Discover the people working behind the scenes at Aotea Global, this week we introduce Prosper J. Mrutu, Senior Consultant Software Engineering / A Team Leader at Aotea
Q. TELL US WHERE YOU WERE BORN, WHERE YOU GREW UP AND A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR EARLY LIFE?
I was born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and I grew up for most of my life around the same area. From early age I was very curious about science and technology, Dexter’s Laboratory was one of my favourite cartoons. I was always breaking small gadgets to figure out what is inside. I once had to sacrifice my favourite game console for the benefit of scientific research, tough times. Initially I targeted my studies to become a medical doctor, my mother had pains in her legs and I wanted to help her. When those pains ceased I no longer had a reason to pursue medicine and I switched to electronics. In the course of chasing electronics I came across software engineering and it’s been a wonderful experience ever since.
Q.TELL US ABOUT YOUR TIME AT UNIVERSITY OR WORK YOU HAVE DONE?
I graduated from the University of Dar es Salaam with a bachelor degree in Telecommunications in 2011. I have worked in multiple areas of technology including internet provision via satellite, networking as well as software engineering. I have had positions from a regular technician, to network engineer to department head of technology as well as senior/chief consultant for some companies. In those positions I have done several projects including designing, negotiating and implementing Tanzania’s first technological system for digital subscriber registration for major telecommunications companies, ruffle systems as well as electronic money systems.
Q.HAVE YOU TRAVELLED MUCH? WHERE HAVE YOU VISITED AND HAVE YOU GOT AN INTERESTING STORY ABOUT YOUR TRAVELS?
I have travelled more in the recent years than I have done most of my life. I have been to Kenya, South Africa, Ethiopia, Angola and the United Kingdom. I have also visited Bagamoyo, Iringa, Tanga, Dodoma, Same, Moshi and Arusha within Tanzania. One good story I can remember was back in 2003 when I visited Tarangire National Park in Tanzania for a school bus trip. We came about 10 meters from a giant mother elephant with her calf, they were in the middle of the rough road and they stared at us for a solid 10 minutes. All of that time the bus was switched off and everyone went quiet for the whole time we had that staring contest. When they decided to ignore us and start moving some one too curious decided to take a flashing picture. The mother moved as if to charge at us. That was a chilling moment in my memory.
Q.DESCRIBE THE WORK YOU DO WITHIN AOTEA GLOBAL AND WHY YOU JOINED?
I am the Team Leader for one of our largest British customer’s offshore development team in Tanzania. I joined the company for the opportunity to expand my horizon, to explore new skills and technologies, to collaborate with others in different economic and technological platforms but also to share my knowledge, expertise and skills. Aotea has cheerful and flexible working conditions.
Q.IN YOUR OPINION WHAT MAKES AOTEA DIFFERENT FROM OTHER COMPANIES?
Aotea opens a different world to the locals. It provides opportunities to work in areas that might not be available in the country as well as opportunities to collaborate with others that have a different perspective.
Q.DO YOU HAVE ANY INTERESTS OR HOBBIES OUTSIDE WORK?
Engineering is my passion, when I am making technology for my own pleasure like making different application for my own interest and benefit. But I also like to learn new things, farming, explore a bit of cooking, working out as well as visiting new places.
WHAT ARE YOUR ASPIRATIONS FOR THE FUTURE AND WHO INSPIRES YOU?
I aspire to one day inspire others, earn trust and make connections that matter. I also aspire to keep exploring or introducing different technologies with expertise in machine learning and signal processing locally as well internationally thus providing my expertise for the betterment of Tanzania and the world at large. I have been inspired by many people throughout my life and I hope to still be inspired by many more in the days to come. I have been inspired by the Dutch scientist Edsger W. Dijkstra.
A big thank you Prosper J. Mrutu for answering our questions, don’t forget to checkout our other Q & As available to read here.