THUS FAR…

(Second Year Results, Third year, and Hostel Accommodation)

( As at the time of writing this post, a fellow female comrade had passed-on in the ladies hostels…My condolences to her family)

Second year Results

Any living Civil engineering student can attest to the fact that you CANNOT say that you have begun a new academic year if you haven’t received the results of the previous year. I have come to accept and kind of “make peace” with the fact that it doesn’t really matter whether your brain is an aggregate of the likes of Einstein, Sheldon Cooper and Thomas Edison or it resembles that of “watu wa B.A.” ; bottom line is that engineering results can really **** you up. The 2009 movie “3 idiots” illustrates this theory better than I ever could. Of the 18 units we did in second year, I had 13 Bs, 3 Ds, a C and a supplementary, or as we comrades call it, “ soup”. Unfortunately, I drank it in Mechanics of materials (it’s something close to what most of you know as Strength of materials) and surprisingly, almost half of the class drank it along with me. Rumor has it that the senate has rejected those results. Explains why we haven’t done a re-sit yet. Maybe we’ve gotten away with it. Now that would be the perfect way to start the new academic year.

Third Year

The graveyard shifts, the burning of the mid-night tungsten (for all who do B.A., tungsten ni filament ya bulb), the intense lessons, the wide syllabus to be covered in a short period of time and the reduced interaction with the rest of the world from cocooning yourself in the library.

These are but a few of the traditions that welcome you to the reality of being an engineering student, even more, one in third year. Fluid Mechanics graduates to Hydraulics, and you now get to appreciate the behind the scenes of the open channels you see around your village. In Theory of Structures, you employ 45 minute methods like the slope deflection, moment distribution and 3-moment theorem as the traditional methods of analyzing structures and resolving forces, because the easy equations of statics you used to rely on to solve your problems in a matter of seconds during your second year are no longer sufficient. Simple differentiation metamorphoses into equations reducible to separable forms, ordinary differential equations and other stuff that will crush the O.S. and shutdown the brains of wasee wa B.A. with all attempts at system reboot rendered futile. The chaff shall be separated from the wheat. The strong shall fight on, the weak shall move to B.A. I’m now in my second semester and I think I’m still part of the wheat…I think.

Simply put, as my friends in U.O.N say, one gets to see the difference between the guys from American Wing and the guys who spend the whole day picnicking apo nje ya Gandhi Wing.

Hostel Accommodation

T.U.K has limited hostel accommodation for its students i.e. 350 for males and 270 for females. Yes.  This is the same accommodation that is expected to serve about 15000 students. As is expected, securing a room under these circumstances means the world to, say a Nyanzanite from Siaya Kababa who, before gaining admission to T.U.K, knew nothing and no one in Nairobi. Your chances of getting a room in these hostels are just about the same as those of life for a fish out of water. That said, praise be to the almighty, because I was able to secure a room in the men’s hostel located in South B. On admission to the hostels, one is handed a mattress, a curtain and of-course, the room key. The rooms are approx. 10m by 20m and each with two occupants-quite spacious for a campus student. Everything is great save for some 18th century rules, extremely dirty toilets, slow internet and food that tastes like sh**. I’m yet to be in any public institution that has good food. But then again, where else would this Nyanzanite go? Nairobi can be the most insecure place if you have no one to rely on but yourself.  So for now ladies and gentemen, we either  put up or shut up.

(unnecessary news: Someone decided to steal on of the two t.vs in the men’s hostel. 350 men have now been reduced to watching Manu struggle to qualify for Champions League Football on a 24″ screen. )

And the good thing is that you don’t have to be an Engineer to get this.

BREAKING THE SILENCE…

(Nothing much, just breaking it)

If I were to write a book about my blogging, it would have a pretty long erratum. That it’s been almost a year since I last blogged only emphasizes this. Yeah the silence has been that loud. Makes echenze’s cobwebs look like an understatement. I can’t really blame the tight schedule that comes with being a 3rd year Engineering Student or the FIFA Fridays that really helps in calming things down. None else is to take the blame but…your one (but probably not only) *hides under hostel table*. Not promising anything this year but I think I’m done with the chemo of this cancer.

Society rots when the good people keep silent

It’s been 3 weeks since school opened. The timetable is out but there’s not an iota of activity that suggests we’ll commence studies any time soon. (This is worsened by the fact that university workers, for legit and legitimate reasons, are planning to strike.) Such a huge contrast to what I experienced in Strath where learning began in the first week of semester commencement. Maybe I’m asking too much from the University or maybe we are just used to doing wrong that it’s now accepted as the status quo.

