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How a woman engineer can serve her society A real life experience Marwa Aboulfadl Advisory Software Engineer March 2007 Who I am Advisory Software Engineer, IBM Egypt BSc. Electronics and Communications Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt 7 years in the field of Software Engineering

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how a woman engineer can serve her society a real life experience

How a woman engineer can serve her societyA real life experience

Marwa Aboulfadl

Advisory Software Engineer

March 2007

2007 Global Marathon For, By and About Women in Engineering, March 22-23

who i am
Who I am
  • Advisory Software Engineer, IBM Egypt
  • BSc. Electronics and Communications Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt
  • 7 years in the field of Software Engineering
  • 8 years in participating, organizing and leading volunteer activities
    • Charity, support for under privileged families
    • Moral support for orphans, terminally ill and elderly people

2007 Global Marathon For, By and About Women in Engineering, March 22-23

outlines
Outlines
  • Women and volunteer work
  • Women engineers and volunteer work
  • Resala Training Center – A real life experience

2007 Global Marathon For, By and About Women in Engineering, March 22-23

women and volunteer work
Women and volunteer work

Women volunteer 4 times more than men*

  • Able to multi-task
  • Emotional: Feel for others
  • Patient
  • Willing to devote more personal time to serve her society

* Statistics provided from National Council for Women (NCW) in Egypt

2007 Global Marathon For, By and About Women in Engineering, March 22-23

what makes an engineer distinct
What makes an engineer distinct
  • Creative
  • Problem solver
  • Systematic thinker

2007 Global Marathon For, By and About Women in Engineering, March 22-23

women engineers in volunteer work
Women engineers in volunteer work

A woman engineer

Emotional & Patient

+

Systematic Thinker

=

An ideal volunteer

2007 Global Marathon For, By and About Women in Engineering, March 22-23

resala training center a real life experience
Resala Training CenterA real life experience
  • What is Resala Training Center?
  • Achievements
  • Challenges
  • Benefits

2007 Global Marathon For, By and About Women in Engineering, March 22-23

resala training center
Resala Training Center
  • A subsidiary of “Resala” Charity*, an Egyptian NGO that has started as a student activity in the School of Engineering, Cairo University in 1999
  • Offers high-quality, low-cost courses that improve people opportunity in the job market
  • Was initiated by 2 women Software Engineers (A friend of mine and myself)

* Resala has 24 braches with more than 40,000 Volunteers, 80% females

2007 Global Marathon For, By and About Women in Engineering, March 22-23

rtc why
RTC - Why?
  • Help develop technical and business skills of students and fresh graduates to be better qualified to join the Software Engineering field
  • Encourage qualified software engineers to share their knowledge and experience with others

2007 Global Marathon For, By and About Women in Engineering, March 22-23

rtc how
RTC - How?
  • Late April 2003
    • A preliminary proposal was provided to Resala chairman
    • Project Process was established
    • Milestones were determined
    • Performance monitoring methodology was defined
      • Weekly tracking meeting
      • Monthly report
    • RTC website was created to automate instructors registration
  • 1st July 2003, RTC was inaugurated

2007 Global Marathon For, By and About Women in Engineering, March 22-23

rtc management team
RTC Management Team
  • Project Manager (Myself)

As an engineer, I planned for my goals and translated them into achievable tasks taking into consideration the obstacles that might arise

As a woman, being emotional was what really initiated the idea and I was patient till my dream was materialized

  • 6 Acting Teams

Administration, Instructors evaluation, Lab setup, Marketing, Material preparation, Quality

Total of 56 volunteers, 55% females

2007 Global Marathon For, By and About Women in Engineering, March 22-23

some of the courses offered
Some of the courses offered
  • Computer
    • Graphics: PhotoShop, 3D Max, Flash, AUTOCAD
    • Operating systems: Windows, Linux
    • Programming: Java, C#, Visual Basic, VB.NET
    • Web: ASP, ASP.NET, JavaScript, FrontPage
  • English
  • Soft skills
    • C.V. writing and Interviewing skills
    • Effective business writing
    • Leaving impact and leading effectively
    • Negotiation skills
    • Presentation skills
    • Problem solving
    • Time Management
    • Train the Trainer (TTT)

2007 Global Marathon For, By and About Women in Engineering, March 22-23

rtc achievements
RTC - Achievements
  • 280 Instructors
  • 3150 Learners
  • Courses organized
    • 390 Computer course
    • 15 English course
    • 35 Soft skills course
  • June 2005, a businessman donated a fully-equipped place to establish a new branch for RTC

2007 Global Marathon For, By and About Women in Engineering, March 22-23

challenges
Challenges
  • Time availability
  • Work commitments versus volunteer commitments

2007 Global Marathon For, By and About Women in Engineering, March 22-23

benefits
Benefits
  • Developed my:
    • Management and leadership skills
    • Problem solving skills
    • Communication skills
  • Practiced Project Management concepts and techniques I learned in my work environment

2007 Global Marathon For, By and About Women in Engineering, March 22-23

memories

TTT course at RTC

Memories

One of the weekly tracking meetings at RTC

Windows course at RTC

2007 Global Marathon For, By and About Women in Engineering, March 22-23

a final word
A Final word

"You make a living by what you get... But you make a life by what you give."

Winston Churchill

2007 Global Marathon For, By and About Women in Engineering, March 22-23

references and important links
References and Important links
  • National Council for Womenhttp://www.ncwegypt.com/english/index.jsp
  • Resala Charityhttp://www.resala.org
  • Resala Training Center (RTC) website http://resala.egyptnode.com/

2007 Global Marathon For, By and About Women in Engineering, March 22-23

my contacts
My contacts

2007 Global Marathon For, By and About Women in Engineering, March 22-23

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