Alicia Prithiraj | Material-life Science Award | Women Researcher Award

Mrs. Alicia Prithiraj | Material-life Science Award | Women Researcher Award

Mrs. Alicia Prithiraj, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Alicia Prithiraj is a seasoned Senior Reliability Engineer and PhD candidate with expertise in chemical engineering, particularly in reliability engineering, data analysis, and risk management. πŸ› οΈ With a background in materials science and environmental engineering, she has made significant contributions to industry, notably in combating biofilm-related corrosion. Alicia’s dedication to solving complex industry challenges is evident in her extensive research, academic publications, and presentations at global conferences. 🌐 Her dynamic approach, coupled with hands-on experience at Sasol Chemicals, reflects her commitment to driving innovation and efficiency in plant operations. πŸŒ±πŸ”¬

 

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Education

Alicia Prithiraj’s educational journey is marked by a relentless pursuit of knowledge and expertise in chemical engineering. πŸ“š Starting from her secondary education at Hoerskool Secunda, where she excelled academically while actively participating in extramural activities like tennis and science expos. She further honed her skills at Vaal University of Technology, completing a Chemical Engineering Diploma with in-service training. πŸŽ“ Subsequently, she earned a Bachelor’s in Technology and a Master’s degree, graduating with distinction, focusing on materials science, water systems, and microbial corrosion. Currently, she is on the cusp of completing her PhD at the University of Pretoria, specializing in industrial water systems and biofilm-related corrosion. πŸŒ±πŸ”¬

 

Professional Experience

Alicia Prithiraj served as a dedicated Reliability Engineer, demonstrating exceptional proficiency and leadership. 🏭 Her responsibilities encompassed a wide array of critical tasks, including the use of monitoring tools to devise effective strategies, managing spares studies, and preparing comprehensive monthly reports on reliability engineering. πŸ“Š Alicia’s expertise extended to asset management, risk-based inspections, and root cause failure analysis, contributing significantly to enhancing plant reliability and operational efficiency. πŸ’Ό Additionally, her involvement in chemical engineering tasks, project management, and her groundbreaking PhD work showcases her multifaceted capabilities and commitment to excellence. 🌟

Research Focus

Alicia Prithiraj’s research focus primarily revolves around the intricate interplay between microbiology and materials science in industrial settings, particularly in the context of heat exchangers. πŸ”¬ Her studies delve into multispecies colonization and surface erosion on industry-finished steel, such as A106 GB steel, shedding light on the corrosion mechanisms and metabolic effects of bacterial consortia commonly found in petrochemical processing plants. 🌱 Through her investigations, she aims to develop kinetic growth models, understand corrosion behaviors of various steel types, and propose mitigation strategies to combat biofouling and corrosion, ultimately contributing to the advancement of materials engineering in challenging environments. πŸ› οΈ

 

 

Yousra Odeh | Multidisciplinary Award | Best Researcher Award

Dr. Yousra Odeh | Multidisciplinary Award | Best Researcher Award

Dr. Yousra Odeh, Al Zaytoonah University of Jordan, Jordan

Dr. Yousra H. Odeh, PhD, is an accomplished Digital Health Researcher and Assistant Professor specializing in Software Engineering/Computer Science. πŸŽ“ With expertise in digital transformation within medical domains, she’s renowned for her innovative contributions to cancer care informatics. 🩺 Dr. Odeh holds a PhD from the University of the West of England and has extensive experience in academia, having lectured internationally and supervised numerous master’s dissertations. 🌍 Her passion for innovation and entrepreneurship is evident through her leadership roles in fostering creativity and bridging academia with industry needs. πŸ”¬βœ¨

 

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Education

Dr. Yousra H. Odeh’s academic journey exemplifies excellence and dedication to innovation. πŸŽ“ She earned her PhD in Software Engineering from the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, UK, in May 2015, showcasing her commitment to advancing knowledge in her field. 🌟 Prior to this, she obtained a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Jordan, where her outstanding performance led to a notable ranking of 4th in her cohort, achieving an Excellent grade. πŸ… Additionally, her pursuit of innovation is highlighted by her certifications as an Innovation Associate and Innovation Professional from the Global Innovation Management Institute (GIMI) in November 2022 and May 2023, respectively. πŸš€

 

Professional Experience

Dr. Yousra H. Odeh’s professional journey reflects a steadfast commitment to academia and software engineering. πŸš€ Serving as an Assistant Professor in the Software Engineering Department at Al Zaytoonah University of Jordan since February 2024, she continues to impart her expertise to aspiring engineers. πŸŽ“ Prior to this, she held a similar role at Philadelphia University, where her contributions were instrumental from September 2022 to February 2024. 🏫 Dr. Odeh’s versatile career also includes a part-time position at Luminus Faculty of IT and a leadership role as Head of the Software Engineering Department at Applied Science University, Jordan, from September 2021 to 2022. 🌟

 

Research Focus

Dr. Yousra H. Odeh’s research primarily focuses on software engineering in healthcare, particularly cancer care informatics and bioethics. 🧬 Her work encompasses various aspects, including software re-engineering, prioritizing software business requirements, and aligning business process models with organizational goals. πŸ“Š She has also delved into the development of frameworks for deriving software services from organizational goals and business process architectures. πŸ’» Dr. Odeh’s contributions extend to palliative homecare analysis, intelligent frameworks for cancer care, and the agile implications in breast cancer treatment. πŸ₯ Through her research, she continually strives to enhance healthcare systems with innovative software solutions. 🌟

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