Pioneer Educator Professor Rose-Margaret Ekeng-Itua Becomes World’s First Black Woman To Receive PhD In Cybernetics

by Gee NY
Professor Rose-Margaret Ekeng-Itua

Nigerian scholar, Professor Rose-Margaret Ekeng-Itua, has made history as the world’s first black woman to achieve a Ph.D. in Cybernetics, marking a groundbreaking milestone in STEM education and gender representation.

Cybernetics, the study of information communication in machines compared to the brain and nervous system, has seen a significant breakthrough with Ekeng-Itua’s pioneering achievement.

Graduating from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom, under the mentorship of Professor Kevin Warwick, a renowned figure in the field of Cyborg technology, Ekeng-Itua’s accomplishment symbolizes a significant leap forward for diversity and innovation.

With over two decades of experience in engineering and STEM education across the USA, Europe, and Africa, Ekeng-Itua has been a trailblazer in fostering technological advancements and educational initiatives.

Her journey began in Nigeria, where she defied societal norms and pursued her passion for understanding technology and its potential for innovation.

Despite facing obstacles such as gender biases and a lack of female role models in STEM, Ekeng-Itua remained undeterred, viewing each challenge as an opportunity for growth and determination.

“Every challenge became fuel for my determination. I realised that my success would not only open doors for myself but would serve as an example for other women and girls who might otherwise doubt their capabilities.” she said in a recent interview.

Driven by her ambition to create positive change and disrupt societal norms, Ekeng-Itua’s pursuit of excellence led her to make history in the field of Cybernetics.

Her passion for mathematics and physics from an early age guided her career path, aiming to utilize technology for creativity, innovation, collaboration, and community impact.

Reflecting on her achievement, Ekeng-Itua expressed her desire to bridge global divides and foster understanding among cultures.

Her journey exemplifies the power of perseverance, determination, and the pursuit of one’s dreams, inspiring future generations of women and minorities in STEM fields worldwide.

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