By Nawab Khan
BRUSSELS, Aug 9 (KUNA) -- The chair of the Women In Engineering Association (WIE) in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE ) in Region 8 which includes Europe, Middle East and Africa , Bashayer Ibrahim Al-Awwad , particpated in the world congress of the student branch of IEEE (SBC 2010) which was held in the Belgian city of Leuven from 4-8 August. Around 300 IEEE student branches members, gold members and young engineering professionals attended the event which is a melting pot of a variety of cultures and backgrounds, to share technical, social and professional experiences. IEEE is an international non-profit, professional organization for the advancement of technology related to electricity. Al-Awwad told the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) that she spoke at the workshop on Women In Engineering, Importance and Challenges where she highlighted the role of the WIE in the field. She also referred to the most prominent landmarks, cultural customs and traditions of Kuwait and the Arab Gulf countries at the workshop. Bashayer is a Kuwaiti Engineer who graduated as a computer engineer from Kuwait University - college of engineering petroleum and started her career as a Teaching Assistant, As for the IEEE, she is a board member in Kuwait section along with the chair of the Women In Engineering (WIE) Kuwait and WIE chair of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). She was also involved in organizing the 5th IEEE-GCC Conference held in Kuwait on March 2009 as Women in engineering committee chairwoman, and publicity committee chair. Before the Congress, al-Awwad said she had met Belgium's ambassador to Kuwait Damien Angelet who had expressed his readiness to help and facilitate the participants from Kuwait at the Leuven conference. (end) nk.bz.
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