Qatargas engineer, first Qatari to get IEng status

February 02, 2014 - 2:36:08 am

Hessa Mohammed Al Nesf (left) receiving the certificate from Neil Atkinson as other officials look on.

DOHA: Hessa Mohammed Al Nesf, who works as a Corporate Planning Analyst at Qatargas, has become the first Qatari national to be awarded the Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status.

Incorporated Engineer (IEng) is an internationally recognised qualification established by the Engineering Council in the United Kingdom. It is an important milestone in the career of any engineer and recognises competence, commitment, skills and experience of an engineer. 

Hessa received her certificate from Neil Atkinson, Director of Qualifications and International Development at the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), during a brief ceremony held at Qatargas’ head office in Doha. The ceremony was attended by Sheikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Thani, Qatargas Chief Operating Officer, Engineering and Ventures; Adnan Hassan Al Shaibi, Learning and Development Manager, and Ali Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, Head of Qatarisation and National Development.

Following the award ceremony, Hessa said: “I would like to thank the Qatargas management for their continuous support and encouragement. Our country places a great amount of trust and confidence in its youth and I truly believe that we have a great role to play in positioning Qatar among the world’s leading countries in all sectors.” 

Hessa graduated from Texas A&M University at Qatar with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering in 2008. She joined Qatargas Engineering Department as a Process Engineer in 2009 under Qatargas’ National Graduate Development Programme. She moved to the Corporate Planning Department in 2013 as a Corporate Planning Analyst. Hessa applied to register as an Incorporated Engineer in April 2011 and submitted her competence and commitment report in November 2013. 

IChemE visited Qatargas and conducted their professional review interview in December 2013.

Commenting on Hessa’s achievement, Sheikh Khalid Bin Abdulla Al Thani, said; “We are proud that the first Qatari to achieve the Incorporated Engineer status with IChemE is a Qatargas employee. I hope Hessa’s achievement will encourage more nationals to take up such challenges.”

Late last year, Qatargas became the first company in Qatar to be recognised as a Gold Partner of the IChemE. This is the highest level of Corporate Partnership awarded by IChemE to companies that demonstrate a sustained commitment to the process industries and to career development as an employer. 

Neil Atkinson, Director of Qualifications and International Development at IChemE, said; “This is a significant achievement and another example of how Qatargas are supporting and developing their workforce. The Incorporated Engineer qualification is an important milestone in any early engineering career. I am sure she will inspire more female engineers to pursue a career in engineering - in Qatar, the Middle East and worldwide.”

Founded in 1992, the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) is the global professional membership organisation for people who have an interest in and relevant experience in chemical engineering. Currently, IChemE has around 38,000 members across 120 countries.

Adnan Hassan Al Shaibi, Learning and Development Manager added; “Qatargas is committed to ensuring that all opportunities are available for our people, for them to continue to find purpose and fulfilment in pursuing their career aspirations and contribute in achieving Qatargas’ shared vision.”

The Peninsula

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