Staff Profile


Dr Fatuma Simba

  • lecturer

  • +255754034375
  • fatmasimba@udsm.ac.tz

Dr Fatuma Simba

Fatuma Simba received a PhD degree in 2012 on the research titled “Determination of Viable Connectivity Technology for e-Learning in Tanzania: Case Study of Rural Secondary Schools” awarded by the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), Tanzania. She did a Master’s degree by thesis on “Implementation of Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IP-based VPN) Connectivity in Tanzania” in 2005, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics Science and Communication, in 2001, both from the UDSM.  She is currently a lecturer at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, College of Information and Communication Technologies (CoICT), UDSM, Tanzania. Her research areas of interest are wireless broadband networks, e-Learning, cybersecurity and software development.

Teaching responsibilities

  1. Mobile Application Development,
  2. Object-Oriented Programming in Java,
  3. Principles of Operating Systems, and
  4. Telecommunication Switching Principles. 

Research Projects

Dr Fatuma has been involved in the following selected research projects:

  1. “Towards Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Economy through Commercialization of UDSM Engineering students Projects”. This project is funded by the Directorate of Research and Publication of the University of Dar es Salaam in 2019 -2021.

  2. Retooling Project for digital contents development of mathematics and science subjects for secondary schools funded by World Bank and Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MoEVT) in 2014-2015.

Professional Services

Apart from teaching, research and professional services, Dr Simba is also interested in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She is involved in the following professional services and the activities:

  1. In 2021 (in progress), she is a member of task force to develop the University of Dar es salaam Innovation Centre.

  2. From 2017 to 2019, Dr Simba was a member of the task force formed by the UDSM to establish University-wide courses on Innovation and Entrepreneurship for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

  3. From 2005 – 2006, she was a member of the Infrastructure Task Force in the Coordination Committee for ICT in Secondary Schools (e-Schools) under Tanzania Education Authority (TEA).

  4. She is currently a Coach at the University of Dar es Salaam ICT Incubator (UDICTI) which aims to nurture and provide the necessary support to University students and graduates with innovative ideas to turn them into start-up businesses.

  5. She is also involved in the SmartGirlz in ICT Capacity Building Programme. This is an outreach capacity building programme that aims to encourage and empower secondary school girls to consider studies and career in the growing field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). This programme is inspired by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)’s “Girls in ICT Day” initiative.

Selected Publications 

  1. F. Simba, BM Mwinyiwiwa, EM Mjema, L Trojer and NH Mvungi, (2011). “Broadband Access Technologies for Rural Connectivity in Developing Countries”, International Journal of Research and Reviews in Computer Science, Vol. 2, No. 2, April 2011, pp 312-319.

  2. F. Simba, L. Trojer, B. Mwinyiwiwa, N. Mvungi, E. Mjema, (2012). “Techno-economic Analysis of UMTS900 and UMTS2100 for Rural Connectivity in Tanzania”, Proceedings 2012 IEEE 14th International Conference on Communication Technology, November 9-11, 2012 Chengdu, China, pp 10-15.

  3. Chugulu, F. Simba, (2019); “Communication Architecture for Automatic Faults Detection and Clearance in Secondary Distribution Power Grid—The Case of TANESCO”, Published in: 2019 IEEE 7th International Conference on Smart Energy Grid Engineering (SEGE), the conference was held in Oshawa, ON, Canada, in 12-14 Aug. 2019. Page(s): 223 – 229. Added to IEEE Xplore on 07 October 2019. DOI: 10.1109/SEGE.2019.8859909

  4. A. Majaaliwa, F. Simba, (2019); “Development of Extension Procedures to Enhance web-based e-Government System with SMS Mobile Based Service”, Proceedings of the International Conference and Exhibitions in Information Science and Technology in Africa (IST-Africa 2019 Conference Proceedings), held in Nairobi, Kenya, ISBN: 978-1-905824-62-5, pp. 1 – 8, in May, 2019.

  5. F. Simba, P Makuru, E Kalinga, (2019); “Developing Multimedia Enhanced Content to Raise HIV/AIDS Awareness to Children”. In the International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries, held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Published by Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019, page 433-444, in May, 2019.

  6. H. Lema, F. Simba, A. Ally, (2018); “Preventing Utilization of Shared Network Resources by Detecting IP Spoofing Attacks through Validation of source IP Address”, Proceedings of the International Conference in Information Science and Technology in Africa (IST-Africa) Conference and Exhibitions, held in Gaborone, Botswana, ISBN: 978-1-905824-60-1, pp. 1 – 8, in May, 2018.

Contact Information
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
University of Dar es Salaam
CoICT Kijitonyama Campus, Ali Hassan Mwinyi Road
P.O. Box 33335, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
E-mail: fatmasimba@udsm.ac.tz
Mobile: +255 (0) 754 034 375
Office locations: CoICT Block B Room# 027