We support and empower female engineering students in the University of Saskatchewan Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE). We celebrate their successes and recognize their achievements here at USask and as they move into the workforce.
Who we are
Dr. Amira Abdelrasoul, Chair
Dr. Abdelrasoul is originally from Egypt where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering from Alexandria University. She obtained her Master's degree from Kuwait University. Dr. Abdelrasoul received her PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. She is currently a member of faculty in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the Division of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan.
Dr. Abdelrasoul has spearheaded the pedagogical research initiatives to enhance the values of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Integrity at Ryerson University in Toronto. Her academic contributions to Women in Engineering, Learning and Teaching Office and the Zone Learning in Toronto, initiated her interest to launch Women In Engineering – USask Chemical and Biological Engineering Chapter.
Dr. Abdelrasoul aims to promote and support the success of female undergraduate and graduate students to become invaluable in future positions. Dr. Abdelrasoul is proud of her research excellence, academic achievements, and her kids. She is enjoying life most when she is having fun with her kids.
Dr. Catherine Niu, Co-chair
Dr. Niu is originally from China where she received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Chemical Engineering. She then went to McGill University in Quebec and received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. She is currently a member of faculty in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at USask.
Dr. Niu believes that it is essential for women to be represented in the engineering profession, particularly Chemical Engineering. Through the chapter's activities, resources, and recognitions, she seeks to inspire and support female undergraduate and graduate students to succeed in their programs and ultimately in their future careers. Dr. Niu is most proud of the solid education she has acquired in Chemical Engineering and for being a faculty member at USask. She is also a proud wife, and mother to two children. Dr. Niu enjoys reading in her spare time and is an avid fan of spicy food.
Kelsey Schmidt, Students' Representative
Kelsey grew up in Regina, SK and has lived in Saskatoon since 2014. She is currently completing her third year towards Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering. Kelsey believes in WIE-CBE because she understands the value of diversity in creating great teams. She wants to empower her female peers to get more involved, to share their ideas and to make a change for the future.
Kelsey hopes that her involvement with the Usask WIE-CBE Chapter will allow her to help female students in Chemical Engineering have the most fulfilling university experience they can. A fun fact:: Kelsey is very adventurous and even went bungee jumping last summer!
Dylan Scheibelhoffer, Communications Coordinator:
Dylan was born and raised in Saskatoon and is currently in the first year of her Master of Science Program. Dylan believes it is important to have increased visibility of females involved in STEM, both in the industry and in research. She hopes to inspire young females and spark their interest in engineering as well as help current engineering students succeed in their education and future careers. Outside of the lab, Dylan enjoys baking and spending time with her three dogs!
Nazanin Charchi Aghdam, Events Organizer
Originally from Iran, Nazanin is currently working on her PhD in Chemical Engineering at USask. She wants to empower women to succeed and raise awareness of the life-changing contributions of women in the industry. Nazanin hopes to create a community of empowered women in engineeringfoster interest in STEM fields among future generations. Nazanin takes pride in being a mother and a woman in Engineering. A fun fact: she is a chocolate monster!
Kate DeVito-Porter, Awards Coordinator
Kate grew up in Saskatoon and is currently in her second year of Chemical Engineering at USask. Kate believes the WIE-CBE Usask Chapter is a great tool for engineering outreach that will allow her to help make engineering more accessible to all. She hopes to spread awareness of the diverse opportunities available to those pursuing a career in engineering. One of Kate's biggest accomplishments is learning to trust herself and to have the confidence to take chances. This has led her to many great opportunities both in her personal and professional life. In her spare time, Kate loves to bake, as she thinks it is very similar to a chemistry experiment – except she gets to eat the finished product!
Jewel Manlapaz, Website Coordinator
Jewel grew up in the Philippines and moved to Canada with her family when she was 15. She is currently in her fourth year of studying Chemical Engineering. Jewel thinks it can be daunting for a young woman to pursue a career in a male-dominated profession, which is why she believes it is crucial to have female representation in engineering. She hopes to give a voice for women in USask Engineering in the university, and to help provide them with opportunities for professional development. A personal accomplishment: Jewel is proud of attaining a 16-month engineering internship and moving to Calgary by herself. A fun fact: she enjoys writing stories.
How to join us
We'd love for you to become part of Women in Engineering: Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.
To join or to learn more, please email Dylan Scheibelhoffer, Communications Coordinator.
FEAT (Female Engineers, Architects & Technologists) Lunches
FEAT, based in Saskatoon, provides a relaxed opportunity to network and share with other women over lunch. Visit the FEAT webpage to learn more and sign up for updates.
Saskatoon Engineering Students’ Society (SESS) Women in Engineering
The Saskatoon Engineering Student Society (SESS) presents Women in Engineering, scheduled for March 2020. Female students in grades 9-12 are invited to the College of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan to experience our college for the afternoon and interact with both students and faculty. Further details to be announced soon.
Biennial CCWESTT Conference
The Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology (CCWESTT) is Canada’s premier national, nonprofit organization of groups, institutions and industries with a mission to expand the attraction, retention, and promotion of women.
The 18th Biennial Conference of the Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology (CCWESTT) will be held in Winnipeg on May 21 to 23, 2020 at the RBC Convection Centre. This year’s conference theme is Future Forward: Engage. Advance. Inspire.