Either way, what hurts is that this continues despite the fact that we have such an intense and wide syllabus to cover in such a short time.  But hey…who cares? They won’t be testing it anyway. And you still ask why we are third world?But as one Uni adim once told me, “ Hata uende uchome shule, the pik kais wakishasema wamesema. Live with that.” What more can I say? I hope the pik kais have the balls, and are mature enough, to stomach constructive criticism. Hope this post doesn’t get me in trouble but if I do… I will be glad that it’ll be for the right reason.

Great year guys and yeah you don’t have to be an engineer to get the it.

CIVIL ENGINEERING CONSULTING COMPANIES IN KENYA

For the sake of your attachment and thanks to a friend whom I met during my attachment, I present to you a list of some of the contacts of consulting engineering companies in Kenya. Hope it helps you in getting an attachment.

Kindly research on the projects they have done, their policies among other things before you send in your application or make that phone call. Share this with your friends who may also be looking for an attachment or maybe even a job.

UNICONSULT KENYA LTD
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 59763 00200 CITY SQUARE NAIROBI, KENYA
Street KOINANGE ST
Phone 020-310648, 020-310790
Mobile
Fax 020-310773
Email: uniconsult@swiftkenya.com
ENGTECH
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 55672 00200 CITY SQUARE NAIROBI, KENYA
Street HARAMBEE AVE
Phone 020-315117, 020-315116
Mobile 0722 362890, 0733 718425
Fax 020-315116
Email: mwangi@asme.org
SEURECA SPACE CONSULANTS ENGINEERS
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 20913 NAIROBI, KENYA
Street OJIJO RD
Phone 020-3742719, 020-3756263, 020-3754728
Mobile 0722 570704
Fax 020-3747918
Email: seureca@kenyaweb.com
GEDOX ASSOCIATES
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 64441 00620 ESSO PLAZA NAIROBI, KENYA
Street MUTHITHI RD
Phone 020-3740391, 020-3750157
Mobile 0725 853753
Fax 020-3740391
Email: gedox@mitsuminet.com
ENGICONSULT
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 42256 00100 G P O NAIROBI, KENYA
Street CHIROMO RD
Phone 020-4442297, 020-4441816
Mobile
Fax
Email:
KITHIMB ASSOCIATE
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 47027 00100 G P O NAIROBI, KENYA
Street CHIROMO RD
Phone 020-4441146
Mobile
Fax 020-4441146
Email:
SHELPLAN
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 34231 00100 G P O NAIROBI, KENYA
Street MOGOSIO RD
Phone 020-3748656
Mobile
Fax
Email:
HOWARD HUMPHREYS EAST AFRICA LTD
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 30156 00100 G P O NAIROBI, KENYA
Street MUTHANGARI DRV
Phone 020-4445254, 020-4445256, 020-4440357, 020-4441835
Mobile 0722 523712
Fax 020-4440299
Email: enquiries@howardhumpreys.co.ke
SYNCHROCONSULT ASSOCIATES
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 79626 00200 CITY SQUARE NAIROBI, KENYA
Street MBAGATHI WAY
Phone 020-2713031
Mobile 0733 748230
Fax 020-2713031
Email: , synchro@necta.co.ke
STRUVIL AFRICA
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 66636 00800 WESTLANDS NAIROBI, KENYA
Street DAVID OSIELI RD
Phone 020-4440378, 020-4445918
Mobile
Fax 020-4440292
Email: struvil@africaonline.co.ke
SPAN ENGINEERS
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 75093 NAIROBI, KENYA
Street ROSE AVE
Phone 020-2716082
Mobile 0733 681551, 0722 921061
Fax 020-2716082
Email: span@nbnet.co.ke
AFRICAN CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 74524 00200 CITY SQUARE NAIROBI, KENYA
Street ROSE AVE
Phone 020-2722886
Mobile
Fax 020-2718282
Email: ecengineers@todaysoline.com
INTERCONSULT ENGINEERS
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 55176 00200 CITY SQUARE NAIROBI, KENYA
Street UNIVERSITY WAY
Phone 020-225259, 020-226995
Mobile
Fax 020-213738
Email: interconsult@wananchi.com
M & E CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 43324 00100 G P O NAIROBI, KENYA
Street MUGO KIBIRO RD
Phone 020-3866605, 020-3876875
Mobile
Fax 020-3876875
Email:
MAKI – CONSULT
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 73805 00200 CITY SQUARE NAIROBI, KENYA
Street OLESANGALE RD
Phone 020-609190
Mobile 0722 770510
Fax 020-609190
Email: jomakata@yahoo.com
MAITERI & ASSOCIATES
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 75437 00200 CITY SQUARE NAIROBI, KENYA
Street CHIROMO RD
Phone 020-4449694, 020-4440814
Mobile
Fax 020-4441756
Email: maiteri@nbi.ispkenya.com
SOKHI INTERNATIONAL ( K ) LTD
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 18532 NAIROBI, KENYA
Street
Phone 020-2722778, 020-2719717
Mobile
Fax
Email:
MANGAT I B PATEL & PARTNERS
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 48674 00100 G P O NAIROBI, KENYA
