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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 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

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • Creative

  • Problem solver

  • Systematic thinker

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


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 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

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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Challenges

  • Time availability

  • Work commitments versus volunteer commitments

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


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


TTT course at RTC

Memories

One of the weekly tracking meetings at RTC

Windows course at RTC

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A Final word

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

Winston Churchill

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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/

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My contacts

  • Business email

    • [email protected]

  • Personal email

    • [email protected]

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


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