We're in the World

We're in the World
Nafisat Disu

Going Global!  This new feature in our newsletter will profile Villanova women around the world.  Each edition will highlight a different continent.  Our first stop with this column is Africa!  Future columns will introduce Villanova women in Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America. 

If you, or a Villanova woman you know, would be interested in participating, please email Amy Molnar at amygmolnar@gmail.com. For this inaugural feature, we head 5,598 miles from Villanova to Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

Who:  Nafisat Disu
  Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Chemical Engineering, 2011

We posed several questions to Nafisat to understand how she chose her path, how Villanova prepared her and what she is doing today.   She shared some of the best advice she has received, what she loves about where she is now and some interesting facts about herself and her country.

Why Chemical Engineering?  I really like Chemistry but wanted to apply it in a larger scale.  Both my high school chemistry teacher and my brother (who is also a chemical engineer) suggested engineering.

Current Role:  Drilling and Completion Fluids Engineer

Length in Role:  Almost 2 years

Company:  Baker Hughes

What is a Drilling and Completion Fluids Engineer?  An engineer that monitors and conditions the fluid (mud or brine) while in drilling mode or completion mode.

Why did you choose that role?  Going to the rig seemed like it would be fun.

What does ‘going to the rig’ mean?  I work a 30 day rotation meaning 30 days offshore, 30 days at home.  There are several types of rigs but I usually am on a drilling ship which means living quarters are on the ship while drilling occurs on top.  I am on the ocean several miles offshore – off the coast of Nigeria near Lagos.

How did Villanova prepare you for the role you are in today?  I was away from my family while at Nova and going to the rig is the same situation.  I was mentally prepared for the space and the distance.

Why did you choose Villanova?  I transferred in because it was a Catholic school and close to family in Philly.

What was your favorite class at Villanova?  Religion.  It allowed us to learn more about the Catholic faith and to probe more about other religions.

What do you miss most about Villanova?  Villanova basketball games!!

What is the best piece of advice you ever received?  Don’t be afraid to fail.

What do you love about where you are now?  I’m back in my home country and getting to live outside of my home city.  I can learn more about the other cultures in Nigeria.

What are some of your interests?  Sports, reading and dancing.  My favorite sports are volleyball, basketball and track and field.  I just finished reading 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami.

Do you have a major goal for yourself right now?  I am planning to get a Master’s degree.  I am still deciding between engineering and business.

What is an interesting fact about the region of the world where you work?  Nigeria holds 16% of Africa’s population.

What is something about you that not many people know?  I left Nigeria at age 10 and lived in Egypt for 8 years.

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