#WomenInGeothermal Eng. Diana Macodawa

Designation: Maintenance Engineer

How did you get into engineering/science? I come from a family of engineers. My father is a Civil Engineer whose tasks involve designing and constructing bridges, buildings, roads, and ports. My uncles are also Civil Engineers. As a child, I enjoyed finding out how things worked. Engineering allows me to solve problems affecting society.

The most memorable moment in your engineering/science journey at GDC? I was part of the team that was involved in drilling Well2 at the Menengai Geothermal Project. It was an exciting experience.

What is the future of geothermal energy in the world? The future for Geothermal energy is bright with many untapped sites. 

Climate change is a global concern and nations are encouraged to counter the effects. One viable option is the development of geothermal energy. 

Engineers have improved geothermal power plant technology, which limits the amount of greenhouses gases emitted for every kilowatt-hour of electricity generated from geothermal fields. The greenhouse gas level is lower as compared to the amount emitted from fossil fuel power plants.

Besides the energy benefits, geothermal waters in Kenya can be utilized for heating in industrial processes which in turn would assist the community and impact their livelihoods.

What message would you send to young women thinking of taking up engineering/science courses and careers? Take a leap of faith and do it. It’s not going to be a smooth road devoid of bumps.

Brace yourself for the bumps because they will offer additional learning lessons. You only live once. You don’t want your tombstone to read: ‘Played it safe.’ R. Dawson

What is your mantra in life as a woman in science? Every step which I take is valuable to my career. As I take up more steps, I endeavor to help others rise!

Which woman in Science do you admire most? Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai.

Why do you admire her? I admired her resilience and courage. She was vocal in her support for environmental conservation. She stood up for what she believed in.

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