Meet Engr. Beenish Bakhtawar, the newest edition to Women Engineers Pakistan; a great mentor and role model for young girls passionate about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan.
Beenish graduated from National University of Sciences and Technology with a degree in Civil Engineering. Currently pursuing her Masters in Construction Engineering and Management, Beenish strongly feels the absence of women colleagues in Science and Tech. She knows that there is no shortage of talent in Pakistan, and is an avid believer in the enormous potential held by this country's youth. Participation in Women Engineers Pakistan for her is not just work, its a belief. In her words, "This is something I actually believe in. It bothers me so much when people seem confused or trapped in their careers. It has happened with me as well at some point. Secondly, the girls get so much discouragement when they want to pursue a career in engineering. We might just make some actual difference in KP (Khuber Pakhtunkhwa). It would be amazing! Although I have my research going on and making time for it will be difficult, but I am in 🙂 InshaAllah!"
In the future Beenish wants to continue her research focusing on the social and environmental costing of construction projects, device better ways and methods to measure impacts, and design sustainable systems, especially for infrastructure projects.
STEMMERS is organizing a "STEMM TALENT HUNT PROGRAM", which is a 10-day camp for 14-18 year old young students to come and experience the excitement of learning Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Management through hands-on activities. This will give talented students the opportunity to gain exposure to all STEMM fields. Students will gain hands on experience of Robotics, Drones, 3D Printing, Programming, and will learn about latest Technologies and its management. The 1st STEMM TALENT HUNT PROGRAM ’17 is being organized at STEMMERS (Bukhari Comm, Phase VI, DHA) in collaboration with Women Engineers Pakistan and several other, notable organizations from July 22 to July 31, 2017.
In the words of Mr. Ahmed Paracha, Founder of STEMMERS initiative, "It is our hope that these students will go on to lead Pakistan in the challenging times ahead. By joining hands with Women Engineers Pakistan, STEMMERS aim to spread STEM education in girls at an early age."
Ramla Qureshi, Founder WEP said, "Pakistani girls have waited too long for such opportunities. For a long time have we been told that Science and Engineering are not our cup of tea. Its time we put such mindset behind, its time we encouraged our girls to use their intelligence alongside that of our boys, so that our country sees growth without retardation."
Lets engineer the future together.