Introducing DeKUT Spotlight

Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT) exists to give more meaning to education, impact lives and contribute to growth and development. We recognize taking initiative, research, innovation, entrepreneurship and technology transfer as very important in development. Our staff, students and alumni are partners in making this existence serve its purpose. DeKUT Spotlight is a feature that will enable us tell the stories of these partners one at a time.


MEET MR. EDWIN AYIEKO - DeKUT M.SC FORENSICS AND SECURITY MANAGEMENT STUDENT VENTURES INTO WRITING

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At DeKUT, a student is not just a number. The personnel know us (the students) individually and strong academic bonds develop. The personal attention from the lecturers and supervisors has helped me realize my potential. DeKUT is a university of technology where what we learn is so practical and should help improve the society.” Edwin Ayieko

Edwin Ayieko is our student pursuing Master of Science in Forensics and Security Management and our graduate Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Security Management. Read More>>


MEET MR. JOSEPH MOMANYI – DEVELOPER I - MONITOR

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Computer Science was my dream career but DeKUT has made it a reality. A programme such as Computer Science is of immense value in that it equips one with problem solving skills essential in every sector of the economy. Pursuing this course at DeKUT gave me an exposure to information and knowledge on technology and programming skills which empowered me and enabled me to develop I - Monitor,” Joseph Momanyi

You can now monitor the activities on someone else’s phone especially for security purposes thanks to a young developer, Joseph Momanyi.Read More>>

 


MEET MR. ANTHONY GITEI - STREETFOOTBALLWORLD YOUTH COUNCIL LEADER- REPRESENTING AFRICA

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Football has created a new world of opportunities for me. DeKUT further broadened my scope of thought, opened my mind to endless possibilities and enhanced my zeal for changing the society by offering solutions to real world problems through the application and cascading of technical and soft skills.” Antony Gitei

Meet Antony Gitei, our final year Engineering student who uses sports - mostly football - for transformation. Read More>>

 


MEET MS. MERCY WANGARI MAHINDA - A MECHANICAL ENGINEER AT SAFARICOM

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”I enrolled in Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT) because it was close to my home and having studied in Nairobi for my high school, I wanted to be closer home. It turned out to be the best decision I made in terms of choosing a Higher Institution of Learning. DeKUT provided a serene learning environment and the resources needed in preparation for the corporate world. The University also opened up my mind and gave me the power to acquire even more knowledge.”

Mercy Wangari Mahinda is our alumna, graduating class of 2015. Read More>>

 


MEET MR. SAMUEL WANJOHI KIBUI – CO-FOUNDER GEOSYMP

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“When I enrolled to study at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT), I had no clue about the course I chose to pursue but with time, DeKUT transformed my uninformed thoughts about it into a reality; an expert in the field of Geospatial Information Systems (GIS). This is courtesy of the University’s focus on Quality Education. The events at the university really built my career; I discovered my love for programming and started building my skills and developed them further as I mentored other young developers during forums such as GDev and others organized by DeHUB- an innovation and incubation hub established by the University to support students who have great passion in tech., innovation and entrepreneurship realize their dreams. Studying at DeKUT therefore placed me where I am today– a GIS Consultant.”- Wanjohi Kibui 

Samuel Wanjohi Kibui is our alumnus, graduating class of 2016.Read More>>


MEET DR. REGINA MWANGI - ONE OF THE ONLY TWO WOMEN WITH DOCTORATE DEGREE IN COFFEE IN KENYA

Receiving Award“I am grateful to God for the far he has brought me, indeed it is just by His grace I am what I am. Currently, I hold a PhD in the field of coffee. It has been a humbling experience for me having had to start the long academic journey in the field of coffee from certificate then Diploma level, despite being a First Class Honors holder in BEd. (Home Economics). I initially felt discouraged and disheartened about this since I had set my mind to further my studies in food science and nutrition at JKUAT where I had already been admitted. But now as I look back I am happy to have ventured into coffee. I am indebted and grateful to the Vice Chancellor Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, Prof. Eng. Paul Ndirangu Kioni, and the entire University management for the support accorded to me."- Dr. Regina Mwangi“- Dr. Regina Mwangi.

Dr. Regina Mwangi is a member of staff.Read More>>

 


 MEET MR. KENNETH KINYANJUI – TECHNOLOGY AND PRODUCT LEADER

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“While at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT), I co-founded a Pan African Fintech company from my dorm room and also started and contributed to one of the largest developer communities in the Globe with Google. The company moved on to being present in 16 African Markets under the leadership of my co founders and I and we ended up raising more than 1M Euros in seed funding and serving thousands of merchants across the globe. DeKUT offered an environment that fostered innovation and success. The University has now built a reputation in the Kenyan Technology Community for producing some of the best talent in Software Engineering, Mechatronics and Electrical Engineering, Data Science and Entrepreneurship.” – Kenneth Kinyanjui

Kenneth Kinyanjui is our alumnus, graduating class of 2016.Read More>>

  


