Answer by Zahra Khan
I actually saw this question when surfing the internet and I had to join the site to answer it.
The answer to your question is: Absolutely Not!
Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering is a great field filled with people who are really passionate about their work. And I'm so glad you're interested in this field.
I'm Muslim too and in fact, grew up in Saudi Arabia (Al Khobar). I now work as an aerospace engineer in the US. There were other Muslim girls with me in university both for undergraduate and graduate degrees. Many of them are working in the field.
What people might mean is that you might not be able to get a job in this field in certain countries where the aerospace industry is not very large. So you would have to be open to living in a place where there are aerospace companies or government labs where you could work.
For my experience so far, I have not experienced any discrimination during all the internships I did in university and the jobs I have done since graduating.
So I hope you will continue your interest in this exciting field. And please feel free to message me if you have any other questions.
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