The awards were handed over at the conclusion of the Institutional Research Week during which participants were required to meet strict selection criteria. Mutingi earned the title after publishing three journal articles, a Springer International Book, a Chapter in a book, 12 peer-reviewed conference papers and graduating three Master’s students during the 2016 academic year.
The double winner said he was humbled by the recognition. “It is now slightly over two years since I joined the University, and over the years, I have received great inspiration and support from my seniors and colleagues. I am grateful for this recognition for my research work because I am aware that there are a number of researchers at NUST who are capable of doing the same, or even more,” he said.
Mutingi is no newcomer to research awards. Last year, he received the Emerging Researcher of the Year Award and in recent years he has also received Best Paper Awards at reputable international conferences, including the World Congress on Engineering and Computer Science in San Francisco, USA and the Industrial Engineering and Operations Management in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Earlier this year he was listed in the Marquis Who’s Who in the World 2016, 33rd Edition, USA.
Dr Happy Sithole, the Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for High Performance Computing, South Africa, during the awards ceremony encouraged all the researchers to embrace multidisciplinary research and ensure their work solves problems in societies as this is the key to innovation. The event also honoured the best researchers and teachers in the different Faculties.