Technical University of Kenya – Staff

Dr Luke Olang, Department of Biosystems and Environmental Engineering, Senior Lecturer and Researcher

Dr Luke Olang is a Senior Lecturer whose teaching and research interests are in the area of hydrological studies that attempt to quantify human impacts within the coupled water resource systems, including translation of the derived knowledge to improve policy and management. In the last decade, a number of national and regional collaborative research and capacity building projects on Drought and Flood Risk Management, Water- Energy -Food Nexus, and on Climate Change Adaptation have been undertaken. Ongoing projects initiatives include:
• [as PI] – Drought Early Warning Systems for integrated drought risk management (a) in Kenya. Funded by the National Research Fund of Kenya in the Greater Horn of Africa. Funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Deutschland.
• [as coPI] – Capacity building on the Water-Energy-Food security Nexus through research and training in Kenya and Uganda. Funded by the Austrian Development cooperation through the OeAD.
• [as coPI] – Flood Resilience in Slums: Community-Responsive Adaptation in Kibera -Nairobi, Kenya. Funded by the Swedish Research Council (SRC).
• [as coPI] – GCRF – Building REearch Capacity for sustainable water and food security In drylands of sub-saharan Africa (BRECcIA). Funded by Natural Environment Research Council, UK.
Within the frameworks of some of the ongoing projects, seven PhD students are presently being supported and supervised to undertake their studies.

 

Prof Gordon Wayumba, School of Surveying and Geospatial Sciences, Associate Professor and Director

Gordon Okumu Wayumba is an Associate Professor and Director of the School of Surveying and Geospatial Sciences at The Technical University of Kenya. He has over forty years experience in geospatial sciences. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Geospatial Engineering and Space Technology, from The University of Nairobi. He also holds a Master of Science in Remote Sensing and Aerial Photographic Studies from Cornell University, in the United States of America, and a Bachelor of Science in Surveying and Photogrammetry from the University of Nairobi. Gordon is a Licensed Surveyor in Kenya and a Certified Land Surveyor (East Africa). He is Currently the Vice-President for the Commonwealth Association of Surveying and Land Economy (CASLE) for the Eastern Africa Region and Co-Chair to Working Group 2.1 of FIG Commission 2. Gordon previously worked as a lecturer in The University of Nairobi, Department of Surveying, in which he taught subjects such as Remote Sensing and Cadastral Surveying . Before joining the University, he worked as a Government Surveyor in the Ministry of Lands, Department of Survey. Gordon has published several journal and conference articles in the fields of land surveying, land administration and geospatial sciences in general.

 

Dr. Robert Nilson Wayumba, Lecturer

Dr. Robert Nilson Wayumba is a Lecturer in the School of Surveying and Geospatial Sciences at the Technical University of Kenya. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Otago in New Zealand, a Master of Science in Land Management from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, and a Bachelor of Science in Surveying from the University of Nairobi. His research interests are in the development of Land Information Systems (LIS). He has participated in various projects on the use of Geographic Information Systems in Eastern Africa. He is a full member of the Institution of Surveyors of Kenya and is active in the Eastern Africa Land Administration Network (EALAN). Robert brings a wealth of experience to the project and hopes to see how the project will bring about positive social change.

 

Francis Oloo, Post-doctoral Researcher

Francis Oloo is a Geographic Information Scientist with particular interest in the application of GIS, Remote Sensing and Spatial simulation models in understanding, representing and addressing socio-spatial vulnerabilities in Africa. Professionally, Francis has had a progressive experience of more than 10 years in the application of geospatial knowledge in agronomy, land health and land degradation mapping, ecosystem assessment and management, and environmental monitoring. Moreover, Francis has been a lecturer on GIS, digital cartography and digital image processing at the University of Nairobi and at the Technical University of Kenya. Currently, Francis is a post-doctoral researcher in a UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funded project on “Building REsearch Capacity for sustainable water and food security In drylands of sub-saharan Africa’ (BRECcIA)”. In this position, Francis is responsible for co-leading the Hydrology and Remote Sensing lab at the Technical University of Kenya.

 

Jannet Atieno Ondulo, Senior Assistant Registrar Officer

Jannet Atieno Ondulo is a result oriented professional and experienced Administrator with over 20 years’ experience in administration and leadership Programmes.  She is the Senior Assistant Registrar Officer of the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics, Research & Students (DVC-ARS).  She primarily co-ordinates and supports the management, administrative and logistical work in the DVC-ARS’ Office/Academic Divisionand also theTechnical University of Kenya (TU-K) BRECcIA Project Administrator in charge of co-ordination of BRECcIA activities at TU-K.

Jannet  has wide experience gained from working with International Development Agencies on delivery of quality education programmes on Integrated Water Resources Management; Governance, Justice, Law and Order issues.

 

Sospeter Simiyu Wekesa, Research Assistant

Sospeter Wekesa is a Hydrologist with an interest in understanding the impacts of climate change and anthropogenic activities on dryland hydrology. Sospeter has over 6 years of professional experience in hydrology and integrated water resources management in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda. Specifically, he has wide experience in modelling and assessing the hydrological impacts of water projects on the environment. Currently, Sospeter is a Research Assistant in the BRECcIA Project at the Hydrology and Remote Sensing Lab, Technical University of Kenya. Academically, Sospeter holds an MSc in Water Science and Engineering (with a specialisation in hydrology and water resources) from IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Netherlands and a BSc in Water Engineering from Kenyatta University, Kenya.