The Movenpick Hotel and Residences, the only dining hotel with a revolving restaurant, was the venue for the Annual ESA Dinner 2019 that took place on the 11th of October. The Engineering Students had an amazing dinner planned out for them; not only interms of fun and food but also in terms of interacting and sharing of ideas. The companies that supported and took part in the dinner were Vivo Energy, KPLC, KenGen, KeRRA, Ministry of Energy and Ministry of Roads. Each sent their very able engineers and other corporates to shape and mount the students. The highlights of the dinner were;
- Speeches from; ESA Chair, KPLC Engineers, Ministry of Roads Representative, Ministry of Energy Representative, The Dean School of Engineering, Former ESA Chair
- Panel discussion
- Award ceremony
Hillary Yegon – ESA Chair
Hillary Yegon charmed the audience with information of what Engineering Students Association has been up to the past year. From various engineering talks and industrial visits (facilitated by renowned engineering firms in the country) to the Annual International Engineering Students Conference and also the many community outreach programs (donations to Baringo county residents, ESA cleanup, Health week and children home visits.The chair mentioned of new and innovative activities that ESA would be involved in, in the ongoing academic year.
- An engineering open week where students will get the chance to showcase their projects.
- The ESA Kitty where ESA will provide a platform for engineering students to come together to support the needy among them.
- The renovation project where companies, students and alumni come together to renovate and build up the engineering classes for better and conducive learning environment.
“ESA is on a journey to take engineering students to the next level”
Eng Jacob Chepkwonyi – State Department of Energy
Engineer Jacob Chepkwonyi represented and read the speech of the P.S. State Department of Energy, Dr. (Eng) Joseph Njoroge, MBS at the dinner. He also mentioned that he is a proud alumnus of the University of Nairobi, school of engineering. Some of the plans that he mentioned that the Ministry of Energy is planning on include:
- Solar Water Desalinization
- The financing and credit facilities to boost solar companies.
Catherine Butaki – KERRA
Madam Catherine Butaki had a brief speech appreciating the efforts that ESA does to bridge the gap between Engineering students and the engineering industry. She informed the students that KeRRA does offer attachments and internships and they are willing to continue partnering with ESA.
Eng James M. Kungu – Chief Engineer Roads, State Department of Infrastructure
Engineer James represented the PS Ministry of infrastructure, Transport and Housing at the dinner and explained what the ministry is all about from transport, housing, public works, shipping maritime and infrastructure. He also informed the students that the ministry accepts over 600 attaches and interns and encouraged the students to apply. Finally he presented the following ideas to the students so as to charge them to solve current issues that affect the ministry and the nation.
- Black box in vehicles to track events of accidents
- Speed governors that also do real time tracking
- Traffic congestion leveraging technology e.g. intelligent traffic management systems since traffic jams have a direct bearing on environment
- Recycling of roads
- Smart cities and what they entail
- Use non-destructive technology in repair of
“Plans are nothing! Planning is everything”
Eng Martha Cheruto – Engineer KPLC
Engineer Martha Cheruto studied Mechanical Engineering at JKUAT and is presently an engineer at Kenya Power and Lighting
Company. In the spirit of Eliud Kipchoge and his great feat, she encouraged the engineering students to come up with their own 1:59
challenge at the same time reminding them no human is limited. Engineer Martha Cheruto encouraged the students to think out of the box and in line with the theme, she mentioned these topics to show the opportunities available;
- Green building
- Green manufacturing
- Energy efficiency
- Energy auditors
- Water management
- Solar cars
- Energy storage
She insisted that here is so much space available for engineers in the industry. Therefore as engineers we should think big, beyond our space.
“Think Big!Think outside the box.Think beyond your own space!”
Prof Ayub Gitau – Dean School of Engineering
The dinner would not be complete without wise words from the students’ favorite lecturer. Professor Ayub Gitau went on ahead to express his utmost gratitude to the companies that sponsored the dinner. He also congratulated the ESA executive committee for a job well done in organizing such an event. The dean then embarked on explaining some of the ESA events that happened during the year and showed how proud he was of ESA. Prof. Ayub Gitau did not forget the students present at the dinner as he encouraged them to work hard in their studies. He also told them to start joining the professional engineering bodies like IEK early enough in their careers. He also informed the students of the grand opportunity climate change offers for innovation and creation of job opportunities.
