Meet Bridget Nyirongo, Assistant Systems Engineer in Software Development for the University of Malawi, Chancellor College ICT Centre

July 15, 2018


Bridget’s Bio

Bridget Nyirongo is a Computer Scientist who is passionate about using her technical expertise to see and realize a high representation of females in the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Africa. She works as the Assistant Systems Engineer in Software Development for the University of Malawi, Chancellor College ICT Centre. She is an expert in software development using Ruby on Rails, Ruby, PHP, Laravel, HTML, CSS, Javascript, Bootstrap, and MySQL. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Mathematics with Distinction from the University of Malawi, Chancellor College and a Master of Science in Computer Science and Technology, First Class, obtained from the Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China. In addition to this, she holds a certificate in Business and Entrepreneurship obtained from UNISA Business School through the YALI RLC in South Africa. Her research interest is to analyze the dynamic ranking of refactoring menu items in the commonly used Integrated Development Environments. Bridget is a chapter Lead for the Women in Tech Africa Malawi Chapter. During her free time, she enjoys baking, reading inspirational materials and watching reality tv series.
Why did you get into STEM?

If one would ask me sometime back if I would end up in this field my answer would definitely be NO. Ever since I was a young girl I used to think I would pursue more of a career in Humanities than in STEM. Things took a different turn when I got to college. I decided to pursue Computer Science. My drive was really to try something different and be in a field that is challenging and rewarding at the same time.
What do you consider your greatest achievements?

I consider each and every step of my life as my greatest achievement. Reaching this far and still growing and thriving in the STEM field is my greatest achievement.
What challenges have you faced as a woman in STEM and how did you overcome them?

One of the most prominent challenges is that it gets lonely sometimes. I am mostly the only female on board when I go for meetings. I am also the only female Engineer at work. This makes it really difficult to find someone who you can have that girl chat with or just to express those girly feelings to. So I just make myself my own best company.
What is your advice to budding women in STEM?

My advice would be hard work, focus, and persistence. Above all embrace your uniqueness and do not let anyone look down on you. Always celebrate your uniqueness and never stop believing that you CAN!! No matter what life throws at you NEVER STOP BELIEVING THAT YOU CAN!!


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