ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENTS

AIMS-Cameroon is proud to have produced 295 graduates, 35% of whom are women. Our alumni represent 26 African countries and are serving as leaders in academia and industry.

By providing hands-on education, real-world practice, and mentoring, AIMS-Cameroon offers students the opportunities they need to grow in their professions and pursue their passions. Many of our alumni have gone on to achieve great things after graduating, transitioning across numerous career paths. The stories below highlight the experiences and accomplishments of some of our alumni to help inspire you to take the next step in your own success story.

Meet some of our amazing Alumni who made AIMS-Cameroon their first step towards their careers.

 

 

MEET MOUTAMAL MARYSE MANUELLA

our alumni who dream of an Africa where education is made available to all social groups.

Ms. MOUTAMAL earned a Master’s in Mathematics at the University of Douala before joining AIMS-Cameroon where she graduated as valedictorian of our 2017/2018 cohort.

Empowered by the give-back spirit at AIMS, Maryse joined the “Rise Africa” project where she contributes in promoting accessible education for needy children in Cameroon while teaching them some practical skills that will help them become independent and useful to others.

Maryse is currently a PhD student working on control theory at the AIMS-Cameroon Research Center. She aspires to be acknowledged amongst the greatest scientists in Africa through ground-breaking and inspiring Research.

Meet Faïçal Ndaïrou 

In late 2013 the worst IToutbreak of Ebola in history began in West Africa. By the time the outbreak had been contained more than two years later, the World Health Organization had reported over eleven thousand deaths, mainly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Notwithstanding the loss of life and social disruption caused by the outbreak, the containment effort was largely a success. Fears of an out of control pandemic never came to pass, thanks to the coordinated administering of vaccines by health professionals. Throughout, their programmes were guided by a critical source of information—mathematical models of the disease. Faïçal Ndaïrou, working from AIMS Cameroon, was part of the essential body of researchers helping map out Ebola’s behaviour to inform health workers’ plan of action against the disease at the front line.
Mr Ndaïrou was born in Maroua in the far north of Cameroon, a region on the frontier between Central and West Africa. His community was mostly made up of small traders, and investing in education for them was difficult. Faïçal’s father was a trader himself, and though he had no formal education he always encouraged Faïçal to go to school and pushed him towards university. In a turn of luck the government designated Maroua as a priority education area and established a new university in Faïçal’s home city, which he was admitted to shortly thereafter. There he was pushed in his first year towards mathematics by the head of the university’s maths department, and following his BSc was accepted to AIMS Cameroon in 2014.
At AIMS Cameroon, Faïçal discovered generous students eager to share their knowledge, who had a creative ability to apply the mathematics they learned to real world problems. Whereas his undergrad had primarily been theoretical, AIMS Cameroon taught Faïçal practical skills such as computing and programming. During his time at AIMS, Faïçal became increasingly passionate about writing equations to describe dynamic and biological systems. In this same period the Ebola outbreak was threatening to reach Cameroon, with cases being reported in neighbouring Nigeria. Faïçal began researching infectious disease dynamics, and through AIMS was able to connect with academics in Spain and Saudi Arabia to co-author an article, “Mathematical modelling of the 2014 Ebola outbreak,” published in the scientific journal Mathematical Methods in the Applied Sciences.

Mr Ndaïrou describes several innovations in the model outlined in his team’s article. Whereas previous models of Ebola had shown instantaneous rates of change for new infections, Mr Ndaïrou’s more complex function took into account the full evolutionary history of the outbreak. Mr Ndaïrou was able to achieve this “memory effect” through use of a fractional differential operator, applying a type of calculus developed by mathematician Michele Caputo in the 1960s. This improvement resulted in a model that compared to classical equations with an error range of 174 cases per day, predicted new infections to an accuracy of within 7 cases per day.

Since graduating from AIMS Cameroon in 2015, Mr Ndaïrou has continued to work in modelling of diseases, with a new article on Ebola modelling to be published this year. Together with his supervisor, Mr Ndaïrou has used optimal control theory to add to his equation an important practical concern that had been omitted from past Ebola models—the limited quantity of vaccines available. With an ever more precise understanding of patterns of disease spread, the responses to future outbreaks promise to be more effective making largescale epidemics a thing of the past.

MEET ESA ZYA 

One of the first few female Zambians to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics at the Copperbelt University, Zambia.

