Guest Talk: Mr. Amiri Mugarura-Carnegie Mellon University Africa - Carnegie Mellon University

Guest Talk: Mr. Amiri Mugarura

The Software Engineering Club at CMU-Africa held a general meeting on Saturday, 9th September 2017. The meeting’s goals were to introduce the club to the new class of 2019 and present current projects the club is working on, this academic year. The club also hosted a guest speaker, Amiri Mugarura, a Software Engineer at Africa Olleh Networks (AOS).  Mr. Mugarura is a co-founder of HeHe Labs, a software development company in Kigali, Rwanda.

The club’s Chief Communications and Public Relations Officer, Jeanne Yamfashije, presented the club’s committee composed of:-

  • Romalice Ishimwe - President
  • Victoire Akaniwabo - Business development and Industry relations
  • Roger Mizero - Education and talent development
  • Benjamin Bunyoki - Chief Technology Officer
  • Fred Otieno - Chief Software Officer
  • Hood Mukiibi - Chief cyber-security Officer
  • Celine Kayitana - Finance manager
  • Fabiola Uwashema - Secretary
Romalice Ishimwe

The club's president (pictured right) shared with everyone how he came up with an idea of founding a software club at CMU-Africa. He also said: “With a series of small and big software projects, discussions, guest lectures and training on best software engineering and computer security practices, we hope that individuals who are present here today and those who will want to join the club later, will result into engineers characterized by courage, competence, and excellence.“

The Chief Cyber-security Officer, Hood Mukiibi, introduced the club’s mission, which is to leverage the use of secure software systems to provide solutions. He also presented the club’s annual plan, from September 2017 to May 2018. The club is preparing a hackathon and a Bootcamp, due to take place in November 2017 and February 2018 respectively. “The club will have the opportunity to work on more projects in different technologies including Mobile Apps, IoT in different fields including healthcare and education,” said Mukiibi. He concluded by encouraging everyone to be part of the solutions that the club will provide to the community and give their best in everything they do by becoming fearless.

Mr. Mugarura presented his research on Health Information Systems (HIS). In partnership with a company based in Japan, he has developed a real-time lightning monitoring system using high-end sensors. “The project is currently operational in Rwanda and uses embedded systems and sensors, leveraging different technologies such as Arduino”, he said.