Meet our East African Civil Engineers, Catherine Githuku is a lecturer at the Kenyatta University, Kenya and Agustina Alexander is a lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Question: How would you describe yourself as a civil engineer? Catherine: I am a lecturer in civil engineering. I enjoy training especially in the areas of structures(design of buildings, foundations and similar structures). I have also specialized in structures around water-ways(that is dams and intakes).
It is obligatory to network…In this era, information is power and a competitive advantage. Why not spend your time acquiring more of it? Everyone has something they can teach us. We should therefore be spending our time learning from others no matter who they are or where they come from.
As a young girl growing up, I was always fascinated by the things around me. When I looked at human beings, birds, airplanes, ships and cars, one question constantly plagued my mind, “How do they function the way they do?”
Do I need a mentor? This is the first question you need to ask yourself before you start looking for one. For example, to find a mentor, you have to have certain aspects that you want to achieve whether it is career growth or personal goals. A single, sound piece of advice from a mentor can be the catalyst that changes your frame of reference forever.
How do we positively influence young women in Science and Engineering to find effective mentors?When you understand these basic components of mentorship I believe you can have an effective one.
We are on a journey to share the experiences of the African Woman in STEM through features on this blog. We look forward to having you as part of our team of female scientists and mentors! Are you a female scientist or engineer from any part of the Africa and the world in general? Are you interested in mentoring young people through your experiences? We invite you to share your experience as a woman in…