Noha Tarek: What is it like to be a woman in engineering? 

March 15, 2023
Alexandra Kinias

Noha Tarek, Product Marketing Specialist-ABB Motion. She is responsible for LV and MV Variable Speed Drives for Egypt, North and Central Africa. Noha is energy and renewable energy graduate from the Faculty of Engineering Ein Shams University in 2020. 

WoEgypt: What sparked your interest in engineering? Can you describe the moment you realized this was a field you’d like to pursue? 

Noha Tarek: I have always the sense of curiosity towards the engineering science and its crucial role towards the community and the environment. It has always been my sweet box that I have really enjoyed over the years and will always be determined to move forward with.  

WoEgypt: Engineering is an intense major. What was the most challenging part of your college experience? Did you ever experience any uncertainty that this was the path for you? 

NT: The transitional phase from high school to the college in additional to an intense major like the Engineering were very challenging but I was very passionate about it and that has always been my self-motivation. 

WoEgypt: Tell us what did you learn from your job that you couldn’t have learned in the classroom?

NT: In the classroom, we are all having the same preferences and background unlike a professional community where there is always a wide diverse team playing an important crucial role in the business.

Throughout my professional working life, I have learnt that the essentiality of accepting different people with different background, culture and of course gender. Everyone opinion really matters and can change the whole direction. 

Witnessing your contribution in a project on the ground and its positive impact on the society through handling key crucial projects.

WoEgypt: Describe your job as an engineer in ABB.  What are your roles and responsibilities? What does an average day look like for you? 

NT: As a marketing engineer, I am responsible for all technical and commercial support for the drives scope serving Egypt, North and Central Africa. On a normal day, I usually receive several new requests for quotation, some technical inquiries, and new updates on some running projects in addition to some internal processes with the team related to finalized projects.

WoEgypt: What are the biggest misconceptions people have about your job? 

NT: Engineering is an exclusive domain to a specific gender, but it has been proven that it is all dependent on the capabilities and dedication.

WoEgypt: What is it like to be a woman in engineering? What challenges do you face as a woman in the engineering world?

NT: Women in Engineering may face some misconception about their capabilities limitations out of their gender but they are always delivering a very diligent competent performance and superior leadership.

Over my journey in ABB, I have been feeling the inclusion, empowerment, and the sense of ownership through my role with amazing collaborative diverse team and supportive empowering guidance and mentorship.

WoEgypt: What advice do you have for women interested in engineering?

NT: It is all about your passion and dedication that you should always follow and maintain over the years regardless any misconception that you may face.

WoEgypt: Finally, what do you wake up looking forward to? What’s next for your career? 

NT: I am always looking forward to utilizing my experience and knowledge to leave a positive impact on my surrounding community, environment, and society. For my next step in my career, I am seeking new challenges that help me acquiring new skills and gaining valuable experience.

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