Diana is a PhD candidate at the Project Management (PM) Specialization in the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Calgary (UofC). Her research is focused on qualitative investigation of considerations in initial capital investment decisions by executives and project managers. Her thesis is supervised by Prof Francis Hartman. She expects to complete her degree within the next few months.
While at UofC, she has worked as teaching assistant at the department of Civil Engineering. She received the 2010 second AACE Canadian Scholarship Competition Award. She was furthermore a Graduate Student Association Department representative for the years 2008-2010 and served as the Vice President for External Affairs in the department's student society during the same years.
She has five years of PM and project controls experience with multinational PM consultancies prior to her PhD. Diana received her M.Sc. from Brunel University, UK in Engineering Management. Her B.Sc. in Civil (Construction) Engineering from The American University of Sharjah, UAE (AUS) and attended undergraduate studies at the American University in Cairo, Egypt (AUC). During her undergraduate tenure, she was the civil engineering alumni representative of the AUS ABET accreditation process and the founding Vice President of the ASCE student chapter. She was also a teaching assistant for freshman to junior level courses. She remains to be an active AUC alumni member titled as "Loyal for Life AUCian". She is a PMI, PMI-South Alberta Chapter member and an AACE member.