Fulbright Scholar to Discuss Railway Operations in Zimbabwe

Published: Feb 20, 2007 8:35:42 AM
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On Wednesday, Feb. 21, Charles Mbohwa, a Fulbright Scholar from Zimbabwe at Georgia Tech, will present a seminar titled, "Operating a Railway System Within a Challenging Environment: Experiences of National Railways in Zimbabwe." The one-hour seminar will begin at 3:00 p.m. in 202 Dunstan.

Mbohwa will present a history of the development of railways in Zimbabwe and discuss the challenges they face due to high inflation, unstable currency exchange rate, brain drain, poor management, government interference in management, customs border delays and energy shortages. Creative solutions to these problems have included customer financing for maintenance and spares, and resuscitation of steam locomotives. Others, requiring restoration of good governance and economic recovery, will be reviewed and current and future research issues presented.

Mbohwa graduated with a bachelor's in mechanical engineering from the University of Zimbabwe in 1986 and a master's degree from the University of Nottingham in 1991. He studied for his doctorate at the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Technology in Japan from 2001 to 2004. He is a senior lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Zimbabwe with research interests in the areas of logistics, life cycle assessment and bio-energy/fuel.