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SWE Diverse Podcast Ep 255: Celebrating Arab American Voices in STEM With Inaas Darrat of Trinity Consultants

Inaas Darrat reflects on her career in chemical engineering and shares her experiences as an Arab American leader in STEM in this new episode of Diverse: a SWE podcast!

Inaas Darrat (she/her), director of chemical sector services at Trinity Consultants, joins us on this episode of Diverse to share her journey as a chemical engineer and her insights on how to make STEM fields more welcoming to all.

Darrat reflects on her experiences as an Arab American woman in engineering, including common misconceptions, the positive changes she has seen over time, and ideas for listeners who want to become stronger allies.

Hear how she course-corrected her career by leaving a Ph.D. program, her leadership advice for women engineers, and her own experiences of overcoming unconscious bias.

Listen to the episode on SWE’s websiteSpotifyApple Podcasts, or on your favorite podcast platform.

Speaker: Inaas Darrat, Director of Chemical Sector Services, Trinity Consultants

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Inaas Darrat, in addition to being a member of the Society of Women Engineers, is a sister, aunt, cousin, niece, daughter, friend, engineer, colleague, mentor, manager, advocate, immigrant, refugee, learner, world traveler, avid reader, art lover, and artist. She has lived in five different countries and visited five of the continents.

Darrat has been a SWE member since her first year at the University of Kentucky and has served as her collegiate section’s president as well as in regional roles.

Since graduating from college, she has served in various roles in her professional section, including president, vice president, treasurer, committee chair, book club lead, and vice president; at the regional level; and at the Society level as scholarship coordinator, curriculum chair, and nominating committee chair.

As director of chemical sector services for Trinity Consultants Inc., Darrat leads a team of specialists, assisting chemical plants, refineries, and oil and gas facilities with compliance with U.S. federal regulations, as well as providing expertise for facilities in Canada and the Middle East.

Darrat earned a B.S. and an M.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Kentucky and The University of Texas at Austin, respectively.

Host: Sam East, Media Personality and Host of Diverse: a SWE Podcast

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Sam East is a media personality based in Toronto, Canada.

You can hear her on “Sam & Dames” in the afternoon from 3-7PM on Toronto’s #1 Hit Music Station, 99.9 Virgin Radio, and with the iHeartRadio Canada app.

When she’s not in studio, she might be hosting live events, hosting and producing the podcast “Lessons to My Younger Self,” or sharing a video that leads to a personal invite from Oprah Winfrey.

Sam is also a certified mindfulness meditation teacher and is thrilled to be able to share tools to help cultivate presence, peace, and self-awareness.


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