Women In Engineering


Clementina Saduwa Award 2014 Winner

Clementina Saduwa was a tireless and extremely effective volunteer student leader a few years back, when the IEEE Nigeria Section was being revived, and she went on to become the first ever IEEE Region 8 Women In Engineering (WIE) Coordinator. In January 2007, She was killed in a random act of violence and left behind her husband and young daughter. She was 29 years old.

To honour her rule and work throughout the years, IEEE Women In Engineering and IEEE Region 8 have named the award for the recognition of women engineer in Region 8 who, through their engineering and career achievements, has demonstrated noteworthy support for women in the profession and has established a benchmark of engineering excellence.

This years recipient holds the title of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Cisco Services, with a focus of developing strategic technology and business architectures for Cisco customers and partners. She has over twenty years of experience in the field of computer inter-networks, and a pristine record of innovations. She also has a brilliant history of urging women to take ownership of their careers and “writing their own script” for the future. On this subject she has presented to the European Parliament. She is passionate about advancing Girls in ICT and Women in Technology.

IEEE Region 8 happy to announce that the winner of the Clementina Saduwa Award for 2014 is Monique Jeanne Morrow from Switzerland!
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From left to right: Martin Bastiaans (IEEE Region 8 Director), Joyce Mwangama (IEEE R8 WIE Coordinator), Monique Morrow (Clementina Saduwa Award 2014 Recipient), Howard Michel (Candidate for IEEE 2014 President-Elect)

 

 


WIE Workshops Presented at CEuSBC 2013 Opole, Poland & at MESBC 2013 Beirut, Lebanon

The Central European Student Branch Congress (CEuSBC) took place in Opole, Poland 13-15 May 2013. A few weeks later the Middle East Student Branch congress took place in Lebanon 28 May – 1 June  2013. The IEEE Region 8 WIE committee organized IEEE Women In Engineering (WIE) workshops for students at these congresses. The main objectives of the workshops was to increase the visibility of WIE for IEEE members at universities and student branches.

Simay Akar presented the workshops

  • WIE Presentation delivered to attendees
  • Importance of WIE discussed
  • 2 groups designed WIE SBAG Action Plan based on “Best Practices”
  • Some Great Ideas:
  • Social Activities based on cultural interest: Talent Shows, Cooking Competitions. Importance of cultural interest in locals highlighted.
  • Social Responsibility Campaigns and Projects
  • IEEE WIE Day: Specific day all around to celebrate women achievement
  • Pre University Activities: High School Visits, Orientation Days
  • Professional Activities: Distance Learning for Women in Engineers, especially for those keeping far away her professional life for a while with the reasons like pregnancy

CEuSBC in Pictures:

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MESBC in Pictures:

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WIE Committee

R8 WIE Committee 2013

The IEEE Women in Engineering of Region 8 would like to address the following issues (particularly during WIE sessions and events at IEEE conferences):

  • how to prepare high school girls to make an unprejudiced choice regarding their study and
  • careers in Science & Engineering and give them good background for that;
  • how to seal the academic pipeline of women in order to minimize the “pipe leakage” phenomena;
  • how to overcome barriers to the advancement of women in Science & Engineering;
  • and how to balance career and family life.

The R8 WIE committee in Region 8 is made up of member from IEEE WIE Section Affinity Groups and Student Branch Affinity Group Chairs from Region 8:

Region 8 Women in Engineering Coordinator Team

Joyce Mwangama (South Africa) – Chair
Reem Turky (Saudi Arabia West) – Corresponding Advisor
Bernadette Bouchon Meunier (France) – Corresponding Advisor

Section Affinity Groups (AG Chairs)

