The panel discussion, held at QU, was jointly organised by Qatar University Alumni - College of Engineering chapter and Qatar Shell Women’s Network, aimed at encouraging young Qatari women to consider an engineering career in Ras Laffan through the creation of a networking and knowledge sharing platform.
While addressing the role of women in the State’s energy sector, Maha Al Mannai, University Collaboration Manager at the Qatar Shell Research and Technology Centre (QSRTC), said, “It is with great pride that Qatar Shell hosts together with Qatar University this panel discussion to encourage Qatari female students to consider career opportunities in the energy sector.”
“Today’s event forms part of QSRTC’s wider outreach and university collaboration programme where we share our industrial and technical knowledge with young people in support of Qatar National Vision (QNV) 2030 and the fostering of a knowledge based society, “ added Al-Mannai.
The panel discussion saw professional engineers including Maryam Al Bishri, Reservoir Engineer at Qatar Petroleum; Maryam Manojahri, Technologist at Qatar Shell; Kaltham Al Kaabi, Corrosion Engineer at RasGas; and Maha Kafood, Process Engineer at Maersk Oil, address their own experiences in the field.
The panellists also highlighted the subsequent challenges they have had to overcome, having chosen a career in engineering, while dispensing valuable advice to the young women considering the same professional path.
Noting the importance of such an event, Dr Rashid Al Ammari, Dean College of Engineering at Qatar University, said, “Like Shell, we are passionate about the professional development of our female students and the empowerment of young Qatari women. Events like this provide our students with the opportunity to enrich their knowledge by engaging with top female engineers who represent international leading organisations here in Qatar.”
Maryam Manojahri, Technologist at Qatar Shell also shared her experiences working with Shell, saying “the time I have spent at Pearl GTL has been an invaluable foundation for my career, giving me early exposure to the responsibilities of leadership and decision-making in the world’s largest Gas-to-Liquid plant. As a Qatari woman, I am extremely proud to be contributing to Qatar’s energy sector and to be an inspiration to the future generation of female Qatari engineers”.
In 2013, Qatar University (QU) and QSRTC signed a Memorandum of Understanding that consolidated its numerous collaborations, in which QSRTC sponsors and supports the educational programmes on offer at QU and shares its industrial and technical knowledge with QU faculty and students; in addition it facilitates greater collaboration through expert lectures, internships, competitions, awards, and the recruitment of QU students.