iAGRI Alumnus Receives Graduate Research Assistantship

iAGRI Alumnus Receives Graduate Research Assistantship

‘’Generally there are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure,” stated Kadeghe Fue in a recent interview. Kadeghe is a former iAGRI- sponsored who was recently accepted to a PhD program in Engineering at the University of Georgia. As Kadeghe explains “My journey started when I was under graduate student at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM). I was awarded a prize for software development for Information Technology Student Association of University of Dar es Salaam (ITSADU) in 2011,’’

After completing his bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and Information Technology (CEIT).He began to work as an instructor for those subjects at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA)’s Mazimbu Campus. However, he still had a dream of pursuing career as an expert in computer engineering.

As a result, he began master’s degree program in Engineering at the University of Florida (UF) in 2014. He studied Automation and Information Systems. While at (UF) he received the Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (LEAP) Fellowship, a program designed to recognize outstanding graduate students who show strong promise as leaders in the field of agriculture.

Kadeghe said some people do dream of success while others wake up and work hard. ‘’Therefore for me, I have chosen to work hard and to utilize each and every opportunity that passes by,’’ he explained.

Since completing his studies as an iAGRI scholar, he received the 2014 Best Student Paper Award at the Pan African Conference on Science, Computing and Telecommunications (PACT) in Arusha, Tanzania. The paper was about “A Solar-Powered, Wi-Fi Re-Programmable Precision Irrigation Controller. I want to thank iAGRI for exposing me to different opportunities and platforms. Without iAGRI, these things would not have been possible,’’ he acknowledges.

After his master’s degree at UF Kadeghe came back to his job position as a lecturer at SUA. He became involved in several research projects that combined agriculture information technology. “I developed several projects such as Tomato Value Chain Information systems funded by a Norwegian project titled Enhancing Pro-poor Innovations in Natural Resources and Agricultural Value-chains (EPINAV). He also worked on Ushauri Kilimo SMS systems, a Mobile Payment System for SUA funded by USAID.

Since graduating, Kadeghe has collaborated with the World Vision Mwanzo project on developing electronic devices for irrigation for the, Integrated Water Sanitation and Hygiene Program (iWASH) project funded. ‘’I have been involved in several projects focused on climate change since graduating. These task always required me to integrate my expertise in instrumentation, control and Software Engineering with my knowledge and understanding of agriculture,” explained Kagedge

In additional to his involvement in these projects, he has benefited from being exposed to a wide range of areas of expertise and international researchers. As a result of his hard work and initiative, Kadeghe has presented international conferences and platforms in Tanzania, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia and United States.

At University of Georgia, Kadeghe will be specializing in instrumentation, sensors and controls. He will concentrate mostly on sensors that involve data acquisition in farms and integrate with control algorithms for electro-mechanical planters.

The graduate research assistantship was offered to students who pursue a PhD and specifically for those focusing their work on the type of research led by the University of Georgia Academic (UGA) Principal Investigator. ‘’I was appointed by the faculty of (UGA) after receiving positive recommendations from his fellow faculty and from my University of Florida (UF) advisor about my work that I was funded by iAGRI,’’ he explains.

Kadeghe is one of 137 iAGRI students who have received funding, mentoring and support to pursued advanced degrees in the agricultural sciences. Their contributions as emerging scientists and scholars aim to improve food security and develop solutions to pressing challenges faced by smallholder farmers in Tanzania.

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September 16, 2016