The art of problem solving: Why I don’t know what I don’t know

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. Read More »

Mathematics is my life

Mathematicians are not all nerds. They are skilled in solving ambiguous problems that we find in today’s world, and have some social skills to boot. Meet Ms. Thabang Ntume Seamolo, a mathematician, as she tells us how she is carving out a niche for herself as a Management Information Systems Analyst at the First National Bank of Botswana.Read More »

Why I still choose engineering

Letter addressed to my form four leaver self:

Dear Keziah,

I vividly remember my first day in campus. If we had met a week before 4th May that year, you would laugh at me if I told you that I was going to enrol for an engineering course. Well, that is a story for another day but here I am and I keep on thinking, what would I tell my first year self? This may sound cliché but the only reason I chose engineering was because I was confident that I was a bright student. Yes I am. In my family, engineering, medicine, architecture and similar careers are expected on passing your exams. I do not regret enrolling for engineering, infact, I have grown to enjoy it. So if I could go back, what pep-talk would I give myself? Here goes: Read More »