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Food Science and Applied Nutrition department

Welcome to Food Science and Applied Nutrition department

You are cordially welcome to read and to know more about the department of Food Science and Applied Nutrition, Addis Ababa Science and Technology University. The department is a dynamic team of faculty, staff, and students. Our academic staff members are well trained and experienced in a wide variety of relevant disciplines.

The department is the new emerging department in Eastern Africa. The department contains number of professionals in Biochemistry, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Food Safety, Food microbiology, food chemistry and analysis, Food Technology, and Food engineers in Ethiopia.

There are so many current and pressing issues our faculty and students are working to solve. Among a very long list, some of the major interests of our department address ensuring a safe food supply, with a special emphasis on fruits and vegetables, roots, tuber and dairy products; fortification of food to solve malnutrition problems; cutting-edge research in Micronutrients; sensory evaluation of food; food security; understanding how nutrition impacts the function of the human immune system; molecular nutrition; and the study of how food products, food components, and functional food ingredients impact health and disease.

We are always ready to receive research ideas as well as requests for collaboration in research from industry, community groups and other stakeholders.

I invite you to explore our web pages and learn about our activities, programs, and people!

Head of Department,



School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Over view of the school

School of mechanical and manufacturing consists three department and have 500 students in two fields of study which are manufacturing and electro mechanical departments. The third newly opened department is mechanical Department

The departments are

  1. Electro-Mechanical Engineering
  2. Manufacturing Engineering
  3. Mechanical Engineering (Newly opened)

Electro-Mechanical Engineering

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School officials

School Dean: Ato Dinku Siyoum - MSc in Mechanical Engineering (Thermal Stream) email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Secretary: W/t Kidst Girma

             Phone: + 251 – 11 – 8963957

Associate dean: Fikru W/Mariam -MSc in Mechanical Engineering (Thermal Stream)

Department Head of Electro-Mechanical Engineering

Ato Melaku Desta – MSc in Mechanical Engineering (Thermal Stream)

                 Phone: + 251 – 11 – 8

Department Head of Manufacturing Engineering

Ato Getachew Alemu – M.Sc in Manufacturing Engineering

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 Staff profile summary table

Sn Name Department Qualification Specialization
1 Getachew Alemu    Manufacturing M.Sc Manufacturing
2 Netsanet Desalegn M.Sc Manufacturing
3 Muhamed Hamid M.Sc Manufacturing
4 Mehari Bayeneh M.Sc Industrial
5 Melese Workineh M.Sc Manufacturing
6 Zekariya Adem M.Sc Industrial
7 Tewodros Alem M.Sc Manufacturing
8 Tefaye Demelash M.Sc Manufacturing
1 Abel mehari             Mechanical and Electro Mechanical M.Sc Thermal
2 Yohans Asfawo M.Sc Mechanical Design
3 Fikiru W/mariam M.Sc Thermal
4 Mengistu Gizaw M.Sc Mechanical Design
5 Adene Abideta M.Sc Automotive
6 Yirga Kelem M.Sc Mechanical design
7 Goitom Hailu M.Sc Automotive
8 Robera Daba M.Sc Thermal
9 Melaku Desta M.Sc Thermal
10 Mechael Ayele M.Sc Mechanical Design
11 Tamirat Yimer M.Sc Mechanical Design
12 H/Mariam Nigus M.Sc Mechanical Design
13 Yemane G/meskal M.Sc Manufacturing
14 Mulugeta Abaje M.Sc Automotive
15 Samuel G/mariam M.Sc Thermal
16 Dinku Seyoum M.Sc Thermal
17 Melkamu Yayeh M.Sc Thermal
18 Hairedin Ismael M.Sc Mechanical Design
19 Kartic M.Sc Automotive
20 Petros Demssie B.Sc Mechanical
21 Boshi Hika B.Sc Mechanical
22 Seyoum Kebede B.Sc Mechanical
23 Bethelihem H/ mechael B.Sc Mechanical
24 Anwar Muhammed B.Sc Mechanical
25 Ebsa Tesfaye B.Sc Mechanical
  1. Lab assistants
Sn name Department Qualification Specialization
1 Germa Senay Manufacturing TVET Diploma Welding
2 Kasu Nigusu Manufacturing TVET Diploma Welding
3 Tefaye Haile Manufacturing TVET Diploma Machine
4 Getamasay Tebaje Manufacturing TVET Diploma Machine
5 Derese Shimales Manufacturing TVET Diploma Material
6 Eden Zebene Electro Mechanical TVET Diploma Drafting
7 Dawit Degafu Electro Mechanical TVET Diploma Drafting


