Staff Members

Dr. Denis Bbosa

Brief Bio

Dr. Denis Bbosa is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE), Faculty of Applied Science and Technology (FAST), Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST). Denis has  cumulative years of experience in research & development , lecturing, and consultancy. Denis was awarded a teaching excellence award by Iowa State University (USA) in 2016 and has been involved in different projects related to renewable energy, cooking stoves, irrigation, boreholes, energy audits & efficiency, mechanization, and post-harvest engineering.

Academic Credentials 1) Ph.D.: Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University (ISU), Ames, Iowa, USA. 2) Master of Engineering: Energy Systems Engineering, ISU, Ames, USA. 3) Master of Science, Co-majors, ISU, Ames, USA.: a) Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, b) Biorenewable Resources & Technology, 4) Bachelor of Science: Agricultural Engineering (First-class honors), Makerere University Kampala, Uganda. Research interests 1) Energy systems analysis (feasibility studies/techno-economic analysis, process modeling, energy system design, evaluation, construction, and management). 2) Energy/Biomass conversion technologies. 3) Nanotechnology. 4) Alternative materials. 5) Climate change. 6) Agricultural mechanization, value-addition, and post-harvest engineering. 7) Water. Publications 1) Rau, T. S., Bern, C. J., Brumm, T. J., Barnes, R. B., Bbosa, D., & Maier, D. E. (2021). Evaluation of stirring to suppress weevils in stored maize. Journal of Stored Products Research, 93, 101849. 2) Bbosa, D.; Mba-Wright, M.; Brown, R. C. More than Ethanol: A Techno-Economic Analysis of a Corn Stover-Ethanol Biorefinery Integrated with a Hydrothermal Liquefaction Process to Convert Lignin into Biochemicals. Biofuels, Bioprod. Biorefining 2018, 12 (3), 497–509. 3) Li, Wenqin; Ghosh, Arpa; Bbosa, Denis; Brown, Robert; Mba Wright, Mark. Comparative techno-economic, uncertainty and life cycle analysis of lignocellulosic biomass solvent liquefaction and sugar fermentation to ethanol. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 2018 6 (12), 16515-16524. DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.8b03622 4) Denis Bbosa, Mark Mba-Wright, Robert C. Brown. “Reverse’ electrochemical production of 2-methylfuran (MF) from furfural: a techno-economic analysis. To be submitted. 5) Denis Bbosa, Mark Mba-Wright, Robert C. Brown. Electrochemical processing of carbon dioxide (CO2) to Fischer-Tropsch (FT) biofuels using renewable electricity: a techno-economic analysis. Submitted to Biofuels, Bioproducts & Biorefining journal. 6) Denis Bbosa, Noble Banadda, and Peter Mulamba, Bio-Remediation and Physicochemical Interaction of Experimentally Contaminated Soils in Uganda with Diesel. The Open Environmental Engineering Journal, 2012, 5, 44-49 7) Bbosa, Denis, Thomas J. Brumm, Carl J. Bern, Kurt A. Rosentrater, and D. Raj Raman. "Evaluation of Hermetic Maize Storage in 208 Liter (55 Gal) Steel Barrels for Smallholder Farmers." Transactions of the ASABE 60, no. 3 (2017): 981-987. 8) Bbosa, D.; Brumm, T. J.; Bern, C. J.; Rosentrater, K. A.; Raman, D. R. Effect of Blending Amaranth Grain with Maize Kernels on Maize Weevil Control During Storage. Trans. ASABE 2020, 0 (0), 0. 9) Denis Bbosa, Thomas J. Brumm, Carl J. Bern, and Kurt A. Rosentrater. Evaluation of Hermetic Maize Storage for Smallholder Farmers. ASABE-Montreal Canada conference proceedings, 2014. 10) Denis Bbosa, Kristine A. Kohlhaas, Thomas J. Brumm, Carl J. Bern, and Kurt A. Prediction of maize weevil population growth rate. ASABE-Montreal Canada conference proceedings, 2014. 11) Bbosa D, Brumm TJ, Bern CJ, Rosentrater KA, Raman DR. Effect of Blending Amaranth Grain with Maize Kernels on Maize Weevil Control during Storage. Trans ASABE 2020;63:401–6. doi:10.13031/trans.13614. 12) Bbosa D. Pesticide free methods of maize weevil control in stored maize for developing countries. Iowa State University, Digital Repository, 2014. doi:10.31274/etd-180810-3628. 13) Bbosa D. Techno-economic analysis of biochemicals and biofuels production via thermal and electrochemical processes. Grad Theses Diss 2018. doi: Conferences 1) Presented a poster at the AIChE meeting in Minneapolis, USA. 2) Presented at the annual ASABE meeting in Montreal, Canada. 3) Attended the annual ASABE meeting in Kansas, USA. Professional Memberships 1) Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) 2) American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) 3) American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)

