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MAPRONANO ACE Acquires VP Sigma 300 Scanning Electron Microscope Equipment

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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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Integration of Building Information Modelling (BIM) into Construction Education; A stake holder engagement held.

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The Construction and Economics Department at the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) is undertaking a study to explore the possibilities of mainstreaming Building Information Modelling (BIM) into the curricula.

A study supported by the Government of Uganda through the Makerere University Research and Innovations Fund (MaKRIF) is conducted by a team led by Dr. Pamela Achieng, lecturer in the Department of Construction Economics and Management at CEDAT.  The Research team is comprised of Ms. Wesonga Rachael, Mr.  Semanda Julius, Mr. Odongkara Billy Brian, Mr. Tom Mukasa and the Departmental Head, Dr. Nathan Kibwami.

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MTSIFA gets into partnership with the University of Bergen

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The Margaret Trowel School of Industrial and Art (MTSIFA) in the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) Makerere University has entered into a partnership with the University of Bergen (UIB), Faculty of Art, Music and Design to work towards internalizing and nurturing local indigenous knowledge.

The project will contribute to a multidisciplinary internationalization of higher education between global south and north with art, design, music, involving the two universities and independent enterprises linked to these disciplines.

Teams from the two Universities met at the College of Engineering to further discuss the implementation details and paid a courtesy call on the Deputy Principal, Dr. Venny Nakazibwe.

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Janet Goldner Fulbright Specialist Catalogue Department of Fine Art CEDAT Makerere University August 2022

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Janet Goldner

It was a pleasure to spend six weeks teaching in the Fine Art Department of Makerere University as a Fulbright Specialist. I want to thank Dr. Lilian Mary Nabulime and Mr. Edward Balaba for their vision for the project that brought me here, their faith in me, and their guidance during this successful program. I also enjoyed meeting and working with Ms. Fedelis Nabukenya, Assoc. Professor George Kyeyune, and Assoc. Professor Rose Kirumira. 

Dr. Nabulime’s and Mr. Balaba’s idea to focus on found and local materials as art materials is an excellent and timely one. As artists, this focus trains us to be sensitive to our daily surroundings. It guides us to look carefully at the beauty and utility of the “trash” that others discard. It becomes our job as artists to reclaim and repurpose it. The use of found materials as art materials is also important since more traditional art materials are expensive for any art student or artist for that matter. Finding these “gifts from the street” requires highly honed creative skills of observation and transformation. And the use of found materials has an important role in raising awareness about climate change. Use of found and local materials lends itself to examining social issues.  

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