Graduate Student (MS)

Oliva Kilyenyi
Contact Information:
City Campus (Lincoln)



Libby Jones

About Me:

Skills and competencies

• Report writing and presentation skills.

• Creating Maps with ArchGIS

• Drawing by AutoCad

• Leadership skills

• Teamworking

• Creativity and critical thinking

Academic Qualifications

• Master’s Degree, Engineering Management, University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, (on going with desertation).

• Lidership training, Leadership in civic engagement, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 2022.

• Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in Civil and Structural Engineering, Civil Engineering, University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, 2014.

Employment History

• University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Teaching Assistant (TA), 08/2023 to date.

• Senior Civil Engineer, Tanzania Railways Corporation, 05/2019 - present. - Deputy Project Manager, Standard Gauge Railway Phase II, Morogoro to Dodoma Region, 09/2021 - present.

• Civil and Structural Engineer, Tanzania Building Agency (TBA), 07/2016 –05/2019

• Ilula Folk Development College under the former Ministry of Community Development; Gender and Children. 06/2015 – 07/2016

• Civil and Structural Engineer, TEKINIKON 08/2014 – 06/2015

Area of Research and Professional Interest

Oliva has researched, written, and presented papers on Transportation Enginering and Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics(STEM) -related topics in different conferences.

• Complete Streets and Multimodal transport system.

• Sustainable and inclusive transport system for marginalized groups in Dar Es Salaam city, Tanzania. The research is also aimed at reducing carbon foot print on the environment.

• Urban Transportation Systems.

• Humanitarian engineering example construction of infrastructure for emergencies.

Research Experience

• Complete streets and Multmodal transportation system, Dr.Libby Jones, UNL, 08/2023 – on going.

• Feasibility Study on commuter trains in Dar Es Salaam and Dodoma Tanzania, JICA, duration (10/2019-12/2022)

Teaching Experience

• Oliva collaborated with other Women Engineers in promotion of science subjects for girls and career mentorship for graduate students (4/2019-9/2021).

• Tutor II - Civil Engineer at Ilula Folk Development College, Ministry of Community Development; Gender and Children (06/2015 – 07/2016)

• Oliva searched for female school dropouts and helped them secure admission in vocational colleges.(08/2015 – 07/2017)

Publications and Presentations

• Oliva R Kilyenyi, Standard Gauge Railwayline(SGR) and Commuter trains in Dodoma City Tanzania, Dodoma SGR camp, Dodoma – Tanzania, (Norwegian Embassy in Tanzania) 03/01/2023

• Oliva R Kilyenyi, Challenge of Water, today and tomorrow for the African Woman, online facilitated by Africa Regional Network of Women Engineers and Scientists 01/04/2022

• Oliva R Kilyenyi,02/09/2022, Sustainable cities through creation of sustainable transport system (Key note speaker), online, Warwick University, London, UK , 09/20/2021

• Oliva R Kilyenyi, Contribution of Women in Gender and STEM development, university of UYO Nigeria, 07/27/2019.


• Assistant Secretary, International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES) for Africa Regional Network (ARN) (04/2019-09/2023)

Honors and Awards

• Distinguished Women In Engineering Award 2023 by International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists.

• Letter of appreciation for the best presentation from Norweigian Embasy in Tanzania 03/2023

• Mandela Fellow certificate 07/2022

• Certificate of partcipartion as a speaker on webinar organaised by Africa Regional Network of Women Engineers and Scientists 04/2022

• Certificate of appreciation for community engagement activities by Institute of Engineers Tanzania- women chapter 08/2019


• Mandela Washington Fellow for young African Leaders at UNL.