#WomenInGeothermal: Eng. Gathoni Mathenge

Designation: Drilling Engineer

Professional education? I studied Electrical and Electronics Engineering at the University of Nairobi.

How did you get into engineering/science? I always wanted to be a pilot, somehow, that never happened. So, when it was time to revise university courses after high school under then Joint Admission Board (Now Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service) I chose Engineering and here I am today.

The most memorable moment in your engineering/science journey at GDC? I was part of the team that worked on MW1A, the first directional well in the Menengai Geothermal Project and arguably the largest geothermal well in Africa.

There is nothing more satisfying than drilling a well to completion, within time and budget, and seeing it productive. Seeing steam gush out of MW1A well was, and for that matter still is, a memory to behold.

What is the future of geothermal energy in the world? With the emphasis on renewable energy, geothermal energy has gained admiration.  Many countries have committed funds for geothermal development and research.

Actually, East African neighbors have been at the forefront with Ethiopia drilling in Aluto and Uganda planning to drill temperature gradient holes in Kibiro.

What message would you send to young women thinking of taking up engineering/science courses and careers? Follow your dream. Make a choice. Be the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) at it.

What is your mantra in life as a woman in science? In everything you do, commit to offering your best. Serve humanity. Be kind.

Which woman in Science do you admire most? I am currently looking up to Dr. Ngina, the youngest Ph.D. holder in Mathematics in Kenya.

Why do you admire her? Besides her roller-coaster journey, her zeal and focus to impact and empower the youth are unmatched. I resonate with her energy.

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