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The Impact of Socio-cultural Factors in Qatar on Females in Engineering

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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Student Division Technical Session 1

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Maha Sultan Alsheeb Texas A&M University at Qatar

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My name Maha Al-Sheeb. I am a joiner chemical engineer student Class of 2020. I have one brother and one sister. I joined the Academic bridge program in 2014. I believes in “Difficult roads often leads to beautiful destination” Grand.Aspiration.

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Amy Hodges Texas A&M University at Qatar

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Dr. Amy Hodges is an instructional assistant professor at Texas A&M University at Qatar, where she teaches first-year writing and technical and business writing courses. She also leads the Writing Across the Curriculum initiative and coordinates the undergraduate writing courses. Currently, she is working on a project examining writing strategies used by engineers in multinational workplaces and the impact of these findings on WAC/WID programs. Her primary research and teaching interests are multilingual writers, writing across the curriculum and writing in the disciplines (WAC/WID), and first-year writing.

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Engineering is considered to be a challenging yet rewarding field to be in and a field that plays an important role in any country’s development and growth. In particular, tertiary degrees in Engineering are crucial in the Arab countries like Qatar, as most of its industries rely on oil and gas production. However, the mentality of Arab society especially in Qatar, strongly disapproves of the idea of females entering the field of engineering and the idea of females studying or working in a mixed gender environment. This paper provides a detailed insight into the Arab culture, specifically, the Qatari culture’s thoughts in women in engineering. To gather information, published research papers were analyzed and studied, and three of interviews were conducted with females in Qatar’s engineering industry.

The results will show how the socio-cultural factors in Qatar plays a main role in hindering females from pursuing engineering. The three main factors are gender roles, female education, female in mixed workplace. These factors are unfortunately depriving some women from their rights of independence, education, and choice of career. This paper concludes with some recommendations for not put obstacles for women to study/work in the field of Engineering.

Alsheeb, M. S., & Hodges, A. (2019, June), The Impact of Socio-cultural Factors in Qatar on Females in Engineering Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33399

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