Tsegaye Legesse, President
Tsegaye Legesse, CPA/ MBA President/Director

Tsegaye Legesse serves as President on STEM Synergy’s Board of Directors.

 Tsegaye comes to STEM Synergy with extensive experience in the Education Sector. He is a strong believer in STEM education  that teaches the next generations the 21st century skills to solve  the biggest challenges of our time and  to be  creative, inquisitive, explorers, critical thinkers and problem solvers.

Tsegaye brings over 20 years of combined professional  work experiences in Educational Management, Financial Management, Project Management and Leadership.

Tsegaye has served as a Sr. Project Manager at  the US Department of Labor. Prior to this role, Tsegaye  was  an Accounting & Finance Manager at NIH, &  Assistant  Controller at SEIU. He plays leadership  roles in various  boards and committees in the Washington DC metropolitan area.  In Ethiopia, he was a Communication and External Relations Officer at World Vision International.

 Tsegaye earned his bachelor’s degree in Educational Leadership from Addis Ababa University and MBA degree from the University of Towson/Baltimore. He specialized in Education and Development at the University of Oslo. Tsegaye is a Certified Public Accountant in the US and holds a certificate in Project Management.

Tsegaye Legesse, CPA/ MBA
President/Director
Yisehak Shata, Treasurer
Yisehak Shata, MEng, PE Treasurer/Director

Yisehak Shata serves as Treasurer on STEM Synergy's Board of Directors. 

Yisehak is a Senior Project Manager for Branch Civil Company that is very well known in transportation and infrastructural development in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast United States. He is responsible for Project Management of heavy civil construction, design-build, and site development. He has been with the same firm for the last 14 years.  

Yisehak brings over a total of 18 years of experience in project management experiences including but not limited to planning, organizing, staffing, directing, controlling and executing. Before he moved to the US, he worked in Ethiopia for South Roads Authority and Contractors as a civil engineer for 4 years.

Yisehak is very interested in utilizing technology to bring meaningful development in Ethiopia. 

Yisehak received BS in Civil Engineering from Addis Ababa University and Master of Engineering in Project Management from University of Maryland.  

Yisehak has earned his PE (Professional Engineer) license from the state of Maryland and Virginia.

 

Yisehak Shata, MEng, PE
Treasurer/Director
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Getachew Gezahegn Executive Director/Country Representative of Ethiopia
Getachew, a native of Ethiopia, is the Ethiopian Representative on our team of Executive Directors. Before getting involved in STEM education he freelanced as a consultant and researcher for NGO’s and other private firms for 10 years. He then gave over 21 years to the Ethiopian Ministry of Education and the National Science and Technology Center, teaching physics and offering his expertise in mathematics and physics. He holds a B.S. in Physics and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.
Getachew Gezahegn
Executive Director/Country Representative of Ethiopia
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Nigist Tilahun Fundraising and communication manager
Nigist is our Fundraising and Communication Manager. Nigist earned her MBA  in Marketing Management, from New Delhi,India and Bachelors degree  in English Language from Jimma University, Ethiopia. She had extensive background in Marketing, Public Relations  and  STEM education. 
Prior to her current role ,Nigist was the Director of  Hawassa University STEM Center  from September 2014  up to March 31 2019. Prior to that, she had  served  as Head of External and Public Relations Department of  Hawassa University for six years 
Nigist Tilahun
Fundraising and communication manager
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Anteneh Fisseha STEM Center Manager
Anteneh is our program manager at Foka Stem Center, the main  incubation center of STEM Synergy in Ethiopia. He brings a wide range of experience and accomplishments to his role with STEM Synergy. Before working with STEM Synergy he graduated from Addis Ababa University with a dual degree in Business Administration and Information Systems on top of an advanced diploma he received in Electrical Engineering. After his time at university he spent 13 years first as an instructor at the Defense Engineering University for eight years, then as a coordinator with Gondar STEM Center, after which he went on to work as an expert at the Addis Ababa STEM Center under the guidance of the Ethiopian Society of Electrical Engineers.
Anteneh Fisseha
STEM Center Manager
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Eyob Ayichew Head of Electronics

Eyob earned his B. S. in Electrical Engineering, at the Ethiopian Defense Engineering College. His academic specialization was in Electrical Equipment Design.

