project experience

Henry Kamau

Has over 10 years experience working with Kenya’s largest vehicle assemblers who import and build CKD Truck and Bus chassis and have them delivered to local commercial vehicle body builders who manufacture Bus and Truck bodies on the chassis for sale as a finished product.

While in the UK, Henry Kamau worked for Rover Group Ltd. at Longbridge as a Research and Development Engineer designing the turbo installation onto one of their performance cars and also carried out high performance road tests at the Gaydon Test Track on the vehicle he was involved in designing. He also earlier worked for IBC Vehicle Ltd. (a division of GM) in Luton, UK initially on the shop floor producing various vehicle body steel panels from large 50ton plus hydraulic presses in their BIW production plant and later as a Quality Control engineer introducing new systems for inspection of assembled vehicles

Donor Community Involvement:
During this period, he has also been involved with the donor community having participated in UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) workshops and later presented innovative products at a UNIDO show, which they hosted on innovation.

Henry Kamau was also financed by USAID Productive Sector Growth & Environment Division to attend a USAID funded conference in Accra, Ghana, on “Commercialization and Transfer of Agricultural Technology in Africa” and presented a paper later published in the proceedings on “Transportation Technology Links from Farmgate to Distribution Points: The Autocart Story” and participated in discussion groups on Poverty Alleviation for Africa. Proceedings of the conference are available on either of these websites http://pdf.dec.org/pdf_docs/pnaca850.pdf  to view the article contributed by Henry Kamau.

Innovation in Kenya:
While working in Kenya with Kenya Vehicle Manufacturers Ltd. (KVM), a contract CKD vehicle assembler, Henry Kamau designed and manufactured a Kenyan motorized cart (Autocart) for use in rural areas with special adaptations for rough terrain. A few units were sold to flower farms, however the price was too high to be sustainable. He was also interviewed by Reuters who featured the vehicle on both CNN and Africa Journal.

When Henry Kamau moved to General Motors East Africa Ltd. he tried to revolutionize the Bus Body Building Industry and visited South African vehicle body builders, which culminated in the importation of a bus from South Africa, and a Luxury bus from India both built on Kenyan manufactured Isuzu chassis exported to both countries for the purpose. This lead to improvements in the way we constructed our buses, however severe limitations in technological advances at our commercial vehicle body builders would not have allowed us to meet the standards we would have liked to achieve.

Nyaga Kebuchi

Has over 10 years experience in the consultancy, engineering, vehicle assembly, petroleum and production spheres, and has also had experience running his own SMEs.

He also has experience working in the oil industry, specifically Esso Kenya Ltd, as a marketing analyst, doing ROI analysis for new ventures.
He has experience working at KVM as a project engineer in charge of vehicle body building, TQM roll out within the plant, development of production scheduling software and computer aided design project initiation.
He has nearly 3 years experience working in Kenya’s leading engineering consultancy Howard Humphreys, at the time a subsidiary of the international giant Brown and Root, as a Building Services Engineer. His area of specialization at the time was mechanical design and building of air conditioning systems, water supply and drainage networks and standby generator installations for projects that included the British High Commission, Hilton Hotel Nairobi, the French Cultural Centre and SABCO Dar es Salaam. Amongst the responsibilities he was charged with was energy management, which he successfully implemented within the plant, particularly after he attended a month long Energy management course sponsored by SIDA in Malmo, Sweden.

He has done 7 years as engineering manager in charge of production installations at a large scale processing plant. He has successfully proposed projects at company budgetary level, done return on investment analysis to determine sustainability levels, managed the engineering design and the installation of key production line machinery at the plant. Included in his portfolio are projects worth millions of US dollars.

He has also done nearly 2 years as a production manager at the processing plant. Here he has been a key member of the production planning and scheduling team. He has managed a team of over 50 maintenance and production technicians working within tight quality parameters and schedules. He has some experience in running of SMEs as a director or in partnerships.

Dr. Bosco Fernandes

As a Research Associate with the University of Manchester, Bosco has developed a sensor for imaging steel cables in pressurized pre-stressed concrete pipes on a project sponsored by the Great man Made River Authority, Libya

Bosco also developed a microcontroller based sensor interrogation system for a fatigue sensor on a Dti sponsored project while as a Research Associate with the University of Manchester which won first prize.

Bosco also initiated the development of a sensor for detecting and imaging corroding sections on steel reinforcing bars in concrete.  He presented the results at a major conference in the USA and the UK. Bosco supervised students within the research group and was responsible for the day to day running of the group’s activities.
Bosco was also awarded first prize for the Fatigue Sensor Project by the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers in recognition of the project’s outstanding contributions to the British scientific instrument industry.

Bosco also won first prize at a competition for students in the North West of England for MSc project on the development of a computer based Real Time Acoustic Displacement Measuring System.

Bosco was also awarded a prize at a competition organized by the Welsh Development Agency (WDA) for his final year project on the design of a Computer Controlled Carbon Dioxide Cartridge Filling System
Bosco has refereed upto twelve published engineering journal papers, authoured thirty engineering conference proceedings as well as having appeared in posters.