Brilliant young lady goes from farmer to Ph.D. holder in Chemical Engineering

Brilliant young lady goes from farmer to Ph.D. holder in Chemical Engineering
Brilliant young lady goes from farmer to Ph.D. holder in Chemical Engineering

An intelligent young lady from South Africa, Thandi Princess Ngxongo, has gone from working on the farm to becoming an award-winning Chemical Engineer.

Ngxongo was born and raised on a farm along the Mooi River in South Africa. She worked and assisted her parent on the farm and became interested in chemical engineering around cars and farm machinery.

She developed a passion for cars and the industry and therefore decided to follow the path of her passion.

According to her, “I grew up as a kid playing in worn and ragged cars which were usually filled up with petrol and oil smell. I quickly developed an instinct for cars and the oil industry. I yearned for success in the male-dominated business.”

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She enrolled at the Durban University of Technology and earned a B.Tech in Chemical Engineering. She later joined the petroleum industry, working with refineries and other oil companies.

Dissatisfied by gender-based inequalities and injustices in the petroleum sector, Thandi enrolled for a Master’s in Business Administration, and after that, she got her Doctor in Philosophy in 2022 with a research focus on women empowerment.

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