Meet Selina Naana Egyir, a vocal advocate for natural resource management. This interview is a conversation about Africa, and why getting involved changes our perspective on the broader narrative! How do we get cheap, clean, quality water to households all over Africa? How do we ensure that people whose livelihood depends directly on water resources are using it appropriately for future generations? How do we reach out to rural areas to ensure that they have…
I am a young professional in STEM. Specifically, I promote STEM among African youth through my work at Global Minimum Inc. Very often, I meet young people who love science and technology and are eager to create solutions for the challenges they encounter in their communities. I have continually observed that more girls are diving into STEM-related fields and it is exciting for sure.
“Why are some plants able to withstand long periods of drought? What is in their DNA?” Pelly Malebe, a biotechnologist in South Africa has found answers to these questions through her research. She is the outgoing Next Einstein Forum ambassador for South Africa, and works closely with other scientists all over Africa to expose young people to science and technology. Her advise to young scientists? “Listen a little bit harder to yourself.”
Industrial engineering is a way of life. It influences all that you do, you will not even notice yourself applying it!
I grew up knowing there were two categories of jobs- blue jobs and pink jobs. And you were good at one or the other. Rebel that I am, I somehow ended up lilac…somewhere in between. There are these stereotypes that accompany anyone who dares to spend any time thinking about anything. I find myself debunking some, ignoring others and (ooops!) confirming others.
African society has a role to play to ensure gender discrimination is a thing of the past. How does societal involvement enhance the realization of gender equity?
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.
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.