FCWRE Chair Holders

The chairs under the faculty of water and civil engineering (FCWRE) are:

  1. Chair of Construction Technology and Management 
  2. Chair of Structural Engineering
  3. Chair of Highway and Geotechnical Engineering
  4. Chair of Hydraulics Engineering
  5. Chair of Hydrology Engineering
  6. Chair of Water Supply and Sanitary Engineering

Chair of Construction Technology & Management

   Solomon M. Belay

Office: NDD

e-mail:  solarmelaku@gmail.com  


The Construction Technology and Management Chair, facilitates the students of Civil & Water Resources Engineering for technical careers and managerial knowledge in the construction industry through the courses designed to deliver services for the society by consultancy and trainings. Under this chair courses are offered in construction materials, material handling and quality assurance, construction technology & management, drafting techniques, overall planning, coordination, and management of a project from inception to completion.

Courses delivery 

As one of the chairs of the faculty, the construction technology and management chair administers courses for civil engineering and water resource engineering. 

Courses delivery 
As one of the chairs of the school, the construction technology and management chair administers courses for civil engineering and water resource engineering.

Under Graduate
Undergraduate programs includes the following courses: Workshop practice; construction materials; building construction; fundamentals of architecture; Technical Report Writing and Research Methodology; Civil Engineering Seminar; contract administration; specification and quantity surveying; construction management; construction economics.
Post Graduate
There is a postgraduate program, leading to MSc and Meng in Construction Technology and Management which is administered under this chair. The chair facilitates courses for graduate students that focus onproject and resource management and planning, construction materials and technology, analytic techniques, contract and business law. 

Research and community services

This chair facilitates and administers research, consultancy and community service work, professional training, mainly in the following areas: new construction technology, construction project management techniques, estimating the quantity and specifying works to be done and constructed works, drafting tools and techniques,  producing and administration of construction contacts, identifyingthe  construction problems and recommend solutions. 


There is one construction materials laboratory for testing of materials both for teaching learning process and for the society as testing unit for quality assurance and design proposal under the chair. 

 Chair of Structural Engineering

Alemayehu Golla

 AOffice: NDD
e-mail:  Alemayehugolla@yahoo.com

  The Chair is established to excel the academic works in the field of Structural Engineering as a mission vested by the University to the School. The chair facilitates administers the courses to the students of Civil Engineering, and provides consultancy services to the neighborhood community in the field of structural engineering.  The field in general is aimed to provide optimal engineering solutions in the design and construction processes of structural systems of civil infrastructures including but not limited to buildings and bridges.

Courses delivery 

The contents of the structural courses offered by the chair range from fundamental mechanical principles to code based empirical provisions for the design and construction of structural systems of civil infrastructures built from reinforced/pre-stressed concrete, timber, steel and and masonry structures. 


Currently, the courses administered by the chair include but not limited to engineering mechanics, strength of materials, theory of structures, reinforced concrete, fundamentals of bridge design, structural design, design of steel and timber structures, finite element methods. 


To meet the national demand of qualified structural engineers in the construction industry, the chair offers and administers MSc. in Structural Engineering. The program is  aimed to develop Structural Engineers equipped with the necessary advanced state-of-the-art knowledge in structural principles and computational tools to design and to manage the construction of special structures such as high rise buildings and long-span bridges in line with the state-of-the-practice in the industry.

Research and community services

The faculty members under the chair have been actively involved in the design and construction supervision of multi-story buildings and bridges constructed in the State, especially in Bahir Dar and its neighborhood. The chair has played a major role in testing and evaluation of construction materials pursuant to the requirements of the national and international standards. These consultancy services offered by the faculty members enabled to execute the academic tasks within the requirements of the state-of-the-practice of the profession, to endow the neighborhood community with best engineering solutions. The chair has also been involved in delivering a series of practical trainings especially on application software for structural design and evaluation of infrastructures by the help of software such as SAP, STAD pro, MS-Excel, Auto Cad; and construction management tools such as MS-Project. Being driven by the graduate program, the research is being conducted towards development and application of computational tools to aid the structural design practice. However, the research is being taken up to address the demands of the community for best engineering solutions in the following areas: proposal of cost effective alternative construction materials, engineering characterization of bamboo structures, development of modular structural systems, lightweight structures, conservation of historic structures, development of computational tools for structural optimization, and others.

