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Educator, Researcher, Mentor, Kenya Methodist University

Dr Chao Mbogho is a multi-award-winning researcher, educator, and mentor in Computer Science. She holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Cape Town, an MSc in Computer Science from the University of Oxford, and a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science from Kenya Methodist University. She has earned over twenty recognitions, fellowships, and awards for her work in research, education, and mentorship. For example, she was the first Kenyan to win the 2020 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Award in Engineering, Innovation, and Technology, was also named as one of the 2017 Quartz Africa Innovators, was selected as a 2017 Techwomen Fellow, was awarded a Leadership ‘Zuri’ award for her positive contribution to the Kenyan community in 2018, and was also named as one of the 2018 Faces of Science in Kenya. In 2019, Dr. Chao was recognized by Okay! Africa as one of the women of African descent who are making a positive and impactful contribution to the youth in their communities.

Dr Chao is an active advocate for quality education, research, and structured mentorship. She is now the Founder and Program Lead for KamiLimu, an impactful structured mentorship program that complements classroom learning for university students studying tech-aligned courses. Her mentorship initiative was awarded a 2020 Silver Award in the Nurturing Employability Category by the prestigious Reimagine Education Awards and Conference as a successful educational innovation, which is enhancing student learning outcomes and employability.

Dr Chao is currently the Dean of the School of Science and Technology at Kenya Methodist University.

Experience

  • 2016–present
    Researcher, Lecturer, Mentor, Kenya Methodist University
  • 2018–present
    Dean, School of Science and Technology, Kenya Methodist University
  • 2015–2016
    Lecturer, University of Cape Town
  • 2014–2015
    Teaching Assistant and Tutor, University of Cape Town
  • 2010–2012
    Head of department, Kenya Methodist University
  • 2009–2012
    Lecturer, Kenya Methodist University
  • 2007–2009
    Assistant lecturer, Kenya Methodist University

Education

  • 2015 
    University of Cape Town, Ph.D. Computer Science
  • 2007 
    University of Oxford, Ms.C Computer Science

Publications

  • 2016
    Beyond yesterdays tomorrow: future-focused mobile interaction design by and for emergent users, Personal and Ubiquitous Computing
  • 2016
    Design and Use of Static Scaffolding Techniques to Support Java Programming on a Mobile Phone., Proceedings of the 21st Conference in Innnovation and Technology in Computer Science Education
  • 2016
    Evaluation the effect of using Scaffolding Techniques to Support Java Programming on a Mobile Phone, IADIS International Journal on WWW/Internet
  • 2015
    Scaffolding Java Programming on a Mobile Phone for Novice Learners, Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Mobile Learning
  • 2014
    Supporting the Construction of Programs on a Mobile Device: A Scaffolding Framework., Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on M4D Mobile Communication for Development
  • 2014
    Initial Evaluation of a Mobile Scaffolding Application that seeks to Support Novice Learners of Programming., Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Mobile Learning
  • 2013
    Mobile Scaffolding Application to Support Learners of Computer Programming, ICTD '13 Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development: Notes

Grants and Contracts

  • 2016
    Travel Grant
    Role:
    Presenter at Grace Hopper Conference 2016
    Funding Source:
    Google
  • 2016
    Faculty Scholarship
    Role:
    Presenter at Grace Hopper Conference 2016
    Funding Source:
    Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology
  • 2016
    Conference Grant
    Role:
    Presenter at the ITiCSE Conference
    Funding Source:
    Kenya Education Network
  • 2015
    Research Grant
    Role:
    PhD Research
    Funding Source:
    Schlumberger
  • 2015
    Conference Grant
    Role:
    Presenter at Moble Learning Conference
    Funding Source:
    ACM-Women
  • 2015
    Travel Grant
    Role:
    Presenter at Grace Hopper Conference 2016
    Funding Source:
    Google
  • 2014
    Conference Grant
    Role:
    Presenter at M4D Conference
    Funding Source:
    International Network for Postgraduate Students in the area of ICT4D
  • 2014
    Research Grant
    Role:
    PhD Research
    Funding Source:
    Google Anita Borg
  • 2012
    Research Grant
    Role:
    PhD Research
    Funding Source:
    Hasso Plattner Institute

Professional Memberships

  • Association for Computing Machinery

Honours

2020 Reimagine Education Silver Award (Nurturing Employability), 2020 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Award, 2019 Okay! Africa 100 Women to Note, 2018 Face of Science Kenya, 2017 Quartz Africa Innovator, 2014 Google Anita Borg Scholar.