Female Algerian Engineer Exemplifies Excellence and Determination

Female Algerian Engineer Exemplifies Excellence and Determination

August 31, 2014 at 03:08pm

Wafaa Khammar is an engineer and senior project manager who exemplifies GE’s commitment to diversity and excellence, and its celebration of hard work and determination. Read her story to understand why:

While most of her peers were just finishing high school, at 17, Wafaa earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics. She then pursued a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sciences and Technology Houari Boumediene, finishing as one of the top three students in her class.

While working on her degree, she completed an internship with Algeria’s national oil & gas company Sonatrach in Hassi R’Mel, where she had her first GE gas turbine experience.

After graduation, she initially found employers hesitant to hire a woman, citing safety measures, but she persisted and was hired as a field engineer responsible for improving the performance of gas turbines. From there, she went on to work for a major multinational, following a highly competitive selection process. She worked primarily in Africa, and despite getting married, continued to take on challenging assignments, including a project in Chad, where she was onsite for eight weeks and home for four weeks.

Never one to grow complacent, and eager to continue expanding her opportunities, Wafaa then pursued an MBA in General Management, leading her to a new role with an international pharmaceutical company. However, she never forgot her passion for gas turbines. In 2006, she joined GE as a Project Manager in the Power Generation Services division; today, she is a Senior Project Manager at GE.

GE considers Wafaa one of the most inspiring stories for young female Arab engineers looking to pursue their dreams.

As part of its efforts to nurture diversity across the organization, GE supports a number of affinity groups, including the Women’s Network for female employees. For more about this network click here.

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