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Mak Bids Farewell to Prof. Anthony Kerali

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By Betty Kyakuwa

Staff of Makerere University on February 23, 2021 honorably bid farewell to their fallen comrade Prof. Anthony G. Kerali. As if to mimic the elegant and flamboyant lifestyle that he lived, the academic staff led by the Vice Chancellor, donning their academic gowns, escorted the casket into the church.

Prof. Kerali was described by many as a simple, quiet and intelligent individual who performed exceptionally well in everything he did.

“We are sincerely grateful to God that Prof. Kerali was able to share his knowledge with thousands of students through teaching, mentoring, field work supervision and his day to-day life. He was a man who offered distinguished service to Makerere University and the country,” the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, said.

Prof. Kerali was described as a prolific writer who won research grants worth USD 2million. He was passionate about education, its transformative impact on society and an individual’s upward mobility.

One of his Colleagues at the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT), Dr. Dans Naturinda shared his education journey with Prof. Kerali. “Dr. Anthony Kerali was one of the lecturers who had to teach me in a one-man class; he taught me Strategic Management in Construction, one of the courses that shaped my outlook to inspire and influence the Ugandan construction industry,” he said. Dr. Dans described Kerali as a good father-figure and professional.

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CEDAT Students Showcase Innovations at HEPSSA Workshop

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A student (left) showcases their innovation during the 9th Annual CEDAT Open Day held 28th-29th February 2020, Makerere University.

Despite the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, students and staff at the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) have continued to exhibit excellence in innovations to address different challenges. This was witnessed during a 2-day online workshop organized by the Higher Education Partnership for Sub Sahara Africa (HEPSSA) Project on 15th and 16th July 2021. 

The project, funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering supports different activities including curriculum review and problem-based learning in institutions of higher learning. Also supported is registration of Intellectual Property, University-Industry staff exchanges, workshops, conferences and training in Engineering Education.

The project is being undertaken by different universities including Makerere University, Kyambogo University, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Busitema University, Ndejje University, Moi University, University of Dar es Salaam and University of Leeds in the UK.  

The HEPSSA project Aims at creating partnerships that will help in enriching engineering education and contribute to engineering capacity development in the region. It also seeks to improve the quality and relevance of engineering education and research in SSA. These improvements should be made by catalyzing industry-academia partnerships in ‘hub’ universities and their partner institutions.

Some of the exhibitions showcased included;

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MAPRONANO ACE Acquires VP Sigma 300 Scanning Electron Microscope Equipment

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The VP SIgma 300 High Resolution Scanning Electron Microscope unveiled 21st July 2021 at CEDAT, Makerere University.

Africa Center of Excellence in Materials Product Development and Nanotechnology (MAPRONANO ACE), College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT), Makerere University has acquired a state of the art Vapour Pressure (VP) Sigma 300 High resolution Scanning Electron Microscope for nanomaterial’s characterization, Materials sciences research and all Nano scale related fields. This is the first of its kind equipment in Sub-Saharan Africa for nanotechnology research. The VP Sigma 300 Scanning Electron Microscope will be used by the faculty at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, CEDAT, College of Health Sciences (CHS) and other University colleges for the applications below:

  • Minerals identification, size measurements of micron and nanosized materials
  • Determining the morphology of biological specimens (structural biology), nanoparticle analysis and detection, drug research (testing new vaccines and medicines)
  • Drug discovery and identification of new pathogens (Viruses, bacteria & fungi)
  • Tissue imaging such as Cancer Imaging, device testing and characterization, pharmaceutical quality control, forensic science, toxins identification.
  • Determining the crystallographic structure of specimens (topology, morphology and composition),
  • Materials science research, detection/ elemental analysis and cathodoluminescence microscopy (CL)
  •  Quality control and failure analysis, reliable performance of semiconductors
  •  Effectiveness of new production and fabrication methods

The equipment will also be accessible to industry and regional partners. Training opportunities in advanced microscopy techniques, nano-materials characterization will also be offered to graduate, industry professionals and regional students.

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3 Mak Teams in Efficiency for Access Design Challenge Grand Final

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Efficiency for Access Design Challenge 2021 Grand Final, 23rd June, 11:00 AM BST (1:00 PM EAT).

The Efficiency for Access Design Challenge is a global, multi-disciplinary competition that empowers teams of university students to help accelerate clean energy access.

To provide universal energy access, we urgently need to enhance the efficiency and affordability of high performing appliances for off and weak-grid settings in low to middle income countries. The Challenge
invites teams of university students to create affordable and high-performing off-grid appliances and supportive technologies. 

This year, 21 universities from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Nepal, Uganda, Sweden and the UK will participate. Three teams from Makerere University are taking part in the Challenge.

This year’s Grand Final will be happening on the 23rd June at 11:00am BST (1:00pm EAT) includes:  

  • A showcase of some of the amazing submissions we have received this year.
  • An awards ceremony for teams with the most innovative designs  
  • Panel discussion: ‘How do we truly achieve inclusive energy access?’, giving you the chance to hear insights into the future of the off-grid industry

The event also gives participants the opportunity to network with specialists working in the off-grid appliance sector.

You can register here to attend the event.

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