Research Team at Mbeya University of Science and Technology (MUST). From left to right Mr. Joseph Mnkeni and Ms. Shamsa Nassibu, Instructors at MUST; Dr. Mbaki Onyango Assistant Professor at UTC and Ayubu Daniel and Isaya Benard, helping with block making.

Research Team at Mbeya University of Science and Technology (MUST). From left to right Mr. Joseph Mnkeni and Ms. Shamsa Nassibu, Instructors at MUST; Dr. Mbaki Onyango Assistant Professor at UTC and Ayubu Daniel and Isaya Benard, helping with block making.

Dr. Mbakisya Onyango, member of the Civil Engineering faculty in the College of Engineering and Computer Science of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, was awarded a fellowship by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program to travel to Tanzania to work with Mbeya University of Science and Education.

Dr. Onyango will be researching with Mbeya University faculty and students the use of rice husks as an agent in construction materials for housing and other structures in Tanzania.

Dr. Onyango is one of 59 African Diaspora scholars who have been awarded fellowships to travel to Africa beginning in May 2016 to conduct a wide range of projects across disciplines, from agroforestry to e-learning modules for nursing, and from ethnomusicology to military mental health. The program has now selected and approved a total of 169 Fellows since its inception in 2013.

The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship program facilitates engagement between scholars born in Africa who are now based in the United States or Canada and scholars in Africa on mutually beneficial academic activities. The Advisory Council selected forty-one African universities to host the Fellows, based on collaborative project proposals submitted by faculty members and administrators at the African universities, to meet specific needs at their universities. This innovative program is managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in collaboration with United State International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) in Nairobi and is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

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