Abigail Gyimah

Studied: Computer Science Engineering from UMAT

Logical Reasoning Score: 73%

Engineering Exam Score: 70%

Quick Fire Questions

Your favorite film?
Six
Your preferred superpower
Telepathy
Your greatest fear:
Creeping creatures!!!
You have just won the lottery, what’s the first thing you’ll buy?
A house with very fast cars! And 5 new dogs!
Where in Ghana did you grow up?
I grew up in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. I have two lovely sisters and my dad is a retired teacher.
What are your best memories from childhood?
My best memory from childhood is from during the times I used to hide playing in the rain till I shivered!
What do you think are the biggest challenges facing industry in Ghana today?
I think some of the biggest challenges facing the industry in Ghana today are; the conflict between safety and production, lack of communication and the inability to leverage technology.
How would your colleagues describe you?
My colleagues would say I’m an innovative and critical thinker who embraces challenges as a way to learn and grow. During projects assignment, I enjoy sitting to think about the problem and bring out innovative ways to solve it. One instance was when my group and I were tasked to develop any hardware project, there were lots of projects available with Bluetooth and GSM but we decide to do one which operates using Wi-Fi and we implemented it. The lecturer saw it as a huge task for us but we saw it as a challenge to be conquered.

“Every single thought can be a reality, all thoughts need are effort and more energy to think wider. When thoughts are positive, reality has no option but to be positive.”

How would you like your career to progress over the next 5 years?
I would like to explore the field of robotics and artificial intelligence and apply
the knowledge in Health, Environment Safety and Security (HESS) and be a consultant Engineer. I want to work in a large team.
What or who is your biggest inspiration?
I find inspiration in a variety of people and things. I would have to say the people who has greatly inspired me are my parents. They always had smiles on even when things are not so well. They are well respected and give more even when they have less. I try to live like they do as much as I can.
What is your greatest achievement so far?
My greatest achievement is when I launched a Python programming organization (Pyladies Tarkwa) at UMAT for the female students. I noticed mostly the women often had difficulty with the programming courses (of course it is difficult) – which reduced their morale to learn. So I took the initiative to teach them how to programme and the basics of Python. At the end of three months, most of them were eager to learn more because they understood programming and were ready to embrace the challenge.
Why did you decide to study engineering? What do you enjoy about it?
I decided to study engineering because of its complexity. I enjoy how challenging it is and I keep finding ways of conquering it each time.
How would you encourage young people in Ghana to study engineering?
I would encourage them that what we are taught in school is not enough, and that more research helps one to gain in-depth understanding, and they should focus on both theory and practical lessons thus how to excel when it comes to the field of engineering.