Street BISHOP RD
Phone 020-2710500, 020-2710501, 020-2710503, 020-2710546
Mobile
Fax 020-2710549
Email: mibp@iconnect.co.ke
AFRO GERMAN ENGINEERS & CONSULTANTS LTD
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 42887 00100 G P O NAIROBI, KENYA
Street BANDARI RD
Phone 020-553688, 020-553689
Mobile
Fax 020-553993
Email: info@agec-ea.com
AMICE ENGINEERING SYSTEMS
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address
Street MOI AVE
Phone 020-228103, 020-246338
Mobile
Fax
Email:
ARMITECH CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 48453 00100 G P O NAIROBI, KENYA
Street MILIMANI RD
Phone 020-2720954, 020-2714861
Mobile
Fax 020-2729536
Email: info@armitech.com
C A S CONSULTANTS
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 67693 00200 CITY SQUARE NAIROBI, KENYA
Street RHAPTA RD
Phone 020-4445240, 020-4445265
Mobile
Fax 020-4440049
Email: cas@net2002ke.com
MASTOW CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address
Street MOI AVE
Phone 020-241554
Mobile
Fax
Email:
MATHIS CONSULTANTS
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address
Street MBAGATHI WAY
Phone 020-2716864
Mobile
Fax
Email:
MAX ENGINEERING & PLANNING SERVICES LTD
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address
Street MILIMANI RD
Phone 020-2728646
Mobile
Fax
Email:
M E C E CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 43324 NAIROBI, KENYA
Street KABARNET RD
Phone 020-3876875, 020-2728661
Mobile
Fax 020-3866605
Email:
METRIX CONSULTANTS LTD
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address
Street OFF DUNGA RD
Phone 020-555294
Mobile
Fax 020-554360
Email:
MULTICONSULT CONSULTING ENGINEERS LTD
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 54021 00200 CITY SQUARE NAIROBI, KENYA
Street 671 NGONG RD
Phone 020-3870022, 020-3871805, 020-3871826
Mobile
Fax 020-3870103, 020-3870236
Email: oop@form-net.com, oopceke@yahoo.com
NORCONSULT A S
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 48176 NAIROBI, KENYA
Street KIJABE ST
Phone 020-250035, 020-225580, 020-248952, 020-230389
Mobile
Fax 020-248900
Email:
ORINA & PARTNERS
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address
Street WILSON AVE
Phone 020-3872864, 020-3872902
Mobile
Fax 020-3872902
Email: orina@africaonline.co.ke
OTIENO ODONGO & PARTNERS
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 54021 00200 NAIROBI, KENYA
Street 671 NGONG RD
Phone 020-3870022, 020-3870032
Mobile
Fax 020-3870103
Email: opkenya@wananchi.com
RESOURCE PLAN
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address
Street MUINDI MBINGU ST
Phone 020-313981, 020-216884
Mobile
Fax
Email:
REX CONSULTANTS
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 73878 00200 CITY SQUARE NAIROBI, KENYA
Street ARGWINGS KODHEK RD
Phone 020-2711037
Mobile
Fax 020-2718041
Email:
RUNJI & PARTNERS CONSULTING ENGINEERING LTD
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 68053 00200 CITY SQUARE NAIROBI, KENYA
Street 3 KINDARUMA RD OFF NGONG RD
Phone 020-2717213, 020-2717214, 020-2716986, 020-2716987
Mobile
Fax 020-2717215
Email: info@runji.co.ke
S R MANGA & ASSOCIATES
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 28190 NAIROBI, KENYA
Street NGONG RD
Phone 020-2713879, 020-2713880, 020-2713737
Mobile
Fax 020-2713774
Email:
SAMU ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS LTD
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address
Street NGONG RD
Phone 020-3860509, 020-3877884
Mobile
Fax
Email:
SHABAS ENGINEERING AGENCIES
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 18659 NAIROBI, KENYA
Street
Phone 020-3864151
Mobile
Fax 020-3862151
Email:
SHAKO & PARTNERS
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address
Street LENANA RD
Phone 020-2728350
Mobile
Fax
Email:
STANCECONSULT
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address
Street OFF KITENGELA RD
Phone 020-607397, 020-607447, 020-603647
Mobile
Fax
Email:
SURTECH LTD
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 15130 00509 LANGATA NAIROBI, KENYA
Street
Phone 020-890861, 020-890449
Mobile 733841294
Fax 020-890293
Email:
TAMCON CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 63030 NAIROBI, KENYA
Street KISAUNI RD
Phone 020-609208, 020-603952, 020-603958
Mobile
Fax 020-603958
Email:
TECHNICAL ASSOCIATES CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 78025 NAIROBI, KENYA
Street MBAGATHI RD
Phone 020-2719459, 020-2719594
Mobile
Fax 020-719458
Email:
VARSITECH CONSULTANTS
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 2839 NAIROBI, KENYA
Street GOLF COURSE RD
Phone 020-2710035, 020-603167
Mobile
Fax
Email:
W L PIESOLD & UHLMANN
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 50569 NAIROBI, KENYA
