Women in Industry: Sameera Moussa

We are pleased to launch a monthly series about inspiring women in industry. It is widely known that women within the STEM sector are vastly under-represented and we would like to encourage more women to consider a career in STEM. This year is also the 100th year since the first British women were given the right to vote.

Bearing this in mind we wanted to showcase the most influential women in history who have contributed to discoveries in science. Some of these women you may have heard of and some are unsung heroines.

The first woman in this series is Sameera Moussa:

Sameera Moussa – Nuclear Physicist, March 3, 1917 – August 5, 1952

Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive materials to help diagnose and treat a wide variety of diseases. It is quick, painless and usually performed as an outpatient procedure. It has literally saved and improved the lives of countless people, but did you know that one of the early pioneers of nuclear medicine was a woman called Sameera Moussa? I bet you didn’t.

You may never have heard her name before but you definitely should have. She was a contemporary of many famous scientists such as Albert Einstein, Max Planck, Watson & Crick.

Sameera’s mother died of cancer while Sameera was still very young. This left a long-lasting impression on the young girl and is likely one of the reasons she dedicated her life to making nuclear technology accessible for medical use. She once claimed she wanted to make nuclear treatment as cheap as Aspirin. Throughout her life she volunteered at various hospitals, helping care for cancer patients.

Sameera excelled in her primary and secondary education, eventually winning a place at Cairo University where she joined the Faculty of Sciences to study for a BSc in Radiology. She finished her degree with First Class Honours and followed up this triumph with a doctorate in Atomic Radiation. She later became a lecturer and assistant professor at the university, the first woman to hold such a post there.

She was awarded the prestigious and highly competitive Fulbright Scholarship which allowed her to travel to America and study at the modern research facilities in California. She was even given permission to visit secret US atomic facilities in recognition of her pioneering nuclear research. She was the first non-US born person to be granted that privilege.

While working in the UK she discovered an equation that would make nuclear bombs cheaper, however, she also set up the Atomic Energy for Peace conference because she knew that radiation was more than just a destructive force.

Sadly her life and pioneering work were cut short. She was killed in a tragic car accident while in California when the vehicle she was travelling in fell from a height of 40 feet.

Who knows what she could have accomplished if she hadn’t died so young.

The Egyptian Army honoured her in 1953 and she was posthumously awarded the Order of Science and Arts, First Class. She has a school and laboratory named after her in a village she lived in.

You now know who Sameera Moussa was and why she should be your new hero!


Take a look at our article ‘the future is bright for women in engineering featuring Hedy Lamarr’.

Author: Natasha Young

Natasha Young


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Meet the Employers at Manchester Metropolitan

We are attending the Meet the Employers event held at the Manchester Metropolitan University on Wednesday the 24th of January 2018.

This is a specific engineering focused event organised by the Manchester Metropolitan University where students meet and network with potential employers.

We will be exhibiting at the event but also holding roundtable discussions where we will be giving engineering students advice on how to find their first role in industry.

If you are searching for your first engineering job or are looking to progress your career, we have some handy job hunting advice tips to help you through, take a look at our job hunting advice section here.

If you are looking for a new job, search our jobs here








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CK Engineers job of the week: CNC Precision Machinist

To start the new year we have an excellent CNC Precision Machinist role, this has been chosen as the job of the week as it is:

  • A fantastic opportunity to join a leading provider of metal to metal downhole sealing solutions to the oil and gas industry on a permanent basis
  • This role is conveniently located in Warrington with commuting routes from parts of Manchester and Liverpool
  • It comes with a good salary of up to £35,000 per annum plus benefits package
  • Day shifts only
  • This position would suit an experienced CNC Operator who has overseen small teams of CNC Technicians

Find out more about this role here

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Hertfordshire Employer of the Year Award

We are pleased to announce that we’ve been awarded Employer of the Year at the Hertfordshire Business Awards.

We attended the glittering ceremony on the 23rd of November at the Knebworth Barns, Knebworth Park and we were honoured to collect this award.

