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.
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 is a lecturer at the School of Surveying and Geospatial Sciences, in The Technical University of Kenya. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the National School of Surveying, University of Otago, New Zealand. He also holds a Master of Science in Land Management from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, and a Bachelor of Science in Surveying (First Class Honours) from the University of Nairobi. Robert has also worked in various organizations in the disciplines of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing and land surveying. He worked as a Training and Services Manager at Oakar Services Limited, in which he was responsible for technical aspects of various GIS based projects. He worked as a GIS Expert at the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), in which he was responsible for conducting training on various aspects of GIS and Remote Sensing, and implementation of a Web Based Geoportal. He has also worked for organizations such as the Rural Electrification Authority and Geo-Information Communication (Uganda), in which he conducted various GIS and survey based projects. Finally, Robert has exceptional skills in GIS, in this regard he has undertaken two training programmes on the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for mapping.