Houda has a PhD in Telecommunication. She is a senior researcher at Innov’COM Laboratory of Sup’COM Tunisia, Techwomen Fellow 2019, and senior engineer at Tunisie Telecom. Her research field includes wireless communication, signal processing, vehicular communication, green communication and mobile communication. She is a member of ISOC chapter Tunisia, African Union Cybersecurity Expert Group (AUESG), Internet Corporation for assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and a reviewer for many IEEE conferences. From her childhood, she has been passionate about new technologies and always wanted to work in the engineering field.
Why did you get into STEM?
I getting a BSc Telecommunication degree, I felt that I wanted to learn more about this field so I continued my MSc and my PhD in Telecommunication. I graduated with honours. After my PhD, I worked as a temporary assistant in many engineering schools well ranked in Tunisia such as Sup’COM, ISET’COM, ESPRIT and ISAMM.
What do you consider your greatest achievements?
In September 2019, I was selected as a TechWomen Emerging Leader – a funded program by the Institute for International Education (IIE) of the US. I heard about TechWomen from a delegation trip and knew that I wanted to be a part of it. I knew that with all my achievements, the TechWomen program was my key to build new contacts over the world and to get the opportunity to visit and get training in leadership and soft skills from great companies such as Linkedin, Facebook, Salesforce, Twitter, and Symantec. I also got the opportunity to spend a professional mentorship at Qualcomm California where I learned about 5G, V2X, and WIFI 6 technologies.
What challenges have you faced as a woman in STEM and how did you overcome them?
One challenge that I faced was when I was selected as a team leader during my training in UTL India. There were people from different cultures and it wasn’t easy for me to collaborate together efficiently. But I succeeded in convincing them to befriend and to enjoy this difference as we may learn from each other.
What is your advice to budding women in STEM?
My advice for women is to join the STEM field as they will always feel excited and curious about new technologies. It is also a great opportunity to build strong networks.