My Success Story with Water and Environmental Studies
By: Eng. Ata Aboushi
After I got my Bachelor degree in civil engineering with distinction, I got support from An-Najah's Water and Environmental Studies Institute to study Masters in Water and Environmental Engineering at the University. This discipline merges water and environmental engineering with environmental science. The scholarship was financially and technically supported by (UNESCO – IHE), which is one of the largest institutes specialized in water and environmental engineering. My master’s thesis titled: “an Exploratory Study of Areas of Overlap between Surface and Groundwater in Dry and Semi-arid Areas: Al Faraa Basin in Palestine as a Case Study” was classified by the French website (Secheresse) as one of the researches that contribute in developing the dry and semi-arid areas in all over the world. This success is attributed to the advanced technical abilities and the excellent research experience of the teaching and scientific research staff at the Institute.
During my Masters I worked at the Institute as a research assistant on a project titled: “The Impact of Untreated Wastewater on natural Water Bodies: Risk Assessment”. And while I was working, I published a joint scientific research titled: “Overview of Quantity and Quality of Water Resources in the Faria Catchment, Palestine”.
During this period, I was appointed at the Palestinian Water Authority. I was also nominated by the Institute as ‘Palestine’s Ambassador for Water Affairs of Mediterranean Countries’”. And I have represented Palestine in the sixth Global Water Forum which was held in Marseille, France in 2012.
Throughout my study and work at the Institute, I have learned several research, scientific, technical skills, communication skills and logical analysis skills that qualified me for special job opportunities. After I finished my work at the Institute, I worked as an environmental and social awareness lecturer at the Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC). I also worked as a hydrologist in some engineering centres and companies in Palestine. During that period, I published two scholarly researches; the first titled: “Developing Quantitative and Qualitative Relationships of Wadi-Aquifer Interaction in the Semi-Arid Watershed of Faria, Palestine” and the second titled: “A Preliminary Investigation of Wadi-Aquifer Interaction in the Semi-Arid Watershed of Faria, Palestine Using Tracer-Based Methodology”, which was published by the Environmental Earth Sciences Journal.
In 2014-2015, I worked again at the Institute as a researcher engineer on a project titled: “Developing Agricultural Best Management Practices to Preserve Groundwater Quality in the Faria Catchment, Palestine”. And it is one of the pioneering projects that is applied in (PADUCO); the Palestinian- Dutch Academic Cooperation. A joint scientific paper was published about the project titled: “Developing a GIS-Based Agro-Land Suitability Map for the Faria Agricultural Catchment, Palestine”, and it was published by the International Journal of Global Environmental Issues in th U.K in 2017.
In 2015 I worked in the UAE in which I was in charge of the industrial wastewater treatment plant in Alserkal Group. Since 2016 until now, I have been working in waste management in Dubai municipality. I have been elected as the best specialized engineer and as a direct administrator of the Scientific Innovation Forum in its second session. I have also published my first specialized report on environmental- social sustainability. In Dec, 2017 I was honoured by his Excellency, the General Director of Dubai Municipality for my contribution that paved the way to the department for many global prizes. I was also elected in Feb, 2018 as an innovated administrator.
It is worth mentioning that I was appointed to work in revising and evaluating the international scientific articles that are to be published in two journals; namely, the Environmental Earth Sciences Journal in Germany and the Arabian Journal of Geosciences in Saudi Arabia. I am also a member of the editorial board for EnPress Publisher in the U.S, which consists of 25 academics and researchers.
I thank Allah for all of his blessings, and my mother for all her support. I also thank the Civil Engineering Department, Water and the Environmental Studies Institute at An-Najah and all of the tutors.
Dubai – United Arab Emirates.