A group of 33 Aeronautical Engineering Technology (AET) students from the HCT-Al Ain Women’s campus (AAW) have been given a rocket-sized boost to their aviation careers when they attended the Women in Aviation General Assembly, at the Dubai International Convention & Entertainment Centre, on May 9, 2018.
The Women in Aviation program included inspirational presentations and informative sessions about career and development opportunities for women in the aviation and allied industries.
The students, accompanied by two faculty members, were able to take advantage of inspirational messages from leading female pioneers after a recommendation last year by AAW Senior Specialist Career Coach, Kellye Blackburn, for the AET students to join industry related organizations.
Representatives from companies such as Boeing, UAE General Civil Aviation Authority and Honeywell (Global Airports) discussed some of the incredible achievements women have made in the aviation industry in such roles as pilots, engineers, navigators and business specialists.
Millions of new jobs in the aviation sector will be available in the future across the Middle East, and the aviation sector is seeking graduates, not only from Aeronautical Engineering, but from all academic backgrounds.
Her Excellency Jameela Bint Salem Al Muhairi, Cabinet Member and UAE Minister of State for Public Education, was the keynote speaker, who praised the increasing numbers of women in the UAE who are pursuing education and careers in the fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
Assembly speakers included Eng. Maryam Al Balooshi, Environmental Studies Manager for the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority and Alia Al Ameri, Head of Strategy and Future Management at the UAE Space Agency.
AAW students were delighted to hear from several highly successful Emirati women who participated in panel discussions on a variety of topics, including Business Leaders in Aviation, Airport Management and Women in Aerospace.
AAW AET students are continuing to make their mark in the aviation industry, not only in the UAE, but worldwide. AET graduating student Meera Al Neyadi, has been selected as the third AAW to participate in the Boeing Engineering Internship Program where she will spend several months training in the United States of America at the Boeing Aircraft Manufacturing Company in Seattle, Washington and Charleston, South Carolina.
Kellye Blackburn, AAW Senior Specialist Career Coach, was delighted that so many AAW AET students have joined the Women in Aviation organization. “College students of all majors should join professional organizations in order learn more about current trends in their fields, to increase their networking skills by attending industry events and to gain inspiration from industry leaders, like the program speakers from the Women in Aviation General Assembly 2018,” she said.