The competition was hosted by UCOWR, which is an international council that hosts water resources conferences to bring together professionals in the industry.
The competition entailed presenting the findings of individual research which was pre-recorded on Zoom.
UCOWR then arranged a panel of judges to engage with all the presenters during a live session.
“During the interaction with the panel of judges, one had to defend their thesis and answer questions posed by the panelists. I had to defend my presentation to a panel of judges consisting of a Professor from the University of Columbia and a Research Specialist from Oklahoma State University” Mutilifa said.
Her presentation is titled “An investigation of contaminants sources and groundwater quality evaluation at Groot Aub, Namibia” and says her interest in this field stems from the ongoing droughts experienced in Namibia.
“I want to be part of the solutions that combat the water crisis and I want Namibia to be better prepared for natural disasters such as droughts,” Mutilifa explained.
She is of the opinion that through research, new practices are developed to take the world to a new level and make it a better place. “It was a pleasure to learn about what other students are researching at their different universities across the world,” she added. Mutilifa’s supervisor and Senior Lecturer in NUST’s Department of Civil Engineering, Dr Kedir Bushira said “I would just like to congratulate Liina on a presentation well done.”