Welcome to the Department of Mining & Water Resources Engineering!

The Department of Mining & Water Resources Engineering at Busitema University is home to two great Undergraduate Programs: the Mining Engineering Program and the Water Resources Engineering Program. Both Programs are four years in length and lead to the Bachelor of Science (BSc.) Degree. These academic programs are offered in a wide variety of research and teaching areas.

1 Mining Engineering

Mining engineering encompasses the activities necessary to explore, extract and process natural mineral resources.

The Busitema University Mining Engineering Program is comprehensive, covering a wide range of topics in its entire scope: from geology and mineral exploration, through analysis and design of surface and underground excavations, mechanical and explosive excavation of geological materials, planning and management of mines and quarries, processing of metallic, non‑metallic and industrial minerals, safety and environmental protection, and on to financial aspects of minerals operations.

This wide range of topics means that the program is truly interdisciplinary, using concepts and techniques from mathematics, physics, chemistry, geology and economics.

The Department of Water Resources & Mining Engineering works collaboratively drawing expertise from other departments to offer this program.

The program maintains close links with industry experts who are often invited to deliver guest-lectures about what is going on in the industry, what technology and research is being used, and other cutting-edge mining engineering topics.

2 Water Resources Engineering

Water Resources Engineering is concerned with the ways in which humans interact with both the natural and built environments.

The Water Resources Engineer develops new equipment and systems for water resources management. The systems that Water Resources Engineers create ensure that citizens are provided with a continuous supply of clean, uncontaminated water for drinking, living, and recreational purposes. Water Resource Engineers not only design these water management systems, but often oversee the construction and maintenance of these systems as well. An increasing population and continuous need for more water stimulates this fast-growing industry.

Water resources engineers develop solutions for flood control, water distribution, wastewater collection, water and waste water treatment, irrigation drainage, river navigation, facilitation and hydroelectric power development.

On-going Projects

Development of a motorized mobile sewer sucker technology for pit latrine emptying

Contact persons: Makumbi Thomas, Maseruka Bendicto & Engole Marion

Households in the informal settlements within Kampala primarily rely on manual pit emptying which involves shoveling by hand and or digging a new pit latrine altogether (Chipeta, W. 2016). These practices have been associated with health and environmental risks as well as appalling space limitations due to densification and expansion dominated mostly by informal settlements. This research therefore seeks to design, develop and test a mobile motorized sewer sucker system using locally available materials and fabrication which will be a potential emptying technology for pit latrines in informal settlements. The project is funded under a grant by the technology business innovation and incubation center (TBIIC) of Busitema University.

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TUGUME Wycliffe Lecturer


NANGENDO Jacqueline Lecturer


MAKUMBI Thomas Lecturer


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ENGOLE Marion Lecturer


NAKABUYE Hope Njuki Lecturer


LWANYAGA Joseph Ddumba Lecturer


MUYINGO Emmanuel Assistant Lecturer