Edwin Kamalha

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Ph.D. ,Textile, Chemical &  Materials Engineering, Soochow University Suzhou,China, Politecnico di Torino, Italy, and ENSAIT- Lille 1 University of Science and Technology respectively
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Senior Lecturer
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Dr. Edwin Kamalha
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Dr. Kamalha holds a  Ph.D. in Textile Engineering, Chemical Engineering,  as well as  Materials, Energy and Mechanics  from Soochow University Suzhou,China, Politecnico di Torino, Italy, and ENSAIT- Lille 1 University of Science and Technology, France respectively . He has experience of foreign working, leadership and intercultural adaptation, excellent communication and reporting skills. His major focus being; Textiles and apparel, advanced functional fibers and materials, quality assurance, technical textiles and composites, anthropometry and sizing, cotton and fiber markets, research and data analysis, data mining and soft computing. Dr. Kamalha has vast exeprience in academia having started as a teaching assistant from the year 2009 to becoming a senior lecturer in the department of Polymer, textile & Ginning Engineering  at Busitema University a department he heads currently. He actively participates in students' research supervision, Carriculum development, developing training materials as well as students' asessment 


Research Projects
  • Feb 2020-Aug 2020: (PI) Design and development of functional garments for children with Locomotor disabilities; Funded under Busitema University researchseed grants of the Faculty of Engineering
  • 2018- To date (Member): Apparel, Textiles and Footwear Quality Assurance for Uganda Peoples Defence Forces. 
  • This project is aimed at establishing a QA system,including a testing laboratory, training personnel and a customized sizing standard for military wear.
  •  June 2019- Large Scale Cotton Production and Value Addition (Project member);with Operation Wealth Creation and Cotton Development Organization. The project ttargets cotton farming on over 6000 acres, cotton ginning and a garment plant at Busitema University
  •  May 2019- Project Consultant: Innovative textile production; knitting, embroidery,garments: Nyabaghole Development Foundation (under Rwenzururu Kingdom).With financing through OWC, the project focuses on production of market derived textile products
  • Nov 2017 to May 2018 (Member)- Profiling of cottage industrial models in China for policy development in Uganda. This project was funded by the Embassy of Uganda in Beijing, China
  • July 2021-To date: Think Tank Chair; Beauty & Apparel- Ministry of Science,Technology and Innovation (MoSTI), Office of the President. A prioritized Industrial Value Chain under NDPIII framework. Key roles include the coordination and development of programme actions towards industrialization and value chain development through STI.
Publications and Papers
  • A survey on indeginous plants as potential sources of dyes for cotton fabric in Busitema. Cotton, Textile and Apparel Value Chain in Africa, IOTEX 2nd Conference, May 9-11, 2013. Bahir Dar University- Ethiopia. Oral presenter.
  •  UV Assisted Radical Graft Polymerization on Poly-(ethylene terephthalate) for Hydrophilic Functionality. AATCC International Conference March 28-30, 2017, Hilton Wilmington Riverside Wilmington, NC, USA. Oral presenter
  • Fuzzy Logic and Intelligent Technologies in Nuclear Science -FLINS’ 2016- 12th International Conference on Uncertainty Modelling in Knowledge Engineering and Decision Making August 24-26, 2016 - Roubaix, France. Oral presenter
  • 2nd International Conference on Micro Nano Devices, Structure and Computing Systems MNDSCS (2013), Shenzhen, China Jan 23-24
  •  12th World Textile Conference AUTEX, June 13th to 15th 2012, Zadar, Croatia
  •  Erasmus+ and Europe Day, Uganda. May 5. Unveiling Opportunities in Education,Training and the Youths. Kampala. Guest Speaker
  •  After the PhD? Think about your future. International PhD Workshop 2016, Archamps Technopole (France) September 5-6, 2016. Participant
  •  The 2nd Foreign Experts’ Conference- Taian China, 6th-10th September 2017- Invited Expert on textiles and polymers, special focus on functional textiles. Expert delegate
  •  Diaspora Conference of Ugandans in China, 8th-10th December 2018- Invited Expert on Textiles, Apparel and Technology Transfer
  •  Senior Research Scholar under the Africa Center of Excellence for Photochemicals, Textiles and Renewable Energy (ACE-PTRE), Moi University, Eldoret June 10th – June 24th 2019
  •  Erasmus+ Staff Mobility for Teaching and Training; Dec 13-23, 2019, Greece- Athens
  • Training Workshop on Writing Winning Grants Proposals; Jan 28-29, 2020, Busitema University
  •  Panelist on Seminar: COVID-19, Opportunity to Thrive- Clothing and Fashion. CASTLE THINK TANK , Kampala July 25,2020.
Professional Appointments

Senior lecturer

Research Focus

Textiles and apparel, advanced functional fibers and materials, quality assurance, technical textiles and composites, anthropometry ,sizing, cotton 
fiber markets, data analysis, data mining, Soft computing.

Courses Taught
Textiles and Clothing.
Textile Manufacturing.
Chemical Technology and Processing, Catalysis.
Engineering Management.
Intellectual Property Rights and Entrepreneurship.
Staff Type
Academic Staff