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Prof PO Umenne

College of Science, Engineering and Technology
School of Engineering
Department: Electrical and Mining Engineering
Associate Professor
Tel: 011 471 3482


  • Computer networks and modelling
  • Josephson Effect and Superconductivity
  • Micro Electronics
  • Telecommunications


  • B.Eng. (HONS) Electrical and Electronics Engineering, N.U.S.T Bulawayo, Zimbabwe 2003.
  • M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Mid-Sweden University, Sundsvall, Sweden, 2006.
  • PhD in Physics (Microelectronics) from UNISA, 2018.

Currently teaching

  • Embedded Systems design.
  • Telecommunications.
  • Computer Networks Modelling
  • Electronics

Fields of academic interests

Research interests:

  • Microelectronics.
  • Telecommunications
  • Femtosecond laser applications
  • Josephson Junctions and the Josephson Effect

Field of Specialisation

  • Embedded Systems design
  • Telecommunications
  • Computer Networks Modelling
  • Electronics

Journal articles

  • Patrice Umenne and V.V Srinivasu, “Constrictions Fabricated on YBCO Thin Films using the Femtosecond Laser: Limiting Factors”, Acta Physica Polonica A, published as a special issue of the 7th International Advances in Applied Physics and Materials Science (APMAS 2017), Vol. 134 (July 2018), issue no 1, pp 100-102, ISSN:1898-794X, DOI: 10.12693/APhysPolA.134.100
  • Patrice Umenne and V.V Srinivasu, “Micron sized constrictions abricated using the femtosecond laser technique on YBCO thin films”, Indian journal of Physics, Submitted 11th May 2018, ISSN: 0973-1458.
  • Patrice Umenne, S. Lam, J. Du, and V. V Srinivasu, “Josephson Effect in the Micron and Submicron YBCO Constrictions Fabricated Using the Femtosecond Laser Technique,” J. Supercond. Nov. Magn., Vol.31, no. 5, pp 1341- 1350, May 2018,
  • Patrice Umenne and V. V Srinivasu, “Femtosecond-laser fabrication of micron and sub-micron sized S-shaped constrictions on high  superconducting YBCO thin films : ablation and lithography issues,” J. Mater. Sci. Mater. Electron., Vol. 28, no. 8, pp. 5817–5826, 2017,

Paper presentations

Peer reviewed conferences

  • Lindinkosi L. Zulu, Kingsley A. Ogudo, Patrice O. Umenne, “Emulating Software Defined Network Using Mininet and OpenDaylight Controller Hosted on Amazon Web Services Cloud Platform to Demonstrate a Realisitc Programmable Network”, published 5th December 2018 by the International Conference on Intelligent and Innovative Computing Applications (ICONIC 2018), 978-1-5386-6476-6, pp 148-154, IEEE Mauritius Subsection,
  • Lindinkosi L. Zulu, Kingsley A. Ogudo, Patrice O. Umenne, “Simulating Software Defined Networking Using Mininet to Optimize Host Communication in a Realistic Programmable Network”, International Conference on Advances in Big Data, Computing and Data Communication Systems (icABCD 2018), IEEE Mauritius subsection, 6-7th August, 2018, Durban, South Africa, ISBN: 978-1-5386-3059-4, published 22nd August, 2018, IEEE conference proceedings, pages, 490-495,
  • Patrice Umenne, V.V Srinivasu, “Microwave power dependence of the I-V characteristics of submicron and micron YBCO constrictions”, 2nd International Conference on Condensed Matter and Applied Physics (ICC2017), Nov 24-25, 2017, Bikaner, India, ISBN : 978-0-7354-1648-2, Vol. 1953, Published May 8, 2018, AIP Conference Proceedings, 1953, pg. 120069, (2018);
  • P.O Umenne, Odiambo Marcel O, “Performance Analysis of a WiMAX/Wi-Fi System whilst streaming different Video Conference applications with varying network loads”. International conference on Wireless Networks ICWN 2013, Las Vegas, Nevada, 22nd-25th July 2013, pp. 419-423, ISBN: 1-60132-250-X.
  • P.O Umenne, Odhiambo Marcel O, “Performance Analysis of a WiMAX/Wi-Fi System Whilst Streaming a Video Conference Application”. International Conference on Mobile, Optical and Wireless Communications ICMWOC 2013, London UK, 8th-9th July 2013, WASET issue 79, Article 135, pg. 703-707, ISSN 1307-6884.
  • P.O. Umenne, Odhiambo Marcel O, “The Performance of an 802.11g/Wi-Fi network whilst streaming voice content”. International Conference on Mobile, Wireless and Optical Communications ICMWOC 2012, Rome Italy, September 26-27th 2012, WASET Issue 69, Article 156, pg 794-800, pISSN 2010-376X
  • Odhiambo Marcel O, Patrice Umenne, Paul Amimo, “Application of Intelligent Agents in E-Commerce”, the 7th Annual International Conference-“Knowledge and dissemination for the realization of millennium development Goals 6th -9th September 2011”. Moi University Eldoret, Kenya, ISBN 978-9966-26-001-7, pp. 77-88.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

Professional Affiliation:

  • Registered as a Professional Engineer with ECSA
  • IEEE Member

Awards and honours

  • International patent filed PTC Patent Application No. PCT/IB2017/051676 in the name of UNISA. Generated a provisional patent from PhD    Work – Patent Number 2016/01975,  “Method for the Fabrication of MICRON and NANO constriction type on a YBCO Superconducting thin film”, Prof Srinivasu Vallabhupurapu, Umenne Patrice.


Postgraduate supervision:

  • Linda Zulu “Simulating and prototyping Software defined networking (Sdn) using Mininet approach to optimise host communication in realistic programmable networking environment”
  • Dion Njova “Evaluating of DNP3 protocol over Serial Communication on the Eastern Operating Unit Substations and improving SCADA performance”.
  • Moise Ndihano “Modelling haptic feedback in an augmented reality environment”.
  • Moise Ndihano “Modelling haptic feedback in an augmented reality environment”.
  • Josias Kanyinda Kanyinda, “GAN Vs LDMOS Power Amplifier Evaluation”
  • Avedi Evans Kitui “Design of an Energy Management System for Data Centers”.

Postgraduate opportunities:

Looking for a PhD student on the topic “Fabrication of Josephson Junctions using the Atomic Force microscopy (AFM) method on high Tc Superconducting Iron Nitrides based Thin Films” in microelectronics.


Short Biography:

Patrice Umenne is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Mining Engineering, College of Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET), University of South Africa (UNISA). He received his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Mid-Sweden University in 2006, where he worked on the “Modelling of the SiC MESFET power amplifier using the APLAC modelling tool”. He has completed his PhD in Applied physics with the thesis title “Fabrication of NANO Josephson’s Junction using the Femtosecond laser technique on YBCO superconducting thin films” in 2018.

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