The Association of Energy Engineers National Capital Chapter and Leaders in Energy will join forces with George Washington University for the 3rd annual Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza. Our theme is “Energy and Sustainable Solutions for Tomorrow’s Campuses.” The Extravaganza is a three-part, all-day event full of networking opportunities and speakers. The event includes: a Council on Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership (CWEEL) luncheon panel on “Career Perspectives in Sustainable Solutions” (open to both men and women to attend); an afternoon Showcase with sustainability directors and facility managers from DC-area universities and vendors displaying their solutions; and an evening networking Reception (catered by Purple Onion). Come for one or more components. Better yet, join us for the entire day! Click here for more details.
Abo-Hamed is the founder and CEO of H2GO Power, a company that provides safe methods of hydrogen production and storage to generate power on the move. She won Best Energy Startup award in the world at the 2016 HT Summit. “The opportunities that I was presented with as a researcher made me feel that I can do more if I transferred my research into technology solutions that solve pressing demands for energy in underprivileged societies.”
Her comments were supported by Jordan-based One Young World Ambassador Ayah Alfawaris, who said there was “a clear gap between education and work” in her country. “I can confidently say that education is a priority for almost every family in Jordan and students get fair opportunities regardless of their gender. But sadly, very few of the women who graduate from science fields end up working.”
CWEEL Jordan held its third event for 2017 with five hour training in Energy Savings and Energy Efficiency. The training was conducted by two engineers from Cayan Company; Eng Haytham Shalakhti and Eng Bruce Lee from Best. British Energy Saving Technologies (BEST) gave presentations and showed the participants samples of devices that can be installed on large electrical equipment to monitor the consumption and reduce the energy consumption when the equipment is not needed. In addition, system monitoring device was also displayed and discussed. The training was rich in content with a high level of interaction with the participants. Attendance certificates were distributed at the end of the event.
Join us March 20-21, 2017 in Philadelphia, PA for the Management Essentials Course, designed for energy managers, facility managers, energy engineers, energy professionals, utility and esco reps, project managers and team leaders. This experiential training seminar is designed to provide managers and team leaders with a clearer understanding of fundamental management strategies and how most successfully and effectively to apply them for optimum results. Its purpose is to strengthen a manager’s ability to lead professional teams collaboratively using a relationship-based process. Going beyond the old, typically ineffective top-down model, the new model presented is intended to show managers how to utilize a more personal and effective management paradigm to grow morale, promote productivity and deliver greater profitability. These techniques facilitate the strengthening of essential communication skills, and show participants how the resulting improved morale can have a significant impact on achieving greater productivity, improved profitability, and a generally more positive corporate culture. Participants will leave this program with the tools needed to utilize better management skills, as well as an improved ability to get work done through others, and to achieve corporate, project and team goals.
Eng Jeries Dayeh, CEM® delivered an interactive training that was attended by around 40 engineers from the public and private sector, energy service companies, consultants, contractors, and student energy engineers. Thermal Imaging camera was also used by the trainers to explain how to take the pictures correctly.
CWEEL Jordan held 2 trainings in December, each a five-hour training course in “Solar Log”. The training was delivered by Eng Hamzeh Buqaei, CEM®, CEA®, CMVP®.
Around fifty people attended the course from the public and private sector, Taffila University, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Al Balqa’a Applied University, Energy Service Companies, Royal Scientific Society National Energy Research Center, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission. The event was a great networking opportunity for people looking to work in the energy sector.
Eng Suhair AlMhairat, CEM®, CSDP®, REP™, gave a presentation about CWEEL activities in Jordan since 2014 and encouraged the attendees to participate and contribute to the chapter as well.
Eng Buqaei gave two detailed technical presentation about the important of using solar monitoring equipment at the operation and maintenance stage. Different models were presented application for different sizes of projects.
At the end of the five hour training, Eng Suhair and Eng Hamzeh distributed attendance certificates to the attendees. About half of the attendees were non-members coming to the CWEEL Jordan events for the first time.
CWEEL Jordan participated in USAID ESCB’s Networking Event for Women in the Energy Sector in the South of Jordan
USAID ESCB organized a networking event in Aqaba for women in the energy sector. The event was attended by around 80 women working and studying in the southern governorates, including students, supervisors and professors from Mu’tah University, Al Taffila Technical University and Al Hussein bin Talal University. Participants attended sessions highlighting women leaders in the sector, as well workshops around labor law and workplace rights.
