Naa Lamkai Quaye Ballard

Geodetic Engineer/ Research Scientist, CSIR- Building and Road Research Institute

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Mathematics is not a difficult subject. You just need to practice consistently.

What do you do?

Being a Geodetic Engineer, my basic role is to acquire, process and analyse geographic data for the use of infrastructure development. We use technology and surveying instrument including GPS for most part of our work. We do extensive site work, networking with related professionals in the built environment and office work with high specification PCs.

Why did you choose this field?

I enrolled for this course by chance but now, it's the best decision I have ever made. There was only one other female in my undergraduate class with 50 Males. Eventhough intimidating at first, I learnt to excel and deliver equally without intimidation.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

Being equally productive in a Male dominated profession without intimidation. The perception about my profession was that, it was physically and mentally straneous and not cut out for women. But over the years I am proud to have excelled in every project and treated as a professional rather than just a woman.

Why do you love working in STEM?

Working in STEM is exciting because I get to solve complex problems with an easier approach. Everyday, I wake up to the fact that I get the opportunity to represent women and excel in a space where geographic data is used as a tool to solve global challenges.

Best advice for next generation?

Mathematics is not a difficult subject. You just need to practice consistently. Being a woman in STEM equips you to be able to solve so many problems be it domestic or professionally to make the world a better place.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“With persistence every task can be completed correctly.”

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