Of blue jobs, pink jobs and anything in between

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. Continue reading

Do I dare to become a Mechanical Engineer?

IMG-20160808-WA0006Atang Monicah Koboti is my name. I am a Mechanical Engineering Student at the University of Botswana, currently in my final year of study. Why did I choose mechanical engineering? I was very inquisitive as a child, and of course, my mother was present to answer these questions on the stars, the galaxies and whatever else I could come up with. She loved to read and she would, patiently, pass on her knowledge to me. Once I was able to, I would read more on the topics I was curious about and impress her with my knowledge. Continue reading

Medical Research: My passion

Dr_Refilwe_at_work_2Medicine is defined as a “calling” or the noblest profession, mostly because it involves service of others at their weakest. Doctor Refilwe Mothibamele tells us how her pursuit of a medical career led her to HIV-AIDS Research and what makes it an engaging occupation.

Question: Tell me about your training as a medical doctor.
Refilwe:
I did my first year, what we call common year, at the University of Botswana, then proceeded to Kwa Zulu Natal, Durban for Bachelor of Medicine in Surgery for 5 years. Continue reading

My Career in Renewable Energy

Carol_Mwangi-MakenziCaroline Mwangi-Makenzi is the engineering team leader in renewable energy systems at African Solar Designs. Find out how she ventured into renewable energy after her training as a mechatronic engineer and why renewable energy is a niche career choice.

Question: Tell me about your journey as an engineer.
Caroline: I am a trained Mechatronic Engineer, which simply means electromechanical engineering. After graduation, I first worked with Davis & Shirtliff, who  design solar and other energy solutions. I worked for 4 years in the solar department as a technical sales engineer, where my role was in the project design and management of a team of junior engineers and technicians. Continue reading

My aspiration for Agriculture in Botswana

Meet Ms. Thobo, Ms. Kandondi and Ms. Marang, aspiring scientists in agriculture in Botswana. They tell us their stories and aspirations for agriculture in their country.

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Ms. Marang, Ms. Kandondi and Ms. Thobo at the interview


Miss Kapweke Kandondi – Soil and Water Engineering

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Ms. Kandondi

The person and the career:
I am Kapweke Kandondi, from Etsha in the northern part of Botswana. My undergraduate degree was in BSc. Soil and Water Conservation Engineering at Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, where I was the best student. I am currently pursuing an MSc. in Soil and Water Engineering focusing on conservation agriculture. I chose to do engineering, since I have always enjoyed science. Continue reading

Why Engineering Loves Me

This was supposed to be an article about what I love about being a lecturer in Mechatronic Engineering. I will flip it and make it about what Engineering and lecturing love about me.mechatronics_at_workFirst up, I learn fast and learn well. Really fast. Really well. Anything that has clear instructions. This has allowed me to enjoy the lifelong learning that is involved in a constantly changing field like Mechatronics. It means that I am able to keep up with my inquisitive students without feeling burdened by it. Continue reading

WOMEN IN ENGINEERING

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Vast studies have been done to obtain an insight on women in engineering, science and technology as a whole. Statistics in our country, Kenya, shows that the population of women in the country is equally as much as that of men. As in the past, the major challenge to the progress of women in engineering as a whole was that there continues to be a relatively small number of women in engineering.

Given that the population of women in Kenya is about 50.3%, there should be equally as many women in engineering as men. Surprisingly, only 3.2% of all registered engineers and 7% of the graduate engineers are women. This happens to be not just local, but a worldwide predicament. The percentage of female engineers in Latvia is roughly 30%, 28.6% in Cyprus, 21% in Turkey and 8.7% in the U.K .But why is the number of women drastically low…

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