Eng. J.M Matu speaking during a past ACEK annual dinner, he is the new ACEK Chairman.
The Association of Consulting Engineers (ACEK) has elected Eng. J.M Matu to be their new Chairman replacing Eng. J.N Mwangi who finished his second term in office this year. ACEK, continuously strive to promote the practicing of engineering in Kenya through its activities. ACEK was formed in 1968 with the objective of promoting the advancement of the professionalism of Consultation and co-operation among those Engineers whose work is of a purely consultative character. Their scope involves all engineering roles including providing a forum for Government, Public bodies, Associations, Representatives of Industry and Trade among others to confer with consulting engineers as a body and obtain their collective views. The association receives complaints on their members firm and acts as a public watchdog on Engineering Matters.
Eng. Matu has been a Council member at ACEK and a member of the welfare Committee at the Institution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK). A Registered consulting engineer, a Civil Engineer by discipline Eng. Matu has been taking part in the transformation of Kenya through engineering by contributing in major projects including the construction of Thika Superhighway and the Standard gauge Railway. The association of consulting engineers has 65 members.
ACEK also contributes to the welfare of Kenyans in general by encouraging best practices for the sustained development of Kenya. The Association is a member of FIDIC, the International Federation of Consulting Engineers, GAMA, the Group of African Member Associations of FIDIC, KEPSA(Kenya Private Sector Alliance) and APSEA( Association of Professional Societies in East Africa). Through FIDIC and in collaboration with other organizations, ACEK continues to provide training for engineers on best practices in the industry and contract administration. ACEK offers these training opportunities to ensure our fellow engineers are kept up-to-date with changes in industry and technology. This is because the work done by engineers directly affect the functionality and longevity of projects, the standards of service offered and therefore the quality of life. Construction of buildings/structures, upkeep and expansion of roads, railways, ports and berths, airports, petroleum facilities, power plants and power transmission, water and sewerage systems to name a few are a direct result of work done by those in engineering. Engineers are also an integral part of projects in sectors such as agriculture, irrigation, education, mining, communication, health etc.