Meet Dr Chitauro, NUST’s seventh PhD graduate

“It has been a long journey, but every hurdle was worth it,” said Mercy Chitauro, a lecturer in the Faculty of Computing and Informatics. Two weeks ago, she became NUST’s latest PhD graduate when she obtained a Doctorate of Philosophy in Computer Science, making her the first female Computer Science, and the seventh PhD graduate produced by NUST.

Chitauro mentioned that she is determined to break barriers and uplift the profile of women in this male-dominated field. Her research topic was ‘A Bio-Immunology Inspired Security Model for Industrial Control System Defence from Advanced Persistent Threats.’
Speaking to The Tech, this is what Chitauro had to say.

Q: What was your research centred on?

A: My research was focused on finding solutions for advanced persistent threats that affect industrial control systems. The solution was inspired by studying the biological immune system.

Q: What was your biggest challenge on this journey?

A: The biggest challenge was marrying the different domains. I had a strong computer science background but the application domain was in control systems (engineering) and the solution was from yet another domain; immunology.
As such, it was quite a challenge to bring it all together but I managed by reading, reading and more reading as well as researching and engaging experts in the other fields.

Q: Where to from here?

A: Well, I have been working at NUST for close to a decade, so I am looking forward to continue ploughing back into the community and imparting knowledge to students. I am also eager to continue learning and keep up with the fast-paced technological advancements.

 

Date: 
Friday, May 15, 2020
for Month: 
May, 2020

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