Biniyam Deressa received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Addis Ababa University in 2013 and MEng in Computer Networks from Ryerson University in 2020. He worked as a network engineer in a wide range of industries.
He was awarded an IBET scholarship for 2021 and currently enrolled in his first year of a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo.
The Faculties of Engineering and Mathematics at University of Waterloo are committed to increasing the diversity of Canadian workforce in the engineering and technology sectors, especially, the participation from Indigenous and Black communities.
The Momentum Fellowships are a central pillar of the new IBET PhD Project which aims to change the academic landscape within the next five to 10 years by increasing the number of Indigenous and Black engineering professors teaching and researching in universities across Ontario. The project will also create a pipeline of students who will increase diversity in Canadian technology industries as they enter the workforce with graduate degrees from STEM programs.