Street KIRICHWA RD
Phone 020-3860467
Mobile
Fax 020-3860467
Email: kpkenya@africaonline.co.ke
WANDUA CONSULTANTS
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address
Street JOGOO RD
Phone 020-531611
Mobile
Fax 020-531611
Email:
WANJOHI CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 21714 00505 NGONG RD NAIROBI, KENYA
Street NDEMI / NGONG RD
Phone 020-3876691, 020-3876690, 020-3875636, 020-3876692
Mobile 733826246
Fax 020-3876693
Email: wce@kenyaweb.com
WAVETEK CONSULTANTS INC
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address
Street HAILE SELASSIE AVE
Phone 020-2717100, 020-2721211
Mobile
Fax 020-2727272
Email:
XENOCON CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address
Street OFF WAIYAKI WAY
Phone 020-4440889, 020-4440953
Mobile
Fax 020-4440889
Email:
GILL CONSULT
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 7006 00300 RONALD NGALA ST NAIROBI, KENYA
Street CHANIC DRV YAYA CTR
Phone 020-223538, 020-2733277
Mobile 0722867694, 0722705455
Fax 020-2730912
Email: gilbertmwalimo@yahoo.co.uk
GEOWAY CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 8198 00100 G P O NAIROBI, KENYA
Street ARGWINGS KODHEK
Phone 020-2728315
Mobile 0722 822485
Fax 020-2720092
Email: gycons@yahoo.com
KIRI-CONSULTANT
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 411 00517 DANDORA NAIROBI, KENYA
Street MUKINDURI RD
Phone 020-890062, 020-890537
Mobile 722846210
Fax 020-890537
Email: mungeria@yahoo.com
STROUTEL AFRIQUE CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 76664 00508 YAYA TOWERS NAIROBI, KENYA
Street WITU RD
Phone 020-554075, 020-5504109, 020-554132
Mobile 0722 710805
Fax 020-554125
Email: njenga54@hotmail.com
CAS CONSULTANTS
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 67693 00200 CITY SQUARE NAIROBI, KENYA
Street RHAPTA RD
Phone 020-4445240, 020-4445265
Mobile
Fax 020-4440049
Email: casconsult@africaonline.co.ke
FERADON ASSOCIATES
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 7375 00300 RONALD NGALA ST NAIROBI, KENYA
Street MUCAI RD
Phone 020-2716143, 020-2727786, 020-2723754
Mobile 0722 209730, 0734 333411
Fax 020-2727555
Email: consult@feradon.com
GIBB ( EASTERN AFRICA ) LTD – ADDIS ABABA – NAIROBI
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 8129 NAIROBI, KENYA
Street ADDIS ABABA
Phone 020-1622468
Mobile
Fax 020-1623309
Email:
VEKTA CONSULTANTS
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 12861 NAIROBI, KENYA
Street MBAGATHI RD
Phone 020-2726616, 020-2720774
Mobile
Fax 020-2726614
Email:
MACHARA & PARTNERS CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address
Street
Phone 020-3874285
Mobile
Fax
Email:
MASTAN CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address
Street MOI AV
Phone 020-241554
Mobile
Fax
Email:
MULTISCOPE
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 12010 00100 G P O NAIROBI, KENYA
Street KIBARU RD
Phone 020-2734744
Mobile 0721 367435
Fax 020-2717736
Email: multiscope@wananchi.com
NIPPON KOEI CO LTD
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address
Street MAMLAKA RD
Phone 020-2712850, 020-2724344, 020-2728525
Mobile
Fax
Email:
NORKUN
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 605 00100 G P O NAIROBI, KENYA
Street ARGWINGS KODHEK RD
Phone 020-2715781, 020-2713546
Mobile
Fax 020-2710423
Email: info@norkun.com
PITTS CONSULT
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 10294 00100 G P O NAIROBI, KENYA
Street KAUNDA ST
Phone 020-222086
Mobile
Fax
Email:
PENSPEN LTD
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 14984 00800 WESTLANDS NAIROBI, KENYA
Street UNIVERSITY WAY
Phone 020-222971, 020-242748, 020-242749
Mobile
Fax 020-242057
Email: penspen@wananchi.com
R & B CONSULTANTS LTD
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address
Street ARGWINGS KODHEK RD
Phone 020-2710893
Mobile
Fax
Email:
SAPAMO CONSULTANTS
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address
Street
Phone 020-38788050, 020-3861413, 020-3872235, 020-3876413
Mobile
Fax
Email:
PARIKH SONDHI & ASSOCIATES NAIROBI
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 48759 00100 G P O NAIROBI, KENYA
Street LENANA RD
Phone 020-2720891, 020-2712541
Mobile
Fax 020-2713682
Email:
VARSANI ASSOCIATES
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address P.O. Box 325 00606 SARIT CENTRE NAIROBI, KENYA
Street RING RD
Phone 020-3749734
Mobile
Fax 020-3741506
Email: varsaniassoc@wananchi.com
WEST CONSULT CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address
Street MUINDI MBINGU ST
Phone 020-247865, 020-224567
Mobile
Fax
Email:
soil testing laboratories ltd
Category CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Postal Address
Street KABARNET RD
Phone 020-3872140
Mobile
Fax
Email:

