Four women have recently joined us for a month-long mentorship at SolarCity as part of this year’s TechWomen, a program empowering the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from Africa and the Middle East.
We’ll be introducing each emerging leader in the coming weeks. Say hello to our first participant!
From: Sierra Leone
Current Occupation: Civil Engineer
Mentorship Program: working with the SolarCity commercial sales team, and with the design team in designing a ground-mount solar installation.
Tell us a bit about your current line of work back home, and why you decided to apply to TechWomen.
The National Power Authority is the sole provider of electricity nationwide. I’m the only Civil Engineer employed by the Authority, and my responsibilities include implementing and supervising all projects in both rural and urban parts of the country relating to electricity financed by the government of Sierra Leone or donor funds.
By participating in TechWomen I hope to learn new technologies that are changing the world just by a click.
Is this your first time in the United States? What is one thing you want to see or do while you’re here?
It’s my first time in the United States and it’s an adventure. I’m ready to explore anything new.
Why are you interested in working in green technology?
Like most other engineering and technical fields, green technology is still in its infancy in Sierra Leone. My objective is to move the National Power Authority from thermal plants to a cleaner technology.
What are you hoping to learn during your time at Solar City?
I’m hoping to gain more knowledge on how solar technology works so I can go back home and sell the idea of solar to my utility and see if they can incorporate the technology as a means of providing electricity to the nation.
Where do you see yourself, 5-10 years down the road?
I want to pursue my masters in hydrology and I’m enthusiastic to rise through the ranks of decision-making in my country. Who knows? I might be appointed ‘Minister of Energy and Water Resources’ in Sierra Leone.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself?
I can go shopping for hours and actually have fun helping dress my female friends.