Qatar hails rise of female chemical engineers

The event was co-hosted by Qatar Shell

Female chemical engineers are playing a prominent role in the country's downstream development.
Female chemical engineers are playing a prominent role in the country's downstream development.

Qatar University’s Department of Chemical Engineering and Qatar Shell provided a joint platform for chemical engineering students in the country to discuss the positive role of women in the chemical industry, according to news site Zawya.

The 'Al Majlis' event provided an opportunity for the department to engage its students and alumni, and to gain valuable feedback on the current status of the department and ways in which the programme could be improved.

Over 60 attendees including Dr. Rashid AL-Ammari, the Dean of the College, were present at the lively panel discussion which was held at the Marriot Marquis Hotel at City Center on 30th March. The focus of the discussion was on QU 's Chemical Engineering Programme as well as how the course can be improved to prepare women for successful careers in the industry.

Maryam Al-Mesaifri, Ministry of Environment Senior Chemical Engineer; Aysha Al-Mohannadi, RasGas Project Engineer; and Aida Rafat, Global Water Sustainability Centre-ConocoPhillips Research Engineer shared their experiences of women working in the industry. Also participating in the discussion were QU teaching assistant Shaden Daghash and Executive Assistant Layal Bani Nasser, Rabaah Al-Musleh, Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company Senior Development Executive; and Hanan Larm, Qatar Chemical Company Production Planner.

Welcoming remarks were made by Department Head Professor Ramazan Kahraman and Nisrine Al-Kadi, Subsurface Team Leader at Qatar Shell and President of Qatar Shell Women's Association Network (QSWAN).

Professor Kahraman noted that QU alumni are employed across a range of professions in Qatar and that the College of Chemical Engineering is the top provider of graduates to the industry.
"The department has seen a steady increase in the number of women students and we look forward to welcoming even more in the next academic year and beyond," he added.

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