Faculty Travel to Kenya
In January, Keith Holland and Rob Prins, professors in the Department of Engineering, travelled to Kenya along with Jerry Benson (Vice Provost for STEM ), Lee Sternberger (Executive Director, Office of International Programs), and Jennifer Coffman (Associate Executive Director, Office of International Programs). The purpose of the trip was to foster academic and cultural ties between James Madison University and Kenyatta University in Nairobi.
Likely outcomes of the visit include joint research proposals, parallel student projects in solar energy conversion, and study abroad opportunities for engineering students. While in Kenya the team visited the main Kenyatta campus in Nairobi, a satellite campus in Mombasa, and participated in a range of cultural activities.
The trip was funded by a LEADHER grant as part of a two way professional development exchange that included reciprocal trips between the institutions.
Pictured below is the JMU team and their hosts at Kenyatta University. From left to right below: Reuben Muasya (KU), Rob Prins (JMU), Lee Sternberger (JMU), Jerry Benson (JMU), Vice-Chancellor Olive Mugenda (KU), Jennifer Coffman (JMU), Caroline Getao (KU), Caroline Lang’at-Thoruwa (KU), and Keith Holland (JMU).