William Kisaalita, Ph.D.

University Professor and UGA Athletic Association Distinguished Professor in Engineering

AAAS Fellow

Without electricity, there’s no way to keep milk cool in rural Africa. University of Georgia College of Engineering professor William Kisaalita is changing that.

Kisaalita’s research and design efforts have not only served as academic experiences for students, but have also produced nearly a dozen products, with four of these in commercial use, designed to empower agricultural producers in Africa and around the world. His EvaKuula, a biogas-powered device for the preservation on milk freshness in low-resource settings, has been recognized with an ASABE AE50 Award, recognizing the best innovations in engineering and technology for agricultural, food, and biological systems.

Education
  • Ph.D. in chemical engineering, University of British Columbia
  • B.S. in mechanical engineering, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
Professional Appointments
  • Adjunct Visiting Professor, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, 2001 – present
  • Professor, University of Georgia, 1991 – present
  • Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor, University of Georgia College of Engineering, 2017 – 2021
Other Professional Experience

Founder and CTO, Thermogenn, 2009 – present

Awards & Honors
Areas of Expertise
  • Microtissue engineering
  • Development engineering
Publications
Patents
  • EvaKuula
    A wind-/biogas-powered cooling system for rural settings with no access to grid electricity, targeting the evening milk. [EvaKuula Africa Region patent application (THERMIZATION AND EVAPORATIVE COOLING FOR THE PRESERVATION OF MILK) is pending, ARIPO Patent Application No. AP/P/2017/010045]
  • YaiKuula
    A wind-powered cooling system for rural settings with no access to grid electricity, targeting avian eggs storage for hatching under surrogate brooder hens [Covered under the EvaKuula patent Application].
  • IzeChurn
    A hand-operated milk churner for ghee making that reduces labor or increases productivity eight-fold.
  • wandaMix
    A housefly larvae-based protein concentrate for poultry feed formulation that is enabling small-scale poultry producers to be profitable with as few as 50 meat birds per cycle, three cycles a year.
Other Links

Learn more about the connection between Dr. Kisaalita’s teaching, research, and innovation:

Focus on Faculty
Microtissue Engineering and Devices Lab
3p-Innovations

Additional Information

Affiliated Research Centers
  • Regenerative Bioscience Center, University of Georgia, 2015 – Present
  • African Studies Institute, University of Georgia, 2015 – Present
  • Biomedical & Health Sciences Institute, University of Georgia, 2013 – Present

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