Kyambogo University is mourning the death of Dr. Benjamin Senyonga Kyambadde, who has been a Lecturer in the Department of Civil and Building Engineering.
It is allegedly said that he has been battling for his life in the past few weeks and couldn’t even make it to the University for the recent PhD defence exercise.
As a Lecturer in the Department of Civil and Building Engineering at Kyambogo University, Benjamin was lecturing the undergraduate and postgraduate level courses.
He also supervised postgraduate research in geotechnical, structural and earthquake engineering areas enhancing research in, among others, geopolymeric binder based building materials, bioengineering applications for earth retaining structures, bioremediation, and seismic design guidelines improvement.
Cyclone Times brings you a detailed profile of the prominent and brilliant Geotechnical PhD expert who served tirelessly to see his University grow.
Benjamin Senyonga Kyambadde had a varied civil and geotechnical engineering experience spanning over 22 years.
He has taught numerous civil engineering courses and supervised student research at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels; undertaken civil engineering materials testing (laboratory and in-situ), undertaken commercial materials laboratory management; engaged in civil and geotechnical engineering consultancy.
Kyambadde also undertaken site engineering and management; designed and managed public infrastructure maintenance; undertaken enterprise management; undertaken higher learning institution auditing and programme reviews.
He went ahead and undertaken building codes formulation; and engaged in standard development (for education organisations management systems, civil engineering and building materials, and roads).
Benjamin was the Team Leader for the Rwanda Building Code development project that culminated into a mandatory national code under implementation since 2015.
He was also part of the KPMG team that was engaged as an Independent Verification Agency for the second Disbursement Linked Indicator of the Rwanda Priority Skills for Growth Program for Results Project funded by the World Bank, was recently engaged in engineering programmes verification.
In addition, Kyambadde undertook multiple higher education institutional auditing and civil engineering programmes review exercises were the rapporteur for the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA)’s forum developing benchmarks for undergraduate engineering programmes.
By the time of his death, he was reviewing the Journal of Geotechnical and Geological Engineering (of Springer Journals).
Academically, Dr. Kyambadde held a PhD in Civil Engineering (Geotechnical); Thesis: Soil Strength and Consistency Limits from Quasi-static Cone Tests) from the University of Brighton, the United Kingdom in 2010.
An MSc Civil Engineering (Distinction) from the University of Brighton, the United Kingdom in 2003, and
A BSc Engineering (Civil, (Honours)) of Makerere University Kampala, Uganda in 1997.
Benjamin’s research interests were in Soil Stabilisation using Pozzolanic Materials from Agro Waste and Mine Tailings Waste Mud (tungsten e.t.c).
Earth and Plastic based Building Materials; Soil Characterisation Testing/ Alternative Indicative Soil Parameters Measurement; Geopolymeric Materials; Bioengineering Applications (Vetiver Grass and Love Grass Applications, Soil Microbes and Inoculated Soil Bioremediation, e.t.c).
Alternative Pavement Materials (Asphalt-Pozzolana Blending, Earthbags, e.t.c); Mechanically Stabilised Earth Walls and Reinforced Soil Systems; Innovative Engineering Curriculum Development and Delivery; Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Engineering; and Earthquake Engineering Applications.
May His Soul Rest in Eternal Peace