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Bridge to Gender Equality Power 5 Interview - Dr. Sawsan Abdul-Majid

Updated: Apr 20, 2023

The Bridge to Gender Equality Project is pleased to introduce you to Dr. Sawsan Abdul-Majid (she/her) who is one of our Advisory Committee Members.

What are you most passionate about?

I am very passionate about helping others, mostly women from Science Technology Engineering and math (STEM) fields. Strongly believe in the role of educated women in building advancing societies, specifically in Canada being a multicultural country.

Who is your greatest role model?

My mother (retired Math teacher in Iraq), the person who taught me how to love others, trust in my own self, and be available to offer help as needed.

What is your greatest accomplishment in your career trajectory?

Being a successful well-respected educator (University professor), is among my greatest accomplishments, which I proudly built through long years of studies, research, and teaching.

What advice would you give to new or emerging leaders who are building their careers?

To be a good leader, you need to spend time learning details about your field, get to know surrounding information and updates, and be approachable by others. Sharing information is a value that normally will strengthen the learner.

What do you think is the biggest challenge for the next generation?

Building a professional network is the biggest challenge. What it takes is to identify and join professional associations related to your field, attend networking events, conferences, symposiums , and obtain related certificates .

About Dr. Sawsan Abdul-Majid

Dr. Sawsan Abdul-Majid is an Academic member at the faculty of engineering at the University of Ottawa since 2008, in a capacity of professor and researcher . She holds PhD in Optical Communication Systems from Varna University, Bulgaria, and brings more than 25 years academic (Teaching & Research) experience, as well as eight years engineering industrial experience. She has more than 45 publications, related to silicon photonics, PIC, optical amplifiers, optical systems, Sawsan Abdul-Majid - Members - University of Ottawa (

Dr. Abdul-Majid (P. Eng.) is licensed as a professional engineer by Professional Engineers of Ontario, received a PEO Certificate of Recognition for five years of volunteer service to the engineering profession in Ottawa. Dr. Abdul-Majid is the faculty advisor for the IEEE student chapter at the University of Ottawa. Sawsan is a creator and a president of Advancing new Canadian women in Technology (ANCWT), uOttawa-based employment bridging program for female from STEM fields to connect them to the Canadian job market

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