RESOLUTIONS OF A SOPHOMORE YEAR ENGINEERING STUDENT

Second year second semester, the day we bid farewell to all common units. Goodbye to our highly treasured T-Squares and draughtsman sets which we proudly carried around campus as a show-off to everyone (especially the ladies) that we were engineering students.

It’s a new year again, and folks around us have made a ton of resolutions. It’s only prudent for us as engineering students to have set ours as well. The importance of this blog comes in here. I believe what I’m going to talk about today ought to be the resolutions of every second year and maybe other eng students too.

1.      Go for a training attachment. I know that after your last semester you will probably be going on internal attachment in your Institution. This will probably take you a maximum of 3 hours per day. So, what do you do with the rest of your free time? My advice would be to go for an attachment. After going for one after my freshman year I could no longer underestimate the value of attachments. Believe me; I didn’t know what civil engineering is all about until May last year. It is particularly important for us to go for one because we get to decide whether we really want to pursue the eng. career or change to another course before it’s too late. You probably don’t know much about mechanical, aeronautical or electrical engineering apart from bookish definitions. The trainings you go through during the attachment period helps you to get in touch with reality. Furthermore, it’s a chance to update your C.V. which probably reads nothing more than an ‘A’ in K.C.S.E, a 400 plus in your KCPE and that you are now enrolled in an engineering program. Pay or no pay, attachments are totally worth it.

2.      Engage in your studies seriously. Remember being terrified when your mum used to say, ‘’I brought you into this world and I can choose to take the life out of you anytime?” Well… Here is a saying that is more terrifying, “Hard work leads to success. Laziness is a sure way of failing!!” It is a simple proverb and a cliché for most of you, if not all of us, especially having heard it from your parents since pre-school but it holds so much truth to it. I saw no reason of paying attention in my O.D.E and general calculus classes until my friend Kasuku talked to me about Quantum Computing. I have been a culprit of behaving like Sheldon, Einstein and Edison combined yet possessing none of their attributes. Knowledge will never be irrelevant but Foolishness is expensive.

