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Kamau Gachigi

Executive Director, Gearbox

PhD in Solid State Science, Pennsylvania State University, USA. Worked in Japan for TDK in R&D for over two years. Formerly: Director, University of Nairobi Science and Technology Park; founded the Fab Lab, University of Nairobi. These digital fabrication centres are part of a global network founded at MIT that numbers over 1,000 Fab Labs worldwide and represent a unique window into Industry 4.0 capabilities; principal consultant in the creation of an engineering curriculum for the planned Kiambu University of Technology and Innovation. Founding Executive Director, Gearbox, a non-profit organization that provides members with access to modern machines for prototyping and low volume manufacture, specializing in digital fabrication, including electronics PCB fabrication. Gearbox also avails training, and incubation/acceleration services in order to broaden access to manufacturing in Kenya. Chairman of the Board, National Industrial Training Authority; Member of the Board, Numerical Machining Complex, a state corporation. Member, Consultative Advisory Group, Partnership on Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (World Bank and select African governments). Holds a US patent for an invention and has around 10 academic and non-technical publications.