On Monday evening, Samantha Nyikadzino announced via Twitter that she had joined the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team as an Electronics Design Engineer. An integral part of the near 1,000 technical staff that have Mercedes racing in the sport.
She follows in the footsteps of fellow Zimbabwean Stephanie Travers who had a 3-year stint at the Mercedes AMG F1 Petronas Team as a Trackside Fluid Engineer before she left to join Lewis Hamilton’s X44 Carbon Racing Team.
According to Samantha’s LinkedIn profile, she has Electrical Engineering, Applied Mathematics and Computer Science Background with acquired technical skills through experience working on schematic capture, PCB layout, BOM creation, geber and assembly file generation. Skilled in programming with Python, C++ and with proficiency in Octave and MATLAB and familiar with SQL.
Supporting a team from home and then ending up as one of their Design Engineers is something I haven’t found the words to correctly articulate yet but I’m so excited for this new adventure. — Samantha Nyikadzino via Instagram
She studied Electrical Engineering at Zimbabwe’s National University of Science and Technology before doing Electrical Engineering again at Cape Peninsula University of Technology and then doing a degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of South Africa. From 2013 – 2021 she was employed as a Printed Circuit Board Design Engineer at Parelex Electronics based in Cape Town, South Africa.