In its session headed by the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Prof. Azmi Mahafza, the Council of Higher Education decided to approve the appointment of Prof. Wejdan Saleh Abu Elhaija, based on the recommendation of the University Board of Trustees, as President of Princess Sumaya University for Technology for a four-year term, starting on December 22, 2022.
HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of the Board of Trustees, congratulated Prof. Abu Elhaija, stressing her pride in PSUT family and her aspiration for more success and excellence.
Wejdan Abu Elhaija is a Professor of Electrical Engineering / Electrical Machines. She is currently HRH's Advisor for Academic Affairs at the Royal Scientific Society (RSS), and President of Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT). In 2020, she was appointed Vice President for Academic Affairs at PSUT.
She has held a number of administrative posts, including Vice President for Al-Zaytoonah University of Jordan in 2016. When she was named Dean of the King Abdullah II School of Engineering at Princess Sumaya University of Technology in 2011, she became Jordan's first female Dean of Engineering (PSUT). She earned her PhD in Electrical Engineering from Queen's University Belfast in the United Kingdom.
Her work has received numerous honors, including the Hisham Adeeb Hijjawi Applied Science Award in 2004, the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau Award for Best Design Model in 2008, and the Jordan University Center for Women's Studies Award in 2007. In 2007, she was appointed President's Assistant for Quality Assurance, and in 2009, she was appointed Head of the Electronics Engineering Department. In 2012, the IEEE presented her with a Clementina Saduwa Award for Region 8 in recognition of her remarkable contribution to engineering and IT. She was honored by the US State Department's Women in Science Hall of Fame in 2012.
The Senate of Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland, awarded her a Doctor of Science in Engineering (DSc) [honoris causa] degree in early 2013 for her significant contributions to engineering. She is a fellow of the British Higher Education Academy in teaching and learning, a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a consulting engineer at the Jordanian Engineers Association, a member of the Scientific Committee for the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) as a representative of the Royal Scientific Society of Jordan, and a member of the Science Education Committee at the Association of Academies and Societies of Science in Asia (AASSA).In 2021, she was appointed to represent the IEEE International Society as an ABET Evaluator. She was named Editor in Chief of the Jordanian Journal of Computers and Information Technology in 2022. (JJCIT).
She was nominated to join the International Women’s Forum – Jordan Chapter in 2022. Her research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed and highly indexed journals.