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“Build it and they will come!” Reversing the gender gap: women enrolling in engineering programs and preparing for careers in the oil and gas industry in the UAE

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

Start Date

June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

Conference Session

Women in Engineering Division Technical Session 4

Tagged Division

Women in Engineering

Page Count

15

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Sami Ainane Pertoleum Institute Abu Dhabi UAE

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PERSONAL DATA

Sami Ainane
Petroleum Institute PO Box 2533 Abu Dhabi UAE
Tel: 971-2-607-5983 Mobile: 971-50-2334717
Email: sainane@pi.ac.ae

EDUCATION

PhD Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 05/1989.
MS Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 05/1983
BS Maitrise Mecanique, Université Joseph-Fourier, Grenoble, France-, 06/1980
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Villanova University, 01/2009

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Head, General Studies 2013-Present
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi UAE

Dean, Student Affairs 2010-2013
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering


Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering 2009-2010
Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi UAE

Director Undergraduate Studies Advisor, M.S. Mechanical Engineering 1998-2009
Advisor, ENPM (Mech. Engrg and Sustainable Energy Options)
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Maryland, College Park

Faculty Director : Engineering Professional Development 1989-1998
UMBC Training Center

Adjunct Faculty 1993-1998
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Mechanical Engineer 1989-1995
EEC Consulting
Rockville, MD

President, Dome Enterprises 1989 - 1993
Bethesda MD

HONORS AND AWARDS

Best Presentation Award, ICESEEI 2016 : 18th International Conference on Educational Sciences and Effective Educational Instructions. Paris France 2016
Outstanding Service and Commitment to the Enrichment of the Science and Technology Program, Eleanor Roosevelt H.S., Greenbelt MD, 05/2003


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

1. A. Bouabid, B. Bielenberg, S. Ainane, N. Pasha, “Learning Outcomes Alignment across Engineering Core Courses”, 18th International Conference on Educational Sciences and Effective Educational Instructions Proceedings, Paris France 2016.

2. S. Ainane, A. Bouabid, W. El-Sokkary, “Improving the Engineering Design Process Assessment”, First Year Engineering Experience (FYEE) Conference Proceedings, Columbus, OH 2016.

3. J. Mohamed, S. Ainane, “Establishing a Sustainability Component in an Engineering Design Course” ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings, Montreal Canada 2015.

4. Y. Wang, A. H. El-Sinawi, S. Ainane “Improving a pipeline hybrid dynamic model using 2DOF PID”, International Conference VIBROENGINEERING-2016: DYNAMICS OF STRONGLY NONLINEAR SYSTEMS Moscow, Russia 2016

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY
Memberships
1. American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
2. American Society for Engineering Education
3. Society of Automotive Engineering

PROPFESSIONAL SERVICE
ABET Program Evaluator
Member, Board of Advisors, Prince George’s Public Schools Project Lead the Way
U.S. Representative for IJSO (International Junior Science Olympiads)

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Abstract

“Build it and they will come!” Reversing the gender gap: women enrolling in engineering programs and preparing for careers in the oil and gas industry in the UAE

The low percentages of women studying engineering around the world especially in northern America is a well-known issue in higher education. Despite many efforts from academic institutions and industry, the number of women enrolled in undergraduate engineering programs in the United States has stagnated around 17-19 percent since 2003. However, in the Middle-Eastern GCC countries in general and in the United Arab Emirates UAE in particular, a different picture emerges. There has been significant progress in women enrolling in STEM programs, especially engineering, in the GCC over the past few years. In the case of the UAE, the vision of the government leadership, as evident in the constitution and in government initiatives provides some insight into some of the support leading to this phenomena. The Petroleum Institute PI in Abu Dhabi admitted its first cohort, of male students, 2001. Five years later, the institute opened its doors to female students. Initially, the numbers of enrolled female students were low as no on campus housing was available for them. In 2014 female dormitories became available and the number of female students surged. Over 63% of the 2020 class are female. This surge in interest by young Emirati women in engineering is of particular interest as all PI graduates begin their careers with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company ADNOC group, in the Oil and gas industry, an industry with one of the lowest percentages of female employees. This paper examines the PI female students’ performance. It also explores their motivation, expectations, career choice as well as the kind of support they receive. The findings shed some light on the reasons why they chose to pursue a career in the oil and gas industry, where they would be interested to work, and who encourages them. The discussion also examines if they feel that the oil and gas industry offers the same opportunities for female employees as for male employees and that women can reach top management positions within the oil and gas industry. It seems there are several factors contributing to the current increase in the percentage of women in engineering. It is probably a combination of factors such as the vision of the government and the motivation of the young women to serve their community and make their families proud.

Ainane, S., & Bouabid, A. (2017, June), “Build it and they will come!” Reversing the gender gap: women enrolling in engineering programs and preparing for careers in the oil and gas industry in the UAE Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/27430

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