Born and raised in the township of Kikuyu, Kiambu, Dr. Thomas Kinyanjui started his schooling at Kikuyu Township primary School. Later he transitioned to secondary school at the then Thika Technical School. Here a lot of technical and vocational skills were imparted including wood work, metal work, electrical circuitry and Technical drawing. As a career at form three, he took agricultural mechanics and thus at an early age learned how to plough, tractor engine overhaul etc. The experince there has had a long lasting effect on how i carry out my professional and academic work especially in terms of originality of tasks to be carried out.
after high school at Njiiris school, i proceeded to Egerton universty for a Bachelor of Science degree and majored in Chemistry after which i undertook a M.sc in chemistry at University of Nairobi.
A research assistantship enabled my studies at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (USA) for PhD. i have engaged in teaching and research at Egerton University for more than seventeen years and different levels and capacities. This has given me a wealth of experience in the fields of chemical sciences.
my focus in academia has been on analytical chemistry, biofuels and other renewable sources of energy, value addition to our resources and chemistry applications to environmental conservation.
Edible oil processing / Membrane Technology
Supercritical fluids, Extraction and Chromatography
Renewable energy sources /biofuels
Certificate – External peer reviewers’ training (CUE 2014)
Certificate: Intellectual property workshop for Researchers in R&D institutions (August 2009)
Certificate in ICT awareness. (2009)
Certificate in Proposal writing (2009)
Commission for University Education Peer Reviewer (2014 – to date)
Journal of American Oil Chemists Society – Reviewer
Member of the Egerton University Exhibitions committee (2007 – 2012)
Certificate in Academic Advising (2009)
Certificate of Participation; Intellectual Property Workshop for Research and Development Institutions. 27th – 28th August 2009. Bontana Hotel, Nakuru.
Certificate in Remote control Chemical Instrumentation – pesticide Analysis (Arusha -2006)
Certificate: Intellectual Property (ICIPE 2007)
2012 – To date: Senior Lecturer, Chemistry, Egerton University Key responsibilities:
Teaching and examining both undergraduate and postgraduate students, handling students’ practical sessions supervising students at Bachelors, M.Sc. and PhD levels. Research in Chemistry, curriculum Reviews for programs within the Department. Student Academic advising, faculty examination boardparticipation.Attending and presentations at seminars and conferences Proposal writing. Consultancy. community and societal engagements.
2009 – To date: Examination officer, Chemistry Department, Egerton University
Key responsibilities: Coordination of all examinations in the Department including the setting, both internal and external moderation (both the exam papers and the marked scripts). Facilitation of exam processing, results handling, Departmental exit meetings with external examiners. Participation in faculty exams board meetings. Handling all complaints, concerns and correspondence pertaining to examinations and related issues.
2004 – 2011: Lecturer, Chemistry, Egerton University
Key responsibilities: Teaching and examining (Certificate, Diploma, Bachelors and postgraduate students), research in Chemistry. Member of faculty examination board, consultancy, curriculum review. Community work.
2001 – 2003: Teaching Assistant, Chemistry and Food Processing, University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign
Key responsibilities: Handling undergraduate tutorials, laboratory sessions. Marking and grading tests and assignments. Assisting students with coursework consultations.
2000 – 2001: Research Assistant, University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign, USA
Key responsibilities: Proposal writing, research work in the laboratory. Maintenance of the laboratory and research equipment, PhD research work. Industry consultancy.
1996 – 1999: Assistant Lecturer, Chemistry, Egerton University
Key responsibilities: Teaching the lower level undergraduate students, handling students practical sessions, examining, marking and grading students’ exams and practical sessions. Faculty board meetings
1991 – 1992: Teaching Assistant, Chemistry, Egerton University
Key responsibilities:Handling undergraduate students’ practical sessions, marking and grading the practical reports. Handling tutorials in the respective classes allocated, assisting academic staff with marking and grading student quizzes and assignments.
Other University Duties and Responsibilties
1992- Egerton University staff development scholarship- M.Sc. program (UON).
1999- Research Assistantship – University of Illinois.
2002- Graduate fellowship recognition award.
2003- Best teaching assistant award, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition).
2006- Best presentation award- Egerton research week
2007- Certificate of appreciation; Training Egerton University students for the Celtel Africa challenge championship (Egerton University got 1st position).
2008- Certificate of appreciation; Training Egerton University students for the Celtel Africa challenge championship.
Prof. Simon M. Mahungu
Professor, Food Chemistry
Department of Dairy and Food Technology
P.O Box 536-20115 Egerton
Prof. William E. Artz,
Professor, Food Science
University of Illinois
382D AESB bld. 1304 W. Penn Ave.
Urbana, IL, 61801.
Prof. D.R. Muchiri
P.O Box 536 -20115 Egerton.
Prof. Charles Onindo
Department of Chemistry
P.O Box 43844 GPO Nairobi