Joan Kemigisha

Joan Kemigisha is the Technical Director at MEIR Engineering & Research Ltd. She holds a BSc. in Civil Engineering from Makerere University with 10 years professional experience in Structural Engineering and Water and Wastewater System design, planning, construction supervision and project management.

She has proficiency in Engineering drafting using Autodesk Advance Steel, AutoCAD, CivilCAD, ArchiCAD, Revit Architecture and PADDS; Structural Design using MIDAS NGen, Robot Structural Analysis, GeoStudio, Bentley Plaxis, Prokon software; Water Supply Design using EPANET and Bentley WaterGems; use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). She is also serving as a Deputy Managing Director

Dr. Mugume is a Senior Civil/Water Resources/Hydraulic Engineer, Modeller and Project Manager with over 14 years’ experience in planning, modelling, detailed design, and construction supervision of large-scale urban water & hydraulic engineering projects, including urban water supply and distribution systems, urban stormwater drainage and flood management systems, sewerage systems, bridges, dams and hydropower projects. He possesses extensive experience in undertaking hydrological studies for large urban and rural catchments, hydrological and hydraulic modelling and detailed design of water systems and hydraulic structures using state-of the art modelling software in research and industry projects.

He is also a Lecturer in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Makerere University where he currently lectures undergraduate courses that include Fluid Mechanics, Hydraulics, Civil Engineering Management, Civil Engineering Law and graduate courses in Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering and supervises MSc research projects in the field of water resources and hydraulic engineering. Prior to taking up the lectureship position, he led and coordinated the implementation of the 600 MW Karuma and 183 MW Isimba Hydropower Projects at Uganda Electricity Generation Company Ltd (UEGCL) and various urban water supply and sanitation Projects at National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC).

Dr. Mugume is proficient in programming using MATLAB, MS Excel Programming (e.g. for developing Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis, MCDA tools based on the Analytical Hierarchy Process), VISUAL BASIC and LaTeX programs. He is equipped with expansive knowledge and skills in Extreme rainfall and flood frequency analysis, Lake Water Level Statistical Analysis, Evaluation of climate change impacts on water systems and urban flooding, Flood risk assessment (Flood modelling, flood damage and consequence evaluation), Design of small dams and Engineering project management.

He is a Corporate Member of the Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers, a registered with the Uganda Engineers Registration Board (ERB) and a member of the International Association for Hydro-Environment and Research (IAHR). He has also published over 11 papers in internationally leading journals and conference proceedings. He is also reviewer for internationally recognised journals that include Water Research, Water Science and Technology and Urban Water Journals.


Civil/Water Resources/Hydraulic Engineering, Urban Water Management, Hydrology/Drainage Engineering, Water Infrastructure Adaptation and Resilience Enhancement & Project Management