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Meet Priyonta Rahman – A New intern Joining our Nuclear team in the UAE

Posted by 4MAT Administrator
Posting date:8/14/2020 9:55 AM

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Priyonta Rahman and I am 22 years old. I am originally from Bangladesh, however I was born and brought up in the UAE. I am a fresh graduate from the University of Sharjah in the UAE, with a degree in BSc. in Nuclear Engineering. I have a keen interest in event planning, and I was an event organizer in the Nuclear Engineering Club at UoS. Along with that, I enjoy travelling, cooking and reading novels.

What inspired you to study engineering?

I feel lucky that I come from a family of engineers, so I was very familiar with the coursework required in this field although it was curiosity that led me to nuclear engineering since it is not very well known among the general public.

What has been the most memorable or rewarding moment in your life/career to date?

The most rewarding moment was the day of my senior design project presentation as it marked a milestone in my academic life. It was a proud moment for me as all the effort and hard work put into the year-long project was acknowledged and appreciated, especially by my mentor.

What do you do at SNC-Lavalin and when did you join?

On August 4, I joined SNC-Lavalin as an intern in the Nuclear sector. My internship will be for a period of 11 weeks. During this time, I will help out the team with research work and preparing few reports for current and upcoming projects. I am looking forward to a great learning opportunity in the coming weeks and I hope to meet new people and acquire new skills.

What makes you proud to work here?

In the limited time that I have spent, I loved the support and positive attitude that I experienced from everyone I met. Despite the lack of face to face interaction, everyone has been very supportive and made me feel comfortable 

What are some of the challenges you encountered in your engineering career or field of work or studies and how have you overcome those?

The most challenging time in my academic life was the duration of the senior design project, as we came across countless hurdles. However, with perseverance and teamwork, we were able to overcome each problem and find a solution.

What’s the best/worst thing that has happened to you during the COVID-19 pandemic?

During the lockdown I got to spend more time with my family. I also tried to be productive by using the time to take some online courses related to my field of interest to further broaden my knowledge.

What are your career aspirations? 

I have always been interested in radiation and the medical aspect of nuclear energy. In the future, I hope to pursue a career in the field of Medical Physics which would give me the opportunity to help people as well as work on my passion.

What piece of advice would you give to young women aspiring a career in engineering?

My advice to young women would be to take the challenges coming their way head-on and think of every challenge as a learning opportunity. While it may seem difficult at the moment, once it is over you will definitely learn something new.

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