he path to engineering advancement is paved by non-technical tasks and one should embrace them wholeheartedly. These tasks do help in the overall professional development.
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.
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.
Your career is a minefield of opportunities where you can invest your energies.
We need more women to take on food science roles to address the multiplicity of challenges in the agriculture and food sectors. Food Scientists have a critical role to play in Agricultural research and development, which has a direct impact on national growth.
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.
In the words of Howard Thurman, “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
My hope is that, soon Research & Development (R&D) will be a bustling and essential field in Africa, similar to the United States, Europe and Asia. It’s high time we Africans develop homegrown solutions and innovations.
“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.
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.