Misbah Hamid, a final year student at the NUST School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (SEECS), hit a home run by standing first at a competition of female engineering students, concluded the other day at Budapest, Hungary. Her excelling performance not only earned her cash prize of over half a million rupees, but also landed her a job in MOL Group, one of the world’s biggest oil and gas companies, and a Fortune 500 firm.
Misbah aced her individual task on advantages of gender diversity to the organisation hosting the event. For the group task, she joined participants from Hungary, Slovakia and Croatia to ferret out a business plan to generate a new revenue stream for the MOL Group, which has its employees spread over 30 countries.
Amongst over a hundred applicants participating in the contest for women in Science, Engineering, Technology & Math (STEM), Misbah was one of the three students selected from Pakistan for the competition. She competed against contestants from 29 Higher Education Institutions from four countries. Misbah is the third Pakistani student to have won this competition. Two students of UET Lahore, have previously won the contest, both now employed at the MOL Group.