With a degree in chemical engineering, Reem Ketait is following her dream to work on NASA's novel Sustainability Base. Her passion towards renewable energy makes her the perfect candidate to train at NASA. Currently acquiring her Master's degree, Ketait has big plans and dreams for the future. Get to know Reem, her accomplishments and plans, and her favorite spots in her hometown.

Name and hometown 

Reem Ketait from Dubai.

Tell us a little about yourself. A brief introduction to yourself, your hobbies, and interests…

A chemical engineer and one more girl looking to foster a life that reflects the link between ambition, faith, and a career overflowing with passion for the UAE's "Green Era". Currently acquiring a Master's degree from Masdar Institute-IRENA-MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), following an opportunity to work on NASA's novel Sustainability Base. New Year's resolution; being a catalyst of change every single day and wearing less grey t-shirts!

The UAE NASA Research Fellows Alumni

Best accomplishment till now?

"Not choosing the easy way out", as cliche as it sounds. I have been blessed with academic achievements that I cherish, and instead of sharing a list of awards I'd like to wish for everyone to remain with no regrets, and an ever-strong passion for the reason they wake up every day. Following a loss of a parent through my undergraduate studies and graduating amidst the economic crisis and struggling with employment, my focus on remaining true to my instinct is purely my best accomplishment. It led me to NASA, Masdar, and a future of "best accomplishments" to come.

Best travel experience?

The best and beyond would be: living for an entire semester in NASA Ames, Silicon Valley California, and walking to work everyday amongst some of the world's greatest researchers and scientists. Working on NASA's first earth related energy challenge and walking across a net-zero energy building while knowing that my knowledge has allowed me to contribute to this achievement even on a small scale was the best foreign experience of a lifetime.

What do you like most about your hometown?

I like driving to my old school knowing there will always be the best tea in town around, the pre-metro roads and a few leftover places from photos our parents showed us. Yet within a few miles, you can find the pride, the luxury of expecting nothing less than the exceptional, and the LA vibe right in the same little city we call Home. I like the duality of Dubai to its locals.

Where in your opinion are the best places:

  • To eat? Breakfast; Latitude, Limetree, and Jones the Grocer. Brunch; Baker & Spice. Afternoon Tea; Atmosphere Burj Khalifa.
  • To shop? Harvey Nichols (Mall Of The Emirates) and Symphony Style (The Dubai Mall).
  • To people watch? DIFC (Dubai International Financial Centre) around lunch time.

Favorite quote?

The Serenity Prayer. "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference."

– Fatma Lootah

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