In this ever-changing world, it’s important to have the support of someone who could help and guide us to advance in our career. Women are great achievers, but due to the systemic bias, many are unable to climb up to leadership positions in their career. Women empowerment is very much needed especially in these tough times and promoting women by providing platforms where they could build themselves is need of the hour. Here in IEEE WIE, we understand its importance and try to provide such platforms especially to the women in our society who lag behind in their learning path because of many reasons and couldn’t come up. IEEE wants every woman to achieve what they desire to be. We promote not only women but also men who understand and go by our notion.
ANCWT (Advancing New Canadian Women in Technology) aim is to help women with technical skills in engineering accomplish their goals by providing an employment bridging program. ANCWT was established in 2016 and has collaborated with multiple employers in the engineering field. Therefore, the IEEE-WIE, Ottawa, and ANCWT have come forward and took an oath, that we will strive hard to make women gain the required knowledge and confidence to overcome this barrier and find themselves in the background of every picture. Join us on 10th August 2020, in a seminar in which Dr. Sawsan Abdul Majid, President of ANCWT accompanied by two alumni of ANCWT, Oyaje Omakwu, and Dalia Elimam will and take us through their journey with ANCWT in Canada.
Dr. Abdul-Majid is a member of the academic community at the faculty of engineering at the University of Ottawa since 2008 as (Researcher, group manager, Part-time professor & graduate student coordinator). She holds a Ph.D. in Optical Communication Systems from Varna University, Bulgaria, and brings more than 25 years of academic (Teaching & Research) experience, as well as eight years of industrial experience and she has more than 45 publications.
Sawsan is a creator and a president of Advancing New Canadian Women in Technology (ANCWT), a Uottawa based employment bridging program. https://ancwt.ca
Her goal is to help newcomer women (immigrants & refugees) who have gained their educations in engineering, IT, and computer science from abroad find their dream jobs in Canada, and settle within the Ottawa community.
Oyaje Omakwu holds a bachelors’ degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nigeria and a masters’ degree in Engineering Management from the University of Ottawa. She has 10 years of experience in project management and business analysis.
She joined ANCWT cohort in 2018, through which she got the opportunity to work as a Project Analyst with the Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada. It is her desire to help new immigrant women learn about the ANCWT program and its benefits and she is part of the team overseeing ANCWT online activities.
Dalia Elimam, a Chemical Engineer from U.A.E with 16 years of experience in chemical analysis for drinking water pesticides and toxins in food for UAE government. She was introduced to ANCWT in 2019 through the newcomers’ program which guided her to find an entry-level position at Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans- Canada. She is now a Jr. Business Analyst at DFO and work with the client portfolio management team.
Speaker: Dr : Marin Soljacic, MIT
Aug 12th, 2020
noon to 13:00
Title of the talk: Photonics:
a great testing-ground to develop new AI algorithms for science
ADMISSION: Free, but the registration in advance is required.
Abstract – A smart city relies on widely distributed smart devices to monitor the urban environment in real-time, collects information for intelligent decision making, and facilitates various services to improve the quality of urban living. The distributed network of intelligent sensor nodes, as well as data centers/clouds where sensor data are stored and shared, constitutes a smart city infrastructure. Smart cities address urban challenges such as pollution, energy efficiency, security, parking, traffic, transportation, and others by utilizing advanced technologies in data gathering and communications interconnectivity via the Internet. It provides real time and remote monitoring for different aspects of data management in areas such as transportation, communication, video surveillance, and sensors distributed throughout the city. Simultaneously, the Smart City building blocks like education, telemedicine, health care, IT applications, pollution management, etc. can be deployed in the IEEE Smart Village initiative to have a greater impact on the rural population throughout the world. through reliable electricity and internet connectivity.
Speaker Bio – Prof. Dr. Saifur Rahman is the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute (www.ari.vt.edu) at Virginia Tech, USA, where he is the Joseph R. Loring Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He also directs the Center for Energy and the Global Environment (www.ceage.vt.edu). He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and an IEEE Millennium Medal winner. He was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Electrification Magazine and the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. In 2006, he served on the IEEE Board of Directors as the Vice President for Publications. He is a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) and has lectured on renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, electric power system operation and planning, etc. in over 30 countries. He was IEEE Power and Energy Society President 2018-2019 and is now a candidate for IEEE President-Elect 2021.
He chaired the US National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering, 2010-2013. He conducted several energy efficiency projects for Duke Energy, Tokyo Electric Power Company, US National Science Foundation, US Department of Defense, State of Virginia and US Department of Energy.
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