Joseph Muchiri Becomes First Kenyan To Hold PhD in Mining


Dr. Joseph Muchiri Githiria is the first Kenyan holder of a PhD in mining

According to Miningweekly, Dr. Githiria who attended the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), explored mine planning focused on developing a stochastic approach to cutoff grade optimisation – aimed at maximising net present value by concurrently varying metal price and grade-tonnage distribution in an algorithm.

Kenya formally established a standalone Ministry of Mining in 2013

Dr. Githiria’s journey began at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in 2006 where he was a student in the “pioneer” Mining and Mineral Processing Engineering course. However, there had still not been much local mining activity when he completed the five-year course in 2010.

Dr. Githiria has also completed an 18-month Master of Engineering Science in Mining degree at Curtin University, in Western Australia.

He stated that Kenya needed to learn from countries such as South Africa and Australia about developing a mining sector and on how to address the challenge of engaging all stakeholders in charting the country’s mining future

Dr. Githiria is a lecturer at Taita Taveta University