MEET MR. ERIC WAITHAKA NJAU – A SHOE DESIGNER

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“I was looking for a technical course that was unique and that’s how I ended up studying at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology. I pursued a degree course in Leather Technology, a new course at the University at that time and a relatively new field of study in Kenya. I knew it was not going to be easy to secure employment but I felt great because the training equipped me to handle life after campus. I received skill – based training and exposure that prepared me and equipped me to be what I am today – a shoe designer. Before embarking on this journey, I had no idea what the future had in store for me. Now it’s clear that it’s full of opportunities and is promising.”- Eric Waithaka Njau

Eric Waithaka is our alumnus, BSc. Leather Technology, graduating class of 2017. Read More>>

 


 MEET MR. ROBERT KAMARU - FOUNDER, ONLINE PESA KENYA

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“Except the obvious financial reasons, the desire to solve peoples’ problems is what keeps me going. For instance, I realized that we have a serious scamming problem in Kenya and sought to provide a solution. That's how the escrowkenya.com concept was born.” – Robert Kamaru

Robert Kamaru is our alumnus, who pursued a degree in Actuarial Science graduating class of 2014. Read More>>

 

 


 MEET ENG. MELVIS WANJIRU WACHIRA – PRODUCT MANAGER AT SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC (KENYA)

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“I was always interested in sciences since childhood. I learnt about Mechatronics Engineering course from a relative and I was fascinated by it. I was uncertain then about Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT) but five years through the course, I do not regret the decision to join or any single moment I spent there. I had a great time and experience studying at DeKUT” – Melvis Wanjiru

Melvis Wanjiru is our alumna, graduating class of 2017. She pursued BSc. Mechatronics Engineering. Read More>>

 

 


MEET MR. KEVIN OKEMWA CO-FOUNDER OF BRISK DYNAMICS LIMITED

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“To be honest, I almost changed my mind when I first set my foot at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology(DeKUT) because the campus was relatively small by infrastructure. However, I must say that I had the best university life. I made great friends from students, to the lectures and the management. We had one of the best actuarial science curriculums in the country. DeKUT formed me!” – Kevin Okemwa

Kevin Okemwa is our alumna, graduating class of 2015. He pursued BSc. Actuarial Science.Read More>>

 


 MEET MS. PERIS NJERI WAINAINA – AN ENTREPRENEUR IN THE LEATHER INDUSTRY

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“I chose to study at DeKUT because of the less study duration as compared to other universities but I got more; studying at DeKUT exposed me to skills that have enabled me to venture into an industry I knew nothing about.After graduating in 2017, I stayed at home for about two months very broke and of course, there was no way I could ask for money from my parents so since I had the skills and knowledge of producing leather, I thought of how I could produce leather that can really sell and which is different from what we get in the market and that’s when I thought, “why can’t I produce batik leather which was still my undergraduate project?” – Peris Njeri

Peris Njeri graduated in April, 2017 after successfully completing her degree course in Leather Technology.Read More>>

 


MEET MR. BRIAN MUNENE WAIRIMU– COUNTY GOVERNMENT OF LAIKIPIA

Brian Munene“Simply put, studying at DeKUT was an ecstatic experience. There is nothing I did that I don't miss. I would study at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT) had we been asked to choose 100 more times. It's more like my all-time institutional home. Thanks to the exceptional training and exposure DeKUT provided, my transition to the job market was flawless. The University keeps growing and has a unique mark that keeps us notable out here. I have always been prepared to face the world but what DeKUT did to me is enhance my courage and knowledge. Nothing really moves people like knowledgeable and courageous people. They listen to you in pin drop silence. I must say the knowledge I gained at DeKUT is special. I take pride in it.”- Brian Munene Wairimu

Brian is our alumnus, graduating class of 2016. He pursued B. Sc Food Science and Technology. Read More>> 

 


MEET FREDRICK NYAGA – A TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND ELECTRICAL ENGINEER

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“Telecommunications and Electrical world fascinate me because it's one field that is running the world systems and it keeps on evolving so there is room to keep on learning new ideas and skills. DeKUT provided me with the environment to learn and be involved in co-curricular activities. To manage to do what I do today required me to acquire high level knowledge and training which DeKUT so graciously facilitated.”- Fredrick Nyaga

 

Fredrick is a 2014 graduate and an esteemed alumnus of this institution. He pursued B. Sc. Telecommunications & Information Engineering and B. Sc. Electrical & Electronics Engineering hence graduating with two degrees within a period of six years. Read More>>

 


MEET ELIZABETH NDUNGE BENSON - AN ASSISTANT LECTURER, SCHOOL OF COMPUTER SCIENCE AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

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“I am passionate about mentoring and supporting our students to bring their dreams into realization. Each week I hold talks and sessions with students whose aim is to support and build their capacity. Other than teaching, I create sessions with my students, help them understand opportunities available for them and how they can translate the skills they have into productivity. I train them on software development, I take them to conferences, I source for donors to sponsor our students to attend conferences. I hold seminars with our students, just to sharpen their presentation skills.” – Elizabeth Ndunge Benson.

