As part of its commitment to partner with leading industry pioneers to foster research and innovation, Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR) officials and students welcomed Ms. Leah Spradley, System Performance Analyst at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, to its Abu Dhabi campus. Ms. Spradley sat with KUSTAR’s female students to discuss the role of women in the exciting fields of Science & Engineering.
Ms. Spradley’s visit highlighted the importance of women’s role in these technical fields and also addressed some issues faced by women who choose this domain. She discussed ways they could raise their academic and professional profile and even gave examples of female pioneers who have contributed to the advancement of this emerging sector.
Ms. Spradley was one of the participants at the recently held International Atomic Energy Agency’s International Conference on Human Resource Development, which took place Abu Dhabi, and which KUSTAR co-hosted and participated in, along with the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) and the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR). Following the UAE’s $20 billion deal with the South Korean consortium to build four nuclear power plants, the UAE has recognized that human resource development plays a major role in the success of the program. KUSTAR is one of the education partners under this accord which is set to provide for education and human resource development and which aims to produce the finest line of engineers to support the success of the UAE’s civil nuclear energy program.
On this occasion, Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Interim President of KUSTAR, said: “We’re delighted to have hosted Ms. Spradley; her professional experience and contributions to the field of science and engineering have given our female students a different industry perspective and motivated them to further excel in their studies and research. Her visit has certainly supported our aim to dedicate efforts in promoting Engineering as an exciting career choice to female students.”
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