Samantha Mugeni Niyoyita is a Black engineer from Rwanda and currently works as a Process Engineer at Africa Improved Foods. She was recently profiled by IEEE, ‘after several years of volunteering for IEEE humanitarian technology projects’:
The IEEE member from Kigali, Rwanda, participated in installing portable sinks in nearby rural markets to curb the spread of COVID-19 and provided clean water and sanitation services to people displaced by the Mount Nyiragongo volcano eruption in 2021.
Niyoyita wanted to learn how to tackle other issues such as access to quality health care, understanding different cultures, and becoming familiar with local policies. And she felt she needed to enhance her leadership and communications skills and learn how to manage projects.
Thanks to a special scholarship from IEEE, she’s now remotely studying for a master’s degree in development practice from Regis University in Denver. The program provides soft skills such as leadership as well as education in healthcare, environmental issues, and sustainability.