On Wednesday 24th January, CMU-Africa Director of Strategy and Operations, Crystal Rugege, received the Staff Recognition Award for Inspirational Leadership from Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering. Having joined Carnegie Mellon in 2009, Crystal played an instrumental role in establishing Carnegie Mellon’s 1st degree-granting program in Africa, and driving the growth of CMU-Africa in Kigali. In her capacity, she has led the development of a number of scholarship programs, making CMU-Africa more accessible to Africa’s brightest engineers.
The College of Engineering annually honors staff members for their leadership, innovation, continued excellence, and spirit. The Inspirational Leadership award recognizes an individual who inspires others. One who influences without authority, often putting the interests of others ahead of their own, and serves as a champion for staff.