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Lecturer: Professor Edward Chikuni

Prof Edward Chikuni

Qualifications

  • PhD (Wales),
  • MSc (UMIST, Manchester),
  • BEng, (USL) PrEng. (ECSA,RSA), CEng.(UK), MIET (London), MIEEE, FZwIE

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Work Experience

Currently with University of Zimbabwe as Associate Professor heading the Power and Energy Systems Group. He teaches a wide range of Electrical and Power Systems topics including Electrical Protection and High Voltage Engineering. He is a moderator for the several courses at the Polytechnic of Namibia including Power Systems the Renewable Energy Course. Prof Chikuni supervise BTech and MTech students and plans are very advanced to supervise DTech students also. Is very much involved in review of publications in his field and also in conference organisation.  In 2013 he was on the Local Organising Committee of IEEE ICIT2013 Chair of Power Systems and Smartgrid Track.  Served on the Editorial committees of the DUE and ICUE conferences. Previously was Chair of the Local Organising Committee of the IEEE Africon 2007 Conference held in Windhoek. Also Session Chair and Convener of some Tracks in past events of the International Conference on Engineering Education, (ICEE). While at the University of Zimbabwe he was Project Manager of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) funded renewable energy project. Prof Chikuni holds a First Class BEng in Electrical Engineering (University of Sierra Leone), MSc Electrical Power Engineering (University of Manchester) and a PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Wales (UK). An author of the Electrical Engineering textbook, “Concise Higher Electrical Engineering” (JUTA Academic, Cape Town) and “The Essential Matlab / Simulink for Engineers and Scientists” (JUTA Academic, Cape Town).  Also author of two book chapters in the areas of Engineering Education (BEGEL HOUSE, USA) and Substation and Power System Automation (INTECH PUBLISHERS, CROATIA). Contributor to Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) book, “A Solar Home Systems Handbook” by A. Shiota.

Chartered Engineer and Member of IET, and IEEE (currently registering with ECSA, the Engineering Council of Zimbabwe). He served on the Council of the Zimbabwe Institution of Engineers, being in the grade of Fellow.

Prof Chikuni can be characterised as a very approachable person interested in power energy issues, in particular renewable energy, power systems and machines. He is also interested in capacity building and has numerous international academic and industry contacts with over 10 years industry experience and over 15 years with universities. He derives a lot of pleasure in mentoring young University students and has devised several techniques some of which are the subject of his publications.

Research Areas:

  1. Energy Efficiency
  2. Power Quality
  3. Energy Planning
  4. Remote Data Acquisition Enhancement

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Publications

[1] Chikuni, E. Thomas. G, M. El-Missiry, “Highlights of the Electric Vehicle Research Program at UZ, Proceedings of the IEEE, Africon Conference,Vol. 2, Pages 957-961, Stellenbosch University, South Africa,1996

[2] Chikuni E., “Solar Energy in Botswana”, Proc. of the Solar Energy for Development Conference Martinus Nijhoff, for European Community, Varese, Italy, Pages 191-193 ISBN 902472239X, 26-29 March, 1979

[3] Chikuni E. Warren L., “Refined Equipment and Methods & Equipment for Testing Polymeric Materials”, UPEC 93, Proc. of Universities’ Power Engineering Conference, 1993, UK. vol.2, Pages 478-481, 22-23 September, 1993

[4] Chikuni E. “Energy Reduction Strategies as viewed through student projects at the University of Zimbabwe”, Domestic Use of Energy Conference, Cape Technikon, Cape Town, Pages 165-168, ISBN 978-0-9814311-7-8, March 2002.

[5] Chikuni E, Golba M. “Energy Postgraduate Programmes for East & Southern based on Distance Education and Internet Technologies”, Domestic Use of Energy Conference, Cape Technikon, South Africa, Pages 135-138, ISBN978-0-9814311-7-8, March 2002

[6] Chikuni E, du Toit Jacques, “Integration of microprocessor technology in Electrical Machines / Energy Conversion Courses”, International Conference on Engineering Education, Oslo, Pages 6B5-11 to 6B5-16, ISBN 82-7354072-3, 6-10 August, 2001

[7] Chikuni E, “Coursework Assessment and Control: their role in better Results” International Conference on Engineering Education, (ICEE), UMIST Manchester, Session 9, Pages 1-6, ISBN 1-56700-186-6, August 2002.

[8] Madyira, D, Chikuni E, “Industry-University Interdependence and Self Financing Engineering Education Models”, International Conference on Engineering Education, (ICEE), UMIST Manchester, Session 9, Pages, 1-4, ISBN 1-56700-186-6, August 2002..

[9] Chikuni E, “Benefits of a Regional, Distance Education / Internet Based Postgraduate Teaching & Research Programme for East and Southern Africa”, International Conference on Engineering Education, (ICEE), UMIST Manchester Session 9, Pages, 1-5, ISBN 1-56700-186-6, August 2002.