“You have so much potential to be great”
- Senior Engineer Edison Ochieng'(KenGen)
- Engineer Jeremiah Kinda(KPLC Regional Manager Nairobi North)
- Engineer Nicholas Kweyu (Vivo Energy)
- Hillary Omewo (Vivo Energy)
Fiona – 3rd Year Electrical Engineering Student
KPLC – Eng. Jeremiah Kinda
The use of concrete electricity transmission poles increase use of cement which has a high carbon footprint. How is the company mitigating environmental impacts?
As much a s we use cement, the replacement of wooden poles decrease deforestation greatly and also, the ration and quantity of cement used is very minimal. KPLC has also put in place an afforestation department in an effort to mitigate environmental degradation.
VIVO – Eng Nicholas Kweyu
What is VIVO Energy doing to contribute towards reducing pollution due to green energy? How are waste oils dealt with at VIVO energy?
We have proactively partnered with PIE and Bamburi cement where we have a symbiotic relationship. Any waste oil from vehicles and petrol stations is collected and stored in 200l Tanks Bamburi cement collects this oil and uses it as a raw material and as fuel. So, most of our waste oil is recycled. We also do awareness campaigns to our customers to ensure that the waste oil is collected and the environment protected.
KENGEN – Eng Edison Ochieng
What is the company doing to increase renewable energy generation as well as what is the potential we have? What sectors /research areas do you think engineering students should focus on when it comes to renew able energy.
In 2016, the company laid down clear and deliberate strategic goals therefore the past few years has seen tremendous investment in renewable energy i.e. wind and geothermal. There aren’t any plans for fossil fuel anytime so on and the main task at hand is to dispatch and sell more green energy i.e. geothermal, wind and hydro than any fossil fuel. Engineers should think of coming up with innovative ways of integrating the intermittent renewable energy i.e. wind and solar easily into the national grid. Also, renewable energy being intermittent, sufficient storage of this energy is a key innovation to improve use of green energy.
Does KPLC plan on installing electric vehicle charging systems?
We are planning to, very soon.
We are not planning to leave charging parts to KPLC only we are also thinking of installing charging stations in our stations because we have seen them work within our systems. Soon charging ports will be released to the public.
What is KenGen doing about the birds that have their migratory patterns along the wind power plants in Turkana?
In the feasibility test studies before the implementation of any project to meet environmental standards, the flight path, migratory patterns we restudied and put into consideration before approval.
SOE RENOVATION RE-ROOFING PROJECT INITIATED THROUGH PARTNERSHIP WITH MRM
Jeff Anduvate – Former ESA Chair & MRM Rep
Mr. Anduvate encouraged the student engineers to take personal initiative in being proactive as engineering students. None of them should expect someone to show up and do the staff around them. During his tenure he had begun the Alumni and Friends Renovation Project where ESA would invite companies to help in renovating the engineering classes. He mentioned of the asbestos roofing in the mechanical engineering workshops and leaking roves in E001 class that need to be worked on to enable the students study comfortably. Jeff appreciated Mabati Rolling Mills(MRM) for coming through in renovating the roofing sheets at E001. Anduvate called for collective responsibility from the corporate, school and even the students. This is very important in leaving a legacy and better learning conditions for our children and future generations to come.
Caroline Mwangi – Sales and Project Officer MRM
Mr. Anduvate then invited madam Caroline Mwangi, the Sales and Project Officer at Mabati Rolling Mills to address the audience. She gave insights of how it was an honor to partner with ESA and the University of Nairobi in this endeavor. Madam Mwangi also explained various cost effective ways to deal with the asbestos roof issue. She also reiterated Mr. Anduvate’s point on coming together to support the renovation project. Students and lecturers could also chip in with the much they have. The whole responsibility should not be left to ESA and companies only. Madam Mwangi was also accompanied by Mr. Eliud Mwangi who is the Project Site Engineer at MRM.