June 23rd 2021, the 8th International Women in Engineering Day was marked all across the world. Women in engineering from all calibers of life from students to seasoned professionals all marked this day. This day was started by UK based Women’s Engineering Society (WES). It is a day that seeks to enhance the profile of women in engineering and at the same time highlight the opportunities available for young women and girls in the industry. This year, 2021 the theme was Engineering heroes aimed at highlighting the work done by women in engineering in various industries.
To mark this day here in Kenya, Michelle Boit Foundation, BeeTheEngineer, STEM Wahandisi La Femme, IEEE Women in Engineering Kenya Chapter and FESTO, organized an event at Kenyatta University (KU) in Kenya. The event was sponsored by all the above partner organizations and Giertsen Energy Solutions.
Participants listening to Eng. Michelle Boit’s presentation during the event.
The Kenyatta university brought their A team to the event. The event was graced by ENG Martin Nzomo, the IEEE patron of Kenyatta University. Dr. Winfred Mutuku, chair of KU STEM Club, Prof Judith Waudo, the director CGEE and KU WEE Hub Leader.
Eng. Nzomo giving his opening remarks
Prof. Judith Waudo giving her opening remarks
The MC for the day, Mercy Chemutai, a 5th year Petroleum Engineering student at KU.
To commemorate this day, we had three speakers from various engineering backgrounds to speak at the event.
Our First speaker was Ms. Martha Cheruto, the Asst. CEO of Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), an apex body of private sector in Keya. Ms. Cheruto is a Mechanical Engineer by training and a renewable energy expert.
Ms. Martha Cheruto giving her talk during the event.
Our second speaker was Eng. Esther Segero, a registered professional Civil and Structural Engineer and Engineering Lead at BuildX Studio.
Eng. Esther Segero giving her presentation during the event
Our third speaker was Eng. Michelle Boit, a Petroleum Engineer and founder of Michelle Boit Fondation. She is also the chair of Kenyatta University Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Kenyata University chapter.
Eng. Michelle Boit presenting during the event.
To close it off, there was a panel discussion which comprised of all the three guest speakers and two members of Kenyatta University faculty members and the students had a chance to interact with the speakers.
From L-R: Eng. Esther Segero, Eng Michelle Boit, Ms. Martha Cheruto, during the panel discussion
We leave you with pictures on how the celebration was.