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The Founding Dean

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The Founding Dean of the College of Engineering and Technology, Professor James Katende, received Bsc, MSc and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Lagos in 1978, 1982, and 1987, respectively. Research for his PhD Thesis was in the area of adaptive control of industrial robots, and was partly carried out in the Department of lnformatics and Systems, University of Rome (La Sapienza).

Professor Katende has been engaged in teaching of automatic controls, computer-based control systems, digital signal processing
and linear systems theory for over 25 years at several universities in Nigeria. He has also served as Dean of Faculty, Head of Department and Chair of University Committees at several universities. To date he has supervised ten successful PhD students, more than 40 Masters degree students and many postgraduate diploma and undergraduate electrical engineering degree students.

His major research interest is in computer-aided modelling and control of industrial processes and systems and he has published more than 50 articles of his research findings in peer reviewed local and international journals and conference proceedings. He serves as assessor to several academic journals and is external examiner to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in several Nigerian universities and polytechnics.

Professor Katende has chaired several accreditation panels for engineering degree programmes as constituted by the Nigerian
Universities Commission and has served as a member on several accreditation panels constituted by the Council for Regulation of
Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) and the Nigerian Board for Technical Education (NBTE). Professor Katende is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and a COREN-registered Electrical Engineeer.

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