Eyob has more than 6 years of experience in the Ethiopia Air Force, serving as electronics and electrical specialist, electrical&electronics workshop supervisor, Avionics section head, and electronics&electrical course lecturer. He also has 2 years experience working at Glitter Biomedical Technology, where he installed and programmed PLC and Microcontroller-based machines.

Eyob Ayichew
Head of Electronics
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Tesfaye Shiferaw Head of IT

Tesfaye Shiferaw serves as IT expert at Foka Science and Engineering center.

Tesfaye was a lecturer in Ethiopians Defence Engineering College and has been with the same college for the last 9 years.Tesfaye brings over a total of more than 9 years of teaching experiences including but not limited to department head, software development, project management, network administration and installation.

Tesfaye received both BSc degree (with great honor) in Computer Science and M.tech in Network and Information Security from Ethiopian Defense Engineering College.  

Tesfaye Shiferaw
Head of IT
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Girmay Tekie, M. Eng. in Electrical & Computer Engineering Scientific Advisory Board
Sr. Software Engineer in Medical Devices and Equipment  at Senseonics, MD.
Girmay Tekie, M. Eng. in Electrical & Computer Engineering
Scientific Advisory Board
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Melaku Tesfaye Finance and Administration
Melaku earned his B. A. in Accounting from Addis Ababa University. He has more than 15 years of experience in different organizations as Accountant, Senior Accountant, Account Personnel Head, and most recently as Finance and Personnel Officer.
Melaku Tesfaye
Finance and Administration
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W/Ro Yemisrach Kassahun Support Staff
Yemisrach has worked closely with the executive staff at Foka Science and Engineering center since it first opened its doors. She holds a diploma in computer science, and occasionally mentors the students and assists in technical education.
W/Ro Yemisrach Kassahun
Support Staff
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Kemila Bahiru Office Assistant
Kemila has served as office assistant with STEM Synergy since 2015.
Kemila Bahiru
Office Assistant
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M/Tech Tadesse W/Mariyam Retired emeritus, Head of Mechanics
Tadesse has worked as a mechanical engineer for over 45 years. He earned his advanced diploma in mechanical engineering from Addis Ababa University then continued his education in Germany, Bulgaria, and the United States. He returned to Ethiopia to work in the Air Force and as an instructor at the Defense University.
M/Tech Tadesse W/Mariyam
Retired emeritus, Head of Mechanics
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M/Tech Abate Kassa Retired emeritus, Head of Electronics
Abate Kassa is a veteran electrical engineer with nearly 50 years of experience. After gaining his accounting diploma from Addis Ababa University, his studies took him to the Soviet Republic and the United States. He worked as a lab instructor at the Defense Engineering College in Ethiopia after spending some time in the air force there.
M/Tech Abate Kassa
Retired emeritus, Head of Electronics
Yonas Tadesse, PhD in Mechanical Engineering Scientific Advisory Board

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering. The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD)

Yonas Tadesse, PhD in Mechanical Engineering
Scientific Advisory Board
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Yesunesh Teshome, MPH/ MBA Fundraising Advisory Board
Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at Clinton Health Access Initiative in Addis Ababa.
Yesunesh Teshome, MPH/ MBA
Fundraising Advisory Board
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Alebachew Yimer, PE, PhD Secretary/Director

Alebachew Yimer serves  as a secretary in the STEM Synergy Board of Directors . Currently he works as a Sr. Portfolio Optimization Analyst and demand side management Planning Specialist at NV Energy.

He has produced several papers on supply chain optimization, production scheduling, hedging and mathematical modeling that appeared in peer-reviewed journals and international conference proceedings.

He has also a strong passion in robotics, and artificial intelligence and is proficient in different computer programming languages.

Before he moved to the US, he was a Lecturer at Addis Ababa University, department of Mechanical Engineering. Alebachew earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Addis Ababa University; and MIS degree from the University of Phoenix/Arizona. He received his Ph.D. from the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department of Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. He is a licensed professional engineer (P.E.), and certified measurement-and-verification professional (CMVP) registered in Nevada. He is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Alebachew Yimer, PE, PhD
Secretary/Director