Faculty of Engineering

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Dr G. Gamula, Dean

“The Polytechnic offers engineering and other courses,” so the saying goes. It is just a tongue-in-cheek way of acknowledging the indelible prominence of the Faculty of Engineering among the faculties at the Polytechnic. Offering a total of 41 diplomate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate courses, the faculty has by far the largest number of programs—it’s not even close! Currently, these programs are designed to offer student the opportunity to really specialize in the branch of engineering that they feel passionate about, including, for instance, mining, electronics and computer engineering, etc. Conveniently, the faculty is organized into four departments: civil, electrical, mechanical and mining. The faculty has entered mutually beneficial relationships with other universities such as Rice University in Houston, Texas, United States. 

Academic Members of Staff

Some of the more prolific researchers at the Polytechnic are in the Faculty of Engineering. They are engaged in collaborative research, research that is not only academic but also practical. Indeed, some of their research has won awards for innovation; some has been published in renown international academic journals. Besides, they are also, at heart, teachers. The academic members of staff in the faculty have made great efforts to ensure that their faculty keeps up with socio-economic developments within Malawi, giving students the opportunity to enroll in programs that are relevant. So, for instance, the relatively recent establishment of the Department of Mining Engineering is an acknowledgement that Malawi needs professionals with such expertise if it is to grow its fledgling mining sector. Going into the future, it is the young professionals trained in this faculty that will ensure that Malawi’s infrastructural and other engineering needs are met. 

Centres

Again, it speaks to the prominence of the Faculty of Engineering at the Polytechnic that it officially has no less than three centres at the Polytechnic—Water, Sanitation, Health and Appropriate Technology Development (WASHTED), Transport and Technology Transfer (T2) Centre, and the Polytechnic Commercial and Technical Services Centre (PCTS). WASHTED is a co-ownership arrangement with the Faculty of Applied Sciences, and the centre is engaged in research in areas such as solar energy, among many others. The T2 Centre is involved in the area of logistics, broadly defined. It focuses on practical research to solve real-world logistical challenges, focussing on durable and safe logistical infrastructure. Last but not least is the PCTS. Primarily an automotive engineering workshop, it is open to the public, and it offers various technical services at a fee. 

BIOGRAPHY For Dr Gregory Gamula     

The current dean of the Faculty of Engineering is Eng. Dr. Gregory Gamula. He has been dean since December 2017, having previously been deputy dean since February 2016. Eng. Dr. Gamula also served two terms as head of the Electrical Engineering Department, in 2009 and from January 2014 to January 2016. From April 2007 to June 2009, he served as deputy head of department of the Electrical Engineering Department. As such, Eng. Dr. Gamula brings to the position of dean significant administrative and management experience. 

A graduate of the University of Malawi—The Polytechnic (1992), he went on to earn a master’s in renewable energy from the University of Oldenburg in Germany in 2000, and then a doctorate in environmental engineering specializing in energy and environment from China University of Geosciences in 2013. He has also attended numerous short training, both locally and internationally. Broadly speaking, his research interests are in electrical power and machines, energy, including renewable energy, energy management and optimization, and hybrid energy systems. Professionally, he is a registered engineer, a member of The Institution of Engineering and Technology (UK), the first vice president of the Malawi Institution of Engineers since 2017 (previously an honorary treasurer of the same) and once served as a board member on the Board of Engineers.

Before joining the Polytechnic, Eng. Dr. Gamula worked in the government as a building services engineer, eventually rising to the rank of acting chief building services engineer the Ministry of Works. He also served as regional buildings officer-south. Eng. Dr. Gamula is married with four children, two boys and two girls, and he enjoys watching movies and documentaries and reading novels. He is a committed Christian of the Malawi Assemblies of God. 

 

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