Five Female JKUAT Students Win Coveted Scholarships

Five female students from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology all pursuing ICT related courses, have won scholarships to represent the University at the world’s largest gathering of innovative women in technology.

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) which will be staged in the United States October 1-4, 2019, is a series of conferences designed to bring research and career interests of women in technology and innovation to the forefront, while also creating a platform for them to deliberate on the contributions of women to computing. The initiative attracts over 20,000 high profile participants comprising of global leaders, companies and academia experts cutting across over 50 countries.

Velda Karimi, Delphine Nyaboke, Cynthia Wangui, Mary Muthoni and Susan Ndagi won the scholarships after emerging tops in technological and innovative online competitions with other young women across the globe.

The five students who are under the mentorship of Dr. Yusuf Muchelule, a faculty member of Grace Hopper, and JKUAT’s Dean, School of Business, Dr. Florence Memba, are the highest number of the scholarship winners from any East African University.

Velda Karimi, a Third year student pursuing Bachelor of Business Information Technology said she was eager to interact with like-minded women like “Justine Cassell” who share common interests in artificial intelligence and robotics.

Karimi hopes that the opportunity will thrust her aspirations of being a successful Software Engineer saying interacting with her peers from diverse backgrounds and globally renowned brands was highly motivating.

“I hope that being among successful women in the industry will motivate me to pursue my dreams of being a successful Software Engineer. GHC is known for diversity and I intend to learn their motivation and journey while also learning about my passion, strengths and weakness,” said Karimi

Cynthia Wangui, a Fourth year student, Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, stated that it is now their responsibility to put Africa on the map saying the forum is an avenue for creating global visibility to JKUAT and Africa as a whole.

While expressing her gratitude to her mentors and the University for the high level training, Wangui said she intends to use the platform to mentor young girls in the marginalized areas in the field of technology.

On her part, Dr. Florence Memba urged the students to aim even higher saying they not only represent JKUAT but all the women with a keen interest in the field.

She pointed out that the scholarships won by JKUAT being the highest in number in any East African Universities, only enhances the University’s image as a leading institution in training and innovations at the global stage.

About the author

Dr. Muchelule

Dr. Muchelule has a Doctorate degree in project management,
masters in project management, with another ongoing Ph.D. in
management information systems, Bachelor of Science in computer science, ISO certified systems auditor, IT Governance as well as a child protection certified expert from Harvard University, Microsoft Certified IT, professional expert, from Microsoft U.S.A., Certified senior management expert as well
as strategic leadership development expert from Kenya School of Government with over 15 years of experience in ICT, project management, and Monitoring Evaluation. Currently, he is ACCA Strategic Business Leadership National Award-Winning Mentor (2022), Grasshoppers Global Award-Winning ICT Mentor, Florida U.S.A (2019), and IBM Research Africa Emerging Technology Mentorship Award (2018). Dr. Muchelule is a key facilitator in the Office of Registrar of Political Parties(ORPP), Kenya on its mandate, As well as lead trainer/facilitator to Kajiado County Ward Managers on Monitoring & evaluation, Gulf cap top management facilitator on project design, monitoring
& evaluation on Buxton Point Affordable Housing Project Mombasa County, Kenya, Key technical member on monitoring & evaluation of Kenya Judiciary, Co-Consultant with Africa
Population & Health Research Centre (APHRC) on the development of Kenya National Sanitation Policy, Lead consultant in the Development of Monitoring, Evaluation, And Learning (MEL) Plan For National Council on the Administration of Justice (NCAJ)- Court Users Committees (CUC), Lead consultant on the development of Gender Policy for the Kenya Independent Medico-Legal Unit (IMLU); lead consultant on Systems Analysis and Design For Projects Information Management System for Kenya's national water harvesting and storage authority(NWHSA), Team member in the development of Kenya judiciary strategic plan, lead consultant Kenya National Treasury in the Development of Standard Methodological Manual for Project Level Monitoring Evaluation and Reporting, ICT authority Technical committee member on Digital Literacy Program Implementation among Public Schools in Kenya, lead consultant in Mennonite Economic Development Associates of Canada (“MEDA”) on Equitable Prosperity through Private Sector Development (MSAWA Project).
He is among the Founder and Executive Director of the MettaMetta Foundation western region of Kenya, Technical Projects Advisor at The Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK), An adjunct Lecturer at Kenya School of Law, a lecturer in both public and
private sectors in Kenya namely Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Moi University, Umma University an External Examiner at Azteca University Canada & Mexico, External curriculum reviewer for Daystar, Kenya & South Eastern University of Kenya, a grasshopper’s faculty member in the U.S.A, PMI certified member U.S.A. With
working experience in development partner agencies like ACORD, MUBADIROON in sub-Sahara Africa, AMREF-Maanisha programme-Kenya, Mumias Muslim Community Programme (MUMCOP)Kenya, Technical and Financial Audit for a Safe Programming in Kakuma & Dadaab Refugee Camps by International Rescue Committee. Dr. Muchelule has published more than 100 scientific peer-reviewed journals articles in various fields of applied, social & management sciences as well as on societies issues with applicable solutions to their problems through research; currently, he is a member of the community of Researchers for Global Journals for UK and USA and a Fellow Reviewer for both International Journal for Economics, Commerce, and Management, as well as an editorial research board member of Lakenya University, Kenya, and a coordinator of the
incubation hub as well research committee board member Umma University, Kenya; as well as a committee member of the ICT master plan for Kenya Vision 2030.

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