MTAWA Holds Successful Meeting in Atlanta, GA

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Prof. Margaret Gitau (Purdue University and MTAWA) gave an update on the state of the Network. (Network Update)


Dr. Margaret Okomo-Adhiambo (CDC and MTAWA) led a combined breakout session on early career challenges and opportunities and the importance of mentoring. (Breakout Session 1A, B)


Dr. Elizabeth Quansah (Auburn University) gave an inspiring keynote address, sharing her professional journey and providing insights into the challenges and opportunities for African women in academia. (MTAWA Meeting Keynote Presentation)


Prof. Clare Muhoro (Towson University and MTAWA) gave a workshop on negotiation covering key strategies including identifying negotiables and setting your BATNA and ZOPA. (Materials only available to meeting participants.)

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Prof. Margaret Gitau led a group mentoring session focused on challenges and opportunities for African women in academia. (See Meeting Report for Notes.)

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Dr. Maryann Chege (Floyd Medical Center and MTAWA) hosted a tour of Atlanta for interested participants.

Meeting Report: Meeting Report
Resources and links:

https://engineering.purdue.edu/Engr/Academics/Graduate/ProfessionalDevelopment/Student (Purdue University)

https://rackham.umich.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/mentoring.pdf (University of Michigan)

https://www.grad.ubc.ca/current-students/professional-development/graduate-game-plan (University of British Columbia)

https://engineering.purdue.edu/Engr/Academics/Graduate/FacultyResources/Faculty-Mentoring-Packet-(updated%2001-24-2018).pdf (Purdue University, For Mentors).



Meet Our Mentors: Dr. Esther Mosase


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Dr. Esther Mosase

Dr. Esther Mosase recently obtained her PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering at South Dakota State University. Her dissertation work focused on modelling water availability, risk and resilience in the Limpopo River Basin, a semi-arid basin in Southern Africa. Esther’s PhD work was supported by the Schlumberger Foundation, Faculty for the Future (FFTF) program which sponsors women in Science and Engineering, the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) through the Botswana Department of Tertiary Education Financing (DTEF), and Botswana Embassy in the United States.
  Esther received her Master’s in Agricultural Engineering from Botswana College of Agriculture (Botswana). Thereafter, she worked as a junior lecturer at the BIUST in Botswana before starting her PhD. Esther is currently working part time as a Staff Research Associate (SRA II) at the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources. Esther is looking forward to continuing contributing to research and science-based information in water resources including water quality improvement and impact of climate change on water resources. As a product of the Schlumberger Foundation FFTF program, Esther looks forward to continuing empowering girls/women to pursue Science and Engineering fields.

Dr. Margaret Okomo-Adhiambo inducted as Fellow of the AAS


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Dr. Margaret Okomo-Adhiambo

On Dec 11, 2018, Dr. Margaret Okomo-Adhiambo was inducted as Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, in Pretoria, SA. Fellows are elected based on achievements including their publication record, innovations, leadership roles and contribution to policy and to the development of science on the continent, and globally. Dr. Okomo-Adhiambo says “[I am] very humbled and honored to be part of this prestigious group of scientists.”

Meet Our Mentees: Pamela Mugisha

Pamela Mugisha
Mrs. Mugisha Pamela recently joined Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi to pursue studies leading to a PHD in Geospatial Computing Sciences. Mrs. Mugisha is passionate about water and hydrology and wishes to use remote sensing to study the effect of direct stormwater discharge to oceans in growing coastal cities.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural engineering from Makerere University, Uganda and an Msc. degree in Hydroscience and engineering from Technical University, Dresden, Germany.



Prof. Margaret Gitau Gives Invited Seminar at IIT Bombay

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Prof. Gitau (at right) receives a token of appreciation from Prof. Jothiprakash of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and the Civil Engineering Association.

Margaret Gitau, Associate Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue University and President of MTAWA, gave an invited seminar at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, on October 3, 2018. Prof. Gitau talked about one of the greatest challenges in our world today, this being the impairment of water quality by pollutants from agricultural, rural/urbanizing, and urban lands. She discussed her perspectives, current research, and future directions, and also highlighted opportunities for integrated, multidisciplinary research to develop sustainable solutions to current water quality problems.