Salford lecturer scoops national Muslim award

PIONEER: Dr Takruri-Rizk encourages BME people to pursue careers in engineering

A UNIVERSITY of Salford lecturer has received recognition at The Muslim News Awards for Excellence.

Dr Haifa Takruri-Rizk MBE beat stiff competition to win the Fazlur Rahman Khan Award for Excellence in Engineering, Science or Technology at the event in London’s Grosvenor House on Monday 15 march 2010.

The Ministry of Defence sponsored award is the latest recognition of the 18 years Dr Takruri-Rizk has spent at the University of Salford researching and promoting science, engineering and technology to women and black and minority ethnic (BME) people.

“As a BME female engineer it’s a great honour to receive this award in recognition of my contribution to British society,” said Dr Takruri-Rizk, who is originally from Palestine.

She has led various national and regional projects researching the lack of progress made by women and BME people to address the issues preventing them from succeeding in science, engineering and technology.

During her career Dr Takruri-Rizk has pioneered a highly successful national initiative to encourage thousands of girls to study and choose science and engineering as a career.

The award is not the first time Dr Takruri-Rizk’s contribution has been recognised – last year she was awarded an MBE for her work inspiring women and BME people to take careers in science and engineering.

“I don’t do what I do to receive awards but to be recognised in this way makes the hard work worthwhile!” said Dr Takruri-Rizk.


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