Laboratory facility

The chair has been jointly administering construction materials laboratory for characterization of material properties. However, the Structural Laboratory is being planned to establish will used for the teaching learning process besides testing and evaluating the quality and performance of structural elements.


Chair of Geotechnical and Highway Engineering

  Dr. Addis Zemen Teklay

e-mail: <>


Geotechnical and Highway Engineering, is one of the chairs of School of Civil Engineering & Water Resources Engineering, have a great role in the teaching-learning and consultancy services of the school.  Both graduate and undergraduate programs are being managed by this Chair.

Course Delivery

Geotechnical and Highway Engineering, is one of the basic disciplines of Civil Engineering, and the following course areas are being offered under the chair.


The chair facilitates and administers the courses such as surveying; traffic engineering; railway engineering; highway engineering; engineering geology; soil mechanics; foundation engineering etc.


The chair offers graduate programs in Geotechnical Engineering (regular) and in Road and Transport Engineering (summer) to solve the critical shortage of skilled professional in area.

The graduate program in Geotechnical Engineering deals, primarily with the necessary advanced theoretical backgrounds to analyzeand directing and performing site investigations and soil laboratory testing as well as evaluating and interpreting investigation results for building and bridge site, dam sites, roads, highways, etc. The modules covered in this program include: computational methods; mechanics and properties of earth materials; design and construction of geotechnical Structures; soil dynamics and earthquake engineering.

The graduate program in the Road and Transport Engineering focuses on; designing highways, evaluation of pavement conditions and their management, designing pavements on problematic soils like expansive soils, etc. Studies in Road and Transportation Engineering include transportation planning, pavement design and management, economic evaluation of transport projects, traffic safety and environment impacts, geometric design and traffic engineering.

Research and community services

Different consultancy and community services are also being conducted under the chair. These includes, materials testing, foundation recommendation and design, design and supervision of road projects etc... The possible research areas under the chair include but not limited to:traffic flow modeling; road economics, road pavement design and performance; experimental investigations of rutting  and bleeding of asphalt concrete mixes; highway condition monitoring and data collection; road maintenance management; road safety and accident modeling; road failure investigation; soilmodeling, numerical analyses and testing; The static and seismic stability of natural and excavated slopes; characterization of  engineering  and  physical properties of soils; landslide modeling and risk analysis; behavior of unsaturated soils and ground movements of compacted fills; static and dynamic soil-structure interaction; physical and engineering properties, construction problems of soils; ground improvement methods and their effect on structures


The chair administer three laboratories: Soil lab, Highway Engineering Lab and Surveying lab for teaching learning process and for the society as testing unit for quality assurance and design proposal. 


 Chair of Hydraulics Engineering

Dr. Micheal Mehari

e-mail:  <

  Hydraulic Engineering chair deals with investigation and description of water flow to help solving research and professional problems in civil engineering and water resources engineering. In addition, it deals with the design of water infrastructures for various uses such as irrigation and hydropower engineering.

Courses Delivery

The chair offers courses to undergraduate besides graduate students in civil engineering and water resources engineering at the School of Civil and Water Resources Engineering.


The courses that are being administered under the Hydraulic Engineering Chair are Hydraulics I, Hydraulics II, Open Channel Hydraulics, Hydraulic Structures I, Hydraulic Structures II, River Engineering, Hydropower Engineering, Irrigation Engineering I, and Irrigation Engineering II.