Every teacher’s joy is to see their students succeed. After a few spotlight features of our alumni, Elizabeth expressed her excitement in these words: “It’s amazing how our students have continued to excel in the market globally.” It’s clear that she is a very proud lecturer. Read More>> 

 


MEET OTTE ZEBEDEE ISAAC EKWENYE – A POLICE OFFICER, ANTI – CRIME OFFICE, MUMIAS POLICE STATION.

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 “In the competitive world we are in today, DeKUT has a name in line with Quality Education and exploration of Technology and Science to offer solutions. I needed an institution with expertise knowledge and workout formulae, DeKUT is the best in today’s era and in my field.”- Otte Zebedee Isaac Ekwenye

Among the programmes offered at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT) is Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Security Management and Master’s degree in Security and Forensics Management. These programmes are offered in our Nairobi Campus; the 2nd, 9th and 13th floors of Pension Towers, Loita Street. Otte Zebedee. Read More>> 

 

 


A TEAM FROM DEDAN KIMATHI UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY (DeKUT) DESIGNS A ONE OF A KIND SPEED GOVERNOR

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 DeKUT has developed a speed governor that does not only help achieve the control of speed but advances safety and security on the road to another level by ensuring that the speed of a vehicle, on the road can be monitored in real time and that the vehicle can only move at the designated speed. The Speed Governor has additional features of providing information on the location of the car. This is made possible by GPS and GPRS modules embedded in the governor. Interesting to note is that if the speed governor is disconnected, the vehicle goes to a limp mode where it will not be possible to drive it in excess of 40km/hour. Read More>>

 


MEET CLARIS KINYA MUNG’ATIA – AN ELECTRICAL FIELD SERVICE ENGINEER AT TATU CITY

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“I joined Dedan Kimathi University of Technology back when it was a constituent college of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology going by the name Kimathi University College of Technology ((KUCT). I had an option of alternative institutions of higher learning but my gut feeling very strongly directed me to KUCT and I must say I’m glad I followed that gut feeling; the quality of education I got from this institution leaves me with no doubt that I made the right decision. In addition, the serenity of the environment is unmatched.” – Claris Kinya Mung’atia

Claris Kinya is our alumnus, who pursued a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) graduating class of 2016. Read More>>


MEET MONIKA NJAMBI & BETTY NJERI – THE NSE INVESTMENT CHALLENGE WINNERS, 2019

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“We have a common interest on investment matters thus when we got an opportunity to register in the NSE Investment Challenge, we decided to seize it. We came up with a group name,’’ROYAL EMPIRE’’ and we stuck together working hand in hand throughout the challenge to a victorious end. Being ranked first, having gathered the highest portfolio and more so as a ladies team meant a lot to us as it was also a demonstration of women without limit. We thank the University for building our capacity through the lecturers who take their time to inform and empower us on such matters beyond the normal curriculum.”- Njambi & Njeri

Njambi and Njeri Claris Kinya are friends and classmates in their 3rd year of study pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce degree, finance option. Read More>>


MEET JOSHUA NDEMENGE – AN OUTSTANDING MICROSOFT GOLD STUDENT PARTNER IN EUROPE MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA (EMEA) REGION

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“I joined the university in 2016 and I will be honest, joining any university wasn’t anything I dreamed about. I always wanted to complete high school and join an aviation school and become an international pilot. Unfortunately (or fortunately), that never happened. I ended up joining Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT) for a degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and within the first two weeks after joining the University, I found a new lifestyle – technology. DeKUT has really shaped my journey in tech and I now understand what it means when we say “Better Life through Technology” – the University’s slogan. The way the institution has embraced innovation and supported tech communities gave me an opportunity to thrive.”- Joshua Ndemenge

Joshua Ndemenge is in his 3rd year of study pursuing a Degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering. Read More>>

 


MEET ALICE WANJIKU NJOROGE – A SOFTWARE DEVELOPER

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 “I remember that day as if it was yesterday. I met a Computer Science graduate from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) who advised me to choose Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT). He explained to me how he had met quality graduates from DeKUT, the strong Christian Union and the student-lecturer interactions in the University. He said "Most universities half-bake graduates, in DeKUT you will be fully baked." I have always been fascinated by technology and wanted to make my dream come true and after that interaction, I didn’t think of a better place to make it come true.True to it, my friend was right.” – Alice Njoroge

Alice Njoroge has pursued a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, but yet to graduate. Read More>>


MEET REUBEN KIHIU – A TECHNOLOGY ENTHUSIAST, SOFTWARE DEVELOPER & DESIGNER MAKING AN INDELIBLE MARK THROUGH TECH COMMUNITIES

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“When I saw my first computer, at around the age of 10, I instantly fell in love. Since then, my passion for computers, especially software programming, has been growing more and more every day. It is this passion that led me to pursue Computer Science at my University of choice, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT). I chose this University because even in high school, word about its prowess and success stories in technology had gotten to me. I therefore simply made a decision to choose nothing but the best.”- Reuben Kihiu

Reuben Kihiu is our 3rd Year 2nd Semester student pursuing B. Sc in Computer Science. Read More>>

 


MEET RONA – AN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE POWERED BOT THAT PROVIDES CREDIBLE, ACCURATE AND VERIFIED INFORMATION ON COVID-19

Robert Kamaru

 

“Since its inception on March 30th, Rona has served 2000+ users distributed across different countries, but most of them coming from Kenya. 8000+ messages have been relayed on the platform, which has continuously made Rona very efficient, since as it is with Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems, they get better with usage. To give more value, I have been improving Rona and currently, the bot has a new feature that allows users to perform a 5 Minute self test and know their likelihood of having the virus, based on the symptoms they have” – Brian Ndegwa, Rona Developer.