 3.      Learn AutoCAD. Like ArchiCAD to an architecture student, JCreator/Netbeans to a computer science /Informatics students, Quickbooks to a business student ,Microsoft Office to a secretary so is AutoCAD to an Engineering student. Now that you are aware your T-Square and your draughtsman set will no longer be useful to you, it will do you good if you acquire the knowledge and skill of using AutoCAD. Yes you can learn drafting using other CAD software but we all know that Microsoft Office is more popular than OpenOffice at least here in Kenya. Another awesome thing about this is you get to earn extra cash by doing simple projects like designing a simple bungalow for a client. A friend of mine, Ombok Ocheing’ did this, though he used the old traditional method.

 4.      Learn how to code. ‘’There has to be more about resolutions than learning,???” some of you might be asking. You are a student and that’s what students do. Study! Anyway, I believe that a time will come when coding will be necessary for all engineers just as it is now for them to know basic computer application programs. Last semester we were taught C but it doesn’t have to end there.  If it does,  we will never have the joy of developing our own AutoCAD, Mathematica or even MATLAB though we have to appreciate that it takes a lot of team work with other professionals in different fields like Math to develop such. I have a large circle of friends, some of whom inspire me on how they manage their present to better their future. My pal, Rowland knows web programming. Kasuku, also one of my great old buddies, is doing projects for different clients. I’m currently teaching myself Java and it’s pretty exciting.

5.      Blog and encourage others to blog. Google Kenyan Engineering Blogs and you will be shocked to find none. Now Google student engineering blogs. And you still ask why Africa lags behind in engineering? Blogs are not meant for writers only, it’s meant for us to write our personal records giving account of activities and opinions in different fields. Surely, you must have something you want to share with the engineering world. Some universities like MIT host engineering blogs for their students…How do we expect people to appreciate engineering in Kenya/Africa if we don’t talk about it? What more effective way to talk about it than to blogging? It’s free. Let’s blog about our experiences in and out of class, our lectures, our notes etc.  I have challenged some like my former schoolmate Evans Wambugu to start blogging and the response is encouraging. Hope to see this happen this year.

 6.      Join an Engineering Association student/ corporate. I am a proud member of the Association of Engineering Students of Kenya Poly and also a member of Youth Agency for Development in Science and Technology (YADSTI). One gets a ton of opportunities like attending seminars, talks and lab sessions by being a member of such associations. Retreats and site visits are also plus privileges. Again, this pimps your CV too. We will be launching a Civil Engineering Student Association in our campus hopefully this semester.

7.      Buy a laptop/ PC specs no less than 4GB RAM, corei5, 3.0 GHz. Buy anything less than this and your machine will be obsolete in less than 7 years, that’s three years after you are through unless of course quantum computing becomes a practical reality. Buying a laptop of the same specs may be an expensive affair so you may want to buy a desktop and upgrade it slowly by purchasing different components like I’m currently doing.

8.      Educate the community on engineering. On Saturday I went to visit a friend who had been involved in an accident which cost him his arm. The most painful thing is that he was just hours from receiving his pilot license. Only four days into 2013, we had lost 64 lives on our roads. This should disturb any engineering student. Now, everyone who walks with me knows too well that I will not allow them to cross a without using a footbridge, if there’s one. I would not allow them to litter the streets either or to alight from a moving vehicle. Yes let’s spread the gospel of ARRIVING ALIVE especially to matatu drivers.

Finally and what I consider to be most important, the thought that we are studying engineering in our campuses yet we can’t boast of a phone, a car, a fridge or even something simple as a calculator designed by Kenyans pricks my heart. I long for the day when an African will be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in any of the sciences or for the day when my blogger and friend E. Chenze will review a phone that has been designed and manufactured here in Kenya. I long for the day when J. Baraza will review a car that has been designed and built from scratch by Kenyans. I long for the day when I will look to the skies and see an airplane designed and manufactured by Kenyans. I hope that this decade will not pass before we achieve this. This hoping might just be achieved this year.

And the good thing is that…

By student engineer Kauku Paul Matthews k.n.a Kitoto Paul Onyango

An Engineering Student’s Timetable….

