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Highlighting the Need for Engineering Education for Females in Saudi Arabia

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

WIED: Medley

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Women in Engineering

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24.667.1 - 24.667.8



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Ahmed M. El-Sherbeeny King Saud University

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Ahmed M. El-Sherbeeny, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Industrial Engineering department, King Saud University. He completed both his PhD (2006) and Master's (2001) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University (WVU), where he was a graduate teaching and research assistant. He holds a B.S. from the American University in Cairo (AUC, 1998). El-Sherbeeny was also an instructor for several undergraduate courses in engineering and mechanical engineering while at WVU. He is a co-inventor of the "Non-Invasive Ocular Dynamic Monitoring Assessment Method and Associated Apparatus," which received a U.S. patent in 2003. El-Sherbeeny's research interests include human factors Engineering, toxicology, facial recognition, and image remapping and optimization. His teaching interests include basic courses in human factors Engineering, introductory Engineering design, Engineering problem solving and programming (with C, C++, and Matlab), Engineering drawing (with both AutoCAD and manual drawing), as well as Mechanical Engineering courses such as Statics, Dynamics, and Thermodynamics.

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference Highlighting the Need for Engineering Education for Females in Saudi ArabiaAlthough Saudi Arabia currently holds some of the leading academic institutions in theMiddle East as proven by international rankings, particularly in the engineering andscientific disciplines, there is also almost an absence of major engineering specialties forfemales. This paper highlights the current situation in terms of engineering education forfemales in Saudi Arabia, why it is almost absent, as well as the different academic, job-related, and cultural justifications for this phenomenon. It also subjectively compares itwith similar models existing in nearby gulf countries, as evidenced by the superiorperformance of female engineers in recent GCC engineering competitions. This paperfinally proposes a plan of action possibly utilizing current education technologies thatcould be taken to promote engineering education in Saudi Arabia.Key words: Engineering, Education, Saudi Arabia, GCC

El-Sherbeeny, A. M. (2014, June), Highlighting the Need for Engineering Education for Females in Saudi Arabia Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20558

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