Brian Ndegwa, is a 2nd Year student pursuing B. Sc in Information Technology. Read More>> 


MEET FRANCES NJAMBI – AN ANDROID DEVELOPER AT MKULIMA YOUNG AND A PARLIAMENTARIAN IN THE MAKING

 

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“Being a Student at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT) has been a fulfilling experience. There was so much going on especially in the field of technology and leadership; there was always something epic to look forward to. I loved the challenges I got from my fellow students and mentors and this always pushed me out of my comfort zone into reinventing and building myself. Balancing all the activities I involved myself in as a student was not easy but the effort was worth it.” – Frances Njambi

Frances Njambi graduated virtually here at the University on 8th May, 2020 with a degree in Information Technology. Read More>>


MEET DONALD NJERU – FOUNDER, ELECTRUXX ANIMATIONS

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“I started learning animations online while at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT) and founded Electruxx Animations. I joined the University’s hub - DeHUB which facilitated me and my partners Michael Makau and Sheltone Ochieng to further enhance our skills. To date, we have worked on animations for various companies in different fields like film, gaming, manufacturing, medicine, architecture and music among others. Our clients are mainly from America and Europe. ” – Donald Njeru

Donald graduated in April 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Read More>>


MEET STELLA MUTAI – A GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEM AND EARTH OBSERVATION ANALYTICS CONSULTANT, UNITED NATIONS

Robert Kamaru“Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT) enabled me to develop holistically. I received mentorship from my lecturers; their counsel, teaching, passion and dedication molded me to who I am. The extracurricular activities such as serving in various leadership positions and interacting with the students and staff made me appreciate multicultural diversity and why it’s important to be all rounded. The foundation, exposure, education and the culture inculcated in me at DeKUT made my transition to the market so easy. The uninterrupted learning and timely completion of my studies was so good for me as I was able to accomplish a part of my dreams early enough”- Stella Mutai

Stella graduated in April 2016 with a degree in Geospatial Information Science (GIS). Read More>>


MEET CHRIS BARSOLAI – A TECHNICAL TRAINER FOR DATA SCIENCE AT MORINGA SCHOOL

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“Choosing theUniversityone wants to go to is an important decision. It ultimately sets the pace for the launch of one's career and the success that follows. For the longest time, I’d always been fascinated by the communication technologies that power our connected life, and the vast array of tools and possibilities that were in the telecommunication space, thus I knew I definitely wanted to study engineering. As I was scoping possible universities to join and pursue that line of interest after high school, I stumbled upon Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT). In all honesty, I had very limited knowledge of the university before then but I had a positive conviction about it and again, it offered my dream course as part of her programmes. Itherefore decided to take a dive and see how it would turn out and sure enough, it paid off. Once I joined DeKUT, I could immediately tell that studying there would be a positive life changing experience. A bonus was, it had a breathtaking view of Mt. Kenya” – Chris Barsolai.

Chris graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor’s in Telecommunication and Information Communication. Read More>>


MEET MURIITHI KAIMOE – THE IMMEDIATE PAST DIRECTOR, CENTRE FOR INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP MANAGEMENT

Robert Kamaru

“There are places that are simply your place of work and there are those that become home. Home is what Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT) has been to me. I have served the University diligently; with commitment and love and now it’s time to exit. Out of the many activities; in teaching and administration that I have been involved in at DeKUT, my best was the interaction with students both in class and as their Dean in the Directorate of Students Welfare. I remember how refreshing it always was to interact with them freely and this is what I spent most of my lunch hours doing especially when I was their dean; I will dearly miss this. I have kept contact with many of the former students and it gives me much joy to see them progressing well and being of impact to the society. When I look back to where the institution has come from and where it is today, I have no doubt that there are better days ahead; that the institution will keep growing from strength to strength ”- Muriithi Kaimoe

Some simply call him Mr. Kaimoe but to others, he is a doctor, professor and there is a category that cannot let go of the name “Dean”. Read More>>


MEET KIPRONOH BERNARD NGENOH – A PROCUREMENT INDIRECTS SUPPORT WORKING TO CHANGE THE LANDSCAPE OF THE PROCUREMENT INDUSTRY

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 “The world has evolved. With great technological advancements, value creation, strategic sourcing, categorization of spending and procurement being at the epicenter of organization's goals and objectives, I decided to pursue the career and strike a positive mark. With the public perception pitting procurement on several critical integrity issues and with corruption and embezzlement of funds at its core, it served right for me to join the industry and be part of the change. Dedan Kimathi University of Technology provided an enabling environment to pursue my dream.”- Kipronoh Bernard Ngenoh

 

Kipronoh graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Purchasing and Supplies Management in 2015. Read More>>


