Nyakairu George William Atwoki

Name NYAKAIRU George William Atwoki
Date and place of Birth 7th May 1967; Place: Rubona, Kabarole
Nationality Ugandan
Sex Male
Marital Status Married
Permanent home address C/O Rwenzori Motors P.O. Box 2087 Kampala-Uganda
Languages English, Swahili, (German a little)

March 2004 The Pedagogical training Course, Regency Hotel Kampala, Certificate
Sept 2002. Participated in Capacity Building and Policy Development in E-learning in Higher Education; Trainer of Trainers (TOT II) course, Makerere University
Aug 2002 The Eco-design Course at the Public Works Training Centre, Kyambogo, Uganda Cleaner Production Centre, Kampala; Certificate
July 2002 Course on Hazardous Waste Management, Presented by Basel Convention Regional Centre for English-speaking African Countries, Hotel Africana, Kampala, Uganda; Certificate
June 2002 Training Course on Cleaner Production Investments and Financing: UNIDO/UNEP, Uganda Cleaner Production Centre, Kampala, Certificate
1998- 2001 Institute of Geochemistry, University of Vienna: DSc studies
Jul-Aug 1998 Summer school for German Language Course; Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Austria, Certificate
1993- 1996 Makerere University:  Master of Science (Chemistry)
1989 - 1990 Hitech Computer Systems Ltd: Certificate in Computer Science (Basic Programming & Word Processing)
1987 - 1990 Makerere University: Bachelor of Science (Industrial Chemistry)
1985 - 1987 Busoga College Mwiri: Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE)
1981 - 1984 Mbarara High School: Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE)
1974 - 1980 Muzira Primary School: Primary Leaving Examination (PLE)

With colleagues we won The Vice-Chancellor’s award on Excellence and Innovation of Makerere University 2004 having worked with local communities to disseminate and popularise the use of biogas at the grass roots as a source of energy and manure to alleviate poverty.

1988 - 1990 Worked as shift chemist for Sugar Corporation of Uganda Ltd (SCOUL), Lugazi
Jul 1990 - Apr 1991 Secondary School Chemistry teacher, Ibanda Secondary School
May 1991- Mar2001 Teaching Assistant, Chemistry Department, Makerere University
Mar 2001- Oct 2004 Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, Makerere University
Oct 2004- Todate Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, Makerere University
  PUBLICATIONS: a) Research Papers in Refereed Journals
  • Ali, H.R., Nyakairu, G.W. and Vuai, S.A., Influence of Tides to the Cave Water Quality: A case study on Zanzibar Island, Tanzania. International Journal of Current Research, Vol. 4, Issue, 04, pp.327-334, April, 2012
  • Ali, H.R., Nyakairu, G.W. and Vuai, S.A., Determination of Chemical Composition of Cave Water: A Case Study of Zanzibar Island, Tanzania. International Journal of Current Research, Vol. 4, Issue, 04, pp.327-333, April, 2012
  • Nyakairu George William, Muhwezi Godfrey, Biryomumaisho Savino Assessment of Heavy Metals in Milk from selected Dairy Farms and Shops in Wakiso District, Uganda. SUZA Journal of Natural and Social Science 1(1) (2011) p36-52
  • Ronald Semyalo, Thomas Rohrlack, Duncan Kayiira, Yusuf S. Kizito, Stephen Byarujali, George Nyakairu; Petter Larsson (2011) On the diet of Nile tilapia in two eutrophic tropical lakes containing toxin producing  Cyanobacteria. Limnologica 41(2011) 30-36
  • Ronald Semyalo, Thomas Rohrlack, Christine Naggawa, George W. Nyakairu (2010) Microcystin concentrations in Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) caught from Murchison Bay, Lake Victoria and Lake Mburo: Uganda. Hydrobiologia (2010) 638:235-244
  • George William Atwoki Nyakairu,; Christine Betty Nagawa, Jolocam Mbabazi  (2010) Assessment of Cyanobacteria toxins in freshwater fish: A case study of Murchison Bay (Lake Victoria) and Lake Mburo, Uganda. Toxicon 55 (2010) 939-946
  • Nyakairu GWA, Kurzweil H, Koeberl C (2002) Mineralogical, geochemical, and Sedimentological characteristics of clay deposits from Central Uganda and their applications.  Journal of African Earth Sciences 35 123-134
  • Nyakairu GWA and Koeberl C (2002) Variation of mineral, chemical, and rare earth elements in size fractions of clay-rich sediments from the Kajjansi and Ntawo clay deposits, central Uganda. Chem.  Erde 62 (2002) 73-86
  • Nyakairu GWA, Koeberl C, Kurzweil H (2001) Composition of clay deposits around Kampala (Uganda). Geological Society of Uganda (Abstract September 2001)
  • Nyakairu GWA, Koeberl C, Kurzweil H (2001) The Buwambo kaolin deposit in central Uganda: Mineralogical and chemical composition.  The Geochemical Journal 35(4): 245
  • Nyakairu GWA, Koeberl C (2000) Mineralogical and chemical composition and distribution of rare earth elements in clay-rich sediments from central Uganda.  The Geochemical Journal 35(1): 13-28
  • Nyakairu GWA, Kaahwa Y (1998) Phase transitions in local clays. American Ceramic Society Bulletin 77(6):76-78