Esa Zya is a 2017/18 AIMS-Cameroon alumna and a MasterCard Foundation scholar, currently lecturing Mathematics and Actuarial Science courses at the University of Lusaka in Zambia.

She is overly passionate about Mathematics and its applications through Actuarial Science, hence her involvement in Actuarial Science programs, associations, and research work.

As a co-founder of the Agpay Social Enterprise (which is one of the winning teams in the 2020 AIMS-MCF Entrepreneurship Competition), she believes in improving access to finance for farmers and agro-dealers through the use of modern technology.

After gaining inspiration from the AIMS-Cameroon give-back program, Esa is currently an active volunteer and mentor in female empowerment programs such as the Girls for Girls and the Push Women Organizations in Zambia as she believes in women participation in STEM and uptake of leadership roles.

She aspires to use Mathematics as a tool for managing risks in the Financial and Agricultural sectors in Africa.

Her research interests are in probability and statistics, agriculture, climate change, and finance.

MEET SETH YIADOM 

The Man whose dream is to see a new Africa where there is a shift in data preservation and its analysis

Seth Adarkwah Yiadom was born and bred in Kumasi, Ghana. Seth is one of the determined and motivated African youths who believes in using statistical research to make the society a better place to live in.

He had his basic school education in one of the remote areas in Kumasi-Ghana in 2009. Due to his hardwork, he gained admission into one of the top high schools in Kumasi. He gained a Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana (2013-2017), and in 2017 he was awarded the overall best male Statistics student for the Provost Excellence award.

He served as a Teaching Assistant in the department of Mathematics and Statistics, KNUST (September 2017-September 2018). In October 2018 – June 2019, he studied for a Masters’ degree in Mathematical Sciences at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), Cameroon. He was an exceptionally talented student and was nominated as top student in all his statistics courses.

He describes his experience at AIMS as second to none, in that AIMS has improved his communication and programming skills as well as exposing him to a lot of opportunities in life. Currently (2019-date), he is a Graduate Teaching Assistant, pursuing MS. Statistics at Northern Arizona University, USA.

His aspiration in life is to become a worldwide known Statistician and researcher who can contribute in bridging the gap between academia and society through his research work.

MEET ANTEM EBUDE YOLAND EBONG

The woman who is passionate about the simplification of technology and industrial processes 

Ms. Ebude Yolande studied Electrical Engineering at Ecole Normale Superieure Polytechnique Yaounde where she graduated with a Master in Engineering. She is an AIMS-Cameroon Co-operative Master alumnus in Industrial Mathematics and a Mastercard Foundation Scholar, currently undergoing a professional doctorate in Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands.

While at AIMS, Ms. Ebude was selected amongst two to represent AIMS at the UNLEASH Lab in 2018, a program organized by UNDP and SDGs. She also had the opportunity to be invited to a conference on Deep Learning at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Ms. Ebude is highly passionate about technology and how industrial processes can be simplified. She believes that, with her vital analytical knowledge and skills gathered, she will continue to impact the African Industrial Sector. Besides, she is an excellent writer who participates in community healthcare education. Her research interests include Energy Market analysis, Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare, Multi-Agent Reinforcement Learning, and Robotics.

MEET DR. NKONGHO AYUKETANG ARREYNDIP

Ayuketang is an AIMS-Cameroon alumnus of the pioneer batch. After AIMS, Dr. Nkongho successfully earned a Ph.D. in Physics, specialized in Renewable Energy at the Department of Physics in the University of Buea. He is currently an Alexander Von Humboldt International Climate Protection Postdoctoral Fellow at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), in Potsdam, Germany, and a lecturer at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, University of Buea, Cameroon. His research interests include Global economic impacts of Climate Change, Global adaptation strategies, and sustainable solutions.

MEET SALOMEY OSEI

Our alumna who hope to leverage her interest in Machine Learning in the field of Finance.

Salomey Osei is an AIMS-Cameroon Co-op Masters alumna of the 2017-2019 batch, currently wrapping up her thesis on Machine Learning with applications to Finance (supervised by Professor Jules Sadefo Kamdem, University of Montpelier) with AIMS Ghana from the AMMI program sponsored by Google and Facebook.

Driven by her passion to lead and share knowledge, she is a mentor for the Project X competition on climate organized by the University of Toronto AI and an active member of the Masakhane NLP group. She is also the team lead of unsupervised methods for Ghana NLP and a co-organizer for the Women in Machine Learning and Data Science (WiMLDS) Accra chapter.