There is one graduate program leading to MScin Hydraulic Engineering. Graduate level courses that are under the Hydraulic Engineering Chair includes design and analysis of embankment dams, computational hydraulics, hydraulic structures I, sediment transport mechanics, hydropower engineering, hydraulic engineering design, hydraulic structures II.

Graduate program leading to M Scin Irrigation Engineering is being planned to start from September 2015.

Research and community services

The chair has so far offered professional trainings and consultancy works for various organizations such as the training on “Design, Supervision and Contract Administration of Small Scale Irrigation Schemes” for various professionals from all over Ethiopia. Apart from this the chair is known for coordinating these kinds of consultancy works.Under the chair research work in the following fields are being conducted: hydraulic and flood modeling, sediment transport in rivers, geomorphology of river channels, modeling and analysis of scour depth in bridges and other river engineering infrastructures, sustainable design of  river engineering infrastructures, benchmarking and performance assessment of irrigation systems, reservoir sedimentation studies, failure analysis of various hydraulic structures.


There is Hydraulics Laboratory fully equipped with multitude of facilities including a 10 m long multi-purpose teaching research flume. We have also a much wider sedimentation tank that is being used for various researches related with sediment transport in rivers. The lab possessesfield scale equipment’s as well. Graduate students are, at the moment, using some of the equipment for their research.

Chair of Hydrology Engineering


Dr. Mulugeta Azeze



Hydrology chair is one of the six chairs in the School of Civil and Water Resources Engineering of Bahir Dar Institute of Technology. In general both civil and water resources and environmental engineering programs are all about people that give us quality of life.  Hence they must deal with water.  Besides, understanding the fact that freshwater water resource is indispensable finite natural resources it has to be assessed and managed properly. With due consideration of these facts and principles,  courses that leads the students to acquire the required knowledge and skill in assessing and managing water resources are identified and incorporated in both civil and water resources and environmental engineering programs. Hydrology chair is therefore established to effectively manage and administer courses and staff related to the chair.

Course Delivery

The chair principally consists of two major components: the assessment of water resources and its planning. The courses that are related to these components and incorporated in the both programs are given below.


The chair facilitates and administers the undergraduate courses such as: introductory hydrology; engineering hydrology; groundwater hydrology; water resources development; GIS and remote sensing; soil and water conservation engineering; environmental pollution and environmental impact assessment; environmental law; flood and drought management.


There is graduate program leading to MSc in Engineering Hydrology and PhD in Integrated Water Management in the School of Civil and Water Resources Engineering. The chair is fully responsible to administer these programs. The responsibility involves managing and monitoring effective delivery of the courses and facilitating and supervising the progress of student’s thesis work and their final completion. The chair is also responsible to continuously review and update the curriculum and if necessary develop other new curricula that are related to the chair and proven to be in line with the national and regional human resources needs.

Research and community services

Like any other higher education academic units, the chair is actively involved in research and community services. The research include the following fields: precipitation processes, soil water infiltration and runoff formation, river basin response, hydrologic extremes, flood runoff generation, flood-routing, and flood forecasting, hydrologic modeling, soil erosion and sediment transport, climate change impact on hydrology and water resources, water balance analysis and modeling, optimal allocation and management of water resources and geospatial analysis with GIS and remote sensing of hydrological processes.


 Chair of Water Supply and Sanitary Engineering

 Eshetu Assefa


  email: <eshe1974@yahoo.com>

      The Water supply and Sanitary Engineering Chair is aimed to contribute to knowledge development and capacity building in both the urban and rural water supply and sanitation field; areas of interest include drinking water supply assessment, analysis and design, urban drainage, waste water collection, treatment and reclamation/reuse, and residuals management.

Courses Delivery

The chair facilitates teaching & learning to undergraduate students of civil engineering and water resources engineering at the School of Civil and Water Resources Engineering, the courses are: water supply engineering, water treatment, sewerage system and sanitation, waste water treatment and solid waste management, water supply & sewerage, and water treatment and waste management, water distribution system modeling, and sewerage and urban drainage system modeling.

