Dr. Erastus Mwanaumo (Profile)

PhD,MSc,BSc,MEIZ,REng,EngRB,FCIOB,MDRBF,Pr CPM,MRICS,MACPM

The Assistant Dean Post Graduate is a member of the School of Engineering Management, Administrative, Board of Studies, Board of examiners, Post graduate School Committee, Post Graduate Board of Examiners, and University Graduate Board of Studies (Senate) . He provides oversight in all post graduate activities within the school and assists the Dean of the School of Engineering in ensuring the smooth running of the Programmes. Currently the School has 20 Master of Engineering Programmes and at PhD Level (Postgraduate Programmes). PhD research programmes offer a vast range of opportunities to students who relish the chance to undertake a research project with clear intellectual, scientific, industrial or commercial relevance and challenge. The School also undertakes interdisciplinary research in conjunction with other institutions.
University of Zambia opened its doors in 1966, two years after Zambia attained its independence. The main purpose was to produce human resources (graduates) for the government and industry in Zambia. From the first intake of students of 300, the population has grown to the current population of over 32,000. The School of Engineering located at the main campus of the University of Zambia in Lusaka is one of the twelve (12) schools in the university. Over the years, the school has responded to various national challenges through teaching, research, training, consultancy and public service. The School of Engineering, now comprising the Departments of Agricultural Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Geomatics Engineering and Mechanical Engineering was established on 1st May 1969.

The school is realigning itself to become a trainer of trainers by increasing its capacity in training at postgraduate level. The postgraduate programmes aim at training engineers with advanced and in depth knowledge in specialised fields. The school has a student population that is in excess of 490 undergraduate, 400 Master of Engineering students and 15 Doctoral Candidates across all the departments. There are currently 60 academic members of staff in its five departments.

The number of postgraduate programs remained small for a long period of time until the year 2010 when it became clear that there was a serious gap in trained manpower in the energy sector. To address this gap, the University of Zambia, School of Engineering with the financial support from NUFFIC, developed a master’s degree program in Renewable Energy. This programme is hosted by the School of Engineering. From this experience, the School identified many gaps in engineering management fields, the ICT sector, and project management area and developed a number of other programs in electronics, construction and engineering management. The aim was to elevate the caliber of engineers in the country to improve the management of engineering firms in line with the new technologies.

PHD RESEARCH PROGRAMMES

PhD research programmes offer a vast range of opportunities to students who relish the chance to undertake a research project with clear intellectual, scientific, industrial or commercial relevance and challenge. Currently the school has PhD Candidates in the Departments of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. The School also undertakes interdisciplinary research in conjunction with other institutions.