Research and Innovations



The University has developed a focused research agenda that is multi-disciplinary and draws on the University's schools and institutes expertise. The research focus areas are reviewed annually and are discussed in senate. The University research agenda for 2018/2019 financial year was set as follows;

Institute of Food Bio-resources Technology

Research focus areas:

  • Coffee Technology
  • Dairy Processing Technology
  • Fruit and vegetables technology
  • Food Safety Assurance

School of Business Management and Economics

Research focus areas;

  1. Accounting, Finance & Economics Department
    • Operational Risk Management and Governance
    • Financial Reporting for Complex Structures
    • Real estate Finance, and Corporate Performance
    • Value Chain Financing and Agriculture
    • Performance of Thrift Institutions
    • Corporate financial Strategy and Performance of Financial Institutions
    • Financial innovation and Financial Engineering in Emerging Financial Markets
    • Financial Economics and International Trade
    • Regulation of Financial Institutions and Markets Efficiency.
    • Macro-Economic Environment and Growth
  2. Business Administration Department
    • Human Capital and Institutional Development
    • Quality Management and Succession
    • Corporate Strategy and Corporate performance
    • Entrepreneurship and Emerging Economies
    • Enterprise Risk Management
    • Corporate Leadership and corporate Excellence
  3. Criminology and Security Management Department
    • Fraud Investigation and Fraud Effectiveness
    • Corporate Forensic Investigation Tools
    • Cyber Crime and its Investigation
    • Global and National Security management
    • Ethics and Crime Management
    • Cyber Intelligence and Information Warfare
    • Critical Infrastructure , Terrorism and Counterterrorism
  4. Procurement and Logistics Department
    • Procurement of Complex materials
    • Global Supply Chain Risks
    • Global Sourcing and Emerging Markets
    • Global Value creation Networks
    • Supplier Relationship Management
    • Procurement and Cross Industry Analysis
    • Sustainable procurement
    • Multi-cultural Negotiation and Supplier Management
    • Innovation and incentivization of Procurement
    • Supply Chain Integration, Clearing and Forwarding)

School of Computer Science and Information Technology

Research Focus Areas;

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Information Systems
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • ICT for Development (ICT4D)
  • Empirical Software Engineering

School of Engineering

Research focus areas;

  1. Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    • Renewable Energy – PV Solar Energy
    • Communication systems –Multiple Antenna Systems
    • Data Science – Environmental monitoring and agriculture
  2. Department of Mechanical Engineering
    • Renewable energy – Wind Energy
    • Combustion
    • Composite Material – Wood Polymer
  3. Department of Mechatronic Engineering
    • 3D Printing – Recycled PET
    • Renewable Energy – Wind Energy
    • Robotics- Industrial Robots
    • Drones- Data collection
    • IoT-Wireless straining systems
  4. Department of Civil Engineering
    • Waste Water Treatment – Natural systems
    • Water Resources Management
    • Civil Engineering Materials
    • Ground/Slope stability – Reinforced Soil slopes

School of Science

Research Focus Areas;

Current research interest

  • Natural products for medicinal application
  • Greening of tanneries- Switch Africa  research in collaboration with COMESA/ LLPI- Improving of tanning efficiency  and less polluting
  • Footwear and leather goods technology adoption for SMEs in Kenya
  • Mathematical modeling of infectious diseases and terminal diseases
  • Modeling of fluid flow in vertical pipes
    1.  Actuarial Science

