I am an aeronautical telecommunications engineer

1Meet Sepelong Motloung, an aeronautical telecommunications engineer with the Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana. She graduated with a degree in Telecommunications Engineering and is currently living her passion. She is a registered professional engineer with the Engineers Registration Board of Botswana (ERB). Find out what inspires her. Continue reading

Medicinal plants and organic chemistry: My career

Lucia Kabanga has found her niche! The question she tries to answer everyday is ‘What medicinal properties can we harvest from traditional plant species?’ She also inspires young minds as an instructor at Chancellor College, Malawi.  Continue reading

So you want to be a virologist?

“Viruses to me are extremely smart, and almost poetic to me.” Quite an introduction to the subject of virology! Dr. Connie Chow talks of her love for virology, her interests in transforming STEM learning through initiatives like The Exploratory in Ghana and The letter to my young self initiative. Find her on LinkedIn and Twitter.
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My type of science: Plants and DNA

“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.” Continue reading

Why Africa needs Soil, Water and Environmental Engineering

Sharon_Muyera_1Sharon Muyera is a Soil, Water and Environmental Engineer, currently working with Davis and Shirtliff, Kenya as a Sales engineer.  She believes that engineers have a pivotal role in redefining the scarcities that we face in Africa. Our chat below tells us why, now more than ever, it is important to have Soil, Water and Environmental Engineers.  Continue reading

How I will become the next technology entrepreneur in Africa

I usually flinch at the thought of entrepreneurship. My mind conjures images of my poor sales background, which I conclude is due to the lack of tact ingrained in science nerds. True to the engineer that I am, I begin to poke at the notion of being an entrepreneur. What would it involve? What product would I sell? How would I get the requisite skill to do it? The answers to these questions do not often yield positive answers. Continue reading

Why I am a Food Microbiologist

Angela Parry-Hanson
What does science have to do with the quality of the food that you eat? Dr. Angela Parry-Hanson, a food microbiologist in Ghana, takes us through her career progression and explains why food microbiology is an important career choice for Africa, and how to become a specialist in this area.  Continue reading