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Nelson Mandela said: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. It is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farmworkers can become the president of a great nation.”
For example Amadou Diallo grew up in a poor family in Senegal; today he’s CEO of DHL Freight. He’s one of the few African immigrants to become head of a major German company. He finds it a shame that so many Africans in Germany end up driving taxis or cleaning.
He (Eng. Merlin Tonka) found the following document that may be interesting for you:
It is very interesting to see how many foreign students are in German's universities. For the winter semester (2016/2017) Chinese (32268) are the leaders in Asia and Cameroon (7106) in Africa. Now some states are planning to ask foreigners to pay for their studies (Currently we get it for free comparing to USA or England). I wonder how many foreigners will go to those universities after the tuition fee is applied instead of going to USA or England where they don't need to learn the language.
Welcome to "Silicon Mountain," Africa's next tech hub!
"Africans are expected to buy 500 million smartphones in the next five years and that is expected to fuel a boom in software developed by Africans, for Africans"
Merlin Tonka has created a new homepage for software engineering (Cours de génie logiciel).
The course will be given in french, because his target audience in Cameroon speak french.
Eng. Merlin Tonka:
After his master degree of science in Computational Engineering at the Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-Nurmberg (Bavaria - Germany), Merlin Tonka worked as software developer for a content management system called ST4 developed by SCHEMA. After that he joined Siemens as Software Developer in Test (SDET) for computer tomography as Sepp.med delegate (As contractor). Later on he joined Siemens as SDET (As siemens´ employee) and later on as lead Software Quality Engineer responsible of the quality assurance of a very complex software use to control a linear accelerator machine (A machine use in radiation therapy to treat cancer with x-rays beams). He was also responsible of the interoperability quality assurance between the Siemens Treatment Delivery System (Artiste) and leading market Oncology Information Systems (ARIA from Varian,MOSAIQ from Elekta).
He is currently Head of Automation Test Department for X-ray medical devices at Siemens Healthcare in Germany.
The main target of this homepage is to share information that can be useful to others.
“I have never cared very much for personal prizes. A person does not become a freedom fighter in the hope of winning awards.” Nelson Mandela
As head of the department, he:
- coordinates all activities (Design, Development, Test and Documentation) done by software developers (China, Germany and Slovakia)
- manages an automation test team during product development life cycle,
- act as the product owner of the automation test platform
- set the roadmap (vision) of the automation testing platform, budget and recruit new SDET if necessary
- analyses and manages software and hardware bugs as head of the change request board
- prioritizes the solving of bugs and development of new features for automation testing platform (Hardware and Software)
- ensures traceability of requirements with corresponding test procedures (Trace Matrix...)
Besides that he shares the vision, that a medical device with high quality is only possible with a well design Hardware/Software and an independent test team.
Cultural Differences Understanding
He has a strong understanding
- of cultural differences
- the leading of development teams across the globe (China, India,Germany, Slovakia and USA)
- on how to motivate the team to reach the development goal
Here is how he is working with Siemens to have a stable system (not a banana hardware and software) before it can be released to medical doctors worldwide.
He always keep in mind, that what he and his team are testing or assuring the quality, will be used one day to diagnose his disease. Therefore he is very proud to do something for the human being all over the world and make sure no patient is harm by the system he was part of the research and development. For more details on how software problems and poor quality control may kill patients, please read this article from the new york times.
To make sure that the final product is not harmful for the patient, he recruit software engineers who are ready to code, to address change requests and to solve found issues and bugs at different Siemens sites in the world.
Here are his passions:
- always keen to learn new development processes and technologies
- organizing, planning and managing a team of software developers (We developed a software framework and a hardware for the automation testing of medical devices)
- improving the development process and helping deliver a platform that will increase the quality of our medical devices
- seeing a happy medical doctor and patient after the rollout of the medical device
This is what mdbuy said about Multitom Rax: "This gives clinicians the capability to do not only X-ray and fluoro, but also basic angiography procedures and 3D imaging, which previously were not possible". So Multitom Rax is a breakthrough innovation which provide solutions which were previously not possible.