Industry Chair

Meet our Industry Chair, Ayah Tamimi!

Ayah Tamimi is a junior at California State University, Long Beach, where she is currently pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering. Her journey at SWE began during her freshman year where she began to attend the general body meetings as a SWE member. She was the FY21 Publicity Chair and is currently the Industry Chair where she organizes the Virtual Career Fair in the Fall semester and the annual Evening with Industry in the Spring semester.

In the past, she was a member of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) from 2018 to 2020, where she conducted research at the Therapeutic and Regenerative Systems Laboratory. Ayah participated in the FY21 SWE Collegiate Leadership Institute. In addition, she was a scholar at NASA L'SPACE Proposal Writing and Evaluation Experience Academy for the Fall 2020 Semester.

Ayah is currently interning with Southern California Edison in the Distribution Engineering Department.

In her spare time, Ayah enjoys reading, baking, photography, and visiting natural places.

Why did you pick your major?

"When I was in high school, I attended a robotics summer camp and had my first experience with coding and electronics. I always knew that I wanted to go into a STEM field because I like math, physics and problem solving, but this experience narrowed down my choice to electrical engineering. I like how electrical engineering is very applicable to our everyday life; after all, we wouldn't have electricity and all of the modern day technologies without electrical engineers! "

What is your favorite course?

"My favorite course was AH 116: Art of Islamic Regions because I learned many things about art and creativity in my religion and the impact that artwork has on communicating messages to its viewers. "

Why are you in SWE?

"I joined SWE because I wanted to be part of a supportive community where I am surrounded with people who can relate to the experiences that I encounter in a male dominated field. At SWE, I am expanding my skill set and network outside of the classroom setting and building meaningful relationships with amazing and brilliant women. In addition, I know the challenges that women engineering students encounter, so I want to have the opportunity to support them just like how I was supported by previous SWE officers. "

Advice for women in STEM:

"Don't be afraid of failure! Use it as an opportunity to learn and grow and as a result, you will become a stronger and more resilient person. STEM fields are not made to be easy, but the students who learn to embrace the challenges that come with STEM courses and persevere are more likely to succeed. "

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