DR. SIMON TEMBO

  • Qualification: Dr.Eng, M.Eng, B.Eng, MIEEE, MEIZ, R.Eng
  • Title Role: Head of Department-Electrical & Electronics Engineering
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  • Department: Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • School: School of Engineering

Academic and Other relevant Qualifications

  1. Doctor of Engineering Degree

    Date of Conferment: March 22, 2013 Akita University, Akita City, Akita Prefecture, JAPAN. Doctor of Engineering Degree in Electrical, Electronics and Computer Systems Engineering Doctorate Thesis: A Study on New Congestion Avoidance Methods in IP Routing Protocol.
  2. Master of Engineering Degree

    Date of Conferment: March 23, 2000 University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, JAPAN Master of Engineering Degree in Information Network Science Engineering
  3. Bachelor of Engineering Degree

    Date of Conferment: August 19, 1995 University of Zambia Bachelor Degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering
  4. Grade 12 School Certificate (1988)

Membership of Professional Institutions

  1. Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, MIEEE.
  2. Member of Engineering Institution of Zambia, MEIZ.

Relevant Work Experience

    April 2013 – To Date

    University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department, School of Engineering.

    Lecturer and Assistant Dean – Post Graduate

    Responsibilities as Assistant Dean Post Graduate Includes:

    Responsible for managing the post graduate activities in the School of Engineering.

    Planning and work organisation:

    1. Prepares and participates in the preparation of work plans.
    2. Initiating and participates in the formulation/review of policies and preparation /review of work manuals and procedures and related documentation.

    Coordinating Postgraduate activities in the school:

    1. Facilitating the admission process of postgraduate students in the School in consultation with Director of Research and Graduate Studies.
    2. Participates in the registration process of postgraduate students in the School.
    3. Coordinating examination activities for postgraduate students in the school.
    4. Participates in verifying and publishing postgraduate graduate examination results.
    5. Advising postgraduate students on course and research work in the School.
    6. Arranging seminar presentation for postgraduate students in the School.
    7. Processing withdraw and resumption letters for postgraduate students.
    8. Preparation of postgraduate time table in the School.

    Budgeting:

    1. Participates in the preparation of the School budget.

    Attending meetings:

    1. Attending relevant Board/Committee meetings at School and University levels including those held outside the University.

    Operational Performance Review:

    1. Preparing quarterly and annual operational performance reports

     Achievements:

    1. Lectured: EE 572 (EEE 5582) Telecommunications Systems.
    2. Lectured: EG 575 (ENG 5129) Engineering, Management and Society II.
    3. Supervised: EE 590 (EEE 5014) Electrical Engineering Project.
    4. Department Committee Chairman and Coordinator of the Produced Six (6) Master of Engineering postgraduate programmes (in the School of Engineering under the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering) as listed below:
      1. Master of Engineering in Computer Communications
      2. Master of Engineering in Information and Communications Technology
      3. Master of Engineering in ICT Regulations, Policy and Management
      4. Master of Engineering in ICT Security
      5. Master of Engineering in Telecommunications Systems
      6. Master of Engineering in Wireless Communications
    5. School of Engineering liaison Officer for FAB-LAB Construction Technical Cooperation between Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the University of Zambia (School of Engineering).
    6. Appointed as Project Manager for FAB-LAB Establishment by JICA`s Technical Assistance Project to University of Zambia`s School of Engineering.
    7. Negotiated for University of Zambian Staff Scholarships to go for Master of Engineering degree studies in Japan under the Master’s Degree and Internship Program of the African Business Education Initiative for Youth (ABE Initiative).

    March 2010 –March 2013

    Akita University, Yukimatsu Laboratory, Akita City, JAPAN

    Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering and Resource Science -Special Research Fellow (Research Assistant to Professor Yukimatsu):

    Achievements: Conducted research work in the field of Next-Generation High-performance and robust networks, wireless sensor networks, multi-path routing for Optical Technologies, Information and Communication Technologies in Modern Societies and routing algorithms for flexible bus systems.

