Supporting The Next Generation. Meet Daudi Mklindi

26 February 2019
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Daudi Mklindi is a 22-year-old student at the University of Dar es Salaam where he is studying Science in Industrial Engineering. He is the winner of the Tanzania Oil & Gas Congress Student Essay Contest, supported by Norwell EDGE. Students were invited to submit an essay focusing on solutions to challenges in Tanzania’s oil and gas sector. 

We spoke to Daudi about what inspired him to pursue a career in oil and gas and his hopes for the future.

Please can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I grew up in a village in the northern part of Tanzania, a region known as Kilimanjaro. I am very interested in managing engineering projects. I am studying a bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering, however, I  really wanted to study Petroleum Engineering but it was not possible because this course is still young in our country and only very few students coming from high schools are selected each year and unfortunately I did not get a chance to become one of them. But, I believe that I still have a chance and that’s why I am trying to keep my eyes in the field while I am not directly in the field. I have confidence in my ability and I trust that I will excel.

What was it about Petroleum Engineering that appeals to you?
The discoveries of gas in the southern part of Tanzania is what interested me in Petroleum Engineering. My ambition is to become an expert in that field especially in managing oil and gas projects and help my country excel in successful harnessing our gas resources for economic growth.

How are you finding life at university?
I am enjoying and benefiting very much at university because it’s a place where I get to know people with different skills and talents. I am using this chance to develop my skills particularly in the field of engineering.

What do you want to do when you graduate?
In the end, I want to use the knowledge I get from industrial engineering and life at university to manage engineering projects to meet the constraints of quality, schedule, cost and scope.

Can you tell us a little bit about Tanzania’s oil and gas industry?
Oil and gas industry in Tanzania is very young. In addition, there is lack of technical experts in this field, for instance after the discoveries of more than 57tcf of gas in 2010, the government sent some students abroad to learn the technology, they are back with only the theory rather than practical skills and are not yet confident.

What are your hopes for the industry in the next 5 -10 years?
In 5 to 10 years in Tanzania, oil and gas will grow by a considerable extent, the effort to build an onshore LNG export terminal will make the industry grow and bring economic benefits.

Is access to training a challenge?
It’s a little bit challenging especially the fact that am still studying at university, so there’s not enough time to do all the things at the same time.

Do you think something like Norwell EDGE could help?
Yes, in fact, Tanzania lack experts in the issues of Oil and gas exploration, and for me, that is a major reason why we are still behind. The need for comprehensive and technical training is paramount to ensure success in the field. 

When you’re not studying what do you like to do?
In my spare time, I do like riding my bicycle and jogging.

What keeps you motivated through your studies?
I am motivated by the fact that every effort that I put into my studies comes with positive results. Again, finding that am growing academically, particularly understanding the technology and improving in engineering skills keeps me on track.

Do you have a motto or a saying that inspires you?
The motto that inspires me is that “success usually come to those who are too busy looking for it”.

 

You can read Daudi's essay here.