- Please give a brief background of yourself:
My grandfather was an “engineer”. He used Hydro energy to mill grains into flour using what may be called a crude but ingenious technology. A heavy stone spun by water ground grains on a second heavy stone. I remember spending time at the milling plant as a little girl and not enjoying it; never did it occur it me that decades later, I would be working for a hydro power company. My father is a renowned mathematician amongst a certain generation.
- What motivated you to join the engineering field?
Love for math. I was never the Engineer i.e. that person who loves opening up gadgets and fiddling around trying to understand how it works. I wanted to take the most mathematically intensive course. That is how I ended up in Electrical Engineering.
- Did you have any role models while growing up and studying engineering?
Not quite. There was my sister Jennifer (A mechanical engineering graduate) but she was just a year ahead of me. We encouraged each other. There was also my father a renowned mathematician. Other than that I feel now looking back that I had no role model. May be that is why I am very committed to being a role model not just for ladies and gentlemen in Science and Technology but for other careers as well.
- Why did you choose the field of Process engineering?
I am focused on Process Engineering, Technical Assurance and Operations Excellence because I love Efficiency and enjoy pursuing Excellence. I believe that organizations can achieve excellence and World class status and that is why I choose this area.
- Besides the degree in engineering, what else does one need to study so as practice process engineering?
You can study Six Sigma, Root cause analysis, Kaizen, Quality tools, Quality Systems auditing and Business Excellence models. You may pursue certification in any of these areas within the Engineering discipline that you have studied.
- What challenges do you face in the engineering field as a lady, and also in the field of process engineering?
Challenges include: Ensuring that I am working on high profile projects, the limitation of time: so much to do and so little time, as well up keeping up with my brand and reinventing myself repeatedly so as to stay relevant.
- What advice would you give to upcoming lady engineers?
Be professional, keep your word, do not focus on your income at the beginning of your career: focus on your goals and your long term vision, Learn, learn, learn and get technical exposure early!
- What are your greatest achievements?
My biggest achievement so far is founding STEM Africa and subsequently winning the Goldman Sachs Fortune Global Women Leaders award. My other achievement is juggling conflicting priorities every day of my life including my spirituality, my family, my career and STEM Africa amongst others. My biggest achievement in my career is rolling out Base Transceiver Station maintenance services in Uganda as a subcontractor to a GSM company. I was the Project Manager and everything went well on the night of handover from the previous subcontractor.