MIU to Microsoft: The Journey of Dr. Denekew Jembere

We are pleased to feature Dr. Denekew Jembere, who completed the MS in Computer Science Program (known as Computer Professionals or ComPro) at MIU and has made significant contributions as a Principal Software Engineer at Microsoft. He has also earned a Ph.D. specializing in the field of Data Science.

Life at MIU

Denekew’s journey in technology in the USA has been remarkable. It all began in January 2005 when he joined the ComPro program at MIU. During his time as a student, Denekew’s leadership skills were recognized, and he was voted as the Student Government Representative for ComPro.

Denekew Jembere graduated with his MSCS ComPro degree at MIU in June 2008

Graduated with his MSCS ComPro degree in June 2008

In October 2005, he started working at Microsoft as part of his CPT (Curricular Practical Training) program. This allowed him to gain practical experience in the industry while he was still studying.

“The CPT training (Career Strategies Workshop) at MIU equipped me with a wide range of valuable skills and knowledge necessary for success in my career journey,” says Denekew. “I gained valuable insights and skills in American business culture’s ethical, legal, and social expectations, as well as developing the expertise to prepare a professional resume.”

The journey of Denekew Jembere from MIU to Microsoft

Following the completion of the ComPro program in 2008, he embarked on his current successful career as a Principal Software Engineer at Microsoft. Microsoft’s Inside Track newsletter showcases one of his impactful works.

Denekew Jembere (far right) with MIU ComPro students at Microsoft

Denekew (far right) with ComPro students at Microsoft

Denekew’s personal life has also undergone significant changes throughout his educational and professional journey. In 2006, his future wife, Misrak enrolled at MIU, following in his footsteps. She began her CPT at Microsoft in 2007. Today, she holds the position of Senior Software Engineer at Microsoft.

Denekew Jembere and Misrak are blessed with four children, ranging from 7 to 15 years old

Denekew and Misrak are blessed with four children, ranging from 7 to 15 years old.

Ph.D. in Data Science Specialization

Driven by his passion for knowledge, Denekew pursued a Ph.D. in Technology Innovation Management, specializing in Data Science. As a result, he completed his Ph.D. in July 2022.

Receiving his Ph.D. from Northcentral University in San Diego, California

Denekew Jembere’s Contributions to MIU and in the Field of Technology

2009: Denekew provided programming classes and raised funds for MIU ComPro students during the recession.

2015: Collaborated with Microsoft to train 35 Ethiopian colleges and universities in MS Office 365, benefiting 1.5 million students.

2018: Developed an app to streamline document processing for Ethiopian citizens abroad. 60 Ethiopian Embassies and consular offices worldwide adopted it.

2019: Offered lectures on Big Data Analytics at ten universities, gaining media attention (such as on the Ethiopian Fana Television) for his valuable contributions to technology in Ethiopia.

2023: Provided virtual lectures on Data Science and Machine Learning courses to MSc and Ph.D. students at six Ethiopian Universities.

2023: Delivered a Tech Talk to the current ComPro students providing a comprehensive understanding of ML-based feature development projects and emphasizing the various roles that audiences can assume as direct or indirect contributors. See the video of his talk.

Providing Lectures on Big Data in Ethiopia in 2021

In conclusion, Denekew’s commitment to technology, education, and philanthropy has made him a notable role model, bringing about positive change, and also influencing others.

“I wholeheartedly encourage software developers in Ethiopia and elsewhere to seize the opportunity and pursue the MIU CS program,” shares Denekew. “The ComPro program was the gateway to the wealth of knowledge that elevated my skills.”

Denekew’s latest profile can be found here on LinkedIn.