APWEN President Inspires Graduate Engineers at College of Engineering Hooding Event
The President of Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN), Engr. (Mrs) Felicia Agubata, has impressed it on female graduating students of the College of Engineering, Covenant University, that talking to young girls and showing them that women are just as capable as men would change the misguided perception of an actual engineer.
Speaking at the College of Engineering’s 13th Convocation Hooding Event and 2nd Induction Ceremony, held on Thursday, July 19, 2018, Engr. Agubata posited that showing young girls what an engineer looks like was one of the most significant impacts a woman engineer could make and the difference between engineers and scientists was that engineers make real what scientists dream of.
Making her presentation titled, ‘Invent it, Build it’, Engr. Agubata, who was the Guest Speaker, said that APWEN’s motto is to encourage women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), to grow professional careers leading to outstanding achievements, to encourage the girl-child to study sciences, to enhance competence of women engineers through professional development, and to provide a platform for female engineering students and women engineers to excel.
She explained that, ‘Invent it, Build it’ was a girl-child event organised by APWEN in partnership with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. “It was a day event to ignite passion for the engineering profession in young girls and showcase the socio-economic value and application of engineering in everyday life,” she stated.
Bemoaning what she described as a substantial gender gap in engineering and computer occupations, which contributed to women’s overall underrepresentation in STEM, Engr, Agubata said that less than 13% of Nigerian females were in STEM fields, with some people simply not viewing engineering as a sustainable career option for a woman. According to her, “To dispel these myths, we must prove ourselves and influence our younger female counterparts as competence and skill will define today’s woman”.
The APWEN president, who said that it was her first time at Covenant University, described it as a well-structured institution and students with a lot of discipline. She commended the University Management and expressed delight at seeing a sizeable number of the female graduating students of the College of Engineering emerging with First Class Honours.
Earlier in his welcome remarks, the Dean, College of Engineering, Engr. (Professor) Christian Bolu, assured that the University had given the graduands the required skills to go out and take their rightful place as future leaders. He encouraged them to apply all the acquired engineering skills to provide solutions and answers to people as they go forward.
The Hooding part of the programme, which featured Heads of Departments in the College of Engineering decorating representatives of graduating students in each of the various Departments (Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical and Information Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Petroleum Engineering), preceded the induction of all the graduands into the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) and the induction of graduating students of Mechanical Engineering into the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers (NIMECHE).
The Chairman, Ota Branch, NSE, Engr. Akin Adeoye, represented by the branch’s Vice-Chairman, Engr. (Dr.) Hope Orovwode, charged the inducted graduate members to continue to soar as Eagles, adding that they need God to do their best so that they could excel in all their endeavours as they think, innovate and build practicable solutions to the myriad of challenges facing humanity, especially in the black race.
The event was rounded off with presentation of prizes to outstanding students in the respective Departments and College-wide, with Mr. Chiagoro Ahaotu, who studied Electrical and Electronics Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering, emerging the Best Graduating Student in the College of Engineering with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.98.
Also on hand at the occasion were the Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies, Engr. (Professor) Samuel Wara; the Treasurer, APWEN, Engr. (Mrs) Funmi Akingbagbohun; Professor Esther Akinlabi of the University of Johannesburg; Covenant Professors, faculty, and staff.