Bahrain – Eshaa Alkhalifa
Benelux – Teodora Emilia Motoasca
Bosnia and Herzegovina – Lejla Banjanovic-Mehmedovic
Croatia – Vlatka Paunovic
Egypt – Nevin Darwish
France – Laura Marti Tordera
Germany – Friederike Wendler
Iraq – Yasmin AL-Agrash
Israel – Yael Nemirovsky
Jordan – Arwa Abbadi Jwaifel
Kuwait  – Bashayer Al-Awad
Lebanon – Mariette Awad
Poland – Barbara Obryk
Portugal – Professor Filomena Soares
Saudi Arabia – Najat Abu-Haliqa
Western Saudi Arabia – Reem Turky
Serbia and Montenegro – Vladanka Acimovic-Raspopovic
South Africa – Chioniso Kuchwa-Dube
Slovenia – Emilija Stojmenova
Spain – Charo Gil
Switzerland – Samina Husain
Tunisia – Ilhem Kallel
Turkey – Sule Oguducu
United Arab Emerates – Maryam Al Thani
UKRI – Dr. Teresa M. Schofield

Student Branch Affinity Groups (AG Chairs)

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium/Benelux Section) – Borbala Hunyadi
University of Zagreb (Croatia Section) – Jelena Matovina
Alexandria University (Egypt Section) – Ramy Ibrahim Omar
Arab Acedemy For Science and Tech (Egypt Section – Yomna F. Heikor
Modern science and arts university (Egypt Section) – Noha Moustafa Rashad
Passau University (Germany Section) – Jürgen Bickert
Democritus University of Thrace (Greece Section) – Nikolaos Tsiantoulas
University of Central Greece (Greece Section) – Raisa Angelidou
Al-balqa Applied Univerty (Jordan Section)  – Bushra Zakaria Al-Habashneh
German Jordanian University (Jordan Section) – Enas Abboud
Hashemite University (Jordan Section) – Hadeel Al-Asaad
Jordan University of Science and Tech (Jordan Section) – Hadeel H Awad
Princess Sumaya University for Tech (Jordan Section) – Dina Masri
University of Jordan (Jordan Section) – Fatima Jawad AL_Hamad
American University of Beirut (Lebanon Section) – Nadida Raad
Beirut Arab University (Lebanon Section) – Ziad A Osman
Notre Dame University – Lebanon (Lebanon Section) – Joan Farho
Polytechnic of Namibia Namibia
Eindhoven Technische Nertherlands (Netherlands/Benelux Section) – Femke Van Belzen
Ambrose Alli University (Nigeria Section) – Oho Ikechukwu Polycarp Nnamdi
Nnamdi Azikiwe University (Nigeria Section) – Obianuju Okonkwo
Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria Section) – Sarumi Bolatito Risikat Ajoke
University of Ibadan (Nigeria Section) – Toulope Falaye
University of Port Harcourt (Nigeria Section) – Chinwe P Omaegbu
Instituto Superior (Portugal Section) – Joao Dias
Iscte University of inst of Lisbon (Portugal Section) – Patricia Duarte Mateus
Texan A&M university at Qatar (Qatar Section) – Fatima Ali
Cyril and Methodius (Rep of Macedonia Section) – Jasmina Bujaroska
Biysk Technological Instutute (Russia Section) – Natalya Bedina
University of Cape Town (South Africa Section) – Magnaem Simon
University of Pretoria (South Africa Section) – Rina Helena Mostert
CPS Universidad De Zaragoza (Spain Section) – Pablo Herrero Tomas
Escuela Tec Sup De Ing Tele – Valencia (Spain Section) – Meli Delgado Calot
Universidad De Sevilla (Spain Section)
Universidad Nacional De Educacion a Distancia (Spain Section) – German Carro Fernandez
Royal Institute of Technology KTH (Sweden Section) – Nasim Farahini
Ecole Nationale D’Ingenieurs De SFAX (Tunisia Section) – Fatma Elleuch
Ecole Nationale D’Ingenieurs De Tunis (Tunisia Section) – Sonia DjaziriLarbi
Bilkent University (Turkey Section)
Dogus University (Turkey Section) – Nazli Turker
Erciyes Universitesi (Turkey Section) – Tugba Ertugrul
Hacettepe University (Turkey Section) – Aysin Cetin
Istanbul Technical University (Turkey Section) – Ilkcan Bilgin
Izmir Ekonomi Universitesi (Turkey Section) – Seren Kuru
Lviv Polytechnic National Univ (Ukraine Section) – Maryna Kushnir
Ajman University of Science and Tech (United Arab Emirates Section) – Tazeen Sharif
American University in Dubai (United Arab Emirates Section) – Mahra Mohammed AL Khaja
Birla Institute of Technology and Science (United Arab Emirates Section) – Swarnalatha R
Higher Colleges of Tech, Sharjah womens college (United Arab Emirates Section) – Widad Suwaidi
The Petroleum Institute (United Arab Emirates Section) – Nada Abdul Kareem Al-Hamar
United Arab Emirates University  (United Arab Emirates Section) – Hend Alqamzi
University of Sharjah (United Arab Emirates Section) – Noora Y Esmail
Queen Mary University of London (UKRI Section) – Roya Haratian
University of Southampton (UKRI Section) – Hamza A Rouabah
University of York (UKRI Section) – Selen Toplu