Applied statistics

    • Applications to the field of financial engineering; food security and policy management, econometrics and business statistics.
    • Application to the field of Renewable energy and Finance; modelling of extreme wind speeds, i.e. wind speeds exceeding 25 m/s which can result in turbine shutdown hence no power production.
    • Extreme value theory applied to financial field and copula theory.
  1. Physical and Analytical Chemistry
    • Photo stability and Efficacy of sunscreens, skin lighteners in the local market
    • Green ways of photo stabilizing sunscreen in green skin lighteners
    • Green sorbents for heavy metal pollutants and persistent organic pollutants (PAHs).
      • Nanoparticle loading on cellulose/nanocellulose
      • Current water purification systems and general water quality
      • Develop green sustainable systems for water treatment and fluoride removal for both household and commercial (scalable)
    • Smart Materials.
      • Nanocrystaline cellulose from waste papers for conductive, foldable thin films and memory devices.
      • Composite films- Spintronic application (nanocellulose and graphene oxide)
      • Photoacoustic and diagnostic materials from loaded nanoparticles on cellulose actuation system.
      • Disposable kits for medical applications
  2. Organic Chemistry/Natural products
    • Phytochemistry and Scientific rationalization of common and new medicinal plants.
    • Synthesis of photostable sunscreen compounds.
    • Synthesis of cyclodextrins for nanoencapsulation for drug discovery
  3. Leather Technology
    • Greening of leather Industries- Green chemicals in leather production processes
  4. Mathematics and Physics
  • Development of a laser-based tool for efficient and cost effective manufacture of solar panels
  • Design, development and implementation of optoelectronic system for measurement of dry friction
  • Mathematical modeling and simulation of laser materials processes
  • Mathematical modeling: diseases, applied physics fluid flow and applied engineering

Institute of Geomatics, GIS and Remote Sensing

Research focus areas;

  • Land Information Management Systems and Land Administration
  • Climate Change :
  • Hydrology:
  • Land Use/Land Cover Change Analysis
  • Networks
  • Urbanization and Spatial Urban Patterns

Nursing Department

Research focus areas;

  • Establishment of Ethical Board
  • NCDs Epidemiology
  • Reproductive Health
  • Primodial Prevention

Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Management

Research focus areas;

  • Management of endagered species
  • Human wildlife conflict
  • Product development
  • Product diversification
  • Cultural heritage tourism-memorial tourism
  • Niche tourism (coffee tourism)
  • Events managements
  • Hospitality management
  • Food safety
  • Destination development and management.
  • Tourism marketing.
  • Destination Branding.
  • Recréation and Outlook activities

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects Supported By DeKUT Research Grants

Year 2011/2012

Research Project Title Name of Researcher
An assessment of the diffusion of sustainable energy technology innovations among food processing enterprises in Kenya David Magu
Ecological and Social Economic implications of the Aberdare Ecosystem Fence Dr. Fredrick Waweru
Exam management system Ephantus Kinyanjui
To design and develop Solar powered birds eggs incubator box Ndungu Njoroge
Enhancing  cultural and lake tourism at Abasuba Rock Art Site, Lwanda Rombo Community Fishing Center and Kit Mikayi Asborn Misiko
Fabrication of a mini biodigester Peter Ngugi K
Green roof and solar wall technologies Patrick Kimari
Determination of complete mineral content of Mbeu iron deposit and extraction Prof. Gerald Muthakia

Year 2012/2013

Research Project Title Name of Researcher
Investigation and industrial implementation of laser assisted meta-plastic (LAMP) joining Alphonse Niyibizi
Supporting digital villages and SMEs through provision and support of their functions by the use of free software (open source) Patrick Naivasha
Factors favouring nurturing of innovations in technological institutions in Nyeri County Fr. Donatus Mathenge
Mapping of water resources in Nyeri County Simon Mdodo
Evaluation of the performance of various investment strategies when applied in the Nairobi Stock Exchange James Ndegwa


Year 2013/2014

Research Project Title Name of Researcher
A retrospective study on causes of still births at Nyeri Provincial General Hospital Cheptum Joyce Jebet



Summary of Research Publications by DeKUT Staff and Students

Title Journal in which paper is published Authors
Cultivation and promotion of a reading culture among primary school children in urban areas. a case study of schools in Eldoret municipality

East Africa Journal Of Information Services.

Vol. No. 002, 2009

B.Githiora, B., Kiplanga’t, J, and Otike Fredrick
Challenges faced in establishing university libraries in Kenya

International Journal of Library and Information Science.

Vol. 2 (8) pp. 148-154,  2010

Otike Fredrick and Omboi Messah
Reading culture, cultivation and its promotion among pupils: a Kenyan perspective

International research journal of library, information and archival studies.

Vol. 1(1) pp. 001-005, August 2011

Fredrick Wawire Otike

The use of grapevine information for decision making and management in university libraries: A Kenyan


International Research Journal of Library, Information and Archival Studies.