MEET LOURINE OWITI – A GRADUATE IN TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT HAVING A BLISS IN BAKING AS SHE APPLIES HER HOSPITALITY SKILLS TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY

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“My 4 years at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology were amazing. The learning was great; it gave me exposure as far as my career is concerned and was both fun and experiential kind of learning. We had good lecturers who took us through school work and life generally and impacted us with life skills; special shout out to Dr. Misiko, Mrs. Kimondo and Mr. Osiako, among others. Amazing lecturers they were.”- Lourine Owiti

 

 

Owiti graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality Management in 2015. Read More>>


MEET TOTO OLITA – RESEARCHER. HUMANITARIAN.ENVIRONMENTALIST.GLOBAL CITIZEN

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“I consider myself a global citizen by calling. This is because our world is much connected as ever before and the challenges we face demand collaborative action. I believe in inclusion, fairness, community empowerment, social justice as well as protection and preservation of our environment.The training I received at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT) has equipped me with both technical and life skills. These skills have been instrumental in enhancing my outlook on the problems we face as a globe. Throughout my academic and professional journey, I have seen the need to use evidence-based research to guidedecision-making process and inform policy recommendations. This means that the solutions to the “wicked” problems promote resilience within our communities. My purpose is to help empower communities to utilise the available resources in the most efficient and innovative way in order to ensure enduring outcomes. I wish to extend my sincere gratitude to DeKUT family. Every person I met during my time at DeKUT has contributed to my progress and the person I am today. I am eternally grateful.”- Toto Olita

 

Toto Olita graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Actuarial Science in 2013. Read More>>


DeKUT STUDENTS TELL THE STORY OF THEIR EXPERIENCE STUDYING ONLINE DURING THE COVID 19 BREAK AND THE AWAITED RETURN THROUGH ONE OF THEIR OWN – ALEX NJUGUNA

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“Will I pass or will I fail a unit or two? What will I tell my parents if I fail? How will I pay for my supplementary if I fail?” These are the questions running through comrades minds at the moment. Are you wondering why? Let’s dive in!

 

Monday, 26th October, 2020 is a day to remember. After spending more than half a year at home, comrades at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT) were excited to come back to the University premises. Read More>>


MEET CHARLES WAHOME – A SOFTWARE ENGINEER AT MICROSOFT CORPORATION

 

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“Growing up, I had a fascination with technology. I have fond memories of when I was 8 years old when I first laid hands on a computer at a hospital where my mother worked; the kind people in the records department let me play with it. Back then, the computers only had menus that one would use arrows and enter keys to navigate. A year or two later, the hospital had an upgrade and I was allowed to play with MicrosoftPaint. The joy was evident when I went home having printed a picture of a lion I had managed to insert into Microsoft Paint. When choosing subjects in high school, it was a no-brainer when the computer studies option was provided. I jumped at it. Sadly, the teacher said the class was full. I actually had to beg him to let me in telling him I would be okay standing to learn if there were no seats. As luck would have it, my classmates found the class too difficult and dropped it during the first weeks. True to it, I almost was the last man standing! By the end of high school I weighed my options and thought, since tech related things were fun for me, why not make a career out of it? Therefore, during university courses selection, I made the only choice that I thought could lead me there. I selected Computer Science or Information Technology in any of the schools that could offer it. I do not know what mystical forces were at play but the school in the land of my ancestors chose me to go and take the course in her precious Institution; Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, then Dedan Kimathi College of Technology. Summed in one word, my experience there was lovely “– Charles Wahome

 

After 4 years of studies, Wahome graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology (IT). Read More>>


MEET SHAIBU ALI JUMA – TUTORIAL FELLOW, ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONICS ENGINEERING

 

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“I have enjoyed being part of the Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT) community. The two years I have been here feel like it's just been a year due to the warmth, friendship and support I have experienced; I never for once felt like a foreigner.The hardworking spirit and the vibe here is exceptional; not to mention the perfect location of the University and the serene environment which makes the place amazing. I have been serving as the exams coordinator from the very start and the people I have been working with from the School of Engineering, Examination Office and my department colleagues have been very helpful and supportive. I have made friends and family and it has made my time here feel like home. The students are very smart, polite and easy to work with and the vision and progressiveness that I see in this place is addictive. DeKUT is trulya place of quality and innovation evident from thecaliber of students that I have been working with on projects, the staff members and interaction with different centres around the University such as the Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Centre and Electronics Centre.

The experience at DeKUT has been amazing and as much as I am leaving in pursuit of a PhD, a part of me regrets having to leave this place.I am truly grateful for the opportunity I got to serve the institution” – Shaibu Ali Juma.

