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Meet Sidy Ndiao, the Scientist Who Motivates Young Africans to Follow in His Footsteps

Sidy Ndao, an African genius in the country of Uncle Sam Professor of mechanical engineering in the United States, this Senegalese roboticist has been running for some years an ambitious pan-African robotics program which aims to encourage and help students from the continent to to choose scientific courses and to succeed them.

There is, first of all, Panafrican Robotics competition (PARC). It is a pan-African robotics competition open to secondary school students. This year’s edition in Dakar saw the participation of 350 students from high schools and colleges in The Gambia, Mali and Senegal. A championship that allows these students to gauge their knowledge.

Then, Ndao created the SenEcole, an association that also aims to promote science education among students in Africa.

He is also the promoter of Dakar American University of Science and Technology (DAUST), a private university that opened in 2017 in Dakar, the capital. It trains students in engineering, technology and science. How to stimulate the love of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in African students? it is the great concern of this Senegalese academic.

It is since his arrival in the United States that Senegalese has seen his desire to invest in his field has increased. ” Then I realized that there were not a lot of blacks or Africans in science. ?? I also noticed that when we talked about Africa, it was a continent that needed to be helped. In short, there was no respect for Africans, unlike the others. And seeing how many Africans are dying on the road to Europe, some even say that: “On this continent, there are no intelligent people,”  said a few months ago.

In the United States he had an interesting career. A degree in mechanical engineering in 2005, then a master’s degree in the same discipline in 2007 at the City College of New York, a PhD in mechanical engineering in 2010 at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He will then spend a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Department of Chemical Engineering.

With these achievements and skills, the man strives to bring a plus to Africa. Despite the negative prejudices, difficulties and others, nothing has obviously discouraged the man in his desire to help young people on the continent.

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