#WomenInGeothermal Shilla Chepkemoi

Designation:  Geochemist

How did you get into engineering/science?  I have always had a curious mind from a tender age. A curious eager mind, ready to explore is one of the qualities of a scientist.

The most memorable moment in your engineering/science journey at GDC?  Collecting my first gas and water sample from the MW-01A well (Menengai Geothermal Project)

What is the future of geothermal energy in the world?  The future of humanity and our planet depends on our ability to embrace an energy source that is reliable, sustainable and ecofriendly. Geothermal energy is clean and renewable.

What message would you send to young women thinking of taking up engineering/science courses and careers?  The world needs more women scientists and engineers. We need to encourage the future generations on the importance of studying science and engineering courses.

What is your mantra in life as a woman in science?  Science simplifies life for everybody. It has no gender. Gender should therefore not matter.

Which woman in Science do you admire most?  Dr. Rose Mutiso

Why do you admire her?  Her zeal and the fact that she is making a positive difference in people’s lives. Her most recent work is focusing on the link between renewable energy, energy-efficient, and energy poverty.

She is also the Co-Founder and CEO of The Mawazo Institute, which supports the next generation of female scholars and thought leaders in East Africa.

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