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About the Conference

The Sustainable Research and Innovation Conference is a series of conferences hosted by the College of Engineering and Technology. The conference offers a platform to researchers and innovators to share & critique ongoing research as well as create research and funding networks that will foster sustainable development. The conference has drawn participants from all parts of the world as well as notable keynote speeches.

History of the Conference

The Sustainable Research and Innovation (SRI) Conferences are the successors to the Departmental Annual Seminars which were previously organized by the Department of Mechanical Engineering at JKUAT. The first seminar was held in 1995, under the theme: The Role of Mechanical Engineering in Changing Industry.” Thereafter, seven seminars were held annually until 2001. After a few years’ break, the annual seminars resumed in 2006 with the 8th series titled “Sustainable Research in Innovation. In 2010, these Departmental Seminars were scaled to international conferences to run annually organized by the School of Mechanical, Manufacturing and Materials Engineering up to the year 2014. Since then, the SRI conference has been organized and run by the College of Engineering and Technology, JKUAT. The secretariat consists of a team drawn from schools and departments in the college headed by the principal. SRI conferences have offered a platform for researchers and innovators in industry and academia to disseminate their research findings over the years. The conference has continued to grow and gain an international profile with submissions and keynote speeches from within and outside the country.

Previous Conferences

The 2021 SRI Conference

The 2021 International Conference on Sustainable Research and Innovation (SRI), organized by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture, was held virtually, October 6 – 7, 2021 under the theme “Sustainable Development through Innovation, Technology and Industry Linkage”. The event was graced by the Chief Guest Mr. Thuo Gacheru who is the Managing Director, City Radiators, Kenya.
Prof. Eyitayo Olatunde Olakanmi of Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) gave a keynote speech entitled “Education for laser-based manufacturing (ELbM) in Africa: Current status, challenges and future prospects”. Other keynote speeches were given by Prof. Ahmed Abdel Moneim from the Egypt Japan University of Science and Technology, (E-JUST) and Dr. Nguyen Van Trang of Ho Chi Mihn City University of Technology and Education, Vietnam.

The 2020 SRI Conference

The 2020 International Conference on Sustainable Research and Innovation (SRI), organized by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture, was held virtually, October 6 – 7, 2020 under the theme “Linking Industry with Academia through Engineering Research and Innovation”. The Chief Technical Officer at Gulf Energy Ltd, Mr. Benson Njiru, was the Chief Guest. Prof. Tomonori Sato of Hokkaido University, a Professor at the Faculty of Environmental Earth Science, Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan with a specialty is meteorology and climatology gave a keynote speech highlighting methods of mitigating climate change. The second keynote presentation by Eng. Erastus Mwongera, Chairman Engineers Board of Kenya (EBK), emphasized the need for engineers to market their skills as pillars of all other professions and appreciated all engineers for their hardwork in both academia and the industry.

The 2019 SRI Conference

The 2019 Sustainable Research and Innovation conference was held on November 14 and 15, 2019, under the theme: Leveraging on Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development. The Guest of Honour was Prof. Adel Nofal, Central Metallurgical R&D Institute, (Egypt) and the Head of the World Foundry Organization (WFO) technical committee. Keynote speeches were made by: Prof. Ochieng Aoyi, Director of Research and Development, Botswana International University of Science and Technology; Prof. Jinsoo Park is an Emeritus Professor in the College of Maritime Sciences of Korea Maritime and Ocean University.

The 2018 SRI Conference

The 2018 International Sustainable Research and Innovation (SRI) Conference was held in Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) from 2-4th May, focusing on the theme of ‘Emerging Technological Innovations for Sustainable Industrial Development’. Prof. Yasuhiro Okamoto, Associate Professor of Okayama University delivered key note speech on ‘Basics and advanced applications of laser material processing’. The Chief guest was the Principal Secretary in the State Department of Public Works, Prof. Paul Maringa who opined that innovations and knowledge from the academia are key to realize sustainable development.
The three-day conference featured 47 paper presentations in key areas such as environmental management, power systems and transmission, marine applications, renewable energy, telecommunications, mining, manufacturing and SMEs. Prof. Dirk Söffker from the University of Duisburg Essen, Germany and Prof. Prof. Yasuhiro Okamoto from Okayama University, Japan delivered keynote addresses to the participants.

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The first seminar to be held, under the theme: The Role of Mechanical Engineering in Changing Industry.”