Salomey is a recipient of the MasterCard Foundation scholarship, Black in AI grant, Alumni of the Virtual Heidelberg Laureate Forum, amongst others.

Her long term goal is to mentor students especially females in STEM and share her knowledge with others through lecturing. 

MEET DR. JEAN-DANIEL DJIDA

Jean-Daniel Djida was born in a small city named Mbe in Cameroon in 1988. After his undergraduate degree, he went on to obtain a Master’s degree from Ngaoundéré University, Cameroon in 2013 and was then selected for another Master’s program in Mathematical Sciences at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in Limbe, Cameroon.
After AIMS, Jean-Daniel went on to complete as Ph.D. in Mathematics at the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela in Spain.
In July 2019, he became a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the AIMS-Cameroon Research Center, supported by the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD).
Dr. Djida is currently the Acting Research Chair of AIMS-Cameroon with research interests in Partial Differential Equations (PDEs), Calculus of Variations, Fractional Calculus, Optimal Control Theory, Shape Optimization, and Fractional Deep Neural Network. More features about Dr. Djida can be found on his webpage at jean-daniel-djida.be or here https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jean_Daniel_Djida/research.

MEET JAMES JR. NJONG

Passionate about mathematics tools for marketing and operations management, James is a dynamic problem solver with excellent communication skills. After obtaining a Master’s in pure Mathematics at the University of Buea, James joined AIMS-Cameroon to explore the applications of Mathematics in solving real-world problems. This long-standing desire to use tools and techniques from Mathematics in problems of finance and insurance was realized at AIMS where James was offered a series of foundational courses in stochastic analysis and finance. He later undertook a research project on weather derivatives and has since submitted the ensuing paper for publication. Whilst at AIMS, James took up another in-house opportunity to obtain a post-graduate certificate in business management from the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT-Berlin) within the AIMS-ESMT IIP. The program, James says, prepared him for the business world and gave him adequate tools to find his way through a crowded market place. Prior to AIMS, James explored a passion for leadership and community development through engagements at the University of Buea Mathematics student union, where he served as secretary-general. AIMS, according to James, fortified these skills and experience through the opportunity to serve as the student representative of the sixth cohort at AIMS-Cameroon. He later went on to work as a software developer for the fintech start-up WaZaHub in Buea before leaving to join AIMS-Cameroon again, where he is currently supporting teaching and coordinating the center’s industry initiative.

MEET OLUWSEGIN TAIWO OJO

Nigerian born Oluwsegin Taiwo Ojo is an AIMS-Cameroon alumnus of the 2015/2016 cohort. He joined AIMS in 2015 after completing a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics in Nigeria. After gaining an advanced-level understanding of Mathematics and the theoretical concepts necessary to make sense of probability and statistics at AIMS-Cameroon, Taiwo returned home where he started the grueling task of applying for scholarship positions. In June 2017, he was awarded 02 scholarship positions in Spain and Turkey. Settling for the former, Taiwo is currently a fully-funded research assistant at the Instituto Madrileño de Estudios Avanzados (IMDEA) Networks, a research institute located in Leganes, Madrid, Spain. He is also enrolled in the Mathematical Engineering Ph.D. Program of the Universidad de Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) where his thesis research work is focused on Fast Outlier Detection and Visualization Techniques for Functional Data Analysis (FDA). In addition to his work on functional data analysis, he is also involved in other research projects with Prof. Antonio Fernandez Anta and one of these involves the analysis of blockchain data from different popular cryptocurrency platforms. Taiwo is most recently involved in the data analysis and processing aspect of a COVID-19 project where, in collaboration with his supervisor, Prof. Antonio Fernandez Anta, and a team of other researchers from different countries, he writes codes to generate the different estimates of the actual number of people infected with COVID-19 in Spain. This project has been covered in the mainstream media across European countries e.g. on Publico Portugal, DiCYT, El Diario, and El Pais among others.

MEET EDWINE TENDONG

Cameroonian-born Edwine Tendong is an AIMS-Cameroon alumnus of the 2015/2016 cohort. Before AIMS, Edwine obtained a B.Sc in Physics from the University of Buea, Cameroon, an MSc. in Condensed Matter Physics at the University Of Dschang, Cameroon, and a DIPES II (M. Ed) at the University of Bamenda, Cameroon. Before AIMS, he equally served as a Secondary School Teacher with the Ministry of Secondary Education, Cameroon.

