Odira, Patts M.A.
Prof. Odira is a Professor of Civil Engineering in the Department of Civil & Construction Engineering, University of Nairobi. He has over 40 years of experience in Environmental Health Engineering focusing mainly on infrastructure development for water supply and sanitation, waste management and pollution control, and general civil engineering works starting from feasibility studies through design, implementation and post construction monitoring and evaluation. Prof. Odira headed the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Nairobi for 6 years (2002 – 2008), was Dean, School of Engineering, University of Nairobi for 6 years (2009 – 2015). As a practicing engineer he has headed many infrastructure studies in Environmental Health Engineering and Environmental Impact focusing on water supply and sanitation, water resources planning and specifically the drawing up of the Master plan for Water, Sanitation and Drainage for Nairobi, Feasibility studies for Water and Sanitation for a number of towns in Kenya, Drainage studies for various road projects. In the past few years, he has been involved in review and editing of various water sector reform documents especially the catchment management strategies for the various regions; country and regional reports on Efficient Water Use for Agricultural Production (EWUAP) for the Nile Basin Initiative; finalization of the National Water Resources Management Strategy; drawing up of the IWRM and Water Use Plan for Kenya. He is currently the Country Node Coordinator for Nile Basin Capacity Building Network whose mandate is research on various water resources issues in the Nile Basin Countries.