Research and Community services

Under the chair research and consultancy work is being carried out for community, professional training and teaching is also being conducted in the following fields: water and waste water quality analysis and modeling, water supply project design, performance evaluation of water supply projects, water and waste water treatment plant modeling and design, household water treatment, urban water system, optimization of water distribution system, urban drainage and sewerage system design, planning and design of sanitation systems and technologies for rural, peri-urban and urban areas, ecological sanitation, integrated solid waste management, liquid waste management, sludge management, biogas digester and production, environmental (water, air, soil) pollution, water supply-sanitation and hygiene (WASH), sanitary installation (plumbing fixtures), technical support for NGO’s working on sanitation in and around Bahir Dar.


Water and waste water quality and treatment laboratory is under the chair for the teaching learning process of the school of civil and water resources engineering and other units of the university as well. Graduate students and PhD candidates are using the lab to analyze water and waste water quality. Institutions and researchers from other universities are also using the laboratory facility. Aerobic and anaerobic digesters are available in the lab to check the biogas production of organic wastes.


Duties and Responsibilities of Chair Holders

  • Serve as a key person in the generation, packaging and delivery of knowledge and skill in the Chair area; 
  • Organizing, Planning, implementing and monitoring the chair’s academic and research, consultancy and community service activities and Set academic and research goals for the chair system; 
  • Initiating and executing interdisciplinary research on various issues related to the chair system and the development of centers of excellence. 
  • Coordinate and organize MSc and PhD programs relevant for the chair. 
  • Assist M.Sc. and PhD students to play various roles in assisting course delivery. 
  • Organize, control and monitor laboratories under the chair. This includes establishing research laboratories, requesting for purchase of new equipments, preparing standard laboratory rules and regulations, preparing standard laboratory manual, preparing and maintaining documentation of maintenance and operation manuals for all equipments. 
  • Coordinate and monitor course guidebook, assessment and text books for courses administered under the chair; 
  • Assign instructors for courses administered under the chair based on the request of academic program officer. 
  • Ensuring that the teaching-learning process is focused on academic principles that are up to date and emphasize research and an enquiry based. 
  • Focusing on bridging the gap between theory and practical knowledge through strong partnerships between the academic staff, students and industrial partners. 
  • Autonomously administering the budget allocated by the Faculty and funds obtained from the chairs external, third-party research and community service. 
  • Negotiating and securing funding in addition to the budget from the institute, the university as well as potential external funding sources.
  • Recruiting and selecting new staff members, counseling of new and junior staff members, carrying out necessary performance assessments and making arrangements for the professional development of all staff under the chair. 
  • Integrating student research and projects in order to increase their relevance and ensure that the results of such efforts benefit the stakeholder sponsors. 
  • Regularly conferring with members of the chair on such matters as the courses they will teach, their scheduling and the selection of textbooks and laboratory manuals. 
  • Periodically revising the course listings, course contents, the scheduling of courses and securing supplementary teaching materials under the chair. 
  • Conduct periodic and continuous impact assessment and evaluation on the performance of the chair’s teaching-learning processes; 
  • Recruiting and selecting new staff members, counseling of new and junior staff members, carrying out necessary performance assessments and making arrangements for the professional development of all staff. 
  • Allocating equitable staff workloads, taking the balance of the staff member's engagement in teaching, research, consulting, scholarly publication, committee activity and relevant off-campus activities into account. 
  • Organize seminars, presentations, discussions, and other sessions; 
  • Providing students and other educational and research customers of the faculty with up to date guidebooks and other relevant support to enhance their experience with the faculty and the services it delivers; 
  • Develop, administer, and correct program aptitude tests; 
  • Avails learning materials through soft and hard-copy 
  • Prepare quarterly, half year and yearly report on the teaching-learning process, research and community service of his chair system; 
  • Analyze evaluation report of all instructors and advisors on time. 
  • Undertake any other related tasks given by the dean