While at AIMS, Edwin carried out a research where he made use of Mathematical Sciences in determining and controlling flow rates of fluids from emptying tanks, with applications to the processing of rubber latex at the Cameroon Development Cooperation. The solutions proffered were very vital and well appreciated by the company’s management.

After AIMS-Cameroon, he received the TWAS-BOSE Ph.D. fellowship to study for a Ph.D. in Physics at S N Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, India. Edwine is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the Domain of Condensed matter physics, specifically on the Microscopic dynamics of fluids and colloidal suspensions. With all these, he hopes to apply his knowledge in suitable local industries (paint, batteries, cement, rubber manufacturing, etc.), and lend his expertise to the higher education community of his country through teaching, participation in conferences, and mentorship.

MEET ROSTANT NOYIESSIE NDEBEKA

After completing a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s respectively in mathematics and application at the University of Douala-Cameroon where he was the top of his class with a percentage of 66.4% and 61.5% respectively, Rostant Noyiessie Ndebeka was awarded the AIMS-Cameroon scholarship.

Passionate about mathematics and encouraged by hard work, courage, and tenacity, he managed to be among the best in AIMS-Cameroon, allowing him to work with Professor Cédric Villani, the 2010 Nobel Prize in Mathematics, on Isoperimetric Inequalities in Euclidean and Non-Euclidean

After Aims-Cameroon, Rostand obtained a DAAD scholarship to do a Master II in geometry at IMSP-Benin where he obtained a percentage excluding defense of 83.9%.  He later obtained another scholarship to do a Master II in France, at the University of Paris Saclay, in the theoretical and applied field of artificial intelligence

In October 2019, he obtained a master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Paris-Saclay and at the same time, got an internship at Fair-Paris.

Rostant is currently looking for a Ph.D. in one of the domains of his interest. He aspires to train enthusiastic students in mathematics to be great scientists and multidisciplinary researchers in the fields of Mathematics. His research interests are respectively deep learning theory, probability, and statistics, analysis, and geometry.

MEET MARGARET IKAPE

Margaret Ikape, AIMS-Cameroon alumna of the 2015/2016 cohort, holds a BSc in physics and Astronomy from the University of Nsukka, Nigeria.

After AIMS, the Nigerian-born Physicist went on to obtain another Master in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of Toronto, Canada, and is currently a PhD student under the same field at the Said University.

Passionate about bridging the gap between African Science students and the field of Astronomy, Ms. Ikape is currently part of an instructor team that organizes the Pan-African School for Emerging Astronomers, PASEA, a summer school aimed at introducing undergraduate students to the basics of astronomy using the inquiry method with a lot of hands-on activities, and at solidifying research and computing methods for postgraduate students. She was an instructor at this school’s 2017 and 2019 edition in Accra, Ghana, and Abuja, Nigeria respectively.

Margaret hopes that students will become aware of Astronomy and Astrophysics as a career option, and hopes to train the next generation of African Astronomers. She equally envisages a future where she is a role model to African youths, encouraging African girls, in particular, to pursue their dreams no matter what life throws at them.

Her research interests mostly revolve around answering the unknown questions in the universe. At present, she is interested in understanding how the first stars were formed, and what their roles were in making the universe look the way it does today. She is also interested in building telescopes that can peer deeper and deeper into space to see the cosmic dawn.

MEET JEANNETTE MUKAMAHAME GAHUNGA

Jeannette Mukamahame Gahunga is a former Mastercard Foundation scholar and AIMS-Cameroon alumnus of the 2016/2017 cohort. Prior to AIMS, she earned a computer science degree at the University of Rwanda in 2015.
While at AIMS, she carried out a project on climate change in Africa and equally carried out a statistical analysis of Kenya, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe, thereby building a model to forecast climate change for use by farmers.
After graduating, she returned to Rwanda where she focused on building her soft skills through sessions in professional development training offered by the AIMS Industry Initiative. 
Jeannette is one of the first African Institute for Mathematical Sciences – Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI) graduates to put her skills to work at Ecobank Rwanda following a partnership agreement between the two organizations. She joined Ecobank Rwanda as an Information Technology Auditor in charge of the banks’ security and risk prevention and mitigation.  In the wake of numerous challenges faced by financial institutions arising out of carrying out their businesses online, Gahunga is responsible at Ecobank Rwanda for conducting internal IT audits to identify threats and areas in need of corrections, controls, and improvements.
Ms. Jeannette has attributed her success at her role at Ecobank to her AIMS degree which she says was an advantage especially in the labor market where she feels so confident and competitive.