(The beginning of Second Year)

Last week I went to school to copy this semester’s timetable. Our institution desires to be a leading institution of Technology yet I have to go and copy something simple like a timetable from the notice boards. So sad. Anyway, I had shared earlier about the life of an engineering student  but my friend and blogger,Dickson,thought it wasn’t that hectic so let me just share with you how my semester will be this time round.

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
7:00-9:00am Computer Science B Math 11A Computer Science Introduction to Civil Engineering
9:00-11:00am Engineering Graphics(Part 2) Civil Engineering Materials Fluid Mechanics(Part1A) Civil Engineering Materials Theory of Structures
11:00-1:00pm Mechanics of Materials Fluid Mechanics(Part 1A) Mechanics of Materials Engineering Graphics(part2) Engineering Graphics(part2)
1:00-2:00pm Fluid Mechanics(Part 1A) Mechanics of Materials Theory of Structures Linear Algebra
2:00-4:00pm Engineering Survey (1A) Math (Part2A) Theory of Structures Introduction to Civil Engineering
4:00-6:00pm Math (1B) Linear Algebra Math (Part1B) Linear Algebra Engineering Survey (Part1A)

Simply put we are doing 11 units and are supposed to be in class for a total of 52 hours per week. I won’t talk more about this.

Every Eng. Student knows that engineering starts in second year.  My results, which I will be posting here, soon, got me thinking whether I want to continue with engineering or not. I will speak about that latter.

I think about engineering more than you my crush, but of late this trend has been changing. With this daily schedule, I will have to go back to my former thought (engineering of course). During the long holiday I could tolerate your playing hard to get. I could tolerate calling you till midnight and still you did not enter my box (pun intended). Sorry this I don’t have time for your tu-mafeelings and ma-tuemotions.  Kindly save them for someone else.

And the good thing is that you don’t have to be an engineering student to comprehend this.

Over and Out.

HOW STUFF WORKS

(Engineering Ethics)

When I was a young boy in primary school, a man demonstrated how bazookas work. The video was aired on CNN. At the time I thought it was really cool owing to the fact that I was fascinated by Rambo movies, if you know what I’m talking about. It brought some mixed reactions latter and one of the parties had to apologize for the same. On Tuesday, one of our local dailies the Daily nation in their section how stuff works pg 7. In the DN2 magazine posted about how guns work. Is this right? Is this ethical? This made me remember what we were taught by Eng. Kibe in a topic Engineering Ethics during our Introduction to Engineering class in my freshman year. I remember him saying, “Not everything right/legal is ethical.” Anyone who hasn’t attended an Engineering Ethics class may say that Daily Nation did nothing wrong in writing about how guns work. Yeah, they just wanted us to appreciate the wonders of science and in this case, guns.

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I love visiting howstuffworks.com once in awhile when I desire to begin a new project. Recently I visited it when I wanted to bring in some innovation on Solar panel technology. There I learnt how inverters work and I’m in the process of making one. The website makes you appreciate the wonders of science. It may not give you the details of how stuff works but it is a good starting point. It inspires you to invent and innovate after knowing how stuff works. I however do not read the one in Daily Nation because I find it too shallow. I’m not a kind of person who is satisfied with non-detailed explanations.  (I know I’ve just contradicted myself.)

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During our lesson we were introduced to fundamental canons that govern members of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The number one role of an engineer is to hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public…This simply means that anything engineers design, invent, innovate or develop should not in any way negatively affect the safety, health and welfare of the public. Whether it’s a road, a computer, an iphone, a washing machine, a toy, an extension cable or any other device, utility or equipment that engineers design.

So was the writer right in writing about how guns work? In doing so, was he holding paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public? Not that I don’t want to appreciate the wonders of science and the science behind guns and rockets but do we share such information with a public which is fighting Al Shabaab? Do we share such information barely a week after more than a hundred people were killed in Tana River clashes? Do we share such info when we know idle youth are vulnerable to join gangs and rob innocent citizens? Do we share such info when we are heading to a general election? Well how is writing about how guns work involved with these scenarios? Simple, how many times have you heard robbers gunned down by policemen and after the shooting the policemen recover home-made guns? In as much as engineers and scientists need to know how stuff works, we also need to know what to tell people and what not to.  Will I be right in posting about how bombs work? With the current state of the country, we can’t afford such irresponsibility. Not with KDF fighting the Al Shabaab and some of the latter trying to bomb various places in our dear country. Of course he wrote the article in good faith. The fact that he outlined that the science of rockets and that of bullets is different and there were efforts in trying to blend the two shows that he did so in good faith. Maybe because he wanted future generations to try and blend the two.