Staffs on study
Sn Name Department Qualification Specialization
1 Tilahun Niguse Electro Mechanical PhD Thermal
2 Temesgen Takele Manufacturing PhD Manufacturing
3 Yitagasu Manufacturing PhD Manufacturing
4 Majid Abdela Electro Mechanical M.Sc Thermal
5 Abdulbasit Muhamed Electro Mechanical M.Sc Design


 Laboratory and work shop

Sn Name Size Remark
1 Welding shop 20m* 14m Full
2 Machine shop 20m* 14m Partial
3 Material testing 14m*10m full
4 Metrology 14m*10m Partial
5 Machine drawing 14m*10m (4) full
6 AUTO CAD room 10m*8m Partial



  1. Number of students
Sn Department Year Quantity Remark
1 Manufacturing 2nd 64  
2 Manufacturing 3rd 44  
3 Electro mechanical 2nd 196  
4 Electro mechanical 3rd 98  
Total 402  


Industrial Chemistry

Department of Industrial Chemistry


Chemistry deals with the nature of substances and the generation of entirely new materials by their mutual reaction. Industrial chemistry as a branch of chemistry therefore comes in a very useful as an application of chemical knowledge to a range of industrial endeavors.

The pharmaceutical, cement, leather and sugar industries are just some the endeavors where industrial chemistry is applied. A proper training of students to equip them with sound knowledge of chemical principles and laboratory practices will make it possible for them to help solve problems in such industries.

By being able to design alternative and cheaper routes to production, discover the use of alternative and more readily available raw materials, the trained chemist is equipped to serve as a catalyst for the creation of natural wealth for the well being of general public. Ethiopia is a developing country and her budding industries need many such industrial chemists.

Educational Goals

The major goals of industrial chemistry program are:

  • To establish in students an appreciation of the importance of the chemical science in industrial, economical, environmental and social contexts;
  • To impart knowledge and skill for the graduate that help them to conduct basic applied industrial research and develop small scale industries in Ethiopia;
  • To develop basic and practical skills in chemistry and industrial chemistry;
  • To develop the ability to apply the learned skills for solving practical problems;
  • To  provide a wide range of transferrable skills to the graduates

Enrollment capacity and career opportunity

In the year 2011 the department has admitted 115 students the graduates can fit into and work in different national and international research institutes, industries etc. Hence they can find their employment opportunities in agricultural, pharmaceutical, .textile, cement, sugar and other industries.

Program profile and Requirements

The BSc degree in industrial chemistry is a four –year study program which includes theoretical knowledge and skills in disciplines specific foundations and major courses. These include mainly; Analytical, organic, inorganic, physical, instrumental, environmental chemistry and industrial management and other courses.

Admission Requirements

  • Successful completion of the preparatory program with a pas s mark in university entrance examination and interest to study industrial  chemistry and
  • Candidates who have advanced diploma in industrial chemistry, diploma in chemistry from higher institution of learning and who fulfill the general university admission requirements.



The School of Medicine and Health Sciences is currently striving to become one of the best health science schools in Ethiopia. The School’s commitment and effective strategies are drawn from the University’s vision and mission. The School’s effort in producing competent professionals will not only respond to the nation’s skill gap in the health sector but also will significantly contribute to the country’s long term goal of building a thriving economy where citizens cherish healthy life.

Initially established by the Public Health Officerand Nursing departments the school is under extensive changes and progress since its establishment. Hence, such progress has led to the establishment of medicine department, increasing the number of departments in the school to three. Apart from training of well qualified health professionals, the school is also engaged in cross cutting research investigations and community services.

At present, the school is run by 3 Assistant Professors, 37 Lecturers, 2 Graduate Assistants and 3 Technical Assistants. In addition, the school has established collaborations with the adjacent TiruneshBejing Hospital in areas of staff exchange, sharing facilities and practical attachment for the students. Besides, memorandum of understandings was signed with AMRIF Ethiopia, Minilik Health Science College to collaborate in areas of training, community service and research.

The school has admitted a total of 544 students since its establishment. The first 355 students are attending courses in the department of Public Health Officer(148 in the regular and 207 are attending in the extension), 134 in the department of nursing more over for the first time, the school has also enrolled 55 medical students in 013/14 academic year in the department of Medicine. Over the last in 2013/2014academic year, the school developed curricula that suit the missions of the University for each specific study area. Currently, the curricula of the aforementioned programs are finalized with the active involvement and participation of the staff members. In addition the school has also established laboratories for medicine department.

Along with the training of competent health professionals, the school has also been actively involved in public health and biomedical research activities. The school’s research themes are geared towards solving the major health challenges of the nation and adding new perspectives to the area. In collaboration with the Directorate for Gender of the University, the school is also offering short-term trainings in the areas of HIV/AIDS and sexual and reproductive health and related issues.