  b) Research Papers Under Review(submitted)
  • Polyaromatic hydrocarbons in consumed roasted Pork using firewood, Kampala
  • Assessment of PAHs in grilled chicken over charcoal stove
  • Analysis of PAHs in roasted fish

  (b) Books
  i) Teaching Manuals
  • developed a unit operation laboratory manual
  • participated in developing the Biogas Training manual

  TEACHING a) Undergraduate Courses
  • ICH2115: Chemical Reaction Engineering
  • ICH2223: Unit Operations Laboratory
  • ICH1209: Basic Thermodynamics
  • ICH2218: Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
  • ICH2221: Materials & Corrosion Science
  • ICH2222: Industrial Microbiology
  • ICH3233: Inorganic Chemical Technology
  • ICH3235: Industrial Waste Management
  • ICH1101: Introduction to Computing
  • ICH1103: Mathematics for Chemical Engineers I
  • ICH3127: Industrial Biotechnology
  • PGP1103: Probability and Statistics for Scientists and Engineers

  b) Graduate courses
  • CHM7218: Ceramic, Glass, and Cement Chemistry
  • CHM7101: Research Methodology
  • CHM7220: Advanced Inorganic Chemical Technology
  • CHM7221: Geochemical Techniques

  RESEARCH a) Research work and Funded Projects
  • 2004-2007: Ecological and Social-Economic Implications of Hamful algal bloooms in Ugandan Lakes and Pssible Solutions- Funded by NORAD
  • 2003-2006: Full Implementation Phase- Biogas fuel from livestock wastes as an alternative to firewood and charcoal at the District Level“ funded by I@mak.com, Makerere University.
  • 2002-2003: Harmuful algal blooms in Murchison Bay, Lake Victoria funded by Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) Norway.
  • 2002: Pilot Phase- Biogas fuel from livestock wastes as an alternative to firewood and charcoal at the District Level“ funded by I@mak.com, Makerere University.
  • 2001: Feasibility study “Biogas fuel from livestock wastes as an alternative to firewood and charcoal at the District Level“ funded by I@mak.com, Makerere University.
  • 1998- 2001 DSc dissertation: Mineralogy and chemical composition and distribution of rare earth elements of clay-rich sediments, central Uganda.
  • 1993 - 96:  MSc thesis: Chemical Composition and Phase transitions in some Uganda Clay Samples.
  • 1996: Carried out chemical analysis on chloroquine.  The apparent problem of chloroquine resistance in Uganda-is it related to poor quality of the drug? A report presented at Workshop National Drug Authority, Equatorial Hotel 13th March 97.
  • 1988: Undergraduate research project: Cane Juice clarification and the design of the necessary equipment to obtain clarified juice at sugar Corporation of Uganda Ltd (SCOUL), Lugazi.

  b) Conferences:
  • Dec. 14 - 18th 1992:         Pharmacy Department (Makerere University) Participated in all activities the natural products research network for East and Central Africa (NAPRECA) - BIOASSAY AND GAS of CHROMATOGRAPHY TECHNIQUES OF NATURAL PRODUCTS.
  • 1996: Carried out chemical analysis on chloroquine.  The apparent problem of chloroquine resistance in Uganda-is it related to poor quality of the drug? A report presented at Workshop National Drug Authority, Equatorial Hotel 13th March 97.
  • Dec 1996: Papers in the Journal of Uganda (i) Mutaka Kaolin and Namanve Clay deposits (ii) The commercial Exploitation of Clays-A review.
  • Attended a conference: Catastrophic Events and Mass Extinctions: Impacts and Beyond, Vienna, July 9-12th 2000.
  • Regional conference on Basement geology, ground water, energy, mineral resources, and mining related environmental problems in Eastern Africa, Kampala-Uganda, 10-12th Sept 2001.
  • Lake Victoria Environmental Project: First Scientific Conference, Mukono-Uganda, 17-21st Sept 2001.
  • Attended The First Regional conference on Trace Elements in Africa: Trace Element Satellite Centre of UNESCO Nairobi-Kenya, 27-30th Mar 2002.
  1. Nagawa Betty Christine- Chemical characterization of extractives and essential oils of wood and their industrial application, sandwich between Makerere University and  Universität für Bodenkultur Wien, Austria
  2. Mamgbi Robert -Oil and Gas processing technology and Hydrogen Fuel Cell technology; sandwich between Makerere University and Cracow University of Technology, Poland
  3. Naiga Resty- Participation and Governance: Implications of the Demand-Driven Approach on Participation and Management of Rural Water Supply in Uganda, sandwich between Makerere University and  Universität für Bodenkultur Wien, Austria

