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Through Servcies and Professionalism: Engr Ngowari Diminas, FNSE, an Amazon in a Male Dominated Profession

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Engr Ngowari Diminas, FNSE was one of the 118 Conferees at the 2023 Quarterly Dinner/Conferment of Fellowship  of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE held on July 26, 2023, in Abuja.

Her ascendancy to the highest level of of engineering in Nigeria is not surprising to those who have followed her career and her activities. Engineering, being a male dominated career can be very challenging

In his address at the conferment ceremony yesterday in Abuja, the president of Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Engr Tasiu Sa’ad Gidari-Wudil, praised the new fellows of the society for their contributions to the development of the engineering profession.

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According to him, the fellows now have the responsibility of being NSE’s ambassadors by delivering valuable services to the development of the nation, and they have also acquired the responsibility of being role models to younger engineers and those who need their inspiration to join the engineering profession.

He said, “ Getting to this level is a major attainment because everyone adorning the fellowship gown in this hall today has gone through the proverbial eye of the needle. The screening and assessment process undertaken by the Board of Fellows was thorough. Therefore, I specially congratulate all the conferees for achieving this feat. Let’s appreciate them with a resounding round of applause.

“As a fellow of the society, you have automatically assumed the responsibility of being a role model and mentor to younger engineers. You will also be expected to increase your participation in NSE’s activities and in making valuable contributions to the growth of the society. In addition, it is expected that you will always uphold good character and ethical values that will portray you as a worthy NSE ambassador as you deliver value-adding services in your respective endeavours, towards the development of our beloved nation.

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Engr. Ngowari Diminas (née Ihua) started her Engineering career at the University of Port-Harcourt, Rivers State with a Bachelor’s degree (B.Eng.) of Chemical Engineering in 2003 and completed her National Youth Service Corps program in Lagos in 2005. She proceeded afterwards to Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland to obtain a Master’s degree (MSc) in Oil & Gas Engineering in 2006. Engr. Diminas continued to strengthen her work experience, skills, and knowledge by attending several courses, conferences, seminars, and project management courses after which she received her project management professional (PMP) certification in 2014. She got an Executive Master’s degree (Executive MBA) in Business Administration specialized in Global Leadership at the University of Houston in 2020. She is the founder of CAFEW – Connecting All Female Engineers Worldwide (since 2016).

She is currently the Vice President (VP), Projects and Operations for Bay Matrix Group (USA) and the Deputy Managing Director (DMD), Engineering & Projects for Westpaq Engineering Nigeria Ltd (Nigeria).
A COREN Registered Engineer, she is a member of the following professional bodies: The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Professional Institute of Pipeline Engineers (PIPE), Project Management Institute (PMI)

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She has written and presented several articles, technical and management papers internationally. Some of which include: Basics of Crude Oil Pipeline and Facilities Business Development, Key Aspects of Project Implementation for New Medical Facilities, Pipeline Innovations Improve Operating Efficiencies,

Engr. Diminas has accomplished working on several major capital projects in the oil, gas, and energy industry both locally and internationally. She specializes in Projects Business Development, Consulting, Planning, Implementation, Commissioning, and Operations. Her experience entails front end engineering design, detailed engineering design for both onshore and offshore facilities including crude oil terminals, pipeline/facilities construction, project & process engineering, project management, cost control, risk management, and others. Notable projects include Bonga North FEED Review and Verification Project, Power Infrastructure Development Advisory/Consultancy Project (SW Quadrant of The Lekki Free Zone), Alen Gas Monetization Project, Houston Tank Terminal Project, Houston Tank Terminal High Pressure Delivery System, Cushing Market Link Interconnects Project, Keystone XL Pipeline Project, Cushing Tank Terminal Expansion Project, Houston Lateral Pipeline Project, Gulf Coast Pipeline Project, Gulf of Mexico Marine Well Containment System Project, Gulf of Mexico Floating Systems Program – Mad Dog Phase 2 Project, Drilling & Well Data Management Project, and others too numerous to mention.

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Engr. Ngowari Diminas is very professional in her conduct, integrity, character, and has been serving on both National and Branch levels which include: (2022 & 2023) Board member of the NSE Engineering Technology and Innovation Management Board; (2020 – 2022) General Secretary – NSE Houston Branch; and (2018 – 2020) Assistant General Secretary – NSE Houston Branch.

She is from Rivers State, married to Samuel Diminas and they have two children Daniel and Davina.

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