Someone once said “The study of Engineering is for those who want to dedicate their career path to it, however, everyone, that is both men and women, can use and practice Engineering.” I would say this phrase begs for some provocative deliberation. That being said, in my effort to share some of my own experiences, this International Women in Engineering day (INWED 2018), I decided to put down a few recommendations (there are more than these, of course, but then the article would be too long!) that I would give to a developing engineer or to someone aspiring to enter the field. So let us just get straight into it. Continue reading “4 recommendations to becoming a better engineer”
Looking at a building coming up, all one sees is concrete and steel. It looks lifeless. Cynthia Waihenya is a design engineer who brings life into the building by introducing service to it. She works at Gamma Delta E A as a consulting Engineer. Find out what is unique about a design engineer. Continue reading “Design engineer: Why what I do matters”
I believe that a lady in engineering should go out there and know you are representing all ladies in tech. Do your best. Don’t restrict yourself. Do as much as you can do so that the young girl who comes after you will not be restricted based on your decisions.
How do we deal with problems we can’t solve? Or questions we can’t respond to? “I don’t know” is one of the most difficult statements an engineer can make. However, just stopping at “I don’t know” is, to me, one of the most tragic mistakes a good engineer can make. I believe that it is important to know why I don’t know before I can lay the issue to rest. Continue reading “The art of problem solving: Why I don't know what I don't know”
Industrial engineering is a way of life. It influences all that you do, you will not even notice yourself applying it!
What does it take to become a lecturer in electrical engineering? And what does this career choice involve? Find below my interview with a lecturer in Electrical Engineering, who is passionate about engineering, teaching and mentorship, Dr. Ditiro Setlhaolo. She is also a consultant in demand side energy management.
I would say that everyone is a mentor to me. Each person you meet has something to teach you, if you only listen.
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Girls are brought up as princesses, so this can make the pursuit of engineering a difficult choice.