 

Shaibu Ali Juma is a Malawian Citizen who has been part of Dedan Kimathi University of Technology as a Tutorial Fellow in the department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering for the last two years. Read More>>


MEET ANASTASIA WANGUI KINYUA – A MEDICAL ASSISTANT IN THE UNITED STATES NAVY

 

Lourine Owiti

“I always had the desire to be an engineer since High School but I had no idea which field of engineering I wanted to pursue. Mechatronic sounded interesting and therefore I selected it and chose to pursue it at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT). By then, the University was not very well known but I knew it was an affiliate college of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and somehow, this gave me faith in the institution. I was right to make this decision because studying at DeKUT was the best part of my college years. The university provided the resources to become leaders and to innovate, to plan and implement, to learn and unlearn about ourselvesby having numerous co-curricular activities that molded us emotionally, intellectually, spiritually, socially, physically and mentally. At the top of the list is, of course, providing sufficient support academically with supportive lecturers and hands-on learning in the laboratories and through fieldwork. In addition, I got a chance to travel to Germany for a student exchange program through the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) courtesy of the University’s collaboration and an internationalization agenda. The exposure to the new language & culture, technology and a new setup was very relevant. While at DeKUT, I also met people from different countries coming into the University through IAESTE, President's Award and Rotaract Club.

The kind of orientation and exposure that I got during my study years at DeKUT highly contributed to a smooth transition into the job market and the skills learned then have always been the backbone of my achievements. I am a proud alumna of the University and I am continuously cheering her on her advancement, growth and tremendous job of molding young Kenyans. I have had family members join the University because they admire my testimony of having the privilege to pursue my degree in DeKUT.” - Anastasia Wangui Kinyua

 

Wangui is our alumna, graduating class of 2017 with a Mechatronic Engineering degree. Read More>>


MEET DR. MONICA MBURU– A SENIOR LECTURER AND FOOD SCIENCE & NUTRITION RESEARCHER 

 

Lourine Owiti

"Simply put, exploring food science and nutrition has been an ecstatic experience. This field fascinates me because it isa field that is running the world’s food system. We need to take care of our health by making sure we follow the latest nutritional trends so as to combat hidden hunger and curb food insecurity. Moreover, we need to understand the interfaces between agriculture, nutrition, and food science in order to sustain our food system. Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT) has provided me with the environment to explore more opportunities through research and educate my scholars broadly on this field and through that, I have had an opportunity to influence their thinking and their actions towards contributing to the attainment of foodand nutrition securityin our country. Drawing inspiration from my husband and children who never lose their faith in me and whose spirit motivates me when I am low, I have pushed myself to be the best in this field. I am grateful to God, my family, DeKUT and I am proud of myself for believing in me; for doing all the hard work; for never quitting or giving up even when the tides got tough as they still do sometimes.”- Dr. Monica Mburu

 

Dr. Monica W. Mburu is our Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Food Bioresources Technology (IFBT) with over 10 years research and teaching experience here at DeKUT. Read More>>


MEET DR. MADARAKA MWEMA– A LECTURER, RESEARCHER, COLLABORATOR AND MENTOR

 

Lourine Owiti

"I am driven by my desire to make an impact both as a professional (academic) and human being. My belief is that every human being in this world has a small role to play and the most significant of all is to impact on others. The desire to see my students and colleagues excel propels me; I would like to ensure my students graduate well-grounded in both theory and hands on skills in mechanical engineering and related subjects. I am also driven by my passion on growth of advanced manufacturing, materials and Industry 4.0 in Africa; as a continent and country, we cannot develop if we do not grow skills in these areas. As such, I am keen on sharing my skills on advanced manufacturing and materials with the current generation of students and researchers in Kenya and the rest of the continent. As a country, we still rely on old techniques of processing materials and it is time we administer the modern techniques to advance our industries and products. To contribute towards this advancement, I am working hard to champion the agenda of nanomaterials and thin film technology in the region as a solution to most problems. I have written and published several data-based peer reviewed articles and books on this topic and I am confident that our industries shall advance”- Dr. Madaraka Mwema

 

Dr. Madaraka is a Mechanical Engineering professional having pursued his B. Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology(JKUAT), Kenya from 2006 to 2010; M. Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at the same institution from 2012 to 2015 and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the Universityof Johannesburg, South Africa from 2017 to 2019. Read More>> 


MEET HON. JADES KALUNDA MUEMA– MEMBER OF COUNTY ASSEMBLY, MAKUENI COUNTY

 

Lourine Owiti

"I wake up every day driven by the desire to improve the living standards of the citizens; especially my constituents who I took an oath to serve. In my constituency, I have worked on basic infrastructure like functional roads, universal access to water to around 80% across the board, youth, women & other vulnerable groups' empowerment with income generating initiatives, access to markets & information, scholarships & bursaries to bright and needy students, welfare support, universal access to healthcare, agricultural & livestock extension services access, land ownership and transfers, sports & talent support, small scale irrigation & advanced agribusiness support, public participations, among others. While doing all this, I credit Dedan Kimathi University of Technology for giving me the best experience; both as a student and employee. The University gave me a chance to interact with the best and exposed me to the real challenges and choices; the Vice Chancellor, Prof Ndirangu Kioni who I consider my second father motivated us a lot and allowed us to participate in all we wanted and neededas a way of holistic development. This experience gave me the foundation of the person I am today.”- Hon. Jades Kalunda Muema

 

Kalunda studied at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT) back when it was Kimathi University College of Technology (KUCT) under Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology (JKUAT). He graduated in 2012 with a B. Sc. in Information Technology degree (First Class Honours). Read More>>