Vol. 1(2) pp. 038-043, September, 2011

Fredrick Wawire Otike
Free primary education in Kenya and its challenges in fighting illiteracy

Journal of education and practice.

Vol. 2 (3), 2011

Otike Fredrick, Beatrice Kiruki

The use of satellite images to monitor the effect of sand dams on Stream bank land cover changes in kitui district

Journal of Agriculture Science and Technology.

Vol. 13(2) 2011

H. K. Manzi and D. N. Kuria

Managing distribution of National examinations using Geospatial technologies: ACase study of Pumwani and Central divisions

International Journal of Computer Engineering Research

Vol. 2(5), pp.82-92, November


David Ndegwa Kuria, Moses

Murimi Ngigi, Josephine Wanjiru Wanjiku, and

Rachel Kavutha Kasumuni

An open source Geographic Information System (GIS) approach to water supply management, distribution and


International Journal of Computer Engineering Research.

Vol. 3(4), pp. 55-62, November


David Ndegwa Kuria, Douglas Engoke Musiega, Moses Murimi Ngigi and Simon Kibue Ngugi

Setting up of a Kenya National Domestic Violence

Call Center (K-NDVCC): Prototype and Pilot


International Transaction Journal of Engineering,

Management, & Applied Sciences & Technologies.

Volume 3 No.1, 2012

David Ndegwa Kuria

Moses Murimi Ngigi

Moses Karoki


and John Gitau Kahiu

Effect Of Water Glass Treatment On The Mechanical and Thermooxidative Properties of Kenaf and Sisal Fibres, Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites

Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites

Volume 31 Issue 19, October 2012.

Moshibudi C Khoathane,  Emmanuel R Sadiku,  Paul M Wambua,
Recycling and value addition to thermoplastic wastes to produce plant fibre reinforced composites, Journal of Macromolecules,

Journal of Macromolecules

Vol. 8, Issue 1, 2012, ISSN: 0974-7478

Edward O.V.Odhong, Paul M.Wambua, Abel N.Mayaka

Hydromagnetic turbulent flow of a rotating

System past a

Semi - Infinite vertical

Plate with hall current

International Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics

Volume 79 No. 1 2012, 97-119

Mathew Kinyanjui, Emmah M. Marigi and Jackson K. Kwanza

Recycling and Fibre Reinforcement of Thermoplastic Wastes to Produce Composites for Construction Works,

Research Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology, Vol. 4(7) March 2012.

P.M. Wambua, A.N. Mayaka and E.O.V. Odhong,

Cementing material from rice husk-broken bricks

spent bleaching earth

dried calcium carbide residue

Mediterranean Journal of Chemistry 2012, 2(2), 400-407

Muthengia Jackson Wachira,

 Muthakia Gerald Kanyago,

and Thiong’o Joseph Karanja

Equilibrium Studies of Fluoride Adsorption onto a Ferric Poly−mineral from


Journal of Appl. Sci. Environ. Manage. 2012 Vol. 16 (1) 69

Enos W. Wambui, Charles O. Onindo,Willis Ambusso, Gerald K. Muthakia

Ethical issues in the construction industry in Kenya. a critical analysis of the professional  conduct in engineering technology management

The international institute for science, technology and education (IISTE).

Industrial engineering letters. ISSN 2224-6096 (print) ISSN 2225-0581 (online). VOL 2, No.7, 2012

Fr. Dr. Donatus Mathenge Githui

Prospect Theory: Test on framing and loss aversion effects on  investors decision-making process at the Nairobi securities

Exchange, Kenya

Research Journal of Finance and Accounting.  Vol 3, No 9, 2012

ISSN 2222-1697 (Paper) ISSN 2222-2847 (Online)

Peter Mbaluka,

 Charles Muthama and

 Elizabeth Kalunda

Test of endowment and disposition effects under prospect theory on decision-making process of individual investors

At the Nairobi

Securities exchange, Kenya

Research Journal of Finance and Accounting. Vol 3, No 6, 2012 

Elizabeth Kalunda and

Peter Mbaluka

Pharmaceutical manufacturing companies in Kenya

And their credit risk management practices

Research Journal of Finance and Accounting. 

