Taous-Meriem Laleg-Kirati, KAUST associate professor of electrical engineering in the University's Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering Division, was selected as one of three finalists in the academic of distinction category at the recent Leadership Excellence for Women Awards & Symposium (LEWAS) in Bahrain.
Laleg-Kirati was nominated for the award by former KAUST research scientists and students based on her outstanding achievements and participation in science and engineering and for her continuous advocacy for women in science. The symposium, held on October 25, 2018, was created by leading female figures in the oil and gas industry in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to celebrate female research achievements and to encourage further collaboration and knowledge transfer among female colleagues.
"It was a great honor to be recognized in the academic of distinction category by industrial leaders in the engineering field," Laleg-Kirati said. "The LEWAS recognition illustrates the high impact of the research we conduct in my research group in the engineering field. This nomination empowers my position as a woman in engineering."
"It has not always been easy—very often finding myself with few women (and sometimes alone) in engineering classrooms or conference rooms. I hope this nomination will encourage more women to follow the engineering pathway," she added.
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