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Effective Teamwork among Female Emirati students

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



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WIED: Curricular Undergraduate Student Programs

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Women in Engineering

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24.457.1 - 24.457.12



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Jaby Mohammed Petroleum Institute Orcid 16x16

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Jaby Mohammed is a faculty at The Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE. He received his PhD in Industrial Engineering from University of Louisville (2006), masters in Industrial Engineering from University of Louisville (2003) and also a master’s in business administration from Indira Gandhi National Open University (2001). His research interests include advanced manufacturing, design methodologies, six sigma, lean manufacturing, and engineering education. He previously taught at Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne, IN and at Morehead State University, KY. He is a member of IIE, SME, ASQ, ASEE, and Informs.

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Nausheen PashaZaidi The Petroleum Institute

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Dr. Nausheen Pasha-Zaidi is an Assistant Professor of Communications in the General Studies Department of the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi. She has a PhD in International Psychology and Masters degrees in Language Education and Educational Psychology. She is the author of the fiction novel, "The Colour of Mehndi", which addresses immigration, acculturation and depression within the Pakistani American community. Dr. Pasha-Zaidi has presented papers in international conferences in the United States, Australia, and the UAE.

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Effective Teamwork among Female Emirati studentsMany countries are experiencing a shortfall of trained engineers and are working torecruit and retain their own citizens to study in science, technology, engineering andmathematics (STEM) fields to build their intellectual capital. The United Arab Emiratesis one such example. The Petroleum Institute (PI) provides opportunities for students togrow as engineering professionals and make positive contributions to future employers.The Women in Science and Engineering Program (WiSE) is a unique model ofoperations dedicated to the support of female undergraduate students pursuing theirstudies at PI. Its aim is to provide the encouragement and environment allowing femalestudents to succeed academically, professionally and personally.Teamwork is an essential component of the engineering design process; the ability towork in teams should embody the same principles of professionalism and Emirati valuesthat all employees must demonstrate in the workplace. Instructors working with studentteams at every institution, however, are aware of the difficulties that arise with respect tologistics, task assignments, and work quality.Perceptions of effective group dynamics and the contributions of individual teammembers to the group process can affect the quality of the team experience. In this study,female students in an Engineering Design course at the PI were randomly assigned toteams. After the first team presentation, they were asked to consider the effectiveness oftheir random team assignment and reflect on their team processes. Student perceptions ofteam effectiveness were gauged using anonymous surveys. Engagement in teamwork wassubsequently assessed using a variety of tools. In this paper, the authors discuss the teambuilding processes utilized by female students in the experimental cohort and thestrategies used to track the functioning of the student teams.Keywords: functioning teams; effective teamwork  

Mohammed, J., & PashaZaidi, N. (2014, June), Effective Teamwork among Female Emirati students Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20348

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