Our fourth annual High School Conference is a collaborative, interdisciplinary, and locally engaged initiative, designed to promote diversity and female presence in the STEM fields in and beyond the United Arab Emirates by helping high school girls prepare for successful college studies and a career in STEM.
As part of our Speaker Series, we had a chance to speak with Regien Sumo about her experience s as an NYUAD professor teaching Introduction to Entrepreneurship and a Strategy Consultant in Dubai. Regien completed her PhD in the Innovation, Technology Entrepreneurship & Marketing (ITEM) group of the school of Industrial Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology. Her work has been published in numerous renowned international journals and conference proceedings, and she previously held several positions in the investment banking sector at ING Bank N.V. in Amsterdam and Singapore.
We hosted three inspirational women leaders from Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA): Amal Aljasmi, Inam Al Marzouqi and Khawla Al Marzooqi. As true trailblazers in their fields, they spoke about their professional experiences as women in STEM. It was an opportunity for students to network with accomplished STEM professionals, learn more about EGA, and contribute to an important dialogue in the weSTEM community.
Women’s Leadership Network and weSTEM co-hosted an interactive session on Addressing Gender Bias in the Workplace. Students of all genders and backgrounds learned how to effectively address gender-biased comments in professional settings.
Dóri Palfi and Beatrice Ionascu, founders of weSTEM at NYUAD talked about why they founded weSTEM, how they transferred this vision into a company as well as their experience as startup founders. They are now working together on their own startup imagiLabs that provides a mobile platform for coding education. Their first product is a programmable phone case that pairs with imagiLabs own application, allowing users to learn to code while customizing their phone accessory!
On October 13th we hosted the first of our Dialogue Series. Dana Abu Ali, former weSTEM member and NYUAD Computer Science Alumna who currently works at IBM in Abu Dhabi came to campus and discussed her article about The Pressures on a Female STEM major. It was a great opportunity to take some time, reflect together, and share our experiences as women in STEM.
Our annual tech internship panel took place with students representing Digital McKinsey, Foursquare, Lockheed Martin, and Sift. We got to hear about the process of getting a summer internship and what students’ experiences were like on the job.