MEET MS. CATHERINE NJORE– A CARTOGRAPHER AND AN ACTIVE YOUTH & CHILDREN MENTOR

 

Lourine Owiti

 "I am a cartographer, a mother and a mentor. As a cartographer, I strive to do more than teach adults in an academic setup; I hope to awaken map use culture in children at an early age which translates to future clients to our Institute here at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology hence I make map use part of my mentorship ice breakers when engaging children.I hope for a better future and environment for my children. I mentor and empower the current generation as they will be the ones doing the same to our children; being a role model to create role models for others.It is my daily wish that many people would rise up to mentor and be role models to our youth and teens. They need people to look up to. They need us.”- Ms. Catherine Njore

 

Ms. Njore is a Senior Technologist in our Institute of Geomatics, GIS & Remote Sensing. Read More>>


MEET NICHOLAS NDEERI KINYUA– A INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST & ENTREPRENEUR

 

Lourine Owiti

"I have always been fascinated by Computers and Information Technology since I was young.  During the school holidays, I used to enroll for computer studies at PCEA Kabiruini Computer Training Center. By the time I left Giakaibii Secondary School in Mathira Constituency, Nyeri County, I was already computer literate. This was an achievement given that even some teachers were not proficient in this area; I even got a chance to teach at PCEA Kabiruini Computer Training Center andKiamariga Teachers College before joining University. I knew I had a long way to go though to gain expertise in this field which is why I applied for an ICT course at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT) owing to the information I had from people that in technology, it was a very wholesome institution; my decision was also informed by the fact that DeKUT is near home. It wasn’t just Information Technology that I ended up learning from this University though as here, I learnt the importance of interacting with other people to solve common problems and create solutions for the society, I learnt how to express myself better and without fear, I found another home where I was inspired and moulded to become the person I am today. The holistic development gainedhere and the continuous development after – a spirit inculcated at DeKUT –is what keeps me grounded” - Nicholas Ndeeri Kinyua

 

Mr. Ndeeri graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology in 2018. Read More>>


MEET KAHUGU BENSON MUNGE– AN ENTREPRENEUR & PROFESSIONAL SOFTBALL & BASEBALL PLAYER

 

Lourine Owiti

"I started playing softball with my friends as a hobby at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT) shortly after joining in 2013. After long lectures, we would go swing the one bat we had and some tennis balls just to unwind and have fun next to the University’s bus park. I gained more and more interest in the game and started watching videos of the sport online. When I came across some equipment in Gikomba market, I bought them, carried the kit to my campus and curious students would join me daily for practice until the University’s sports department heard of us, from a physical education intern who knew the sport, and gave us an official training field. The Kenyan Little League and Softball Kenya donated starter kits in 2016 and in the same year, we joined the National Softball Series and finished at position three hence qualifying for the playoffs. This motivated the young team to train harder and thisteam that now had the name Nyeri Rebels became the new school's sensation; everyone wanted to be part of us. It’s been a journey that started as a hobby and now I have played professionally for several teams and I have been recently recruited to play for the National Softball Team; we will represent Kenya next year in South Africa for the Softball World Cup Qualifiers.” –Kahugu Benson Munge

 

Mr. Kahugu graduated with a B. Sc. in Telecommunication and Information Engineering in 2018. Read More>>


MEET SAMUEL NJOROGE MWANGI– THE 25 YEAR OLD VYING FOR THE GATHARA WARD MCA POSITION

 

Lourine Owiti

"Kenya is a developing country. There is a lot of growth happening from every end and procurement is at the centre in purchasing of goods and services. The fact that in everything we undertake, procurement is involved spirited me to pursue the course. My choice of the University, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT), was informed by the University's keenness on timely completion of studies, good and healthy learning environment and also the University's love for technology. I got even more; DeKUT, through involvement, exposure and DELIBERATE moulding, gave me the golden opportunity to understand politics and learn the dynamics of the political game. That is where my political ambitions were born” – Samuel Njoroge Mwangi.

 

Mr. Njoroge graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Purchasing and Supplies Management in 2019. Read More>>


MEET NEWTON KELVIN OLLENGO – A FRESH GRADUATE ALREADY TAKING ON THE WORLD

 

Newton Kelvin Ollengo

"My Physics teacher, in High School, used to emphasize on passing along the knowledge one gains in life and encouraged us to take courses in Education. On the other hand, my teacher in Electricity encouraged us to take Engineering courses. I had developed a passion in Electrical and Electronics Engineering while young hence taking a course that enables me to achieve both Teaching and Engineering at the same time felt like a huge bonus for me. Interestingly, very few universities offer this kind of degree and Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT) is among the few. This and the location of the University in a quiet and serene environment at the slopes of Mt. Kenya, coupled with very few cases of strikes and commitment & focus of the staff and students hence timely completion of studies, made the choice a tad easier. That is what I saw from the outside but from the inside, I found more and became more every step of the way. The journey continues.” – Newton Kelvin Ollengo.

