On 23rd June 2020, in celebration of the ‘International WIE Day 2020’, the IEEE AIUB Student Branch in collaboration with the IEEE AIUB Student Branch WIE Affinity Group successfully organized a webinar titled ‘Women in Nuclear Power Engineering’. Amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, when everyone is locked down in their homes, the IEEE AIUB Student Branch WIE Affinity Group organized the webinar through the CISCO WEBEX MEETING platform. The webinar was conducted by Shafiul Wara Tasmia, Executive Trainee (Nuclear Engineer), Nuclear Power Plant Company Bangladesh Ltd. who mainly focused on Nuclear energy and career opportunities for women in Engineering Sectors. The webinar was hosted by Yea Laila Hossain Onti, Volunteer, IEEE AIUB Student Branch, who welcomed the participants and guests and also talked about the rules and regulations along with the etiquettes which should be followed by the participants throughout the webinar.
After that, Ms Tasmia started the session by introducing herself and sharing her educational and professional background. She, then discussed the history of Nuclear Energy & Nuclear Electricity production with a diagramatic presentation and talked about the way nuclear power system works. She then gave a detailed theoretical idea about the functionality of a Nuclear power plant and portrayed the goals of her present workplace, Nuclear Power Plant Company Bangladesh Ltd. Apart from these, she also talked about the benefits as well as some key drawbacks of nuclear power by highlighting few major accidents that took place in the Nuclear industry.
Then she talked about how women have currently contributed to the diverse fields of engineering with their dedication and hard work. As a part of motivation, she also notified the participants that 30% of the professionals as well as 2 out of the 6 deputy director generals are women who are currently designated in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). She further informed the female participants by notifying them about three important factors to start their career in the nuclear field, which are Awareness, Network Initiative and Mentoring. Afterwards, she shared her academic experience and also spoke briefly about the scholarship opportunities in Russia along with the Job opportunities in numerous Bangladeshi Companies like NPCBL, BAEC, BAERA and BINA. After her presentation, Ms Tasmia took part in an interactive Question-Answer session where she efficiently answered to the questions from participants.
Later, the concluding speech was delivered by the host, where she expressed her wholehearted gratitude towards the honourable speaker and all the participants for their valuable participation in the webinar. She concluded the webinar by creating awareness among the audience to maintain physical distance along with the social compassion among each other during this pandemic. The event was graced by the presence of 66 female participants who joined the session from different institutions of the country