Directorate of Research, Grants and Endowments during an Ethics Review Workshop held on 7th and 8th April, 2016

20 April 2016


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Linkages with USA universities move a notch higher

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Launch of MKU Graduate Enterprise Academy

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Prof. Briggs from the Oxford University, UK pay a courtesy call to the DVC ARA.

25 February 2015


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KEMRI Team visits MKU to discuss partnership initiatives

25 February 2015


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Directorate of Research, Grants and Endowments during an Ethics Review Workshop held on 7th and 8th April, 2016

Linkages with USA universities move a notch higher

Launch of MKU Graduate Enterprise Academy

Prof. Briggs from the Oxford University, UK pay a courtesy call to the DVC ARA.

KEMRI Team visits MKU to discuss partnership initiatives

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Alumni’s innovations making waves

The quality of the Mount Kenya University engineering programmes has once again been confirmed by the innovations of alumni. Mr Alex Kiragu, joined the school of Pure and Applied Sciences department of Medical and Electrical Engineering in august 2006 and left in November 2009 having successfully completed a diploma course in medical engineering.

“I cannot regret having studied at Mount Kenya University. The study environment at MKU gave me both research and enterprising spirit. it is as a result of this that I have man- aged to be awarded several innovation grants from the Government through the National Council for Science and technology (NCST). His innovations:

Hygienic   Hand Wash Unit

Kiragu was motivated to make an innovation after observing that the existing mechanical hand washing systems, prior to hand-washing, people are normally forced to open a tap with dirty hands, and finally turn off the dirty tap with “clean hands” and end up making them dirty with the same old germs they tried to wash out! This way, there is a dominant recontamination of our hands. the risks of  contaminating our hands are common in: public lavatories, health facilities, schools, public utilities, engineering and science research laboratories, food and catering facilities, agricultural settings e.g. livestock dwellings to mention but a few. “Apart from the contamination risk it is also prudent to consider economical usage of water in the systems designed for hand washing. This can only be achieved by ensuring that the valve used has the following features: instant opening and closing and proportional control concept included in the design and construction,” says Kiragu.

He goes on to explain that the initial idea of this innovation was to design and construct a mechanical foot operated water valve in order to eliminate the problems of poor  hygiene and unnecessary wastages of water during the important activity of  hand washing. The hygienic mechanical valve can be connected to an existing water system whereby, the foot pedal is anchored on the ground or the floor of a house. In order to make the innovation universal in terms of application, the innovation was further developed in to a mobile hand washing unit after addition of some auxiliary parts. Eventually a foot operated water dispenser was realized. This unit proved to be useful in small hotels, cleaning of bed ridden patients in hospitals, ambulances, camping sites, salons and barber shops, outside catering facilities to mention but a few.

Thermo derived POWER Supplier

This project entails the design and development of a solid state power generating system to utilize both intentionally and unintentionally wasted heat energy and instead use this energy to supplement the convectional energy sources or to control the heat generating system electrically. This is a self-sustaining system of sorts.