I am from Mauritius, a small island in the Indian Ocean.
I studied BEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mauritius.
I am currently working as a Research Assistant at my Alma Mater. My research is mainly focused on finding solutions to provide thermal comfort inside buildings in tropical region while reducing the use of Air-Conditioning Systems.
I have always been curious about how things work and it is this curiosity that has got me into STEM. In my early childhood (in the 90s) I did not have access to the internet and to quench my thirst for knowledge, I was relying and learning mainly from an encyclopedia. However, the more I would learn about STEM, the more I felt there was to learn. This spark from my early childhood has eventually turn into an inferno and I cannot imagine myself leaving STEM now.
I haven't truly experienced anything drastic, except a few microaggressions.
The moral and ethical values my parents instilled in me from a very young age have made me a better human being and a giver. My father made a lot of sacrifices to be able to provide me with a world-class education. He taught me to be perseverant in achieving my goals.
Exposure and visibility is key. The African contributions to global STEM research and careers must be highlighted to the rising generations at a very young age so that they feel the sense of belonging and eventually give back in the future. Mentorships and collaborations must also be encouraged for STEM advancement.
You have all you need to be Scientist, Technologist, Engineers and Mathematicians. Go prove it to yourself and make Africa the continent of tomorrow.
I am currently co-hosting a podcast (Mythout) which will be launch soon. The podcast is about demystifying the biases and stereotypes STEM professionals undergo.