Female Participation in Engineering Fields: Successes, Challenges, and Recommendations in a Non-western Context

  • Sara Hillman
  • Ghada Salama
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 716)


This paper describes a collaborative faculty-student research project examining female students’ perspectives on their academic and social experiences studying engineering at an American branch campus in Qatar. It draws on data collected from a series of focus groups, an anonymous survey, and self-reflexive research team meetings. The experiences are discussed in relation to the university’s institutional strengths and challenges in terms of supporting female students for working in engineering-related careers in the Arab Gulf and recommendations are given.


Women in engineering Women in STEM Female engineering students Women in the Arab Gulf Education in the Arab Gulf 



We would like to thank Texas A&M University at Qatar for funding this project through the Transformative Educational Experience (TEE) Grant. Also, a special thank you to the students who participated in this project: Saly Awadh, Lara El-Said, Dana Al-Naimi, Ola Omer, and Dana Al Huneidi.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Texas A&M University at QatarDohaQatar

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