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Empowering Women in Microwave Engineering: Inspiring Stories From Malaysia

“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.”
— Michelle Obama

The November 2023 issue of IEEE Microwave magazine features a WIM column written by Dr. Fauziahanim Seman of the Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM). Prof. Seman is a member of the WIM subcommittee and has kindly contributed her thoughts on what women’s empowerment means to her. She also shares the stories of two empowered women engineers in her country of Malaysia. Prof. Dr. Norbahiah Misran from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, the recipient of 2021 Top 10 Electronics and Electrical Engineering Scientist in Malaysia, who lost her mentor and was forced to take over his responsibility for a large amount of grant projects, including the Antarctica project, which is about polar geospace ionospheric magnetic storms and water vapor characterization for the advancement of space weather prediction. In addition, she took over student supervision and administrative tasks. This was not anticipated, hence very sudden personal life adjustments were needed.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rosminazuin Ab Rahim, the recipient of 2021 IEEE Malaysia Outstanding WIE Volunteers, is passionate about promoting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) outreach programs by inspiring students to explore the wonders of STEM and empowering young minds and promoting social inclusion.

Read more about their real-life struggles and inspiring stories as a woman microwave engineer.


-Sherry Hess
WIM Chair 2023