June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Women in Engineering
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WiSE Women in the UAEMany observations have been documented, much research has been conducted and numerousarguments presented on the ever controversial topic of women in Science, Technology and Engineering.The Petroleum Institute’s Women in Science and Engineering Program (WiSE), located in Abu Dhabi-United Arab Emirates, was initiated to meet a specific need, which is providing the local petroleumindustry with a steady supply of qualified female engineers and scientists. It evolved to become apioneering model for training women in science and technology, enabling them to become effectiveagents of change in the regional oil and gas industry.Established in 2006, the 104 Emirati high school graduates pursued bachelor degrees in chemicalengineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, petroleum engineering and petroleumgeosciences. Today the program boosts some 400 students, representing 38% of the totalundergraduate population and 119 alumnae to date. Students are enrolled in segregated coursesections taught by faculty teaching the men’s sections and delivering the same curricula. They are heldto same standards and academic expectations however under a different academic environment.The uniqueness of the program is the focus on science and engineering with applications in the oil andgas industry. In addition to the traditional challenges of recruiting high school girls to enroll inengineering programs, the pressure is on to secure an early commitment to work in the lo0calpetroleum industry. The paper discusses the challenges met and the means in which managementovercome the various hurdles, both global and local, towards building a community of youngengineering professionals in a male-dominated profession and industry.
Alhasani, N. M. (2013, June), WiSE Women of the UAE Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/22759
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