EDGE Group share their experiences
From the UAE strives to bolster the manufacturing sector, Emirati and expat women engineers are proving their mettle at the workplace by shouldering responsibilities, earning their place and respect too.
Out of the country celebrates International Women in Engineering Day on June 23, women engineers Khaleej Times. Here’s what they said.
Salama Al Dhaheri, design engineer, ADASI
Salama always wanted to be an engineer and work on the cutting edge of advanced technology.
“Being an engineer means you are tasked with creating and innovating each and every day. This career provides meaningful solutions to problems involving climate change, health and so much more. By pursuing a career in engineering, you open up the potential to make meaningful contributions to individuals and communities locally, locally, and beyond. ”
A job challenge at ADASI, the end-to-end solution provider within the autonomous systems industry, is to provide new functions and meet clients’ operational requirements.
Salama thrives at the workplace with her problem-solving skills.
“Throughout my education, I have learned that problem-solving skills are necessary for an engineering career. Problem-solving skills support the overall development of solutions. Without these skills, engineers will run into more challenges and barriers. Innovation and curiosity go hand in hand when it comes to succeeding in the engineering field, and I have found that, paired with a passion for what I do, allows me to do my best. ”
Salama is proud to see her design being manufactured and used on aircraft.
“I worked closely on Garmoosha, the first UAE-made VTOL unmanned aerial vehicle that was designed and built at ADASI. “
She urges more women to enter the engineering field.
“Recruiting more female engineers can improve the design of new products and solutions to the benefit of both men and women. Women engineers are needed as role models to inspire more girls to study science and technology-based subjects and foster a new generation of technical professionals. It is important for us to engage with girls from a young age to make sure they grow up knowing that boys and girls have a place in STEM subjects. ”
Janine de Wet, mechanical design engineer, design and specification department, HALCON
Janine’s passion for aviation from a young age drew her to the engineering field
“Once I was in the field, I realized how exciting your project was to come to life. I also wanted to prove to myself and others that you want to become engineers and others.
And Janine chose to join the defense industry as she focused on the forefront of advancements in innovation, technology and design.
“Working for an advanced technology company is constantly gratifying. From an engineer’s perspective, it provides the required space to enhance our skills and capabilities. ”
On her challenges, she said: “Being a minority in any situation comes with its own challenges and perhaps there is more to prove. Overcoming the challenge of being a female engineer in a male-dominated environment can take time. Once you show what you have to offer, get involved in projects and get your hands dirty where required, the respect will fall into place. ”
Janine, who has been part of a variety of industries and started to have her own business, stressed that it is time that the perception that engineering is a male-dominated field gets changed.
“Gender is not a factor when becoming an engineer. Women have everything it takes – intelligence, ability to build relationships and to take the initiative. I would definitely encourage women to become engineers. It is a very rewarding field. Janine, who became an engineering manager at the age of 26. “In five years from now, I hope to have advanced in my current company to a position of leadership and management and to strengthen my engineering design capabilities in defense. ”
Khasaiba Obaid Al Remeithi, architectural engineer, AL TAIF
Khasaiba underlined that engineering is a very exciting profession that allows you to innovate, be creative and challenge yourself. “It is a great outlet for the imagination, and the perfect career for independent thinkers. I always encourage women to enter this field, especially if they have the inquisitive nature, excellent problem-solving skills, and pay great attention to detail. ”
They have said that the fields are still dominated by men, but they are becoming popular among women too.
“In my opinion, it is related to the cultural expectation and belief that engineering is ‘hard science’ and therefore it is more suitable for men. For the most part, women tend to choose arts and softer sciences. I choose engineering because in this profession, we are constantly changing the world with inventions and solutions that affect everyone’s lives. I have studied Architectural Engineering as it is the only field that includes both science and art, ”said Khasaiba, who has worked for AL TAIF for nine years organization and its employees.
A mother of five children, Khasaiba pointed out that maintaining a personal balance can be done by setting priorities.
“For me, those priorities are always my family and work. Being organized and practiced time management is a must. In addition, it helps delegate tasks that can be handled by other people. ”
She was awarded a scholarship to the Masters Institute in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “I completed my master’s in engineering system and management. Adrian Smith who designed the world’s tallest structure, the Burj Khalifa. I had the privilege of working closely with his firm on a great project too, ”he said of the various opportunities that come along the way in her job.
Alyazia Alshamsi, systems engineer, HALCON
Alyazia was attracted to engineering because it allows her to find solutions to technological issues.
“I have the opportunity to contribute in creating new technologies, products and development solutions that will improve the UAE. The job never gets boring or repetitive because working in the engineering field constantly presents new challenges. ”
It is noted that working with EDGE provides the opportunity to contribute to the development of defense systems that implement advanced technologies such as autonomous systems and artificial intelligence. Her role involves assisting in the research, analysis, system specifications and testing responsibilities related to design, development and integration.
“The challenges that we are facing are keeping up with the rapid growth of technology on a global scale. Overcoming these challenges takes a passionate and innovative mindset with a focus on evolving and disruptive technologies. ”
According to reports, some women decide to leave their field, especially engineering, to pursue other careers. Asked about this trend, Alyazia disagreed that gender plays a role in such decisions to switch or leave jobs.
“There are definitely some challenges for a woman pursuing a career in a male dominated field. Engineering is a tough job. However, people will have different reasons for leaving the engineering field to pursue other careers. Reasons that may not necessarily be tied to gender. In my opinion, engineering can be physically demanding job, which can be overwhelming for some. ”
Alyazia pointed out that it is important for women to not have restrictions in the engineering field based on gender.
“If a woman decides to go into the field of engineering, she must be allowed to do this. I encourage more women to enter the engineering field. Engineers are artists in their own right. As an engineer, you have the ability to be creative, learn new things every day and contribute to the design of products and tools that will enhance the way people live, ”said Alyazia, who has done her master’s in systems engineering and management.