2013 Clementina Saduwa Award Winner

Who is Clementina Saduwa

Clementina Saduwa was a tireless and extremely effective volunteer student leader a few years back, when the IEEE Nigeria Section was being revived, and she went on to become the first ever IEEE Region 8 Women In Engineering (WIE) Coordinator. In January 2007, she was killed in a random act of violence and leaves behind her husband and young daughter. She was 29 years old. To honor her rule and work throughout the years, WIE has named the award for the recognition of women engineer in Region 8 who, through their engineering and career achievements, have demonstrated noteworthy support for women in the profession and have established a benchmark of engineering excellence after her name

 Objectives of the Award:

Objectives of the Award is to recognize a women engineer in Region 8 who, through her engineering and career achievements, has demonstrated noteworthy support for women in the profession and have established a benchmark of engineering.

The final decision of a committee composed of 4 past and present members of the IEEE WIE R8 committee members, was based on various aspects, including CV, personal statement, level of difficulties in achieving a professional career, reference letters, level of involvement of referees.

The winner of 2013 Clementina Saduwa award is Professor Fatma E. Z. Abou-Chadi from Mansoura University from the Egypt Section, for her professional and personal achievements.

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From left to right:
  • Martin Bastiaans (IEEE Region 8 Director
  • Joyce Mwangama (IEEE Region 8 WIE Coordinator)
  • Fatma Abou-Chadi (Award recipient)
  • Peter Staecker (IEEE President and CEO 2013)

WIE @ LYIT 2013

WIE@LYIT presents Selected Topics in Enterprise Applications Development

19th June  2013, 1-30-4pm in Letterkenny Institute of Technology

 

Guest speakers include Dr. David Dampier on Security in Large Scale Applications, Ms Mary Tuite on Experiences with Mainframe Application Analysis for the Banking Sector and Ms. Sharon Greene on Quality Assurance in the Enterprise.

 

The event is free to attend but registration is required to aid with catering. This event provides a forum for discussion and networking on technical topics in enterprise scale networking. As a secondary but essential element the event aims to encourage more women to progress in the field through support and advice from others.

 

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WIE Workshop at the Iberian Student Branch Congress – Porto, Portugal

The Iberian Student Branch Congress 2013 (ISBC) took place in Porto, Portugal during 15 – 17 March 2013. The IEEE Region 8 WIE committee participated in organising an IEEE Women In Engineering (WIE) workshop for students at the congress. The main objective of the workshop was to increase the visibility of WIE for IEEE members at universities and student branches.

Simay Akar presented the workshop with great success.

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During the workshop, the following activities were carried out:

  • WIE Presentation delivered to attendees
  • Importance of WIE discussed
  • An interactive component of workshop was carried out
    • 2 groups designed WIE Student Branch Affinity Groups  activities based on: Pre-University Educational Outreach & Professional and Career Development topics
    • The Pre-University Educational Outreach group designed a project similar to TISP (IEEE Teacher in-Service Program) , with a focus of parents.  The project was named as “WISP”
    • The Professional and Career Development group designed WIE Student Congress (Global level);  to enable WIE members to develop their career and networking in this WIE Student Congress

Look out for similar workshops at future student events like this in Region 8.

