(For the benefit of all CUT first year students, here is a detailed profile of the man at the helm of their University of choice).
Professor David Jambgwa Simbi was born on June 6, 1952 near Nyazura and went to the UK where he concurrently studied for his Ordinary National Certificate in Maths, Physics and Chemistry and a Mental Health Nurse Certificate at Brunnel College in 1974. By 1981, he had graduated with a BSc in Applied Chemistry from University of Portsmouth and in 1984 he successfully defended his thesis which led to him graduating with a PhD in Metallurgy specializing in Corrosion Engineering at the University of Leeds.
In 1985, Professor D.J. Simbi returned to Zimbabwe and was appointed a Manager responsible for Technical Development at ZISCO Steel (Pvt) Ltd. In 1988, he joined the University of Zimbabwe as a Lecturer and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1994. He was approached and requested to take up the post of Works Executive at ZISCO in 1999 in a bid to resuscitate and operationalize Blast Furnace No.4 and returned to UZ upon completing his task in 2000. Professor Simbi was promoted to Associate Professor in 2002 and eventually Full Professor in 2005.
Professor D.J. Simbi was appointed Pro-Vice Chancellor of Chinhoyi University of Technology in 2005 and he became Vice Chancellor in 2006. He has held several Visiting appointments (Visiting Research Fellow, Visiting Senior Lecturer and Visiting Professor) at such prestigious institutions as at University of Cape Town, University of Zambia, British Steel Corporation, Duisburg University and Aachen University of Technology both in Germany. Prof Simbi sits on a number of Boards including Tobacco Industries Marketing Board, SIRDC and he is the Chairman of Kwekwe Polytechnic Advisory Council and Vice Chairman of the Manicaland University of Applied Sciences Foundation Committee.
The diminutive Professor has published over 50 papers in refereed journals and has reviewed a number of books on corrosion apart from publishing numerous technical reports of consultancies. Currently, he is working on a text book on Corrosion for Undergraduates. Professor Simbi has taught and continues to teach several courses in Metallurgy and Chemical Engineering ranging from pyrometallurgy, corrosion engineering, construction materials, fuels energy and environmental studies. He has successfully supervised 13 MPhil and 6 DPhil students.
The man at the helm is also married to Margaret Masenda-Simbi and the couple has been blessed with two girls and a boy.