Departmental profile

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is one of the five departments in the School of Engineering at the University of Zambia. The Department has been a significant and longstanding participant in the growth of the School of Engineering since its establishment in 1969. Over the years the Department has evolved into a centre of excellence that promotes goals centering on the research, learning and service missions of the university. It undertakes consultancy, research and training in manufacturing management, production technology, thermofluids, renewable energy, engineering materials and engineering design.

Consultancy is offered to industry, non-governmental organisations, national and international bodies. This can range from individual expert contributions, specialist testing work to full project management. Research is currently undertaken into renewable energy, irrigation systems, mini-hydro power stations, quality and reliability management, composite materials, and manufacturing processes control and management. Computer aided design and process modelling are also key areas of research. Training activities include undergraduate programme in mechanical engineering, postgraduate programmes in production engineering and management and thermofluids. Further, students can undertake research leading to the award of Master of Engineering (MEng) or Doctoral (PhD) degree in any of our expertise areas. Short courses are also offered including tailored programmes to suit individual clients’ needs.