Maryam Saif, Honduras
Coming from an Asian background that placed intense focus on the sciences, I was a very good student growing up. I graduated from high school in Honduras and enrolled in Pennsylvania State University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering.
I learned about the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at my university club fair and joined the university section in an effort to advance my career development while also gaining academic knowledge.
I was selected as a SWE Global Ambassador for Honduras in June 2017. Over the past years, I have been able to promote SWE’s brand in various high schools and companies in Honduras. This included going to schools and delivering talks for the advancement of SWENext, a membership program for young girls who plan to pursue STEM careers in the near future, as well as going to companies and promoting SWE professional membership.
Looking towards the future, my next goal is to launch a SWE Global Affiliate in Honduras and for that I have been in contact with some global and local companies in the country.
The SWE Global Ambassador Program has allowed me to grow as a confident and professional individual. I have developed great oratory skills while giving speeches about SWE at schools and companies.
My goal is to be a role model for young girls and to inculcate in them a passion for engineering. I would also like to be the person they can reach out to for any queries and concerns they may have, and I hope to be able to address these to the best of my abilities.
I cherish the manner in which SWE treats each member, with great respect and dignity. The unending guidance I get from fellow members is also invaluable.
I want to advance SWE’s mission in such a way that girls are empowered to achieve their full potential in their future careers and can get guidance every step of the way.
Interested in becoming a SWE Global Ambassador? The deadline to apply to become a Global Ambassador in FY20 is June 30, 2019.