2017 Graduation Ceremony-Carnegie Mellon University Africa - Carnegie Mellon University

About the Class of 2017

Carnegie Mellon University Africa (CMU-Africa) will be hosting its 4th graduation ceremony on the 6th of June, 2017. The class of 2017, comprising of 33 students is the biggest number of graduates from the campus thus far, representing 4 nationalities i.e. Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

2017 is an exceptional year for CMU-Africa as a milestone of 100 graduates will be reached. There are more than 100,000 Carnegie Mellon alumni worldwide.

hours of work with industry research papers international competitions


Hours of work with industry 


Research and in-class projects  


Competed in local and international competitions



Dr. Hamadoun ToureKeynote Speaker

Dr. Hamadoun Touré is the founding Executive Director of SMART Africa Secretariat. This is a partnership bringing together all African countries adhering to the Smart Africa manifesto. The manifesto  seeks to provide leadership in accelerating socio-economic development through ICT. 

Prior to joining Smart Africa, Dr. Toure was Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the specialized agency of the United Nations dedicated to information and communication technologies from 2007 to 2014. As such, he was Member of the UN Chief Executive Board (CEB) and served as Chairman of the UN ICT Network. 

Student Speaker  Valedictorian Joan

Joan Rachel Nkiriki is graduating with a Master’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering. She is passionate about universal energy access in Africa and has done research in distributed energy systems including renewable technologies and public policy.

Joan is a Smart Africa scholar and a member of the Girls in ICT organization in Rwanda which helps encourage women in STEM. She has actively served in a number of student clubs at Carnegie Mellon University Africa, most recently as the business strategist for the Data Science Club. In this role, she helped facilitate industry connections and project collaborations.

Awards and Recognitions

2017 Lakshmi Subramanian CMU-Africa Student Excellence Award

Davy Lakshmi award winnerThe winners of this year’s Lakshmi Subramanian CMU-Africa Student Excellence Award are Davy Kanimba Uwizera and Joan Rachel Nkiriki (see above). These students have demonstrated strong leadership, academic excellence, and exceptional contributions to student life.

Graduating with a Master’s in Information Technology, Davy is a data scientist with expertise in big data analytics and machine learning. He has successfully led different projects through creative planning and development of data-driven solutions. Earlier this year, Davy has served as a consultant for Thomson Reuters on a project seeking to avail credit services to the African farmer. He is also a co-founder and former president of the CMU-Africa data science club.