As part of the #Equatelive series we am to bring inspiring women in STEM to you in your classroom /home. Our speaker is Lara Alshawawreh.
About this Event
Lara will be joining us live from Jordan while our Student Champion will be in Scotland. To tune in please go to our Facebook page @equatescotland or search #equatelive.
Lara studied for a bachelor degree in Architectural Engineering at the University of Jordan, Jordan (2006 to 2011). She then worked in various roles including architectural practice, two NGO’s and in a university as a teacher assistant. As a result of this work, her focus has moved towards humanitarian issues within the built environment. In 2014, Lara was awarded a Jordanian scholarship to study MSc in Architectural Technology and Building Performance at Edinburgh Napier University (ENU), Scotland, UK and graduated in 2015 with Distinction. Directly after her MSc, she was awarded again a Jordanian PhD scholarship to study at ENU, and graduated in 2019. During her PhD, Lara was an active researcher as she presented her work in many academic and non-academic events. In 2017, she won the Principal’s Research Award for the best presentation in the Three Minute Thesis Competition at ENU, and also won the Best Paper Award in the 19th International Conference on Humanitarian Aid and Services, Paris. Today, Lara works as an Assistant Professor in the faculty of Engineering at Mutah University, Jordan.
The focus of Lara’s research relates to the Architecture of Emergencies in the Middle East. The contribution of her PhD included introducing a ‘Transitional shelter design criteria’ and a proposed design outline for the Middle East region that can help to fulfil the societal, cultural and building technology needs of displaced populations. Her research findings provided a keystone towards shelter designs and construction technologies that could support the rehabilitation process for such scenarios.