Dr. Gladys Chepkirui Ngetich is an award-winning Aerospace Engineer, Researcher, Motivational Speaker, Footballer, Author and Women Empowerment Advocate.
In 2019, she completed a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Engineering Science – Aerospace from the University of Oxford in the UK. During her PhD, she researched efficient ways of cooling jet engines.
Before joining Oxford, she obtained a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Mechanical Engineering at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya.
Dr. Gladys Ngetich is passionate about utilising space technologies to support sustainable development goals. She is a Rhodes Scholar and a Schmidt Science Fellow. She completed her postdoctoral research at Space Enabled at MIT under Schmidt Science Fellowship.
In 2018, she was credited with a patent in collaboration with Rolls-Royce Plc. Her research work has been featured on BBC Science and the Oxford Science Blog and Medium.
In September 2018, Business Daily Africa named Dr. Ngitech among its “Top 40 Under 40 Women in Kenya”. In 2019, she started investigating sustainable space science using a Schmidt Science Fellowship.
In October 2022, Dr Gladys Ngetich was named the inaugural winner in the RMB’s Africa’s Fearless Thinker category at the 10th Accenture Gender Mainstreaming Awards (GMAs).
RMB’s Africa’s Fearless Thinker award seeks to identify an individual who is recognised among their colleagues and/or community for their ground-breaking, innovative thought leadership on tackling gender mainstreaming issues.
Dr. Gladys Ngetich’s latest book titled “The PhD Journey: Strategies for Enrolling, Thriving, and Excelling in a PhD Program” is available on Amazon.
“As a black woman, I have often had to do more to prove my abilities. Comments like ‘You do not look like an engineer’ have been common. This is draining, of course, but I manage it by focusing on my work and what I love to do, as well as having a quality support system.” – Dr. Gladys Chepkirui Ngetich