The accolades, including the Teaching Excellence Awards, were handed over at the closing ceremony of the Institutional Research Week. Both Mutingi and Mukesi have previously received awards at this annual event.
Humbled by the gesture, Mutingi said: “I have received inspiration and support from my seniors and colleagues. I am grateful for this recognition because I am aware that there are a number of researchers at NUST who are capable of doing the same, or even more.”
In recent years, Mutingi has also received Best Paper Awards at reputable international conferences, including the World Congress on Engineering and Computer Science in San Francisco, USA and the Industrial Engineering and Operations Management in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Mukesi also expressed his gratitude. “I feel honoured to receive these awards, especially because this is the second year I am getting such recognition. My dream is not just to do research, but to actually make a difference in people’s lives,” he said.
Mukesi has published seven papers in peer-reviewed journals and one book chapter and is currently supervising eight Master’s students working on various aspects of maternal and neonatal health.
The Institutional Research Week showcases research done by the University’s academic staff during the year and is a platform that promotes a culture of research excellence among staff and students.