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Maureene Okomo And Veronica Onyillo: Kenyan Woman And Her Daughter Working As Aeronautical Engineers

Her name is Maureen Okomo. She holds a bachelors degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology (JKUAT) and a a Masters of Business Administration in Aviations/ Airway Management and Operations from Moi University. In her fourth year, she landed an attachment at KQ. At first, she didn’t understand why she had to work for an airline but after research found out that her skills were actually useful. During that time, KQ had a few engineers and were looking for more. Her supervisor told her about the interviews and asked her to step in.

That is how her journey in the world of aviation commenced. She took up avionics systems of the aircraft which includes electric power generations, distributions, and Communication systems effectively becoming the first female licensed aeronautical engineer. Currently, she is the director of maintenance at Jambo Jet and is licensed by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) to deal with radio communications and avionics systems. She has also worked as head of line maintenance at KQ and base maintenance of the national carrier. 

Her daughter called Vanessa Onyullo is also following her footsteps. She holds a degree in Aviations Maintenance Science and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University .She currently works as a reliability analyst who is licensed to fix the body and engine of an aircraft. She is the third generation of the family to work in the aviation industry since her grandfather (Maureen’s father) also worked in aviation as an engineer at the now defunct East African Airways.

She works with the optimization and maintenance program. Maureen is a mother of three children, two girls and one boy. Her second born daughter Joy is a biochemist while her husband is also an engineer and together they have supported each other along the journey.


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