AUB Engineering Professor Nesreen Ghaddar poses for a picture during an interview in Beirut, Friday, March 14, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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This is part of a series of weekly articles interviewing pioneering Lebanese women from various sectors.BEIRUT: Nesreen Ghaddar is not a woman who gives up easily. Strong and confident, she sees a challenge as an opportunity for success. Ghaddar's persistence has garnered her an enviable career as an associate provost at the American University of Beirut, where she holds the Qatar chair of energy studies and is a professor of mechanical engineering.After earning her master's and doctoral degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ghaddar first worked as assistant professor at Kuwait University before joining AUB in 1990 . She served as the chairperson of the Mechanical Engineering Department there for six years from 2001-07 . Ghaddar believes that every successful woman is bound to face challenges and obstacles.Ghaddar said that the challenges faced by female students were different than those encountered at the professional level.
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