H.E. President Paul Kagame opens CMU-Africa's new home
Yesterday, Carnegie Mellon University Africa's (CMU-Africa) new location in Kigali Innovation City was inaugurated by H.E President Paul Kagame and CMU President Farnam Jahanian. In partnership with the Government of Rwanda, Carnegie Mellon University Africa was established in 2011 to address the critical shortage of high-quality engineering talent required to accelerate development in Africa. With a major focus on the emerging knowledge based economy on the continent, CMU-Africa’s graduate programs are educating future leaders who will use their hands-on, experiential learning to advance technology innovation and grow the businesses that will transform Africa.
Prof Vijaykumar Bhagavatula's research on detecting roads on maps using real-time data from vehicles.
Prof Kumar's recent projects involves extracting information about where the roads are from the GPS data collected from vehicles and smartphones. He explains that this project is very important as maps inform us on where we are going and also it can be used by self-driving vehicles. By collecting data in real-time from vehicles, he is able to provide more accurate information about where the roads are.
Summer Internship at The World Bank
Over the summer, 8 students and 3 alumni from CMU-Africa were selected for The World Bank’s Young Women in Information Technology (WITY) Program in Washington D.C. The program aims to encourage young women in IT to apply and join the world bank work force as IT professionals. They were successfully recruited from among 44 others from around the world. In Africa, only 12 were selected for the summer internship program, 11 of them being women from CMU-Africa.
A heart for increasing access to quality education in Africa
CMU-Africa made a difference in the life of MSIT student Rahma Ahmed. “My dream is to be an educator with a purpose,” Rahma says. She plans to be an entrepreneur and have a foundation so that she can fund schools across Somalia to train doctors, engineers, educators, and scientists.
Extending healthcare access across the continent
CMU-Africa students use emerging technologies and the skills they learn at CMU to improve the continent. David Chukwuma is pursuing his Master of Science in Information Technology and will be graduating in the spring. Throughout his time at CMU-Africa, he has tackled multiple projects focused on making technology more accessible and improving life for people in rural areas.
Nancy at the IBRO-SIMONS Computational Neuroscience Imbizo
In December 2018, Nancy Lubalo (MSIT’19) attended the IBRO-SIMONS Computational Neuroscience Imbizo in Cape Town, South Africa. She won a scholarship to the intensive three-week summer school which had master’s and PhD students learn about cutting edge research techniques in computational neuroscience under the tutelage of the world’s leading experts in the field.
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