Prof. Obwoya Kinyera Sam holds a PhD in Physics (Materials Science) from Makerere University; MSc (Materials Science) from Reading University, UK; Advanced Diploma in Education (Science) from University of Bristol (UK); and BSc/Ed from Makerere University.He has been a Professor of Physics at Kyambogo University, Kampala Uganda; where he taught physics and supervised students for more than twenty five years.
He has served in many capacities including Chairperson of The Governing Council, Uganda Institute of Information and Communications Technology (UICT and Principal of Uganda Petroleum Institute Kigumba (UPIK); member of Governing Council of National Teachers College Unyama and Uganda Institute of Information and Communications Technology (UICT).
While at Kyambogo University he served as Chairperson of many committees which included: Local Boards of Surveys; General Regulations Governing In-Service and Certificate Committee; General Regulations Review Committee”; National Educational Consultancy and Advisory Bureau (NECAB); General Regulations Governing In-Service Diploma and Certificates; Examination Regulations Committee for BEd, Diploma and Certificates Committee; Editorial Board for Uganda Science Educational Bulletin; and Chairperson, Institute General Regulations Governing BEd program.
At Kyambogo University Prof. Obwoya Kinyera Sam served as Director of Open Distance and eLearning Centre (ODeL) for eight years; Acting Head of Physical Science (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics), Head of Physics Department for ten years. Before joining Kyambogo, he was Head of Physics Department at Old Kampala Senior Secondary School for ten years.
He served as Principal Investigator of Millenium Science Initiative (MSI) project, a Member of the Task Force on Development of Scheme of Service for Teaching Personnel in Uganda Education Service: Education Service Commission; Lead Researcher for Multigrade Education, funded by World Bank; Team Leader of several research works including among others: “Professional Profile of a Uganda Primary Teacher; Professional Profile of a Tutor in a Primary Teachers College.
He has been External Examiner for Physics at Nairobi University; Gulu University; Mbarara University and Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU); Makerere University, School of Education; Internal Examiner, Department of mechanical Engineering Makerere University ; and Chairman of Doctoral Committee, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Makerere University.
He served as Chief Examiner for A-level Physics (UNEB) for over 15 years before retiring. In addition he doubled as moderator and setter of Physics Exams (UNEB) for over twenty five years. He has been a visiting Scientist at Princeton University, USA under the US-Africa Materials Institute (USAMI) program.