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The Dean of the School is Prof. J.O. Odiyo.  He holds PhD in Civil Engineering (Water Engineering Specialization) from University of the Witwatersrand, MSc in Water Resources Engineering from University of Dar es Salaam and BSc (Hons.) in Agricultural Engineering from Egerton University. He has taught in the University since 1990.  The modules he has lectured include hydrology, hydrogeology, water supply, fluid mechanics, water treatment processes, soil and water conservation engineering, water resources engineering and water resources management. He has  published 23 peer reviewed scientific  articles, presented and published 28 conference papers and written 9 professional technical reports. He has supervised 64 honours research mini-dissertations, 12 masters’ dissertations and 1 PhD thesis.  The details of the Dean’s publications and professional reports are listed under the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources in this website. The Dean has extensive experience in handling professional Water Resources Engineering consultancy projects and he is leading a Water Research Commission (WRC) project on “Groundwater yield-reliability analysis and operating rules for rural areas”, which is aimed at PhD capacity building.

The Dean has extensive University administrative experience. He has served as Head of Department of Hydrology and Water Resources for the last 11 years (2003-2013) and Vice Dean of the School of Environmental Sciences of the University of Venda for three years (2009-2012). He has externally examined a number of dissertations/theses from other Universities, reviewed a number of WRC and NRF research proposals including South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) proposal evaluations, DWA annual state of the Water Resources Report 2010 and a number of journal manuscripts for recommendation for publication. He champions and promotes postgraduate training as a way of producing high level manpower in scarce skilled areas in South Africa and in particular for mentoring young people into academics.