Myzafere Limani
Prof. Dr. Myzafere Limani
Professor, University of Prishtina
(No State Selected), Kosovo

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  • Describe what you do in your current work situation.
    I am a professor and currently the Dean of Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering (FECE) at the University of Prishtina (UP). Prishtina is the capital of Kosova, a region very well-known for being devastated and poor. In these post-war circumstances, besides my regular activities such are teaching and researching, I am very involved in introducing reforms in the UP and rebuilding destroyed laboratories.
  • Why did you choose engineering?
    I ended up in electrical engineering because in the year when I finished high school, the UP had commenced studies in the department of electronics and telecommunications. These studies were new and very attractive.  They offered many opportunities and challenges, and so I decided to go there.
  • Where did you go to school and what degree(s) do you have?
    I have received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Department of Electronics and Telecommunications, from the University of Prishtina, thus being the first woman in Kosova to receive this degree. I finished graduate studies for my M.S at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, and not only was I the first woman, but also the first Albanian from Kosova to receive any higher degree in this faculty. My intention is not to underline this as a personal achievement, but only to illustrate discriminating circumstances for Kosovar Albanians which the regime applied for a very long time. Even though I had strong support from my professor to continue working for a Ph.D. in this faculty, it was becoming impossible for me to proceed with this idea. The general situation worsened as each day went by with what would soon be the beginning of a bloody disintegration of the former Yugoslavia. I finished my studies and received a Ph.D. at the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Prishtina, and of course, once again, I had the title of being the first woman to get it.
  • What kinds of activities have typically been part of your work?
    At the beginning of my career as an engineer, I worked for a short time in industry as a technical director in a Public Telecommunications Company.  Then I joined the staff of the University of Prishtina, where I still am today. In addition to being engaged in my daily duties in teaching, continuous researching, and publication of papers, I have been also involved in organizing and managing the university.  I was one of the Vice Deans of FECE, a member of the Senate of UP, and a member of the Council of UP. In October 2006 I was elected the Dean of the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, a position filled for the first time by a woman.
  • What do you like best about being an engineer?
    The challenge of working at the university is that it fulfills the career of an engineer and scientist with possibilities to participate in many research and industrial projects, as a participant, manager, consultant, or supervisor. However, the best part of all this is the work with students, with young people who are smart and have a high sense of responsibility
  • Which of your career accomplishments are you proudest of?
    When the regime of Belgrade suspended institutions of Kosova, my husband and I, together with all Albanian professors, were expelled from the UP. Instead of going abroad to find a job and continue our careers, we decided to stay in Kosova and share the same destiny with millions of other suffering people. At this time, the parallel system of education in Albanian language began to be established, and we have been involved in it from the beginning.
  • What challenges have you met and conquered in your pursuit of an engineering career?
    For more than eight years, we developed teaching and other activities in private houses in different places of the city, hiding from the Serbian police. Our only means for studying have been textbooks and professional books (mostly acquired from the U.S.A. with many difficulties), personal computers, a few pieces of cheap equipment and instrumentations (some of them handmade) and, of course, a very high motivation of professors and students. We did not have an illusion that we could achieve the best results in educating a new generations of engineers under the present circumstances, but our goals were to hold the continuity in engineering education and to pass on the knowledge about trends in new technologies (even though only in theory).
  • Please tell us a little about your family.
    I have been together with my husband, Ilir, since my third year of studies, and he is my strongest support. He is also a professor of the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering. We have four lovely daughters. Jeta (25) is an architect, Zana (21) is an engineer of communications, Lura (19) and Mrika (17) are students.
  • What are your short-term (1-2 years) and long-term (10+ years) goals?
    I hope that very soon I will finish writing my third book, and my long-term goal is to see the University of Prishtina growing up and developing into a modern institution of higher education.
  • What advice would you give to a young woman considering a career in engineering?
    If you are smart, self-confident and love mathematics feel free to go into engineering, because with this profession no matter where you are working, whether it is in some high-tech laboratory, known university or remote and poor region, you will always be able to bring up new developments and changes in your environment and community.
  • Any other stories or comments you would like to share with EngineerGirl visitors?
    If you are smart, self-confident and love mathematics feel free to go into engineering, because with this profession no matter where you are working, whether it is in some high-tech laboratory, known university or remote and poor region, you will always be able to bring up new developments and changes in your environment and community.
  • Describe something about your life outside of work: your hobbies, or perhaps a favorite book.
    I enjoy gardening and reading. Also, I enjoy hiking in the mountains with family on weekends.
Biography

Prof. Dr. Myzafere Limani is currently the Head of Department of Electronics, at Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Prishtina. She received her B.S. degree in electrical engineering from University of Prishtina, Department of Electronics and Communications in 1978, becoming the first woman in Kosovo to receive this degree. She continued her graduate studies at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, and received her M.Sc. degree from this university in 1988. She earned her doctorate at University of Prishtina, Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2000, again being the ”first woman” engineer in Kosovo to obtain it. At the beginning of her career as an engineer, she worked for a short time in the industry as a technical director in the Public Telecommunications Company. In 1979 she joined the staff of the University of Prishtina, and has remained there to this day. Her research interests are in acoustics, audio signal processing and multimedia communications. Dr. Limani is author of two books and author and coauthor of over 50 research papers and professional projects. In October 2006 she was elected the dean of the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, becoming the first woman in the University of Prishtina to hold this post. She served as Dean of the Faculty until September 2012. During the six year period, she showed distinguished leadership abilities leading the faculty over a period of dramatic growth in academic quality and becoming one of the prestigious higher education and research institutions in Kosovo and the region. On the national level, Dr. Limani is a member of Working Group for Technical Issues for transition to digital broadcasting in the Republic of Kosovo, president of National Council of Higher Education and vice president of Scientific Council of Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Kosovo. For her contribution in field of electrical engineering and higher education, Dr. Limani has received several national and international awards.

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Education
2000 Dr. Sc., University of Prishtina, Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering Thesis: Analysis of Acoustic Diffraction in Gratings Using multi-wave coupled-wave theory 1988 Mr. Sc., University of Belgrade, Faculty of Electrical Engineering Thesis: Contribution On Analysis Of Allowed Thresholds Levels Of Mechanical Vibrations In Human Body 1978 Graduated Engineer, University of Prishtina, Technical Faculty Thesis: Analysis Of Current Distribution On Yagi Antennas
Latest Questions
  • Debdeep, India (West BENGAL) asked Myzafere Limani, University of Prishtina

    Added Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 4:49 AM

    How to enter in the field of robotics?
    Related to Difficult Classes, Electrical, Machines, Mechanical, Preparation for College, Special fields and Interdisciplinary
    Answers 2
    Myzafere Limani, University of Prishtina
    Answered Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 4:49 AM
    The field of robotics is rapidly becoming one of the leading fields of science and technology. This field involves interdisciplinary work of different engineering areas (electrical, mechanical, and electronic) and computer science. To enter in this ...Read More
    Amy Kukulya, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)
    Answered Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 4:49 AM
    Hello Debdeep. Thank you for your question and I apologize in the delay of my response. There are several ways of answering this question depending on your age. For example, if you are younger then 18 and have not entered into university yet, the most ...Read More
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