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Activities of Women in Engineering Affinity Groups of IEEE West Saudi Arabia Sections

To enhance the role of Saudi young men and women engineers in the community, Women in Engineering Affinity Groups of IEEE West Saudi Arabia Sections organized two activities in Effat University and King Abdulaziz University during February & March 2013. The details of the activities are listed below:

Participation of WiE Western Saudi Arabia Section in”10th Learning & Technology Conference: Cloud Spacing” at Effat University, 25-26 February 2013

wie west saudi arabia 1   The first activity was participating in:  “10th Learning & Technology Conference: Cloud Spacing” held in Effat University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on 25-26 February 2013, and attended by more than 500 participants. WiE participation aimed to:

  • Inspire, engage, encourage, and empower men & women engineers in Saudi Arabia
  • Expand their networking encounters
  • Lead by example through the women in engineering models’ leadership roles
  • Learn to overcome the challenges in career advancement in the engineering and sciences professions
  • Review the scientific papers submitted by conference speakers
  • Participate in organization

The conference targeted students and professionals from education, engineering and computer sciences departments from various universities in addition to Industry from Saudi Arabia, and all over the world. WiE Western Saudi Arabia Section organized WiE Introductory lecture and Technical Seminar titled: “Using Agile Project Management in Software Projects” at KAU in 13 March 2013

 

The second activity was Introduction to IEEE and  Women in Engineering AG and how to establish WiE Student Branch at King Abdulaziz University (Female Campus), followed by Technical Seminar “Using Agile Project Management in Software/ I.T. Projects

wie west saudi arabia 2     wie west saudi arabia 3 The event has been attended by 30 students and faculty members from different departments: Information technology, Information Systems, and Computer Sciences. The workshop has positively reflected on the membership growth as many non-IEEE students and faculty members showed their interest in joining IEEE membership and establishing IEEE WiE Student branches/chapters at KAU.  The speaker showed the students how to subscribe in WiE membership and they showed their interest in attending future activities of WiE such as Schools visits.


2013 Clementina Saduwa Award – Call for Applications

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Nominations and applications for the 2013 Clementina Saduwa Award are now being accepted.

Objectives of the Award is to recognize a women engineer in Region 8 who, through her engineering and career achievements, has demonstrated noteworthy support for women in the profession and has established a benchmark of engineering excellence.

The final decision will be based on various aspects, including CV, personal statement, level of difficulties in achieving a professional career, reference letters, level of involvement of referees.

Selection Criteria will be reviewed by the IEEE Region 8 WIE and Awards and Recognition Subcommittees. The eligible candidate must be;

1. An active female engineer working in one of the fields of interest of IEEE.

2. An IEEE member who’s engineering and career achievements are performed in one of the countries belonging to the IEEE Region 8.

3. The submitted application must provide a statement (750 words maximum) that reflects her career goals, challenges and obstacles she faced in her career and describes how she had overcome them.

4. The nominator (who could be a non-IEEE member) has to submit at least two signed endorsement letters from individuals (References) who are qualified to evaluate her success (Work colleague, teachers, etc). Additional optional endorsement letters from public or private establishments can be provided.

5. Award can be offered to candidate one time only.

Amount of the Award:

Set to 1000 Euro.

Submission guidelines:

Applications must be submitted to the IEEE R8 WIE Coordinator joyce.mwangama@ieee.org; incomplete applications will not be considered. Deadline is 23:59 UTC 15 February 2013. Clementina Saduwa Award call for application


Clementina Saduwa Award Winner 2012

Wejdan Abu-Elhaija has received the Clementina Saduwa Award 2012

Wejdan Abu-Elhaija

Associate Professor in Electrical Machines

Dean of King Abdullah II School for Electrical Engineering

Princess Sumaya University for Science and Technology, Amman, Jordan

 

The winner of 2012 Clementina Saduwa Award is Dr. Wejdan Abu-Elhaija,  for her professional and personal achievements.

Dr. Wejdan Abu-Elhaija from the Jordan Section, is a professor in Electrical Machines and currently, she is the Dean of King Abdullah II School for Electrical Engineering at her University at the Princess Sumaya University for Science and Technology.  The award ceremony took place during the IEEE R8 Committee meeting that was held in Berlin on March 31st, 2012.