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Jane Beatrice Wangari Mugendi

Depatment of Applied Sciences
Murang'a University of Technology


Prof. Beatrice Mugendi has a diverse experience in management. Prior to joining university, she worked in the private sector for eight years at supervisory management level. Her career in the university started as a tutorial fellow at Kenyatta University (KU) in 2003 where she worked till 2012. She then joined Dedan Kimathi University of technology (DeKUT) where she served as a pioneer Director for the Institute of Food Bioresources Technology, Chairperson of the Department of Food Science and Technology, Dean of the school of graduate studies and research, Chairperson of many University Senate sub committees such as the Science and Technology Park development, Coffee processing and packaging Plant, Appointment and promotion, Technical and Vocational Education and Training upskilling for trainers and technicians, and many other University specific projects in her previous. She has demonstrated good academic leadership, research and consultancy ability through teaching and research, supervision of students at both undergraduate and post graduate levels, academic publishing in the area of food science and applied nutrition, reviewing of articles for publication in peer reviewed journals, organizing various workshops/seminars and conferences in the University. In addition, she has contributed to development MOUs that have benefited staff and students in the University through research and training at post graduate in Germany and at locally at certificate level in coffee Technology. She was part of the team that developed and packaged for the market two food products from the University. She is a lead auditor in Quality management systems (QMS), well versed with ISO management systems and has worked in the private sector as a Quality Management Representative. She was a key member of the team that implemented QMS in KU (the first University in Kenya to be ISO 9001:2008 certified). She has gradually risen through the academic ranks of the University from Tutorial Fellow position to the current position as Associate Professor of food chemistry.

Research Interest

Chemical/biochemical changes in foods during processing and storage, Value-addition of food, Applied Nutrition, Food Safety and Quality.


  • W. Bor, W. Too, D. Mbithe, B. Mugendi, E. Mutemi, R. Musyoki and Winny Bor (2016). Nutritional Status of Adult Males on ART At Kericho District Hospital, Kericho County, Kenya. East-African Medical Journal, 3(5). 101. Issn: 0012835

  • Isaac Nthiga, Dorcus Mbithe, Beatrice Mugendi, Daudi Nyangaresi, Tabitha Wambui (2017). Dietary practices of pulmonary tuberculosis patients attending clinic at lodwar county and referral hospital, Turkana County, Kenya. International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition, 2 (1) 123-127. ISSN: 2455-4898,

  • Isaac Nthiga, Dorcus Mbithe, Beatrice Mugendi, Tabitha Wambui (2017). The nutritional status of pulmonary tuberculosis patients aged 25-44 years attending tuberculosis clinic at Lodwar County and Referral Hospital, Turkana County, Kenya. International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition, 2 (1) 119-122. ISSN: 2455-4898

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