Meet Margaret Mkhos, The Village Girl Turn PhD Graduate In Nuclear Engineering

Here is the story of a south African born Nuclear Engineer and CEO of the National Radioactive Waste Disposal Institute (NRWDI) named Margaret Mkhos.

Margaret who grows up in the rural village of Kopela in North West province never imagined of becoming an engineer, let alone the first female nuclear engineer in her homeland.

DR MARGARET SAID “We lived in a village where the only people who lived a better life were teachers or policemen. But later in high school, I learnt a little bit about engineering, and when I was in matric, I became interested in it and never looked back,”

Despite coming from a rural background, Margaret has hit many academic milestone including Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nuclear Engineering from The Ohio State University, a Master of Science (MSc) in Physics from North-West University and a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Education, majoring in Physics and Chemistry from the University of Bophuthatswana.

She has previously held some notable positions in the nuclear and affiliated industry organizations such as Director of Centre for Nuclear Safety & Security at the National Nuclear Regulator, Senior Manager of LEMS at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation, General Manager of Special Projects at Technology Innovation Agency, and Senior Specialist of Nuclear Engineering at the National Nuclear Regulator.

Dr Margaret is the active mentor in the European Leadership for Safety (ELSE) training program of 2022/23, and also a mentor of the IAEA-South Africa Nuclear Energy Management School of 2022.

Dr Margaret Mkhosi will be a Guest Speaker at Senamile Masango Foundation’s exclusive Women In Energy Conference at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg come 29th August 2022.

Credit: Elorasblog

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