Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Academic Qualifications:

  • PhD (July 2010) Numerical modelling of potential flows – University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • M. Sc. (August 1987) in Civil Engineering, New Mexico State University, USA.
  • B. Eng. (December 1984) in Civil Engineering, University of Zambia
  • Cambridge School Certificate (December 1978), Serenje Boys Secondary School, Zambia.

Employment history

  • August 2000 - to date: Lecturer, School of Engineering, University of Zambia
  • Sep ‘98-Dec ‘99:  Project Manager, Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company
  • 1994 to ‘98:  Technical Services Manager, Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company
  • 1993 to 1994:  Senior Engineer, Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company
  • 1987 to 1993:  Lecturer, University of Zambia
  • 1984 to 1985:  Engineer and Surveyor, ZMCK Consulting Engineers, Lusaka, Zambia

Professional Affiliations

  • Engineering Institution of Zambia
  • Water and Sanitation Association of Zambia

Research Group

  • Water and Environmental Engineering Research Group
Research Interests
  • Hydrologic Modelling of river catchments
  • Database development for water resources management
  • Water Resource assessments for water allocation purposes
  • Hydropower potential assessments of river systems
  • Water supply and sanitation system designs and modelling.

Refereed Journal articles

  • Nyirenda, E., and Taigbenu, A. E. (2010). "3-D Green Element Method for Potential Flows." Proc., Advances in Boundary Element Techniques XI, EC Ltd, Berlin, Germany, pp 462-467. ISBN: 978-0-9547783-7-8
  • Taigbenu, A. E., and Nyirenda, E. (2010). "Revisiting the Stream-Aquifer Flow Problem with a Flux-Based Green Element Model." Water SA, Vol. 36 (No. 3), pp  287-294.ISSN: 1816-7950

Conference proceedings

  • Nyirenda, E., “Development of a water resource allocation tool for the Upper Lunsemfwa Catchment in Zambia” Zambia Water Forum and Exhibition, Harnessing Water for Social and Economic Benefits, 5-6 November, 2012, Government Complex, Lusaka.
  • Nyirenda, E., and Mwenya C., “The Use Of Remotely Sensed Data In Mapping River Catchments – A Case Study Of The Kafue River Basin”, 5th Waternet/WARFSA/GWP Symposium, 2nd- 4th November, 2004, Safari Hotel, Windhoek, Namibia,
  • Nyirenda, E., “Leakage Control Work in Lusaka” The Proceedings of the EIZ National Seminar on Engineering Challenges Towards the year 2000, 29th & 30th August 1997, Lusaka.


  • Nyirenda, E. (2012). A Time-Dependent Green Element Method for Potential Flow Study in 3-D, First Ed., Lap Lambert Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KG, Saarbrucken, Germany. ISBN-13: 978-3-659-19811-3, ISBN-10: 3659198110

External Activites

  • Member, Zambia Commission on Large Dams

Current Research Activities

  • Development of water resource allocation tools (models) for various river catchments of Zambia
  • Development of database systems for water rights administration in Zambia

MSc Dissertation title

  • Water Balance of the Upper Pecos River Basin, New Mexico State University, 1987

PhD thesis title

  • A   Time-Dependent   Green   Element   Formulation For   Solution   Of   Potential   Flow   Problems   In   3 Dimensional   Domains, University of the Witwatersrand, 2010
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