Rodney Lubega

Rodney Lubega; B.Sc, M.Sc, is a researcher, professional engineer and assistant lecturer in the fields of Petroleum Reservoir Engineering, Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) and Reservoir Simulation.   ·       Assistant Lecturer, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Jan 2020 - Present. Petroleum Engineering and Environmental Management Department. o   Senior instrumentation and calibration engineer, National Water and Sewerage Corporation July 2019 – October 2018 Static Plant Headquarters ·       Assistant Lecturer, Kyambogo University September 2016 – October 2018. Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Department. ·       Cementing Laboratory Supervisor, Halliburton Inc, Albetine Graben Region in western Uganda. June 2010 – June 2015

Felix Atuhaire

  • Assistant Lecturer, Department of Biomedical Sciences & Engineering
  • Faculty Laboratory Coordinator
  • Undergraduate BME Research Coordinator
Education Background
  • Mr. Atuhaire has a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from UCT, South Africa, and holds a first-class Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from MUST, Uganda.
Courses Taught
  • Biomechanics
  • Medical Imaging
  • Medical Robotics
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Transducers and Biosensors
  • Applied Physics
  • Microprocessors
  • Digital communication systems
  • Engineering mathematics
Research interests
  • Machine learning and Deep learning for healthcare technologies, Biomechanics, Medical imaging and analysis, Geometric and statistical modeling of medical data, Medical image processing and analysis, 3D reconstruction of medical data, Health technology management.
Academic Qualifications
  • MSc in Biomedical Engineering (Cape Town, 2020)
  • BSc in Computer Engineering (Mbarara, 2016)
Short Courses
  • Probabilistic morphable model fitting (Cape Town, 2018)
  • Statistical shape modeling (Cape Town, 2018)
  • Machine learning summer school (Stellenbosch, 2019)

Martin Galiwango

  • Assistant lecturer, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Examination Coordinator
Research Interests (part of the Energy Research Group):
  • mHealth applications
  • Embedded systems
Academic Qualifications:
  • BSc. Computer Engineering (Mbarara, 2013)
Short Courses:
  • 4G broadband LTE
  • Android programming (Udacity)
  • Linux (Linux Foundation)
Professional Membership:
  • IEEE
Contact information
  • Email:

Penlope Yaguma

Background: Ms. Yaguma is an Electrical Engineer who has complemented her formal training with successful professional experience in a variety of roles: most notably, as a competent researcher in the initial stages of the ‘Bioenergy for Sustainable Energy Access in Africa’ project funded by the UK's Department for International Development; as a responsible R&D Engineer at Green Bio Energy Limited, a social enterprise that specializes in the production of bioenergy systems; and as a graduate electrical engineer who assisted with the development and roll out of Uganda’s first utility-billing software application at National Water and Sewerage Corporation. Teaching:
  • Digital Electronics
  • Logic Circuits
  • Analog Electronics
Research Interests (part of the Energy Research Group):
  • Renewable Energy Technologies
  • Energy Policy, Politics, and Economics
  • Climate Change in the Global South (particularly adaptation and mitigation strategies for sub-Saharan Africa)
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Energy and Society
Academic Qualifications:
  • MSc. Sustainable Energy Systems (Edinburgh, 2016)
  • BSc. Electrical and Computer Engineering (Cape Town, 2013)
Short Courses:
  • Sustainable Energy and Climate Resilience in sub-Saharan Africa (Edinburgh, 2016)
  • Global Citizenship, Service and Social Justice (Cape Town, 2012)
  • Urban Emissions in Uganda's Cities - drivers, vulnerabilities, knowledge gaps (2018) - under review
Professional Membership:
  • IEEE