Eng Suhair AlMhairat, CEM®, REP™, CSDP® presented CWEEL Jordan success story and encouraged the attendees to face all the barriers that exist in the sector and consider them as challenges and opportunities for success and making a difference. Also, she motivated them to focus one devolving their knowledge and skills by training and joining CWEEL Jordan activities. This will enable them to create their own opportunities and goals in the challenging and rapidly developing energy sector in Jordan. She welcomed launching networks at their universities as extensions to CWEEL Jordan.
CWEEL Jordan held its 11th meeting in 2016 at ZINC facilities. The meeting was organized by Eng Suhair Al Mhairat, CEM, REP, CSDP, and Eng Nidal Jabri board member at the Jordan Energy Chapter EDAMA. Three young and brilliant women in energy delivered exceptional presentations about their work in the energy sector.
Eng Dina Al Fanek, Awareness and Capacity Building Project Manager at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources delivered a presentation about the activities of the Jordan Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Fund (JREEEF). The fund is supporting the rural communities by installing solar PV and Solar Water Heaters on revolving loan basis through programs with donor agencies and the Jordan government. This will create local jobs, reduce the energy consumption, and reduce the carbon foot print.
Eng Ola Al Beirat delivered an excellent presentation about her Solar Initiative to increase the awareness about the ability of producing Electricity from the Sun. Eng Ola is a highly effective and enthusiastic speaker that is well known in the country and has a positive impact on our society.
Eng Azza Al Khalaila, CEM, delivered a presentation about the League of Arab Specialized Women and the Energy Committee that she is heading. She is determined to make the energy awareness among women more accessible and to increase the participation of specialized Arab women engineers in her committee.
Article Written by Miriam Aczel, Leaders in Energy
On September 22, 2016, the Council on Women in Energy & Environmental Leadership (CWEEL) partnered with Leaders in Energy and the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment (WCEE) to host a reception at the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC). The event brought together leaders and professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds in the energy and sustainability industry. Funds raised from this event are to be used for scholarships to help women interested in pursuing studies in the energy and environmental fields. I had the pleasure of speaking with three inspiring women, who shared with me their career paths and motivations, the challenges in the environmental and energy sector, and the role of these organizations in professional development. Here is what AEE’s Rajvant Nijjhar had to say.
Director, Independent Verifiers of Energy Efficiency Savings (IVEES)
London, United Kingdom
Q. How did you get involved with AEE, and what were some of the challenges you faced?
RN. Four years ago, I was vice president [of the United Kingdom Association of Energy Engineers – UKAEE], but the group never gained momentum, and we struggled in setting up meetings. A few years ago, I took over the role of president of the UKAEE branch, and while we’re still ironing out some of the details, we’ve doubled in size and now have 13 committee members and 650 members. When I first started, I was the only female director, but now, 3/5 of our directors are female.
Q. What does membership entail?
RN. We have a very diverse body of members, with all ages and levels of experience. Basically, if you have enthusiasm, then come and join me! It’s very different from the dynamics of previous years, where it was mostly male members, ages 40 +.
Q. What is the main mission of UKAEE, and what are your goals?
RN. Right now, our main focus is getting functionality. My goal is to transition so that if I happen to win the lottery, someone else could take over, and we would still have functionality. We’ve adopted the same mission as AEE and have aligned our interests with AEE, and we hope to gain and retain membership, and to be an active chapter.
The chapter is really only a few years old, and our aim is to have a functioning committee and plan the events we need to have. After obtaining a functioning committee, our next goal is to write a strategy document.
Q. What are some of the events you’ve held, and how did you decide on these events?
RN. Last year, we hosted a few events driven by what is going on in the EU because we felt there are gaps with events held by other ‘peers’, or similar groups. These ‘gap events’, such as the one on heat metering or transport energy audits, for example, were coming out of EU legislation.
The strategy for deciding what events to host involves first conducting member surveys to identify interests and gaps in events hosted by other similar groups, and then decide based on our survey results what events to host. For example, one of our next goals resulting from member surveys is to develop a guide on the ISO 50001, the energy management standards, as we feel those are the most important guidelines to develop.
The most important aspect for attracting members is the events we host. While membership is free, the events are important to sustain the chapter. One of our upcoming events is a tour of a CHP plant.