Aerospace en­gi­neer

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Jour­ney and mo­ti­va­tion

While study­ing mecha­tron­ics at Hariri Canadian Uni­ver­sity, Nancy Ar­bid en­joyed her time as an in­tern with Mid­dle East Air­lines. So, af­ter she fin­ished her mas­ter’s de­gree, she ap­plied to work there. Ar­bid is still the only fe­male aerospace en­gi­neer at the com­pany.

Oth­ers’ per­cep­tions

Ar­bid ex­plains that ini­tially her par­ents did not know ex­actly what she was do­ing. Now, how­ever, they are proud of her and her ac­com­plish­ments.


Ar­bid says that while it took some time for her male col­leagues to ac­cept her on the team, the work en­vi­ron­ment is cur­rently much bet­ter and her col­leagues now lis­ten to her opin­ions.

Fu­ture projects

Ar­bid hopes to ob­tain cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from the Euro­pean Avi­a­tion Safety Agency.


Ar­bid says it’s a very chal­leng­ing job, but male col­leagues should be given some time to get used to women mak­ing their way in this work en­vi­ron­ment that is tra­di­tion­ally oc­cu­pied by men.

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