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Brief about the Department

The department of Agricultural and Bio systems Engineering  is one  of Uganda’s leading centers of research and training in the  areas of food engineering, solid waste management, Biochemical process design and control of process optimization, agro based machinery installation , testing and commissioning, soil and water engineering, farm power and machinery, waste water and engineering, agricultural processing  engineering, renewable energy, forest engineering, pulp and paper making from cellulosic fibers’..


Student Support Services

Student support services. These include Mentoring, Supervision, Advisory, Guidance, Mentoring, and providing patronage to Students Association.

Programs and students

The department is currently running three programs leading to BSc, MSc and PhD in Agricultural engineering .

 For BSc, the first two years of study are undertaken jointly with students of Mechanical engineering in CEDAT.

The BSc is constantly evolving and was reviewed in 2012 for the department to produce better skilled graduates and knowledgeable to address the changing needs of the agricultural sector. Particularly the program has strengthened aspects of the state of the art engineering technology application in the agricultural value chain

Innovations in teaching

  • AEN 4208 Land Evaluation for Irrigation: students carry out practical Land evaluation exercise in groups of two or three and present to the class and are graded.
  • Students are assigned topics in class. They research on them and present their findings in a lecture style arrangement. The rest of the class is examinable on such topics.
  • Students designing and constructing equipment in groups.
  • Students are guided on how to identify scientific papers related to their topics of research from several journals. Read particular paper of choice, summarise the paper, and present to fellow students. Students are guided on how to effectively listen to a scientific talk, critic the presentation9bioth the slides quality and content and presentation style) and give positive feedback to the presenter.
  • Co- teaching of MSc. Course with masters students taking up new topics. The students are given reference materials; they read widely and prepare to give a lecture which is scored by fellow students. The listeners look out for clarity of the lecture materials, relevancy of the examples given by the presenter and ability to respond to questions raised by the students on the day lecturer inclusive. The students later share their presentations as lecture materials for future revision and enventual examination. To ensure that each student covers the topic satisfactorily, marks are awarded by the lecturer, who independently marks the submitted presentations.

New Programs

There are two programs in the pipe line

  1. BSc in Water  and Irrigation Engineering which is  in its final stages of approval by Senate
  2. BSc. In Bio  process engineering which is also in  advanced stages of approval

Implemented short course on Tractor Driving and Operations

Awards, recognitions and general achievements

Noble Banadda

Won the Next Einstein Fellowship (NEF) Award 2015

Honoured by the inter university council of Eastern Africa for outstanding performance on the Vic Res Project titled , 2 Modeling of non- point source pollution in the Lake Victoria Basin

Belgium inter university council – Euros 74,993

Regional Universities Forum for capacity Building in Agriculture – USD 60,000

Kiggundu Nicholas

 Redesigned and transformed students toilets a task that was seen as impossible

Food Technology and Business Incubation Centre(FTBIC)

Research Award of up to 10 million Ugx

Honoured by the Rotary club of Kampala North District 9200 and presented with The Vocational Service Award(2012-13) for the outstanding  contribution to changing lives in society

Winner UMA Show award after a team led by Dr.  Balimunsi Hussein Kivumbi presented over 20 products from the F T B I C for the show

Dr. William Kyamuhangire and Florence Muranga

Decorated with the “Class One Order of the Nile Medal” by the President of the Republic of Uganda, H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for applying science and technology on traditional bananas and moving away from crude methods to industrial processes.

Infrastructure development

The department operates from two locations: One on Campus in the Food Technology Building where it occupies the 9 staff offices mainly the 1st floor in addition to office of the HoD.

There are 4 lecture theaters on the ground floor of the same building that are shared with the department of Food Technology.

At MUARIK, the department has a mechanical workshop with  several metal working equipment and takes care of   the tractor.

There is also an under equipped weather station and a technical drawing theater at Kabanyolo.

 Also at MUARIK, five   acres of land have been set aside for irrigation demonstration and training.

Graded roads at MUARIK, installed culverts and side drains to divert runoff water from roads

Knowledge transfer and Patnerships

  • Social Responsibility activities

    Prof. Nobble Banadda:

    • Regional Coordinator - Lake Victoria Water Pollution Cluster, VicRes Project
    • Member - Department of Agricultural and BioSystems Engineering Postgraduate Committee
    • Member – B.Sc. Bioprocessing Engineering drafting team

    Dr. Nicholas Kiggundu

    • Project Leader: Non-ATAAS Project for Mukono ZARDI (NARO). A project of the Promotion of irrigation technologies in the Lake Lake Victoria Crescent Agro-ecological Zone.
    • Project Engineer: WATERCAP project. Department of Extension and Innovation Studies, Makerere University.
    • Member - Department of Agricultural and BioSystems Engineering Postgraduate Committee
    • Member – B.Sc. Bioprocessing Engineering drafting team

    J Kigozi

    • Coordinator 3rd year undergraduate studies
    • Member committee coordinating department functions and welfare.
    • Patron School of Food Technology, Nutrition, and Bio-Engineering Student Fellowship
    • Member – B.Sc. Bio processing Engineering drafting team

Involvement and participation of society in approved innovations

Prof. Banadda trained communities in South Sudan to manage a sorghum grain bank through proper drying, storage and processing Structures for the Sudan Productive Capacity Recovery Programme (SPCRP

Dr. Nicholas Kiggundu trained farmers in Rakai on irrigation technology of horticultural crops under the WATERCAP project December, 2012. He also trained pastoral community in Nakasongola on the management of valley tank and operation and maintenance of 1 Hp centrifugal pump


Contact us

Office of the Principal

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences - Makerere University

P.O.Box, 7062, Kampala, Uganda

Tel: +256-414-542277

Email: principal@caes.mak.ac.ug