Mikhail Kalashnikov regretted inventing the (Avtomat Kalashnikov) AK47 because he saw the harm that it brought to humanity…”It is painful to see when criminal elements of all kinds fire from my weapon.”

Mikhail Kalashnikov
The brain behind the AK-47

The effects are still being experienced to date. The AK47 did not only bring harm to humanity but it also “revolutionized” gun architecture. It was used in designs such as Finnish RK 95, the Israeli Galil Rifle among others. (digitaljournal.com). He even said “I would prefer to to have invented a machine that people would use and that would help farmers with their work-for example a lawnmower.” Yes it was a great invention because it was able to be mass produced cheaply, easy to learn and operate and its ability to work even in harsh weather.  But it’s also good to appreciate that he made it to protect his nation during the war. It is such inventions that made Albert Einstein say that technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal. Thomas Alva Edison said “…the dove is my emblem…I want to save and advance life, not destroy it…I am proud that I have never invented weapons to kill.”

So do we just sit around and claim not to know how such weapons work? No. Such knowledge should be used for nothing other than experimentation and appreciating what science can do. This is what Thomas Edison believed in; this is what I believe in. But is this what militias believe in? Is this what young men who want to join gangs believe in?  We therefore have an obligation to keep such info in Secret Files as Germans did during the World War 2 though at that time they did it for the wrong reasons.

It is worse when we share such info on the internet.

Over and Out.

Gor buy Van persie and The Official Launch of my Jersey

News just in…Robin Van Persie has been bought by Gor Mahia K’Ogalo. K’Ogalo beat their rivals AFC in buying Van Perise since AFC couldn’t afford the fee. The Dutch man is happy to be joining the best team in Kenya and will be glad to make his debut in today’s match against AFC Leopards. He signed a one day deal with Gor Mahia this is because his loyalty for clubs he’s played for has been questioned before. He said he is happy to join other great players like Moses Odhiambo (lucky Dube), Rama Salim (the black Messi), Dan Sserunkuma and Kevin Omondi (Kevo Daddy).

“I love Gor Mahia. I’ve watched them play and I love their fan base. I’ve watched Rama Salim play and I have to admit he is one of the greatest players in the Africa and I will be more than glad to play with him.” He has down played claims that he is afraid of the return of

Robin Van Persie at K’Ogalo’s home ground

Erick Masika, AFC’s centre defender, “I’m not afraid of Erick Masika, I’ve handled  the world’s best defenders like Carlos Puyol, Nemanja Vidic and many more…so who is Erick Masika? What has he won? “

When asked whether he wanted to go back to Man u he said, “I think I will wait and see whether Sofapaka will buy me. I love Kenya and I want to finish my career here.” This only shows us that he is not loyal to any club. “I see no reason for being loyal, I think all people have is maemotions nyingi,” he said concerning his loyalty to clubs.

“I saw Gor Mahia and the old man in me said, Come Baby Come”, was the last words he had.

But the deal didn’t come easy. K’Ogalo had to cough Kshs.4.5 billion in the one day deal. This is the same amount of money that Kenyan teachers have been offered by the Kenyan Government as a return to work formula in a bid to stop their strike. On questioning Gor Chairman Ambrose Rachier on the sanity of doing this he said, “K’ogalo Gor Mahia is a club that has followers who are willing to anything for the success of the club. So when we told them we wanted to buy Van Persie for the weekend, they easily organized a harambee and we managed to raise Kshs17 billion. “

the airbus that Gor is set to possess by next week

When asked about the club’s plans with the rest of the money he said unapologetically,” AFC were bragging about a bus they bought from GM at Kshs. 5.6 m. We will see who will have the last brag when we purchase our Boeing 787 Dreamliner. We have already made our order and the machine will be here by next week.”

AFC have showed signs of giving Gor a walkover, just as they did in the top 8 match, but this will put them in serious trouble since they will have to pay a hefty fine.

Anyway, yesterday I went to buy my Official Gor Mahia jersey. And you have the priviledge of seeing me launch it today. I hereby present to you MY OFFICIAL GOR MAHIA JERSEY.