[10] Chikuni E, “Dedication to Country & Profession vs. survival, contradictions in Developing Countries”, International Conference on Engineering Education, (ICEE), UMIST Manchester, Session 6, Pages 1-5, ISBN 1-56700-186-6, August 2002.

[11] Chikuni E, Madyira, D. “Industry-University Interdependence and Self Financing Engineering Models”, International Conference on Engineering Education, (ICEE), UMIST Manchester, Session 9, Pages 1-4, ISBN 1-56700-186-6, August 2002.

[12] Chikuni E, Tjivikua M. “Developing the Engineering Cadre in Post Independence Namibia:  Major Challenges in a rapidly developing technological Society”.  International Conference on Engineering Education, July 25-29, 2005 , Gliwice, Poland, Vol. 1, Pages 480-484, ISSN 1562-3580, July 25-29, 2005.

[13] Chikuni E, Oyedokun Z., Hill E, “Language Skills: to what extend do they influence the delivery and understanding by students of an Engineering Curriculum?”.  International Conference on Engineering Education, Gliwice, Poland Vol. 1, Pages 547-551, ISSN 1562-3580, July 25-29, 2005

[14] Chikuni E, Kavayi, T. “Combining Energy Savings with Modern Lifestyles: the potential of basic microcontrollers in facilitating modern living”, International Conference on the Domestic Use of Energy, , Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, South Africa. Pages 187-191, ISBN 978-0-9814311-7-8, March, 2005

[15] Chikuni E, Rashayi E, Gallert P. “International Technology Transfer: An Insight into the Co-operation between a Multi-national and an African University”.  International Conference on Engineering Education, Gliwice, Poland, Pages 438-443 ISSN 1562-3580, July 25-29,  2005.

[16] Chikuni E “The Engineering Profession in Zimbabwe”; Prospects for the Future. The Zimbabwe Engineer, Harare, Page 2, Jan-Mar, 2003.

[17] Ogbonnaya  I. Okoro P. Govender,       E. Chikuni, Teaching Control Systems Engineering with MATLAB/SIMULINK”, International Conference and Exhibition on Power and Telecommunications-ICEPT 2005, Lagos, Nigeria on 11th-13th October, 2005.

[18] Ogbonnaya  I. Okoro, P. Govender, E.  Chikuni, A new user-friendly Software for Teaching and Research in Engineering Education”, International Conference and Exhibition on Power and Telecommunications-ICEPT 2005, Lagos, Nigeria on 11th-13th October, 2005.

[19] Ogbonnaya  I. Okoro, P. Govender, E.  Chikuni “Basic Principles and Functions of Electrical Machines”, International Conference and Exhibition on Power and Telecommunications-ICEPT 2005, Lagos, Nigeria 11th-13th October, 2005.

[20] Chikuni E, Kavayi, T. “A Microcontroller Inverter for Solar Home Systems”, International Conference on the Domestic Use of Energy, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, South Africa. Pages 171-173, ISBN 978-0-9814311-7-8, 4-6 April, 2006.

[21] Chikuni E, Schumacher J, Okoro I, “Sustainable Energy Technologies- Review of Current International Developments and Lessons for Southern Africa”, International Conference on the Domestic Use of Energy, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, South Africa, Pages 99-102, ISBN 978-0-9814311-7-8, 4-6 April, 2006.

[22] Okoro I, Chikuni E, Govender P, Amuna W,  “Electrical and Thermal Analysis of Asynchronous Machine for Wind Energy Generation”, International Conference on the Domestic Use of Energy, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, South Africa, Pages 145-152, ISBN 978-0-9814311-7-8, 4-6 April, 2006.

[23] Okoro I, Govender P, Chikuni E“Power Sector Reforms in Nigeria: Opportunities & Challenges”, International Conference on the Domestic Use of Energy, 4-6 April, 2006, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, Pages 29-34, ISBN 978-0-9814311-7-8, 4-6 April, 2006.

[24] Okoro I, Chikuni E. “Prospects of Wind Energy in Nigeria”, International Conference on the Domestic Use of Energy, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, Pages 107-111, ISBN 978-0-9814311-7-8, 10-13 April, 2007.

[25] Chikuni E, Dondo, M., “Investigating the Security of Power System SCADA”, IEEE-Africon Conference, Windhoek, Namibia, Pages 1-7, ISBN 978-0-9814311-7-8, September, 2007

[26] Okoro I, Chikuni E.Simulating a Wind Energy Synchronous Generator with Skin-effect”

IEEE-Africon Conference, Windhoek, Namibia, Pages 1-7, ISBN 978-0-9814311-7-8, September, 2007.

