Teaching, at university level or for the general public ( see my outreach page for more details), has an important place in my professional career as a senior astrophysicist. My current position (faculty equivalent) comes with many opportunities to fulfill my goals, and to foster the curiosity of fledging students; helping them finding the best career path, and teaching them important concepts such as scientific thinking, writing & presenting; to equip them with all they need to become successful scientists.

Below, I list students I have (co-) mentored, as well as classroom teaching.

Graduate Students

At the research faculty (University of Nairobi) and externally, I have had the privilege in mentoring graduate students, both at the MSc and PhD levels. My commitment to fostering a vibrant learning environment is reflected in the personalized mentorship I provide to my students. I have supervised and mentored eleven (11) MSc students to completion, and currently mentoring four (4) MSc and three (3) PhD students: In addition to this, I co-mentor students from other related scientific   departments/universities through collaborative projects.

A list of current and past  graduate students:

  • Mr Mwania J. Muthenya– MSc, thesis title: “Assessment of Radioactive Management Systems in Kenya“- Ongoing
  • Mr Charltone Samo– MSc, thesis title: “Is Our Solar System Stable? Probing The Chaotic Motion of the Three Outermost Solar System Planets: Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus“- Ongoing
  • Mr Bernard Makori– MSc, thesis title: “Integral Differential Equations from Quantum Field Hypothesis” – Ongoing
  • Ms Lilian Mutia– MSc, thesis title: “Environmental Impact Assessment of Heavy Metals from Kilimapesa Hill Gold Mines in Lolgorien, Narok county” -Completed, Expected to graduate in Sept. 2019
  • Ms Dorothy M.Mwanzia– PhD, Topic: “Understanding of Young Low-mass Stars in Galactic Star-forming Regions” -Ongoing
  • Ms Mavyline K. Motari– PhD, Topic: “Designing Thermal Modelling and Parametric Analysis of an Improved Automatic Sun Tracking and Self-cleaning Solar Panel for Sustainable Green Energy Generation” -Ongoing
  • Mr Manasi D. Omurwa– PhD, Topic: “Probing the Origin of Under Luminous Radio Relics“- Ongoing

Classroom teaching at Phyc Dept. University of Nairobi

I believe in six (6) essential elements that promote conducive and successful learning: 

  1. All students are unique and must be accorded balanced learning environment where they can grow physically, mentally, emotionally, socially and academically.
  2. A professor’s role is to guide, inspire, stimulate, provoke learning and instill critical thinking in students. I accord my students with a stimulating learning environment that makes this possible.
  3.  Students must be allowed to think and have access to engaging and creative hands-on activities and exercises.
  4. Students must be allowed room to make choices and let their curiosity direct their learning.
  5. Students must be given opportunity to practice skills in a safe and conducive environment.
  6. Technology is an essential tool that must be incorporated and used to assist the learning process. I am a champion of digital and online learning, with an interest of developing a unique, efficient, high effective & integrated learning platform that will transform the learning process through leveraging on existing online e-tools and e-technologies. 

I have twelve (12) years of university teaching experience, seven (7) of which I have taught at postgraduate level. During my Ph.D at UWC in South Africa, I had the opportunity to teach introductory classes in physics and astrophysics to Bachelor undergraduate students.

Below is a list of courses I have taught:

  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Electrodynamics
  • Introductory Astronomy
  • Light and Astronomical Optics
  • Evolution of Stars
  • The Distant stars
  • Space Plasma Physics
  • Galaxies and the Universe
  • Properties and Physics of Stars
  • Introductory General Relativity and Cosmology
  • Computational Physics
  • Classical Mechanics
  • Physics and Astronomy Projects
  • Advanced Laboratory Techniques

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