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Ghanaian Female Engineer, 28, Makes Strides In US

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Yasmin Fuseni Cudjoe during her graduation in 2015.

Yasmin Fuseini Cudjoe, 28, is one of the few Ghanaian female
engineers whose stories are worth telling.

The paper spotted excerpts of an interview she granted during
the Engineers’ Week in South California where she worked as a top notch
engineer with Toole Design Group.

On who inspired her to become an engineer she said “my father.
He is a civil engineer as well and has his own transportation engineering firm
back home in Ghana. As a child, he would dress me up in boots and a hard hat
and take me with him to his sites. He always explained what was happening with
the construction, as if I understood the concepts already. The excitement with
which he shared his work with me got me excited as well, even though I had no
idea what he was talking about. I just knew that one day I, too, wanted to be
just as excited about the built environment and improving my community.”

She said she was particularly interested in design and data
analysis. “As a result, I’ve worked on projects that include conceptual roadway
design using AutoCAD, crash data analysis and countermeasure identification,
and site measurements and site design for bike share stations,” she added.

On why she became an engineer she said, “Growing up, I was always great with numbers and understanding how things worked and I wanted a way to apply those skills to helping my community. Becoming a civil engineer was the perfect fit.”

I am currently involved in the Station Siting Services for the
San Gabriel Valley Regional E-Bike share program.

On an innovation she is involved in, Yasmin said “We will be
introducing a healthy and active alternative means of transportation to their communities,
while increasing connectivity and inevitably triggering improvements in their
bike facilities. Basically, the project comes with health and structural
benefits. That’s all you can ask for!”

On how engineering would be like in a decade from now she said “I
grew up in a country where cars and highways are still a necessity in
connecting people and so active transportation and transit are not priorities.
I am hoping that in 10 years there will be a shift that I can be at the
forefront of by using the skills and techniques I learn here to introduce fast,
safe, healthy and sustainable modes of transportation to the developing world.”

Yasmin completed her Masters in Transportation Engineering at
the University of South California six months earlier ahead of her mates and
started work at Toole Design Group as an engineer.

She attended Alsyd Academy, SOS International College, Clark
University College and the University of South California.

Her father a civil engineer attended the Navrongo Secondary School and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and hails from Yendi.

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