[27] Chidzonga R F, Chikuni E. “Stabilizing a Self Riding Bicycle below Critical Speed,” IEEE-Africon Conference, Windhoek, Namibia, Pages 1-7, ISBN 978-0-9814311-7-8, September, 2007

[28] Chikuni E, Okoro I, “HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLES, RATIONALE, TECHNOLOGY AND IMPORTANCE IN ENERGY SCENARIOS”. International Conference on the Domestic Use of Energy, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, Pages 1-8, ISBN 978-0-9814311-7-8, 18-20 April, 2008,

[29] P.O. Olabisi Oluseyi, Okoro I, Chikuni E. “Conventional Energy Sources in Nigeria, a statistical approach”.  International Conference on the Domestic Use of Energy, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, Pages 67-71, ISBN 978-0-9814311-7-8, 18-20 March, 2008.

[30] P.O. Olabisi Oluseyi, Okoro I, and Chikuni E. “Energy Efficiency programmes in Nigerian Industries: A lesson from India”.  International Conference on the Industrial and Commercial Use of  Energy, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, Pages 49-52, ISBN 978-0-9814311-7-8, 28-30 May, 2008,.

[31] Chikuni, E.; Engelbrecht, F.; Okoro, O.I.; Dondo, M “The emergence of substation automation in Southern Africa, opportunities, challenges and threats “.
International Conference on
Power System Technology (IEEE POWERCON), Hangzhou, China, Pages 1-5, ISBN 978-1-4244-5938-4, 24-28 October, 2010.

[32] Chikuni, E.; Engelbrecht, F.; Okoro, O.I.; Dondo, M, “Emergence of Polymeric Insulation: Implications for its testing “.International Conference on Power System Technology (IEEE POWERCON), Hangzhou, China, Pages 1-5, ISBN 978-1-4244-5938-4, 2010 , 24-28 October, 2010.

[33] Crosson, C. R.; Saha, A. K.; Ijumba, N. M.; Chetty, L.; Chikuni, E., “Stand-alone and grid-connected operation of fuel cell”, Renewable Power Generation (RPG 2011), IET Conference, 5-8 September 2011, pp 1-7

[34] E. Chikuni, N Ijumba, A Saha, L Chetty, Electricity Sector Reform in Africa: Convergence and Diversity of Approaches” AEECT IEEE Conference, Amman, Jordan, Pages 1-5, ISBN 987-1-4577-1083-4, December 5-8, 2011.

[35] Akuru, U.B.; Ume, I.C.; Animalu, A.O.E.; Okoro, O.I.; Ekechukwu, O.V.; Chikuni, E., “Revolutionising engineering programmes in developing countries by incorporating a mechatronics curriculum, IEEE Africon, Livingstone, Zambia, Pages 1-6, ISBN 978-1-61284-992-8, 13-15 September, 2011

[36] E. Chikuni, T. Govender, O I Okoro, “A Test Rig for Evaluating the Efficiency of Hot Water Boilers under various operating conditions”, Proceedings of the 20th Domestic Use of Energy Conference, Cape Town, Pages 145-152, ISBN 978-0-9815311-7-8, 3-4 April 2012.

 [37] Rashayi, E.; Chikuni, E., “The potential of grid connected photovoltaic arrays in Zimbabwe , Electrotechnical Conference (MELECON), 2012 16th IEEE Mediterranean, Yasmine Hamamet, Tunisia , Pages 285-288, ISSN 2158-8473, 25-28 March, 2012

[38] Kabasa B., Rashayi, E., Chikuni, E, , “Online monitoring of lightning incidence and severity in rural Zimbabwe”, International Conference on Industrial Technology, IEEE ICIT 2013, Cape Town, South Africa, Pages 875-878, ISBN 978-1-46734-567-5, 24-28 February, 2013

[39] F. Gonzalez-Longatt, E. Chikuni, E. Rashayi,"Effects of the Synthetic Inertia from Wind Power on the Total System Inertia after a Frequency Disturbance", International Conference on Industrial Technology, IEEE ICIT 2013, Cape Town, South Africa, Pages 875-878, ISBN 978-1-46734-567-5, 24-28 February, 2013

[40] Chikuni E, Gonzalez-Longatt, F, Okoro, O.I., Rashayi, E, “Power system, substation, automation and the smart grid, how should universities react?” International Conference on Industrial Technology, IEEE ICIT 2013, Cape Town, South Africa, Pages 875-878, ISBN 978-1-46734-567-5, 24-28 February, 2013

[41] Akpama E J, Anih L U, Okoro O I, Chikuni E, "Transient Analysis and Modelling of a Six-phase Asynchronous Machine", IEEE Africon, Mauritius, 2013

[42] A.K. Saha, J.S. Mavundla, N.M. Ijumba, L. Chetty, E. Chikuni, “Modelling and Simulation of SOFC System”,Proc. of The Tenth IASTED European Conference on Power and Energy Systems, EuroPES 2011, Crete, Greece, Pages 1-6, June 22-24, 2011

[43] E. Chikuni, O I Okoro, B Akuru, “A Multi-Strategy Approach to Improve the Performance of Electrical Power Engineering Students”, 2013 5th IEEE International Conference on Engineering Education, accepted for oral presentation, 4-5 December, 2013.

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