What institutions did she attend?

  • Bishop’s Anstey Junior School, Trinidad
  • Bishop’s Anstey High School, Trinidad
  • Basseterre High School, St Kitts
  • St Timothy’s School, USA
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA- BSc in Electrical Engineering
  • Institute of Optics, University of Rochester, USA- MSc in Optics
  • University College of London, England- PhD in Electrical Engineering

Other Achievements

  • Led the development of the first set of utilities for online application, registration, student administration and online programme delivery at the St Augustine Campus
  • Recipient of the Faith Wiltshire Award for women in ICT, 2004
  • Recipient of UWI/Guardian Life Premium Teaching Award 2000 and The Association of Atlantic Universities Distinguished Teacher Award, 2001
  • She has a patent in the field of fibre optics.


She won a gold medal at a skiing school in Austria.


She also played League All-Fours for the Dragons Club in London.


While in high school, she volunteered at an institute engaged in research on monkeys in St Kitts.

Kim Mallalieu

Caribbean Women in STI

Dr Kim Mallalieu can be described as a trailblazer in engineering education throughout the Caribbean. She conceptualised and led the development and implementation of the Master’s in Regulation and Policy (Telecommunications) at The University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine. She received a grant worth over US $1,000,000 to promote this programme, which was the first online degree offered by this campus around the world, and its sponsors included the International Telecommunications Union. The programme has a fully inter-disciplinary curriculum with a team of teaching staff distributed around the globe. The programme has over 70 graduates from 32 developing countries who now hold key positions in the public and private sectors worldwide. Through this initiative, Dr Mallalieu has played a vital and pioneering role in fostering the growth of professionals in the field of communications in the Caribbean.

Dr Mallalieu’s research interests include culturally appropriate telecommunications technologies, wireless networks and technologies for poverty alleviation, as well as telecommunications policy and regulatory intervention for social inclusion. She is fully engaged in leading “mFisheries”, Trinidad and Tobago’s mobile fisheries project as part of a team focussed on building mobile applications for local small-scale fisherfolk. The applications cater to the challenges and needs of fisherfolk with regard to safety at sea, training, and operational as well as market inefficiencies. Dr Mallalieu was also the leader of a four-member team from The UWI’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering that won the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Nextlab Award for Excellence in Technology Innovation. The team, alongside MIT colleagues, was responsible for developing a mobile phone application that tracks package and courier activities and displays package locations on maps in real time.

Kim Mallalieu was born on 21st March, 1960. Her first years were spent in Woodbrook, Trinidad, and at the age of seven, she moved to Petit Valley. She was 13 years old when her family emigrated to St Kitts, the country of her father’s birth. There, she lived in Bird Rock and later in Frigate Bay. As a child, her initial interest in the field of engineering was sparked by her father when he explained and demonstrated the action of the make-and-break circuit in a telephone ringer to her brother. She is a founding member of a Latin American and Caribbean academic network, Diálogo Regional sobre Sociedad de la Información (DIRSI), which is engaged in research on ICT policy and regulatory intervention. She is also the principal investigator of the Trinidad and Tobago component of the Caribbean ICT Research Programme. Her personal motto, quoting the German writer, J.W. Goethe, is: “Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”


What is an electrical and computer engineer?

Electrical and computer engineers design, build and test computer-based applications and hardware. They utilise
principles and techniques from both electrical engineering and computer science to solve problems and create many of the gadgets and services that are now the hallmark of modern living. Their work is similar to that of electrical engineers, but is limited to computers and computer-related equipment.

The work of these engineers is diverse and includes developing software applications, computer operating systems, image processing systems, computer games, communications systems, and artificial intelligence systems. They also research and design computer hardware such as computer chips and computer processors. They work in fields like telecommunications, transportation, manufacturing, and product development.

Areas of Specialisation

  • Communications systems and control
  • Electromagnetics and photonics
  • Microelectronics
  • High performance computing
  • Graphics and visualisation

What do I need to study?

At CSEC and CAPE: Computer Science, Information Technology, Mathematics, Physics

A bachelor’s degree in either electrical engineering, computer science, computer engineering, or electrical and computer engineering is required. A master’s degree is needed for a career in academia, consultancy or research and product development in industry.

What skills and traits do I need?

  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Good computer and math skills
  • Good teamwork skills
  • Ability to innovate
  • Project management skills

Famous Electrical and Computer Engineers

  • Grace Murray Hopper
  • Shafi Goldwasser
  • Eric Schmidt