Shayma Amin ’00

As a young child at the end of the Persian Gulf War, Shayma Amin witnessed one of Kuwait’s worst environmental and economic disasters when Iraqi forces set fire to more than 600 Kuwati oil wells, spewing crude oil across the desert and into the Persian Gulf. From that moment, she declared, “I am going to one day get into the oil field. I am going to help my country.” Nearly a decade later, Amin received a petroleum engineering degree from Mines and works for Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company, serving as a senior business analyst to increase Kuwait’s oil production and reserves on an international level.

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