STEM WOW - STEM Woman of the Week

Telling the stories of African women rocking it in STEM

STEM WOW is a project by Nsesa Foundation to tell the stories of young inspirational African women on the continent and in the diaspora who are rocking it in the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Between January and June 2018, we will share the stories of such women with 2.5 million people across the world on our website and social media pages.

We hope to inspire the next generation of female African Innovators, Scientists, Engineers and STEM educators with these powerful stories.

Latest STEM WOW Stories

Meet Professor Yewande Olubummo, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Spelman College

Yewande Olubummo was born and raised in Ibadan, Nigeria. She is the oldest of three children born to parents Adegoke and Edak Olubummo. After completing secondary school at the International School, Ibadan, Dr. Olubummo studied mathematics at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree. She left Nigeria in 1981 for the United States to attend graduate school at Yale University. She received an M.S. degree in 1983 from Yale University and a Ph.D. degree in 1991 from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, both in pure mathematics. Dr. Olubummo taught for two years as Lecturer of Mathematics at Smith College, Massachusetts, before joining the faculty as Lecturer of Mathematics at Spelman College, Atlanta, in 1991. She became Associate Professor of Mathematics at Spelman College in 2000 and served as the department chairperson from 2006 to 2010. CONTINUE READING
Meet Professor Yewande Olubummo, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Spelman College

Keabetswe Tebogo Ncube, PhD candidate at the Agricultural Research Council, South Africa

Ms Keabetswe T. Ncube is a PhD candidate at the Agricultural Research Council, Biotechnology Platform (ARC-BTP), registered PhD Genetics with University of Kwa-Zulu Natal focusing her studies on goat growth and meat genomics. Ms Ncube holds a Bachelor of Technology in Biotechnology from Tshwane University of Technology and a Master of Science in Life Sciences from University of South Africa specializing in Statistical Genomics and her dissertation focused on growth and maternal lineages of South African goats. CONTINUE READING
Keabetswe Tebogo Ncube, PhD candidate at the Agricultural Research Council, South Africa

Meet Professor Francisca Nneka Okeke, Professor of Physics, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, (UNN)

Francisca Nneka Okeke is a Professor of Physics, 2000 to date and her areas of research interest include; Solid Earth Geophysics, Atmospheric Physics and Climate Variability. She holds the following qualifications; B.Sc Physics (second class Honours, upper division), 1980, M.Ed (Masters in Science Education),1985, M.Sc in Applied Earth Geophysics 1989, Ph.D Ionospheric Geophysics 1995, Postgraduate Diploma in Education, (PGDE), 1983 all from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN). Her postdoctoral work was carried out at the University of Tokyo, Japan. CONTINUE READING
Meet Professor Francisca Nneka Okeke,  Professor of Physics, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, (UNN)

Meet Nura Abdul-Rahman, Chevening Scholar, Masters Degree student in Information Technology at University of Glasgow, UK

Nura Abdul-Rahman is a graduate of Ashesi University with a Bachelor's Degree in Management Information Systems. She is currently a Chevening Scholar pursuing a Master’s Degree in Information Technology at University of Glasgow, UK. While in Ashesi, she participated in a semester abroad at Macalester College, USA where she majored in Computer Science. CONTINUE READING
Meet Nura Abdul-Rahman, Chevening Scholar, Masters Degree student in Information Technology at University of Glasgow, UK

Meet Gugulethu Moyo, Civil Engineer at Bi Infrastructure Consultants, South Africa

Miss Gugulethu Moyo is a civil and water engineer practising in the South African engineering consultancy sector and has previously worked in municipal engineering in Zimbabwe. She grew up in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe where she studied for her degree in civil and water engineering at the National University of Science and Technology and is currently pursuing a Master of Philosophy degree assessing water losses in water distribution systems focusing on the city of Bulawayo. CONTINUE READING
Meet Gugulethu Moyo, Civil Engineer at Bi Infrastructure Consultants, South Africa

Meet Njeri Mwaniki, Founder of Zaidi STEM, Kenya

Njeri grew up on a flower farm in Limuru, Kenya. In 2001, she located with her parents to the USA, where she completed her high school in Chapel Hill, NC. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from North Carolina State University, and a Masters of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Florida, Gainesville. She currently works as an Information Scientist at Bayer supporting the North America Crop business. CONTINUE READING
Meet Njeri Mwaniki, Founder of Zaidi STEM, Kenya

Meet Professor Aissa Wade, Professor of Mathematics at Penn State University

Aissa Wade is currently a Professor of Mathematics at Penn State University and she was the head of the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences in Senegal, 2016-2018. She has held visiting positions at several institutions including The University of North Carolina, The African University of Science and Technology and The University Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, France. Professor Wade received her doctoral degree in Mathematics from University Montpellier 2, France before joining the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics as a Postdoctoral Fellow. CONTINUE READING
Meet Professor Aissa Wade, Professor of Mathematics at Penn State University

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