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Darshni Appalsamy, the Mechanical Engineer supporting Girls in STEM in South Africa

Darshni Appalsamy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and currently works as a Product Development Engineer at Defy Appliances, South Africa. She has been involved in STEM development programs with organisations such as WomEng SA, Girls Fly Program Africa (GFPA) and Microsoft SA.

In January 2021, she was selected as one of the top 75 global youth changemakers by the New York based organisation, UNITE 2030. Appalsamy also hosted an international Women in STEM networking and empowerment event, with a formula one motorsport engineer as guest speaker among others.

In her words; “Growing up in a single income, lower middle-class family, with little access to technologies has helped me appreciate opportunities that I have achieved due to my studies in engineering. Education has always been at the forefront of my household, and this is a pertinent driving force for me,” she says.

Education has transformed her family and she wants to help others by supporting projects that promote inclusion and diversity.

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