    April 2009 –March 2010

    University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia

    Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department, School of Engineering -Lecturer II

    Achievements:

    1. Lectured: EE 471 Telecommunications.
    2. Lectured: EE 572 Telecommunications Systems.
    3. Lectured: EE 581 Telecommunications Theory.
    4. Lectured: EG 575 Engineering, Management and Society II.
    5. Supervised: EE 590 Electrical Engineering Project.

    June 1993 – April 2008 -Zambia Telecommunications Company Limited (ZAMTEL)

    December 2005 – April 2008-Managing Director (CEO of ZAMTEL)

    Achievements:

    1. I planned, directed, managed, controlled and implemented set corporate, business and operational strategies; I provided leadership, direction and supervision to highly specialized functional General Managers and Directors to ensure ZAMTEL’s mission, vision and objectives of providing effective, competitive and profitable telecommunications services country-wide were achieved in accordance to set business goals and targets.
    2. I made major business decisions such that ZAMTEL made key investments in the EASSY Optical Fibre Cable, National Optic Fibre Cable, Lusaka Metropolitan Optical Fibre, and Intelligent Billing System (which saw the introduction of prepaid services on the PSTN). Other key business decision that I made saw ZAMTEL expanding and upgrading the GSM cellular network from its 2nd Generation system to the 3rd Generation; the upgrading of all PSTN Switching Exchanges in the country from old Analogues systems to Digital systems.
    3. I developed and maintained effective strategic relationships with key stakeholders that included Government (the shareholders), Financial Institutions, customers and partners, Regulating agencies, Competitors, Suppliers, Contractors and Cooperating partners. Such good strategic relations helped ZAMTEL that even at a time of economic difficulties ZAMTEL was able to source financial support for network upgrade and expansions.
    4. I built and maintained a high performance culture through effective performance management, communication and coaching of staff.
    5. I promoted a healthy industrial climate within the company and a motivated workforce through closely liaison and coordinating human resource functions so as to promote industrial climate necessary for higher productivity.

    April 2004 - December 2005 -ZAMTEL RHQ, Lusaka,Zambia -Regional Director(Southern Region

    Achievements:

    1. I planned, directed, managed, and controlled the installation, repair and maintenance of telecommunications equipment and plants and related support functions to ensure provision of the highest standard and quality of services to customers and thus achieve set business targets for the rest of region (i.e. Lusaka, Eastern, Western and Southern Provinces).
    2. I improved sales within the region through prudent sales and revenue collections by implementing effective strategies to maximize sales, revenue recovery and achieve financial objectives of the region.
    3. I promoted effective relations with customers through effective marketing strategies of various products, services and facilities and attending to and resolving high level customer complaints so as to foster and maintain good business relations.
    4. I implemented and enforced periodic inspections of the base stations and other infra-structures to provide adequate protection to the telecommunications infra-structure against vandalism.

    July 2003 –March 2004 -ZAMTEL RHQ, Lusaka,Zambia-Assistant Director Value Added Services)

    Achievements:

    1. I coordinated and controlled the installation, repair and maintenance of telecommunications equipment and plants and related support functions to ensure provision of quality of services to customers and thus achieve set business targets for Cell Z, ZAMTEL Internet and Public Payphone Departments.
    2. I supervised the launch of Cell Z in the country, such that the launch was successful and the effectiveness of the marketing strategies used helped the product “Per Second Billing” win the best product launch award plus 3 other Marketing Awards from the Zambia Institute of Marketing.

    August 2002 –July 2003-ZAMTEL RHQ, Lusaka,Zambia-Principal Engineer (Value Added Services)

    Achievements:

    1. I planned, directed, managed, controlled and implemented the installation, repair and maintenance of telecommunications equipment and plants for the Cellular Services Department, Internet Services Department and Public Telephone Services Department.
    2. I implemented effective network maintenance routines and periodic inspections of the Cellular and Internet network installations so that we maintained competitive quality of service as per International standard.

    January 2001 –August 2002 -ZAMTEL RHQ, Lusaka,Zambia-Cellular Manager (Cellular Network Service Division)

    Achievements:

    1. I planned, directed, managed, controlled and implemented the installation, repair and maintenance of telecommunications equipment and plants for the Cellular Services Department thus achieve set business targets for the cellular department.
    2. I improved the sales by devising and implementing effective strategies to maximize sales, revenue recovery and achieve financial objectives of the cellular department.
    3. I implemented effective procedures for a smooth changeover of customers from Analogue Cellular System to the then new Digital System the GSM System.

