The steps to greatness emerge from small beginnings. Her story is one of a little girl’s dream, carefully nurtured into an unquenchable passion, that has led her to an exciting career with endless opportunities. The sky is not even the limit! Be encouraged by the Bonolo Mpabanga‘s grit and determination, as you find out what it takes to be an aerospace engineer.
Until you see someone like you doing something, it is not a social norm. This is why representation in STEM matters.
Lucy Quist is the first Ghanaian woman to lead a multi-national telecommunications company, Airtel Ghana. She is also an Electrical and Electronics Engineer with outstanding credentials. She is dedicated to mentoring young professionals in Africa through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with initiatives like #EvolveWithSTEM and the Executive Women’s Network. Here is her letter to her 10 year old self.**
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.
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.
So, why am I going on and on about black forest cake? Because labels create expectations, and value is attached to labels. I am in the business of producing engineers. Mechatronic engineers to be specific. At university level, it is a joint task between my student and myself. Like in cake making, I work with the ingredients at hand.
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.
There is more to agriculture than ploughing and cattle. One can venture into water affairs, agriculture, environmental science and so on.
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).