Why did you choose to become an engineer?
From a young age, I have loved experimenting with different technologies and understanding how I can use computers to build new and exciting things. At age 14, my friend and I started building websites and actually monetised a few by selling them to local businesses. I was also one of the students, and one of only two girls, to help establish the computer programming club at my school.
My love for the field of computing and mathematics guided me towards pursuing an undergraduate degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering.
What is it like being an engineer?
I don’t think there is one way of describing what it’s like to be an engineer and, in my opinion, that’s why the field is so exciting.
For me, being an engineer means learning new things every day. Not learning in the traditional sense of a classroom environment but learning through everything around me. Wherever I go, I can see engineering innovations and the impact they have on the world.
I also think that engineering unites people through presenting challenges that seem unsolvable. Through diversity of thought and experience, engineers are able to come together to create, innovate and find solutions to these challenges.
Who is your engineering hero?
I have many engineering heroes.
Growing up, I did not know many female engineering figures so, from a young age, Steve Wozniak was my engineering hero. Wozniak, also known as Woz, is the co-founder of Apple and the engineering mastermind behind the Apple computer.
He is one of the main reasons I decided to study computer engineering. I was fortunate enough to meet him at a young age at a local symposium, where I had the opportunity to speak with him briefly.
Now, I see engineering heroes around me everywhere. From Gladys West to Juliana Rotich, I feel motivated and inspired by their journeys. I also feel hopeful that the next generation of engineers will have many role models and ‘heroes’ to look up to.