|13 March, 2019

Department of Civil Engineering at ADU hosted the 2nd fib-UAE Woman in Civil Engineering Forum

The forum welcomed a stellar group of expert engineers

Department of Civil Engineering at ADU hosted the 2nd fib-UAE Woman in Civil Engineering Forum

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: The Department of Civil Engineering at Abu Dhabi University (ADU) hosted the “2nd annual fib-UAE Women in Civil Engineering” (WICE) Forum. The forum was organized by Dr. Reem Sabouni, Associate Professor and Chair of Women Engineers fib-UAE, and it was part of the fib-UAE engineering week, held in collaboration with the fib international, the fib-UAE chapter, and the Society of Engineers-UAE.

An extended celebration of the International Women’s Day, the forum welcomed a stellar group of expert engineers who convened to meet and discuss with young female engineering students the opportunities and challenges professional civil engineers face.

fib international, the international federation for structural concrete, was represented by the President of fib international, Engineer Tor Ole Olen, and the Head of delegate fib-UAE, Engineer Rayed Al Arashi. They were joined by members of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) that included Dr. Elias Sayah, ASCE Governor of Region 10, and Prof. Abdul Rahim Sabouni, President of ASCE-UAE. Other attendees included members of the UAE-Society of Engineers, faculty members from universities across the UAE, engineers and the ADU community.

During the forum, participants shed light on the empowerment of female engineers in the construction industry both in the nation and globally, with a strong focus on its transformation over the years and with emphasis on the role the UAE government plays in empowering female engineers. Following that, key speakers took part in two panel discussions, led by the Chair of the Civil Engineering department, Dr. Evan K. Paleologos, addressing the topics of “Young Women in the Civil Engineering Profession: A Contemporary Perspective” and “Stepping in a Construction Industry Free of Gender Barriers in the Year of Tolerance”.

The event commenced with a welcome speech by Prof. Aly Nazmy, Dean of College of Engineering, who commented: “It gives us immense pleasure to welcome distinguished engineering professionals in the second edition of the annual fib-UAE Women in Civil Engineering, who are here to share their experience and insights working in the engineering industry. It is crucial that we continue to empower female students and enable them with valuable industry skills that would complement their academic knowledge, and to assist in building their confidence in pursuing and succeeding in their careers ahead.”

UAE joined fib in 2016 becoming its 44th member nation. The fib-UAE is a chapter under the Society of Engineers-UAE committed to advancing the technical, economic, aesthetic and environmental performance of concrete structures in the United Arab Emirates.


About Abu Dhabi University (ADU)

Abu Dhabi University is a private, multi-campus University committed to meeting the education, skills and knowledge needs in the United Arab Emirates and neighboring countries through qualifications and standards that are respected across the world.

Although young, the University is recognized as a world-class institution committed to excellence in teaching, student experience, research and corporate education. We are regularly featured in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) rankings as among the best higher education institutions in the region. We hold prestigious international accreditations for the institution as a whole, for particular fields of provision and for specific programs. We were the first private higher education institution in the UAE and the GCC region to earn international accreditation from the Californian Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). ADU’s College of Business holds international accreditations from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the prestigious EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). Only 1% of business schools worldwide have this double accreditation. In addition, its College of Engineering has earned accreditation from the world-renowned Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) and the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). It houses the only architecture program to hold accreditation by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

According to the QS World Universities Rankings, ADU ranks in the top 701-750 universities worldwide, the top 150 leading institutions under 50 years, the top 27 universities in the Arab World, and the top 6 in the UAE. Being rated 3rd globally for international faculty and 10th for international students, we consider diversity to be among our key strengths.

Established in 2003, Abu Dhabi University has over 7,500 students from over 80 nationalities across its four campuses and sponsored programs. Structured into Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Law and the University College, we offer undergraduate and graduate programs across arts, law, education, business and management, engineering and sciences, including to Etihad pilots, trainees and personnel of the UAE military. Alongside the well-established campuses in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, we have launched a new campus in Dubai Knowledge Park and recently opened a teaching facility in the Al Dhafra Region of the Abu Dhabi Emirate. In addition, a brand-new state-of-the-art campus is planned to open in Al Ain in September 2019.

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