prof. Okoth has supervised 9 PhD and 27 M.Sc. students to completion and published over 70 papers in refereed journals. Prof. Okoth has participated in consultancy work in many industries including sugar, coffee, tea, cereals, agro-chemical, vegetable oil, and fruits and vegetables on various tasks such as plant design, feasibility studies, technical assessment, plant and machinery valuation, and improvement of energy utilization efficiency. He is a member of the Kenya National Academy of Sciences (KNAS), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and the Kenya Society of Environmental, Biological and Agricultural Engineers (KESEBAE).

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