Vol 3, No 5, 2012

Elizabeth Kalunda,

Beatrice Nduku and John Kabiru

A general Purpose Image

Based Electors Smart Card Using an Enhanced Least Significant Bit  Steganographic Method for

Information Hiding: A case study of the Kenyan Electoral


International Journal of Computer Science Issues.

Vol. 10, Issue 2, No 1, March 2013

Gabriel Macharia Kamau, Stephen Kimani and

Waweru Mwangi

Merti aquifer recharge zones determination using geospatial technologies

Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology for Development

Vol. 1 No.1, July 2013

David Ndegwa Kuria and Henry Njau Kamunge
Extending LANDSAT based land use/ cover time series after May 2003 for tropical rain forest areas in East Africa

Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology for Development

Vol. 1 No.1, July 2013

M. Macharia, T, Lung and G. Schaab
Supply chain management using GIS, a case study of Coca Cola Company

Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology for Development

Vol. 1 No.1, July 2013

Arthur Wafula Sichangi and Douglas Musiega
Evaluation of the process of land registration according to Registration of Titles Act (RTA) system in Kenya

Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology for Development

Vol. 1 No.1, July 2013

Josphine Wanjiru Wanjiku, Carol W. Gikwa and Mary Wandia
Habitat Utilization by Hippopotamuses  (Hippopotamus Amphibus) in Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology for Development

Vol. 1 No.1, July 2013

Fred K. Waweru and Kaba J.N

Assessing Niche Tourism Potentials at Kit Mikayi Sacred Site using activity-based segmentation: towards sustainable tourism product diversification.

Research on Humanities and Social Sciences 

Vol.3, No.22, 2013

Asborn J. Misiko

An Empirical study to Measuring Corruption and Integrity in

Kenyan Police Agency: An Ethical Perspective

Public Policy and Administration Research. Vol.4, No.2, 2014

Githui Donatus Mathenge
Characterizations of Basalt Unsaturated Polyester Laminates Under Static Three-Point Bending and Low-Velocity Impact Loadings, Polymer Composites, DOI 10.1002/pc.22885, 2014. Rotich K. Gideon, Hangjun Hu, Paul Wambua, BohongGu,
Digital Rights Management: Improving Online Digital Images Copy Rights Management through an Enhanced Least Significant Bit Steganographic Algorithm

Computer Engineering and Intelligent Systems

Vol.5, No.9, 2014

Gabriel Macharia Kamau and Cheruiyot W. K


the Compliance of

Physical Plans using

GIS and Remote Sensing:

A Case of Ol Kalou Town

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

Volume 3 Issue 12, December 2014

Racheal Njeri Mugo

, David N. Kuria and

Kenneth Mubea

Factors Affecting Kenya Alpine Dairy Goat Milk Production

in Nyeri Region

Journal of Food Research;

Vol. 3, No. 6; 2014

Mburu Monica, Mugendi Beatrice, Makhoka Anselimo and Muhoho Simon


With Single Deformable Polyline Tentacle and Velocity


Control Theory and Informatics

Vol.4, No.1, 2014

Inno Odira,  P. K.

Kihato and S. I. Kamau

Impacts of Development Process on Mawanga Cave’s Tourism

Sustainability: Lessons for Future Improvement

International Journal of Arts and Commerce

Vol. 4 No. 4, April, 2015

Asborn J. Misiko

Drivers for Capital Structures of Real Estate Firms

in Kenya

Journal of Tourism, Hospitality and Sports     

Vol.7, 2015

Ngugi, Samuel M. and Afande, Francis Ofunya

Corporate Social Responsibility And Philanthropy (A

Case Of Equity

Bank Ltd)

Journal of Culture, Society and Development

Vol.6, 2015

Francis Ofunya Afande and Mathenge Paul Maina

Effects of coffee processing technologies on physico-chemical properties and sensory qualities of coffee

African Journal of Food Science

Vol. 9(4), pp. 230-236, April, 2015

Kipkorir Richard Koskei, Muliro Patrick and Muhoho


















































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