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Prof. Francis John Gichanga

BSc, MSc, PhD, Hon DSc, FKNA, FIEK, FICE, R.Eng, C.Eng, MBS, EBS

Professor Gichaga is a Kenyan who has risen through the academic ranks right from that of Graduate Research Assistant through to part-time Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor and finally Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Nairobi.

In his profession he is a Registered Engineer in Kenya and Chartered Engineer in the UK. Additionally he is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Kenya as well as that of the Instituion of Civil Engineers in the UK. He resides in Kenya where he teaches at the University of Nairobi.

Professor Gichaga obtained his BSc. (First class honours) in Civil Engineering from the University of East Africa, MSc. and PhD from the University of Nairobi. He is an authority in a complex area of Civil Engineering relating to transportation engineering notably airfield and highway pavements. His areas of specialization and research interests include:

  • Transportation Engineering
  • Pavement Evaluation and Rehabilitation
  • Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering
  • University Management

He has published widely in these areas

Prof. Gichaga was appointed Chairman of the Civil engineering Department of the University of Nairobi in 1977, the post he served for 8 years. He was elected and served as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering after which he was appointed Principal of the College of Architecture and Engineering. He was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs) in early 1991 and in December the same year he was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nairobi, a position he held until March 2002.

Prof. Gichaga has served as chairman of many Boards and Councils including:

  • The National Council for Science and Technology
  • Kenya Polytechnic University College Council
  • Kenya Agricultural Research Institute Board
  • Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis Board
  • Water Services Regulatory Board
  • National Irrigation Board
  • Kenya Technical Teachers College Board of Governors

In January 2010 Prof. Gichaga was appointed, by the President, to be Chancellor of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology which University honored him with Doctor of Science honoris causa.

Prof. Gichaga has been decorated with the following awards among others:

  • Elder of the Order of the Burning Spear, (EBS) (1986)
  • Dr. Kaburu Memorial Award by the Institution of Engineering's of Kenya (1990)
  • Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear, (MBS) (1990)
  • The Highest Award of Honour by SOKA University, Japan (1992).

In respect of community service and affliation, Prof. Gichaga chaired the Technical Committee which developed the proposal document that led to the award of the Letter of Interim Authority, to the Presbyterian University of East Africa, by the Commission for Higher Education; and he is a member of the Council of that University which is sponsored by the Presbyterian Church of East Africa – his church.

Prof. Gichaga was among the few who led the team that developed the Kenyan Car and presented two saloon cars and pick-up prototypes in 1990. He has additionally participated in major consultancies and research projects.

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