    April 2000 –December 2000 -ZAMTEL Area Office, Kasama, Zambia-Area Manager (In-Charge of Northern Province)

    Achievements:

    1. I planned, directed, managed, controlled and implemented the installation, repair and maintenance of telecommunications equipment and plants for Northern Province.
    2. I promoted effective relations with customers through effective marketing strategies of various products, services and facilities and attending to and resolving high level customer complaints so as to foster and maintain good business relations.

    June 1996 –March 1997 -ZAMTEL RHQ, Lusaka, Zambia Senior Engineer (Network Planning, Southern Regional Headquarters)

    Achievements:

    1. I was in-charge of the planning section and supervised all outside cable plant planning projects for Lusaka, Eastern Western and Southern provinces.
    2. I served as the counterpart to a Japanese Expert for Network Planning of Outside Cable Plant for the entire region. When the JICA Expert was seconded to ZAMTEL, I was tasked by management with the duty to work with him as his counterpart. The JICA Expert and I, drew up a very successfully developmental cable network plans for developed in the peri-urban areas and rural areas for Lusaka, Central, Southern, Western, and Eastern provinces.
    3. Headed a strategic team that conducted a weed-out exercise for customers on waiting list for Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) services.

    January 1995 –May 1996 -ZAMTEL RHQ, Lusaka, Engineer (Network Planning, Southern Regional Headquarters)

    Achievements:

    1. I developed cable network developed plans and schedules for outside cable plant development projects for Lusaka, Eastern Western and Southern provinces.
    2. I supervised all outside cable plant planning projects for Lusaka, Eastern Western and Southern provinces.

    June 1993 –December 1994 -Technician (Network Planning, Southern Regional Headquarters)

    Achievements:

    1. I developed cable network developed plans and schedules for outside cable plant development projects for Lusaka, Eastern Western and Southern provinces.
    2. I planned outside cable plant projects for Lusaka, Eastern Western and Southern provinces.

    November 2001 –December 2005 -University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia Part-Time Lecturer

    Achievements:

    1. Lectured: EE 471 Telecommunications.
    2. Lectured: EE 572 Telecommunications Systems.
    3. Lectured: EE 581 Telecommunications Theory.
    4. Supervised: EE 590 Electrical Engineering Project.

    Contribution to Teaching, Research, Publications, the Life of the University and Public Service.

    Contribution to Teaching: Part-Time Lecturer (2001-2005)

    Achievements:

    1. Lectured: EE 471 Telecommunications
    2. Lectured: EE 572 Telecommunications Systems.
    3. Lectured: EE 581 Telecommunications Theory.
    4. Supervised: EE 590 Electrical Engineering Project.

    Lecturer II (April 2009 - March 2010; April 2013 – To Date)

    Achievements:

    1. Lectured: EE 471 (EEE 4581) Telecommunications.
    2. Lectured: EE 572 (EEE 5582) Telecommunications Systems.
    3. Lectured: EG 575 (ENG 5129) Engineering, Management and Society II.
    4. Supervised: EE 590 (EEE 5014) Electrical Engineering Project.
    5. Curriculum Development for Master of Engineering Degree Programmes as below:
      1. Master of Engineering in Computer Communications.
      2. Master of Engineering in Information and Communications Technology.
      3. Master of Engineering in ICT Regulations, Policy and Management.
      4. Master of Engineering in ICT Security.
      5. Master of Engineering in Telecommunications Systems.
      6. Master of Engineering in Wireless Communications.

    As Chairman of the Departmental Ad Hoc Committee for Master of Engineering postgraduate programmes, I negotiated with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Zambian Office to reactivate the secondment of a JICA Volunteer (Lecturers) to the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. The secondment is currently inactive. I also managed to convince JICA to increase the number of Volunteers from One to Two persons per two years. The request for two Volunteers (Lecturers) has since been sent to Japan. As per information given to the School of Engineering the latest date of UNZA receiving these Volunteers (Lecturers) is in January 2015.

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    Publications

    Life of the University

    Public Service

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