Lassonde master’s student Mavara Turab has received the 2016 Ecole Polytechnique Montreal Women’s Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $2,500. The award is designed to encourage women to enter science disciplines and is offered to full-time graduate students.
She joined Lassonde School after working in partnership with an International Engineering Consultant for over a decade. She received an undergraduate degree with high honors from the University of Engineering and Technology in Taxila, Pakistan.
“In a male-dominated industry, motivation and passion can help women get ahead in their engineering careers. Working as an engineer with a family requires a high level of multitasking and management skills,” says Mavara about her her experience as a female engineering student.
Turab is currently working on her master’s degree with Professor Rashid Bashir in the Department of Civil Engineering at the Lassonde School of Engineering. Her research focuses on hydraulic functions for unsaturated soils. She is planning to continue her studies towards a PhD.
York University established this graduate award in memory of the 14 women who died tragically at the Ecole Polytechnique on Dec. 6, 1989.