Public Health Officer

Beginning 1954 in the then GondarPublic Health College and Training Center, the Health Officer training is currently offered in many universities of the country. Likewiseour department provides quality education, research and leadership to improve public health and health problems. Also, preparations are being made to provide consultancy services through its staff members. The department’s teaching and research activities focused on the application of both basic and advanced public health principles in order to solve community health problems of the nation. Additionally, community services are designed to help and share knowledge, skills and practices to different health institutions of Addis Ababa and the community thorough the involvement of staffs and students.

AASTU has also designed Public Health Officer as a four year BSc training programme aimed at addressing the overwhelming health challenges faced by the vast majority of rural communities and increasing the number of competent health professionals which is quite in harmony to the government’s health policy and the growth and transformation plan (GTP). The students are attending courses which will equip them to undertake promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative health and nutrition services compatible with the needs of the population. Likewise, the training is carefully designed to enable learners solve the health and health related problems of individuals, families and communities effectively and efficiently. In addition, the graduates will acquire the knowledge; skill and attitude that would enable them manage the health institutions they are assigned to in a spirit of team work and community–based approach and conduct problem solving health researches.


BSC in Nursing
Nursing education rendered in the country was only at the lower level since the year 1948 and at the post-basic baccalaureate level since 1994. Nursing generic BSc training program has been going on in the country since 2003/04. The BSc nurse students of AASTU will be prepared to assume responsibility in the primary, secondary and tertiary care of patients as professional nurses. It is expected that graduates are capable of teaching and supervising appropriate nursing and health care in different settings and participate in the administration of nursing service and education. The school intends to make the nurse educational program to be promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative and designs the curriculum around the central concepts of primary care, holism, family and community and team. Using the nursing process of assessment, problem identification, planning, implementation and evaluation, nurses identify and treat human responses to health and illness. Because of the broad based education and practice experience included in a nursing curriculum of the University, the students are expected to be the appropriate health providers to promote health, prevent disease, give care and manage human and material resources.

Department of Medicine

The department of medicinewas established in 2013/14 academic year with the aim of producing competent, compassionate and community oriented medical doctors for Ethiopia with recognized standard of excellence. The curriculum of medicine is basically structured in to three phases; pre-medicine phase, pre-clinical phase, and clinical teaching phases. Each phase shall offer a varied range of knowledge and skill to the students. The pre-medical program shall be offered for a semester to strengthen the general science and humanities base of the student and bring the knowledge and skill of students of different high school backgrounds to an equally acceptable level of premedical science base. Following this phase, the pre-clinical phase shall be given to a maximum of two years of teaching biomedical sciences that are relevant to the making of solid biomedical science foundation among students and for scientific knowledge, concepts and methods of applying clinical sciences. The clinical teaching phase enables the student with proper communication skills, physical diagnosis, record keeping, medical ethics and professionalism principles. During this phase, students will be attached to various disciples for a maximum of three years including bridging courses and short attachments.  

As a newly established department, our students are currently at the beginning of pre-clinical phase just after successfully finishing the pre-medical phase. Meanwhile, basic infrastructures and laboratories are being functional. Among which Anatomy and physiology laboratories are the pioneers. Phase by phase, the department will strive for better expansion and development through fulfilling the medical teaching requirements.

Future Plan of the School

Short Term Plans

  • To facilitate conditions where the curriculums for Health officer, Nursing and Medicine programs will be ratified by the senate.
  • To establish and strengthen the school and departments in general (Capacity, Human Resource, Laboratories, etc)
  • To strengthen the laboratories and facilities required to medical doctor (MD) training programme
  • To strengthen demonstration room for professional nursing training.
  • To create strong bilateral links with national and international organizations (stack holders)
  • To be actively involved in community service and consultancy works
  • To create and strengthen attachment links withTiruneshBejingand other Hospitals and with other health institutions in Addis Ababa and the surrounding.

Long Term Plans

  • Modifying the whole training courses with the view of adding some special courses which will enable the students to acquire skills and knowledge in some nationally important specialties.
  • To gradually increase the intake of students based on the need of man power of the country.
  • To open MSC programs of some fields

 Contact Person:

  • Name: Mrs. GirumZewdu (MPH)  
    Qualification: Public Health
    Job Position: Dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences
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  • Tel.: +251 0911742435
  • P.O.Box:  46189 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Dr. HirutBekele; Head Department of Medicine

Qualification: Medical Doctor


Tel. 0910773401

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Mr. Warisa H/Silase; Head Department of Public Health Officer

Qualification: Public Health


Tel. 0912005718

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Mr. TeferaMulugeta; Head Department of Nursing

Qualification: Adult Health Nurse



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Mr. AbdisaBoka; Ass. Dean of School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Qualification: Mental Health



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