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I am a Highways Projects Engineer

Posted on September 9, 2017

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Winfred Gichuru is a Highways projects engineer working at Gibb International Ltd. Construction became her passion late in the game, but she has caught up, loving every challenge that the job provides. She speaks to us about her role in infrastructure, and why women need to just Get-Up-and-Go! Why Civil Engineering? I consider myself a late bloomer when it comes to civil engineering. I loved science since I was a kid and even dreamt of becoming
Sharon Muyera is a Soil, Water and Environmental Engineer, currently working with Davis and Shirtliff, Kenya as a Sales engineer.  She believes that engineers have a pivotal role in redefining the scarcities that we face in Africa. Our chat below tells us why, now more than ever, it is important to have Soil, Water and Environmental Engineers.  Why did you choose Soil, Water and Environmental Engineering? When I was 11, I was fortunate to travel to

Design engineer: Why what I do matters

Posted on August 19, 2017

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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. How did you get to be a design engineer? I am actually a Mechatronic Engineer by training. Mechatronic Engineering, in layman’s terms, is
I usually flinch at the thought of entrepreneurship. My mind conjures images of my poor sales background, which I conclude is due to the lack of tact ingrained in science nerds. True to the engineer that I am, I begin to poke at the notion of being an entrepreneur. What would it involve? What product would I sell? How would I get the requisite skill to do it? The answers to these questions do not often

Why I am a Food Microbiologist

Posted on June 30, 2017

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What does science have to do with the quality of the food that you eat? Dr. Angela Parry-Hanson, a food microbiologist in Ghana, takes us through her career progression and explains why food microbiology is an important career choice for Africa, and how to become a specialist in this area.  Question: What motivated you to get into the area of food science and specifically food microbiology? My first encounter with Food microbiology was in undergraduate. While

Taking the lead: The architect

Posted on May 19, 2017

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Meet Nina Ndichu, the principal architect at Mimari Ltd in Kenya. With 11 years of experience in architecture, she tells us of how she came into her role and her take of the architectural landscape for women in the construction industry. Question: What motivated you to choose architecture? When I was young, my dad showed us this blueprints for our house we were going to build. I knew then I was going to be an architect. Question:
Passion, tenacity and a force to be reckoned with. Three words that barely scratch the surface when talking about Martha Wakoli. An Electrical Engineering with Kenya Power and the co-editor of Queengineers, she is dedicated to being exceptional in her career in energy, as well as encouraging young girls to pursue technology. She is, also, at the forefront of being part of the dialogue on affairs affecting the youth through the online platform, Shaping African Conversations. Read more about this phenomenal
Marian Muthui describes herself as an engineer, innovator and educator. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Nairobi and is a Young and Emerging Leaders Project (YELP) Fellow. Her passion in engineering design & design thinking led her to start the community based Mekatilili program for young girls. This is her story. Question: What motivated you to pursue Mechanical Engineering, and why have you stayed in the

Africa: Reintroduced

Posted on March 24, 2017

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“To define Africa as a whole makes it necessary to look at it from the outside. But constantly doing so results in tropes that undermine the perspectives of those that live on the continent.” – Nancy Kacungira, Winner of BBC World News Komla Dumor Award for Africa – Why I cannot tell ‘the African Story’. Talking about Africa has become increasingly popular these days where Africa is normally referenced as a single homogeneous entity. If
There are a lot of investment opportunities in renewable energy in Africa right now. What is the role of engineers in this sector? Rita Nkatha Laibuta, an Electrical Engineer practising in the Renewable Energy Industry, tells us how her training puts her in a unique position to identify opportunities and catalyse involvement of partners towards implementation.  Question: Why did you choose Electrical Engineering? Rita: In high school, I loved physics, chemistry and mathematics and was interested in statistics.