GE engineer has dreams of changing the world

June 29, 2017 06:37 PM

They are often presented as victims, as submissive, passive, oppressed women. We are talking about Muslim women. However, an area woman puts all those stereotypes to shame.

Sirin Hamsho is not a woman of great stature, but everything else about her is big -- like her dreams, ideas and job. She's a GE electrical design engineer, with a fascination for wind energy.

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"It's like climbing Everest Mountain," she admitted. "It takes about 30 to 45 minutes to climb up to the machine head, to the top of the turbine," noted Hamsho.

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Some days, she walks the mountain, but most of her time is spent at her computer -- designing with a passion.

"It's a relatively new technology where you invent every day. You innovate, you bring ideas. You convert these ideas to actions," explained Hamsho.

She says the technology will impact our bulging population.

"In 2050, the world population is expected to reach 9.8 billion and 1 billion of those population will be out of energy," she pointed out.

A native Syrian, she wasn't like most girls growing up.

"When I grow up, I always think about, 'I have to work at a big company, I have to do something different,'" she remembered.

They were dreams supported by her father.

"He used to come to me and say, 'Sirin, you should not think about changing your community. You should not think about changing only the Middle East. You have to think about changing the whole world,'" she recalled.

With degrees in electrical engineering and management of renewable energy, she graduated as one of few women in her class.

In 2012, she started at GE and soon became a patent holder with something that has to do with wind turbines.

"I was thinking of a way to protect the electrical components up in the tower," she explained.

In January, she was caught up in President Trump’s travel ban. It was painful.

"I really don't want to talk about this part," she admitted.

What's open for discussion is her hope her accomplishments will help people see women in tech -- including Muslim women, on a new level of elevation.

Hamsho has a bachelor's degree in Electronic Engineering at the University of Kalamoon in Syria and master's degree in Management in Renewable Energy from the University of Versailles in France.


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