Sidy Ndao
Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln & Founder of SenEcole

Dr. Ndao, NEF Fellow, is an expert in STEM education and skilled workforce capacity building. He is the founder of SenEcole - Capacity Building for an Emerging Africa, the Pan-African Robotics Competition, and the Dakar American University of Science & Technology. Dr. Ndao recently appeared on the State of the Africa Region premier event panel in Washington DC along with the World Bank Africa Vice President and Chief Economist to discuss “Skills for Success in a Transforming Africa.” Dr. Ndao’s organization, SenEcole, promotes STEM education for the sustainable development of Africa. Ndao believes that one of the most effective ways to achieve this goal is through early engagement of young girls and boys in STEM via programs such as robotics and engineering design competitions. Hence, SenEcole has developed a series of STEM educational programs and tools, such as the Pan-African Robotics Competition (PARC) and the AZIBOt Robot kit. Amongst Dr. Ndao’s latest achievements is the creation of the Dakar American University of Science & Technology (DAUST) in Senegal, West Africa. DAUST provides instruction and research opportunities for undergraduates and graduates in fields of engineering and technology that are useful in developing technological solutions to address Africa’s societal needs and challenges.

Dr. Ndao is also a tenure track Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MME) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Before Joining UNL in 2012, Dr. Ndao spent about 2 years as a Postdoctoral Associate in the Chemical Engineering Department and the Institute of Soldier Nanotechnology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in Cambridge, MA. He completed his Ph.D. studies in Mechanical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). At UNL, Dr. Ndao is director of the Nano & Microsystems Research lab with research interest in Nanotechnology and Thermal-Fluid Sciences. He is interested in both fundamental and applied research in Thermal-Fluid sciences, Energy and Nanotechnology with current research focus on energy conversion and thermal storage, Nanoengineered surfaces, NanoThermoMechanical Logic and Memory devices, Two-phase heat transfer, and Microfluidics. His team has published many papers in peer-reviewed journals such as Nature, Applied Physics Letters, Langmuir, and IJHMT; and in international conferences. Dr. Ndao is a recipient of the UNL College of Engineering Henry Y. Kleinkauf Family Distinguished New Faculty Teaching Award.

Session 1: NEF Fellows Spotlight Session

Session 2: Changing the Way We Learn: Building Scientific Culture Early On

Date:  28 March 2018

Time: 11:30-12:30