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University of Rwanda

Career Technology

Mechanical Engineering- Production

CAREER: Mechanical Engineer



    • April 16, 2024 – Our students shared what was most meaningful to them from our recent Leadership Development Workshop. “Our March Leadership Development Workshop, though virtual, was nothing short of transformative. As Dr. Kuhn walked us through her presentation, which was of course spiced with examples from her experiences as a life-long leader, I realized there was more to leadership than just achieving the goals of the organization or group we are leading. Besides that, a little bit of compassion should be part of our everyday menu as we set out to start our daily activities. During the workshop, it occurred to me that the most compassionate leaders we have are those who have their “where I come from” painted on their memories. The people who don’t allow time and circumstance to rob them of the memory of their origins are readily able to portray a better image of humanity by relating to the people and communities around them. I realized that to have an understanding heart, a compassionate one, is to look at the other person as if they were the reflection of you on the other side of the mirror, and that can hardly happen if we forget our origins. Personally, I left the meeting wanting to keep the memories of who I am and my origins closer to my mind than ever, because only then can I be a more compassionate leader.”
    • March 1, 2023 – In a recent Leadership Development Workshop, we explored the question, “How can you make sure the pain of your past doesn’t determine your future?” What stood out and meant the most to you in this workshop? Barack said: “I learned that my pain from the past should not be a barrier to me or to my endeavors, but rather a building block. A rock in my foundation for a more stable and flourishing future – that’s what stood out the most for me.”
    • September 8, 2022 – Barack discussed the biggest changes in his life since the end of the COVID restrictions: “I would find it hard to say the biggest change ignoring the beautiful truth about life without COVID restrictions. Life without a face mask has been a tremendous change. The biggest change, however, has been more mental than physical. It is the awakening of my heart to do everything in its due time. To seize every moment, I have to do what I know is right and enjoy the brief periods I get with those around me.”
    • September 13, 2021 – Barack shared his favorite song and what it means to him: “This song is called “It Was Finished Upon That Cross” by City Alight: This song reminds me of the great love of God, when He sent His own begotten Son to die for me — a sinner. It humbles me every time I hear it and teaches me that life is only at Calvary’s tree, the cross of Jesus Christ.”
    • July 16, 2021 – Barack shared what resilience means to him: “Considering its original meaning, resilience is the ability to recover quickly from something. Resilience means a lot to me. It means I, as a servant leader, am able to overcome every oppression that comes as a challenge to me. It means I must be able to adapt myself to new circumstances and not let them affect me or change who I am. A resilient leader will learn to pick himself up after something goes wrong and continue as ambitious as he was before, not getting discouraged. We all should be resilient. In the face of many unfavorable circumstances, we ought not to lose heart, not to lose hope, to re-build ourselves after every storm, adapting to the changes that came with it, and serve our people. We say we are not broken. We advance even in the worst of times. We are RESILIENT!”
    • March 1, 2021 – Barack said his biggest lesson from 2020 was: “That life never always gives us what we want or expect and that God’s sovereignty is beyond everything. I had planned as much as I could but life turned out differently! So it’s our duty to adjust ourselves to the pace that life provides so that we don’t go off track. Even on the darkest days as those in 2020, we still grow through by the sovereign grace of God.”



Barack was born into a family of six children; he is the third and the eldest son. Being raised by a single mom in the streets of Kampala, he was, like most of the kids, a big fan of pan cakes (Kabalagala snacks), and enjoyed building swings on trees with his friends. Barack and his siblings struggled with having enough food to eat and being able to afford; they worried about helping their mother get to a better place. But, with hard work and their mom’s support, they thrived in their education. Luckily, at the age of 15, Barack’s mom’s siblings agreed to bring him to Rwanda to support his education, so he left his family in Uganda.

Besides building swings and climbing trees, Barack was fond of sitting with his friends on the road side to watch cars passing. But his fascination with cars went beyond hoping that one day he would own one; Barack wanted to make cars. He learned from the older boys who could make toy cars and, as he grew up, Barack realized his dream could come true by pursuing science. He felt he had no room for failure, and he graduated among the top five in his senior year in high school.

Now Barack is majoring in Mechanical Engineering and he feels he is a few steps away from achieving his dream.

Besides his career goals, Barack has been driven to be a father unlike his own. He has seen many friends and children suffer after either being abandoned by or losing their father. This motivates him to work hard so that he can support others, since they share a similar story. He also hopes that others will make their living through his car making dream. This is what drives him: that These Numbers Have Faces convey that struggling children each have a face. Barack is proud to be a TNHF scholar with faith that he will attain his dreams.

Apart from his studies, Barack enjoys fellowships with Christian brethren and also hanging out with his friends to share meals and tell jokes all evening. He also enjoys dancing and drama.