"Women bring unique skills and perspectives to the power industry, which is critical for a successful and sustainable energy future. We need to ensure that diverse voices are heard and that women have a seat at the table in decision-making and leadership roles." - Maria G. Korsnick, President and CEO of the Nuclear Energy Institute.
Sanah Al Safadi Chaar
Senior Electrical Engineer
WHO ARE THEY: My name is Sanah, and I am originally from Venezuela. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master's degree in Telematics. Prior to moving to Australia, I spent twelve years working at PDVSA, the Venezuelan State-Owned Oil & Gas Industry. During my time at PDVSA, I held various positions such as Power System Study Engineer, Electrical Distribution Field Supervisor, and Electrical Project Engineer.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and engaging in outdoor activities with my children. I am an avid reader and love to explore new travel destinations whenever possible.
KEY STRENGTHS: I am an empathetic person, which allows me to understand and connect with others and communicate effectively with clients and colleagues in a compassionate and respectful manner and I possess analytical and positive thinking skills.
WHY CHOOSE THIS DEGREE?
Where it all started for me
I have always been driven by challenge and opportunities to create positive change. As a child I was inquisitive about the universe, how magnets could attract or repel objects. I recognized the potential to apply fundamental principles of science and physics to develop innovative solutions to real-world problems.
I chose to pursue a degree in electrical engineering because I was motivated by the immense potential for innovation in the field, particularly in areas like renewable energy, and I wanted to be part of the transformation process that is driving change and progress forward.
As an electrical engineer, I am constantly inspired by the pace of innovation and the ongoing quest to push the boundaries of what is possible. I am eager to make a difference and use my expertise to create meaningful solutions that can positively impact the world
I am also aware of the need for greater diversity and representation in engineering fields, particularly for women. That's why I am committed to working with and learning from other talented and passionate women in the industry, building a supportive network, and contributing to a more inclusive and equitable industry.
What did I end up studying?
Studied at La Universidad del Zulia, Venezuela
Entering the industry
As mentioned, the power industry is a dynamic and challenging field that requires continuous professional growth to provide innovative and sustainable solutions with a positive impact on our world. The ongoing energy transition towards renewable sources such as solar, wind, and hydro power, presents an opportunity to not only reduce our carbon footprint but also create new job opportunities and stimulate economic growth. Advancements in energy storage technology will allow for greater flexibility, system reliability, and cost-effectiveness, leading to a more efficient and sustainable energy system.
My previous work experience
My work placement experience
What I'm doing now
My advice for anyone looking to get into the industry?
Take advantage of as many work placements and industry speakers at API events as possible - so you can get a good understanding of the many areas you can specialise in.
How to connect with
Sanah Al Safadi Chaar
View more profiles