SEGi University continues to champion diversity and inclusivity in STEM fields by actively participating in the Women In Search of Engineering Excellence (WISE’E) event. The event, organised by NXP Semiconductors Malaysia in partnership with Selangor Human Resource Development Centre (SHRDC), aims to break barriers, promote gender equality, and empower women in engineering.
A total of 87 engineering students from SEGi University’s Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical & Electronics Engineering, and Civil Engineering disciplines participated in the prestigious WISE’E event. Held on 19 September 2023 at the NXP Malaysia Headquarters, the event brought together women engineers, scientists, professionals, and student engineers from diverse backgrounds to share their experiences and insights.
The event featured keynote addresses and panel discussions led by renowned women leaders in the engineering industry. These discussions provided valuable career insights and served as a source of inspiration for aspiring female engineers, including students from SEGi University.
One of the event highlights was a high-impact forum centred around the theme of ‘Overcoming Challenges and Embracing Opportunities in Engineering.’ Moderated by Sherry Alexander, Head of Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion at NXP Semiconductors, the forum included distinguished speakers from both industry and academia.
The speakers included Professor Ir Dr Norlida Buniyamin, President of IEM; Dr Poh Leng Eu, Director of Packaging Engineering at NXP Malaysia; Rupa Shanmugam, CEO & President of SoPark Corp; and Ir Ts. Dr Lim Mee Wei, Head of Chemical Engineering Department at SEGi University.
During the forum, the speakers highlighted the importance of encouraging women to participate in engineering activities and taking on traditionally male-associated roles. They emphasised the significance of mentorship, networking, and pushing one’s comfort zone. The forum concluded with a reminder that defining personal success and understanding others’ perspectives are crucial in overcoming challenges encountered in the engineering field.
SEGi University students who participated in the event gained valuable insights from these accomplished women in engineering. They had the opportunity to connect with role models and potential mentors who have successfully navigated the engineering world. This exposure can be particularly motivating for young women pursuing STEM degrees and provides them with valuable connections that can lead to future collaborations, internships, and job opportunities.
The active participation of SEGi University students in the WISE’E event serves as a powerful reminder of the incredible potential that can be unlocked when diversity is embraced in engineering. It urges all engineering companies to support women in STEM fields and ensures a brighter future for the next generation of engineers.