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Radwa Rawoof, M.Eng '13

Mapping the telecom future

A fascination with cellphones while growing up drew Radwa Rawoof to electrical engineering and a focus on telecommunications.

Earning her master’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2013 opened the door to the Graduate Engineering & Leadership Program at TELUS and launched her into a career that has satisfied that childhood passion.

With the title Manager, SD-WAN Service DevOps (Software-Defined Wide Area Network Service Development and Operations, for the uninitiated), Rawoof oversees a team of engineers developing the future of wide area network solutions for enterprise customers and supports a multimillion dollar portfolio.

As well as developing and standardizing connectivity and security solutions, the team troubleshoots network outages or issues that can’t be solved by lower tier supports.

“We also work on proof of concepts and strategic initiatives, to build the roadmap for this technology for the future,” she explains. “I can honestly say that I love my job, have acquired highly transferable skills and get to work with some of the brightest people in the industry along with cutting edge technology.”

After joining TELUS as an EIT, Rawoof moved quickly through several design roles before taking on her current leadership position about five years after starting.

“TELUS has been extremely supportive in terms of my career development and growth,” she says.

She urges other females to follow in her footsteps.

“I encourage girls to dive in head on. If you are interested in STEM, don’t let self-doubt and socially conditioned gender stereotypes hold you back,” she says. “A male-dominated industry may seem intimidating, but you are exactly what these fields need – representation from women who are genuinely passionate about technology leading the way for generations to come.”

She also suggests students engage with engineering groups at school and beyond, as a way to network and connect with mentors.