Triphonia’s mathematics to take her places
QUESTION: Tell us about yourself
ANSWER: I am an Assistant Lecturer at Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology. I have a Bachelor degree in Mathematics with Education, which I got from Tumaini University, Iringa and a Masters in Mathematical modelling at University of Dar-es-Salaam. My Masters research was in Mathematical Modelling of Cholera Dynamics with some intervention strategies in Tanzania. This was to determine the impact of sanitation, chlorination and public health education in Tanzania. The results showed that sanitation and public health efforts in Tanzania can eliminate cholera from the population. For the past three years, I have been teaching a course in Computing using mathematical software for engineers, how to use Mat LAB and numerical methods to solve engineering problems.
Q: What got you interested in applying for the PhD scholarships under WIMEA-ICT?
A: One of the research areas of the project is Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) modeling (particularly the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model). NWP is one of the real life applications that intersects Mathematics and Meteorology that has always been my interest. I want to use mathematical and numerical models to model real life events and this scholarship is within this area of interest. I have a strong mathematical and computational background. My bachelor and master’s degree in mathematics has given me an experience in modeling real life events in different fields such as ecology, epidemiology and environments
Q: What will be your area of research focus? A: Numerical Weather Prediction Modeling Q: What do you hope to achieve at the end of your studies?
A: My goal is to become an expert on weather predictions using mathematical and numerical models to forecast future behaviour of our countries. This scholarship will also give me strong skills and experience in manipulating huge data sets and exploiting outputs from mathematical and numerical model simulations using a super computer facility at DIT.