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By Shelby Sanford
COI Communications and Events Student Assistant

As a college student, it’s common to make strides for personal and professional excellence, but for Faikat Moliki, a junior computer science major, it was much more.

“Tech transforms the world and women can transform tech. Believe in yourself. Gender shouldn’t matter,” said Faikat when asked about her chosen career path and passion regarding the field. In her short time of being a College of Informatics student, her success has made it clear that transforming the world of tech is one of her missions.

Faikat, originally from Nigeria, came to NKU after receiving a four-year full tuition scholarship, which happens to be just the beginning of her long list of accomplishments.

Her involvement spans from being a member of the African Student Union, Women in Computing, Alpha Lambda Delta, as well as a R.O.C.K.S mentor and a Residential Assistant for the STEM Living Learning Community.

Dr. Maureen Doyle, the Chair for the Department of Computer Science and mentor of Faikat fondly stated, “That’s the thing about Faikat, she’s always giving back to her community in some way. That’s what makes her stand out. She’s not all just about herself, but about how she can help others.”

When Faikat began to search for career opportunities, Dr. Doyle pointed her in the direction of the National Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. This event is the world’s largest gathering of women in tech yearly- with over 20,000 attendees.

One may ask, how did Faikat set herself apart from the crowd of 20,000 women?

“She attended this conference by herself and went prepared,” said Dr. Doyle.  “She spent time preparing and pushed herself to talk to all of the companies there.”

This strategy proved successful and she received two internships. She is currently serving as a Digital Technology Intern at GE Digital, where she is working on a new Incident Management System.  She noted that she is the only woman interning in her department. In addition, she will be starting an internship this Summer, working for Northrop Grumman at their Baltimore Branch working in Defense Technology.

Faikat hopes that these internships help diversify her skills and assist in narrowing down the branch of technology that she wants to pursue professionally.

And she hopes that more women pursue technology degrees.

“Don’t do it for anyone but yourself. Expand your comfort zone, join organizations, apply yourself, and think bigger,” she said.