  b) MSc Thesis i) Completed
  1. Loum Janani Iodisation of Lake Katwe Salt, Kasese District (completed April 2011)
  2. Muhwezi Godfrey determination of Heavy metals in milk from selected dairy farms, Wakiso District (completed April 2011)
  3. Muhwezi James Bichemical Characterisation of Water from River Ntabago and Implication on Water Quality and Safety (completed April 2011)
  4. Ali Hassan R. (2009) determination of chemical composition of cave water: a case study of Zanzibar Island, Tanzania (completed)
  5. Nagawa Betty Christine (2007) Determination of microcystins from selected fish parts of Oreochromis niloticus and Lates niloticus from Lake Victoria and Lake Mburo. (Completed).
  6. Kituyi Betty (2007) Investigative study on cyanobacterial toxins in Murchison Bay and Napoleon Gulf on Lake Victoria (completed)
  7. Ongwech Acaye  Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons in commercial marketed smoked fish, Gulu District (completed Feb 2012)
  8. Owor Oriko Richard Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons in smoked pork and chicken from various spots, Kampala City (completed Mar 2012)

  ii) On going
  1. Marle David Elisama Losio Kajokare Gold mineralization of sediments and rocks of Kapoeat, Southern Sudan
  2. Mugisa John determination of the quality and quantity of hydrocarbon in an oil-well using the mud log measurements.
  3. Ainabyona Christine Integrated Geology and Geophysics using shallow borehole sampling.

  c) Undergraduate: I have supervised a number of undergraduate research projects from 1991 to 1996 and again from 2001 to date.
  OTHER ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES (a) Curriculum Development
  • Task force member for the development of Petroleum Geosciences Programme curriculum
  • Participated in curriculum review for bachelor of industrial chemistry (BIC) in 2002, 2006 and 2010 curriculum
  • Has developed curriculum for the Process and chemical engineering programme 2011
  • Am developing courses for the forensic science (certificate, diploma, post graduate diploma and MSc) programme to start soon
  • Has helped to revise the IUIU (Mbale) chemistry curriculum
  • Has also participated in revising the chemistry curriculum, Busitema University

  (b) External Examination I am appointed external examiner for Islamic University in Uganda (Chemistry) Mbale campus for 2009-2011 External examiner, Kyambogo University, Department of Chemistry 2012
  (c) Miscellaneous academic activities I have reviewed manuscripts for some journals on request
  (a) To the University (i) Membership to University Standing Committees
  • Chairman Procurement and disposal committee, Makerere University 2006 – 2010
  • Committee member – College of Natural Sciences ICT committee 2006 to date
  • Member on the Departmental Higher Degrees and Research Committee
  • Member on the Departmental Appointments and Promotions Committee
  • Systems Administrator Department of Chemistry, Makerere University 2001-2006.
  • Technical Coordinator for the Department of Chemistry, Makerere University at the Uganda Cleaner Production Centre 2001-2008.
  • Board member, Uganda cleaner Production Centre 2003-2007.
  • Member of the Departmental Finance, Examination, New Programmes Committees 2001-2006
  • Responsible for the maintenance and the day to day running of the departmental vehicle 2003-2006.
(iii) Coordinator of Academic Programme
  • Programme Coordinator Bachelor of Industrial Chemistry, 2001-2006.
  • Coordinator for the establishment of Forensic Science Programme

  (b) To the Community (i)  Involvement in Community Activities (Training, Membership of Executive Committee of  Public/Local Community)
  • 1990 underwent Muchamucha training at Kyankwanzi
  • Treasurer of local community, Bujagali village Nansana East IIB
  • Participating in popularizing Biogas fuel as an alternative to firewood and charcoal in the Districts of Mbarara, Bushenyi, Mubende, Wakiso, Arua and Soroti. Use of Biogas generated from cow-dung as a fuel and its benefits
  • Member of the Council of Frontiers of Knowledge 2011
  • Life member of the International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • Affiliate Member of Institution Chemical Engineers, London
  • Member of International Union of Physical and Applied Chemistry