 

Mr. Newton is a fresh graduate; he graduated on 17th December, 2021 with a First Class Honors in Bachelor of Education in Technology, Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Read More>>


MEET JULIA MUIRURI – A TECHNICAL MENTOR & CO – FOUNDER OF RHIONS LAB

 

Julia-Muiruri

“If you would have asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up I would have said a neuro-surgeon because there was something that lit up a spark in me whenever I would hear people talk about medicine, treatment, surgery, saving lives and the part that fascinated me the most was delivering the happy news of a successful surgery to a family that was at the verge of giving up. I considered myself to be a smart girl and I would always visualize myself in a white coat, pair of spectacles (at least I got this because my sight is not that good) with medical records in my hands setting out to save lives. After graduating from High School however, I didn’t meet the required cut off mark to pursue medicine and I remember for a second there, I was very disappointed in myself. The worst part was that I had not really thought about an alternative career. I welcomed different opinions on the ‘best and most marketable course to do’ back then and finally I had to decide. This process was a great lesson for me; take all the advice you can but be sure to make the decision yourself. After evaluating my options, I settled on taking Information Technology only because from the research I did, there was a possibility of diving back into the medical field from an IT perspective because of how diverse the course is. Given that Dedan KimathiUniversity of Technology is listed as one of the best universities for technical courses and engineering, I chose to pursue my course here and after understanding in depth what IT can do in today’s world, I just fell in love with the impact I can have in the world through technology. If given the chance to pursue medicine, guess what – I’d pass. I just feel like I was meant for what I do today.” – Julia Muiruri

 

Ms. Julia graduated barely two months ago, on 17th December, 2021 with a degree in Information Technology (IT). Read More>>


MEET DIANA WANGESHI NJUGUNA – A LECTURER & AUTHOR OF THE BOOK “DESPITE EVERYTHING.”

 

Diana-Wangeshi-Njuguna

“I love seeing women empowered. I am inspired by the passion of women living their best life and pursuing dreams at their individual levels and generally, I find joy in seeing women and girls doing their best to be better versions of themselves. I am open minded and love new ideas; I follow through to see their completion. I get inspired by being in spaces where there is positive energy. I enjoy learning from individuals who have made it their business to leave their comfort zone and dare to be the best version of themselves. I get this inspiration from reading books and listening to podcasts. I have learnt to act on this inspiration and this is what drove me to take the bold step of leaving my young family to pursue my PhD in Hungary. I have recently published a book ‘Despite Everything’ with the hope that as I have been inspired along my journey, I inspire others.” - Diana Wangeshi Njuguna.

 

Ms. Wangeshi is a Lecturer here at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT) currently on study leave to pursue her PhD in Health at University of Debrecen, Hungary. Read More>>


MEET ORINA DOROTHY– A 5TH YEAR MECHATRONIC ENGINEERING STUDENT AND A TECHPRENEUR

 

Dorothy-Orina

“My decision to pursue Mechatronic Engineering spurred from a recommendation by my physics teacher who, owing to my eyes allergy, advised that they might be too sensitive to handle the particles that may arise from the exploration of aeronautical engineering - a course I was very passionate about. I considered the advice and since I had a simultaneous compelling interest in Medicine, I looked up Biomechatronics, which is what I was to apply for only to discover that it is not offered in Kenya. I applied for Mechatronic Engineering and at the time, I wasn't looking forward to joining DeKUT. Looking back though, I am super grateful for how things turned out; I was admitted for another course in another university but after compromising on Biomechatronics, an unrelated course wasn't a compromise I was willing to make. I did an Interversity Transfer and the rest is not just history but my present and future. Several pages of my growth story have been written in DeKUT owing to the amount of exposure, nurturing and opportunities I have gotten while here. I am of the strong opinion that DeKUT provides a great career avenue where if one is keen and persistent enough, they can define their own professional path by the time they complete their course.” - Orina Dorothy.

 

What age would you guess a 5th year student is at; one who only waited 4 months to join University after Form Four and is in an institution where timely completion of studies is key?  Read More>>


MEET SAMUEL KIIRU– A RESEARCHER IN FOOD & NUTRITION AND USE OF SUSTAINABLE FAUNA

 

Samuel-Kiiru

“Just like most high school candidates, my only source of information about university courses was my trusted high school teachers (at Karuri High School, Kiambu). Mr. Kayesi, HSC- who is still my good friend, was vastly knowledgeable on the potential that Food Science had/has as a career and the value to the society as well. I also got encouragement from the Director of Food Bioresources Technology at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT); the Director then was Dr. Beatrice Mugendi - now a Deputy Vice Chancellor at Murang’a University of Technology. When most of the first year students were applying for inter-faculty transfers, she was there to offer career counseling and that’s when I took an opportunity and asked her if majoring in food engineering would earn me the title of an engineer. She smiled and told me that I will be much better than that. This warmed my heart and I embarked into the field of Food Science & Technology happily. She was right; I feel more than an engineer as I focus on Food and Nutrition innovations and use of sustainable fauna such as edible insects products in feeding the increasing human population. ” - Samuel Kiiru.

Opportunities and breakthroughs in life come to people in different seasons and in different ways. For Kiiru, it was through the DeKUT Exchange Programme coordinated by the International Office.  Read More>>


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