Egerton University Launches Material Science Physics Lab to Enhance Student Education and Research
Egerton University in its main campus Njoro has launched a new Material Science Physics Laboratory, equipped with tools and resources worth millions of Kenyan shillings, to support the education and research of its students.
"I am thrilled to announce the launch of Egerton University's new Material Science Physics Lab, which will provide our students with access to state-of-the-art equipment and support the advancement of important research in the field," said Vice Chancellor Prof. Isaac Ongubo Kibwage during the launch event.
The launch of the Material Science Physics Lab marks a significant milestone for Egerton University, demonstrating its commitment to fostering academic excellence and supporting students in their pursuit of knowledge. By providing students with the tools and resources they need to succeed, institutions like Egerton University are empowering the next generation of leaders, innovators, and thinkers, especially in the areas of Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
The lab, equipped with two sputtering machines each worth 17 million Kenyan shillings which had been purchased in the 1990s but had not been accessible to learners until now. Other equipment in the lab, acquired through The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and Carnegie Corporation of NewYork research grants, include Labofurn CVD Furnace, Magnetic Stirrer, Vacuum Oven, Spin Centre, Analytical balance, Sputtering Machine, Chillers ands Solar Cell Characterization Station with a Solar Simulator and Solar (I-V) test Kit.
With the establishment of this new lab, students can now benefit from the latest technology and resources available.
Prof. Kibwage commended the proactiveness of the faculty members and encouraged master's students to complete their studies in a timely manner. He emphasized the importance of staying current with technology and expressed his desire to see future graduates from Egerton making a difference in academia.
"This lab represents a significant step forward for Egerton University's physics department, providing students with access to high-quality equipment and facilitating important research," said Prof. Kibwage. "We want our learners to complete their studies in a timely manner and make a difference in academia. With this lab, we are ensuring that issues of equipment shortage do not hinder our students' progress."
The VC opined that the lab is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our faculty members. He expressed his excitement seeing the impact the lab will have on the education and research of students.
"I now officially launch this lab and commission it for operations. We are proud to be at the forefront of advancing the study of physics in Kenya and look forward to seeing the contributions our graduates will make to the field and beyond," said Professor Kibwage amid applause from the crowd.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Research, Prof. Aduda Bernard, who is also a Professor of Physics highlighted the difficulties of making the lab's equipment functional. Prof. Aduda also called for the non-duplication of research equipment to promote mutual collaboration and easy supervision of students.
"We must ensure that the equipment in this lab is well-maintained and protected," said Prof. Aduda. "I also urge the university to avoid duplication of research equipment, which can hinder mutual collaborations and make it difficult for us to supervise our students effectively."
The Director of Research, Prof. Mungai Nancy, also spoke at the event and called for greater participation of women in the study of physics. She noted the success of early-career researchers at Egerton and stressed the importance of protecting the lab's equipment and introducing user-friendly bench fees to ensure its sustainability.
"We must work together to protect this valuable equipment and ensure its sustainability," said Prof. Nancy. "I also urge the university to promote greater participation of women in the study of physics, as their contributions are essential to the advancement of the field."
According to the Chair of the Physics Department Dr. Tabitha A. Amollo who is a lecturer in the physics department of Egerton University and the leader of the lab, this is a major milestone. She thanked the Vice Chancellor and the management for their support to achieve the project.
In conclusion, the successful launch of the Material Science Physics Lab highlights the importance of investing in education and research and the crucial role that universities play in shaping the future of their communities and the world. With dedication, collaboration, and investment, Egerton University is paving the way for a brighter future.
Other University dons present at the Launch are the Dean Faculty of Science Dr. Steve Oduor who was also the Master of the ceremony, and the outgoing Dean of the Faculty of Science Dr Moses Gichuki. Prof. Matasio (COD Chemistry), Prof. Kibet (Chemistry), Prof. Nderitu Francis (Physics) Dr Oeba Duke (Physics), Dr. Molilo Callen (Physics), Dr Charles Muga (Physics).
Others were Agnes Mwangi DMRM, Mr Peter Wafula (Physics), Mr Solomon Kemei (Physics), Ms. Anne Thirika (Physics), Mr. Koech (Physics). Lab technologists Mr Richard Ngumbu, Mr Jeremano Maina, Mr. Simon Mathenge, Mr. Fred Mokua and Mr Jackosn Rono. Mrs Eunice Nafula (Dept. Secretary).
Written By: Kurian Musa
Directorate Of Marketing And Resource Mobilization