MD Jonathan Hart-Smith said “Winning this award this year really means a lot to us. We’ve put a lot of effort in over the past 26 years to make sure we are a fantastic company to work for, and the acknowledgement that we are Employer of the Year for 2017 in Hertfordshire really is a big tick in the box for everything we’ve done to look after our staff.”

Thank you to the Archant group and all of the judges for putting the night together and to Blue Arrow for sponsoring the award.

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Job of the week: Engineering Manager

This is an exciting opportunity for an Engineering Manager to join a global leader in the medical device industry at their site based in Liverpool on a permanent basis.

  • This site focuses on developing and manufacturing products that help end-stage renal diseases.
  • An opportunity to be involved in managing the maintenance engineering department, focus on project engineering and facilities management functions of the business as well.
  • A relevant engineering qualification and have experience of working in a pharma, food or any other GMP regulated environment is ideal.
  • My client is offering a salary of £50,000pa to £62,000pa for the right candidate and comes with excellent benefits including working flexitime.

Find out more about this job here

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Supply Chain Project Manager Job

This is a fantastic opportunity for a Supply Chain Project Manager to join a world renowned FMCG manufacturer at their site in Maidenhead. We have chosen this role as the job of the week as it is:

  • An initial 9-month contract managing NPI and NPD projects.
  • This role is offering a strong hourly rate of up to £34phr for a supply chain professional with a project management background.
  • Based in Maidenhead this role is easily commutable from London and the surrounding areas.
  • The main purpose of this role will be to be responsible for leading projects on the company priority list

Find out more about this job here

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Job of the week: Field Service Engineer

This is an exciting opportunity for a Field Service Engineer to join a leading medical diagnostics company with an international reputation.

  • This is a field based position covering the Midlands/South of England on a permanent basis.
  • The candidate will be responsible for the installation, service, repair and support of a range of cutting-edge medical in-vitro diagnostic instruments in various laboratories within the UK.
  • This client is looking for someone with a strong background in electrical/electronics engineering.
  • This a day role working Monday-Friday for which my client is able to offer up to £30,000 with potential OT payments.
  • A company vehicle will be provided to the successful applicant, so a full UK driving licence is essential.

Find out more about this role here.

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Job of the week: Lead Engineer of Process Automation

This week we have a fantastic opportunity to join one of the world’s most successful manufacturers of speciality emulsion polymers on a permanent basis.

  • Our client is one of the worlds largest suppliers and manufacturers of specialty emulsion polymers to a wide range of industries. If you have ever read a book, painted your bathroom or driven a car the chances are you have used a product which has been improved by one of their scientists.
  • This is a well-established company with their first site having been constructed well over sixty years ago. After diversifying their product range and following on from global expansion and strategic acquisitions they now have offices in mainland Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Northern America.
  • The successful candidate will be based at the client site in Harlow but will also be regularly traveling to the other UK and European sites.
  • This role offers an exceptional salary in excess of £80,000 per annum plus benefits package.

Find out more about this job here


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Job of the week: Packaging Technologist

This is an exciting opportunity for a Packaging Technologist to join an innovative pharmaceutical manufacturer on a permanent basis for which this client is offering an excellent package. This role involves and offers:

  • A chance to join a company with a wide range of health products at an exciting time of development and change across the site
  • Responsible for supporting the operations conducted by the packaging team, ensuring they are performed in accordance with the requirements of the site’s Quality System, GMP Guidelines and Industry Standards
  • Experience of working within a GMP environment and a familiarity with SAP processes is required
  • Offers a competitive salary, coupled with excellent benefits
  • Based at the organisation’s site in Hatfield

Find out more about this role here

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Job of the week: Engineering & Maintenance Manager

This week we have an excellent Engineering and Maintenance Manager role, this has been chosen as the job of the week as it is:

  • A fantastic, permanent role, with a solutions focused, global healthcare company, based in their animal health division in Woking
  • This organisation are a world-leading, innovation-driven company, providing a comprehensive range of products to enhance the health, well-being and performance of a wide range of animals
  • This role offers an excellent salary of up to £60,000 per annum plus a generous benefits package

Find out more about this job here

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