“There are a lot of Arab women in the worlds of science and innovation that focus solely on their personal lives or their scientific knowledge alone. I would like to tell all of them that you can do both. You don’t have to choose!” says the natural-born leader, Sarah Aboerjaib SoS season 12 participants who recognizes the important role women play in the field of STEM.
A graduate from Kuwait University’s Electrical Engineering program, she wielded her expertise and skills as a versatile contract engineer at Kuwait National Petroleum Company, as comfortable dealing with finance as she is with engineering.
The one constant in her life is her willingness to help the people around her, especially if it involves using her scientific acumen to look after their health. Her engineering expertise enabled her to gather a team, collaborate with to develop her senior bachelor’s project focusing on the biomedical field, and bring it to Stars of Science Season 12!
SOS Project & Impact
Detecting a bone fracture in the field can be a difficult process. Proper diagnosis requires a scheduled appointment at a local clinic, which would expose the patient to potentially harmful X-ray radiation.
The Fracture Bone Optical Scanner, invented by Sarah and her team, would streamline the process to determine the need of possible medical care. The machine is a handheld device that uses near-infrared rays to detect bone fractures or abnormalities in the body, analyzing reactions of emitted photons that harmlessly travel through the skin and displaying results on a portable screen. The scanner could have immediate applications in homes and schools, as children can receive instant answers to medical care requirements or not in the case of unfortunate accidents. Sarah understands that her device could save parents a lot of time, money, and decision stress, as proper care can be administered only when adequate.
Aftermath of SOS
Sarah is currently writing further research as an upgrade on the existing technology and methodology. She is also planning to finish her Masters of Business Administration and do a DBA in leadership.
She is also bringing her creative ideas to life, soon she will launch “Spanish Con La Patrona” book, an initiative for those who wish to learn a new language.
Sarah gives numerous workshops. The most recent was in March 2022 at Al Bayan School, under the title “How to Pitch” to teach students how to present the product to the jury in the hackathon on the occasion of International Women's Day.
Sarah was also chosen by the General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council to represent the State of Kuwait at the Dubai Expo 2020, the Science Forum for Gulf Youth.
In 2020, Sarah received the Young Engineer Award 2020 from the Forum of Engineers, Tamil Nadu. In 2019, Sarah won first place and a gold medal at the Seoul International Invention Fair.
Through her journey at Stars of Science Sarah learnt that nothing is impossible, she learnt that it is okay to ask for help. She advises the new SoS generation to work primarily for themselves not for money.