We’re introducing each individual joining us for a month-long mentorship as part of this year’s TechWomen, a program empowering the next generation of female leaders in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) from Africa and the Middle East. Here’s our third emerging leader!
Germaine Ashu. E
Current Occupation: Electrical Engineer, Service Head for Maintenance of Electrical Networks
Mentorship Program: working with the grid integration department at SolarCity
Tell us a bit about your current line of work back home, and why you decided to apply to TechWomen.
I handle assignments to convey my company’s input on the functioning of the country’s electrical network to other stakeholders. I carry out analysis of general energy project data for hydropower, thermal and solar generation.
I applied for the TechWomen program to get the lifetime opportunity to connect with competent, accomplished and successful women in STEM fields who have worked/are still working hard to get to the top. I believe networking has more power and effect than wealth, because wealth (amongst other good things) actually results from the right kind of connections.
Is this your first time in the United States? What is one thing you want to see or do while you’re here?
Yes, this is my first time in the United States. I’m really excited about working in a world-class company. I’m eager to meet my mentor and the other female engineers. I also want to visit the renowned companies in the Bay Area.
Why are you interested in working in green technology?
Green technologies empower individuals by giving them responsibilities and avenues to gain, learn and progress. These technologies have had great impact on the communities where they have been implemented.
What are you hoping to learn during your time at SolarCity?
I would like to have a clearer view of the activities carried out, to learn how such a reputable corporation functions to accomplish its mission. I would like to visit the warehouses to understand how each job is planned and executed; I would also like to be present at a site during an installation to learn the procedure involved in installing the photovoltaic panels.
Where do you see yourself, 5-10 years down the road?
I see myself setting up/running a company of my own which would do consultancy in solar projects and help individuals as well as communities in the execution of stand-alone grid system projects. I also see myself running an initiative that will mentor high-school girls interested in STEM fields.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself?
I’m so sensitive to the camera’s eye that I immediately pose for a snapshot the moment I see the flash. I love pictures.