Engineering Student Association (ESA) held their annual dinner on October 23,2015 in Nairobi. The dinner was themed ‘Vision 2030: Sustainable Innovation in Engineering. The event’s objective was bringing together engineering students and industry experts to network, dine and advise each other on the engineering profession and trends.
“Teamwork is a good characteristic that can be embraced among students. This can be encouraged through ESA’s activities like sports tournaments and career talks. We are working on a way to see that other universities with engineering departments come together and participate in our activities, for example, annual dinners and sports,” said UoN Dean School of Engineering, Prof. Mbuthia.
He also added that engineering as a profession should offer solutions as the country tries to fulfill Kenya’s Vision 2030 (KV 2030) and engineers are wealth creators. KV2030 relies on three pillars; social, economic and political. “I also wish to inform ladies that they should not be intimidated into abandoning engineering just because out there people think it is a course that is male dominated,” Mbuthia advised.
Kenya needs about 10,000 engineers to take the country to greater heights and presently we have only 2,500 registered engineers. Therefore, capacity and training needs to be built among our engineers to close the deficit of quality engineers. To this regard, Engineers Board of Kenya is on the process of completing discussions on organizing a training programme for graduates. The training will help students pursuing accredited engineering courses to get jobs easily and gain industry exposure.
Still at the event, Tsavo Power Company awarded ESA a KES50, 000 cheque to help it with its activities. Kibwezi West Member of Parliament, Dr Patrick Musimba put up KES1.5m up for grabs for the best engineering student who will come up with concepts that can help deal with challenges the county as well as counties are experiencing. The challenges include water and food insecurity, road infrastructure among others.Also present were the chairman of the Association of Consulting Engineers of Kenya ( ACEK ) , Eng. James Mwangi, Eng. Julius Riungu and Eng. Nicholas Gumbo.
ESA is a professional body in the School of Engineering at University of Nairobi that brings together engineering students from their respective departments. The association aims at promoting academic welfare of its members and bridges the gap between industry players and students through partnerships with organizations in ways that benefit the student population.