An Emirati woman is poised to be the UAE’s first female nuclear scientist after she finishes her master’s degree in August, a local newspaper reported on Wednesday.
Amani al-Hosani, aged 26, a proud Emirati and a mother, told The National that “you do not have to be a superwoman to be a mother and nuclear scientist.” Hosani instead emphasized that it is a “job” and “all you need is to love science and be passionate about it.”
Hosani who finished her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 2009 from UAE University, and later began to work on onshore oilfields with Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (Adco), has always had the passion to pursue nuclear studies.
“I used to ask my science teachers to teach us about nuclear science at school, but they always said it was not in the curriculum,” she added.
After her completing her master’s degree in nuclear science at Khalifa University, Hosani aims to work in the safety department of the Braka nuclear sites, which are the UAE’s first nuclear plants, located on the coast of western Abu Dhabi, 75 kilometers from the Saudi border.
“I want to be a nuclear engineer in the simulation field where I can simulate the safety scenarios to see how I can enhance the safety of our power plants.”
The aspiring scientist is one of several UAE nationals who has benefited from scholarship and advancement courses by the “Energy Pioneers” program run by the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec).
“Amani is one of the first generation of Emirati nuclear scientists and there are lots more to follow,” Azza Al Sharhan, the human resources director at Enec, told the newspaper.
More than 170 Emiratis are studying as a result of Enec’s scholarship programs, however the corporation needs more than 2,000 employees by 2020, with a target of 60 per cent Emirati nationals.
The UAE is proving to be the region’s most pioneering country in the development field. It not only was the first country to send its students to study in NASA, but in 2010 it announced the launch of the Arab World’s first microchip factory.