Being in a male-dominated workplace brings lots of opportunities.
Lina Kattan is a Professor of Civil Engineering of University of Calgary, Canada. She also holds an Urban Alliance Professorship in Transportation Systems Optimization. Lina’s research program focuses on advanced traffic management and information systems, including, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), traffic control, application of artificial intelligence to ITS, Connected and Autonomous Vehicle, network microsimulation modeling and analysis, dynamic traffic assignment, dynamic demand modeling and traveler behavioral modeling in response to Traffic and Transit information.
Conducting research. It is exciting as it brings innovation and creativity.
Academics, Researchers, Consultants in Engineering firms, Government and Municipal Positions
Although engineering is predominantly a male dominated field, I have successfully attracted a relatively large number of young women graduate students (around 40%) to my research group.
I look at diversity as opportunity. My group is really diverse in terms of gender, age, ethnical background, visible minority and technical expertise.
By having mentors and role models who are supportive for girls and women to pursue careers in science and engineering. These mentors do not have to be women. The greatest support I have received is from a male mentor who always believed in my potential.
Being in a male-dominated workplace brings lots of opportunities to women who want to pursue careers in science and engineering. Women bring their unique perspective and skills to this field.
My model and mentor was Dr. Chan Wirasinghe. He is a great person with a clear vision. He was always supportive to me.