The First Ethiopian Women Civil Engineer

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The First Ethiopian Women Civil Engineer

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The First Ethiopian Women Civil Engineer

img036Since the time women started to come out of domestic chores in Ethiopia, they have made significant contribution in all spheres of activities vital to the country. There are women who managed to move up the ladder in professional careers wining all sorts of discrimination based on gender. Engineer Birinesh Asfaw is one of such women. She is the first women civil engineer for the Ethiopian Road Authority and in fact in our country.

Attended her primary education at Nigiste Sabha primary school founded in the Adwa town and her secondary education at then Addis Ababa Menen School of girls. She then joined the Addis Ababa University Faculty of Technology where she was awarded B.sc in Civil Engineering in 1972. Since the number of students graduated in field during that year was only five. Engineer Birnesh did not face any problem in getting job. She was assigned to the then High Way Authority where she worked for one year and resigned to join the Ethiopian Air Force. She then rejoined High Way Authority and served for 22 years in the capacity of associate engineer and head of the design branch.  In addition  to the responsible position healed , Engineer Birinesh supervised the following projects

  •  Rural roads with total length of 1119.4 km
  • Three emergency air fields each with a total length of 3 km
  • Primary roads with total length of 719 km
  • The four lane 15 km internal road of the Awasa town including its sewerage system
  • A Truck terminal on total area  of 42 ha including 1.35 km road with four lane and
  • Design  study for 42 km air port.

upon establishment of the Transport Construction Design Enterprise in 1995/by transferring the design department under the Ethiopian Road Authority /, Eng. Birnesh was assigned to the new enterprise where she served in the capacity of Assistant Manager of Material Testing and Research Department until 2000. since then until she was retired in 2005, she was working as Acting General Manger and then General Manager of The Transport Construction Design Enterprise.

After retirement she established a private company known as Global Engineers.

source – EACE publication of 2008 G.C


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