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Kithinji Muriungi

Kithinji Muriungi

Purdue University, USA
Research Assistant | Chair, IEEE Kenya
Category: Investing in Young Woman

Kithinji Muriungi is a dedicated professional with a passion for engineering, education, technology innovation, entrepreneurship, and socioeconomic impact.

Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Engineering Education at Purdue University, USA, Kithinji brings a wealth of experience from various roles in academia, industry, and non-profit organizations. With a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronics from Moi University, Kenya, Kithinji’s journey in engineering began, leading him to his current pursuit of advancing the field through engineering research and education. As a Research Assistant at Purdue University’s College of Engineering, School of Engineering Education, he focuses on micro-electronics, technology startups, entrepreneurship, and workforce development, contributing to the growth of knowledge and practical application in these domains.

Kithinji’s commitment to making a difference is evident in his roles at Engineering for Change (E4C) LLC, where he served as a Managing Fellow, overseeing impactful projects aimed at addressing critical social-economic challenges. From supporting solar home systems to advocating for circular economies in the power sector, Kithinji demonstrates his capability to lead and manage initiatives that drive positive change.

His professional journey also includes significant contributions to industry giants like IBM, where he played a pivotal role in promoting digital literacy and capacity building in East Africa. Through programs like Digital-Nation Africa, Kithinji empowered hundreds of learners in artificial intelligence, IoT, and enterprise design thinking, laying the foundation for a skilled workforce in #Tech4Good. In addition to his professional endeavors, Kithinji is actively involved in technical projects and initiatives that tackle real-world problems. From designing solar-powered boreholes to developing smart green grocery structures, his work reflects a deep commitment to sustainable engineering solutions that benefit communities.

Recognized for his contributions, Kithinji has received prestigious honors and awards, including being named a ThePhotonics100 2024 Honoree and receiving the IEEE Larry K. Wilson Award for his exceptional engineering and technology contributions to humanity’s advancements.

Beyond his professional achievements, Kithinji actively engages in volunteer and leadership roles, serving as an Associate Vice President of Chapter Relations for the IEEE Photonics Society and Chair of the IEEE Kenya Section, among others. His commitment to giving back and fostering collaboration underscores his dedication to advancing engineering and technology for the betterment of society.

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