Prof. Wejdan Abu Elhaija, Vice President of Princess Sumaya University for Technology and Academic Affairs, was granted an international evaluation certificate for engineering programs by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), making her the first in Jordan to receive it.
ABET evaluates engineering programs and specializations through work teams consisting of scientists, specialists, and highly experienced persons from industry, academic, governmental, and private bodies, with a focus on curricula, faculty competence, student level, material and human capabilities, university support for the academic program, and on a number of elements related to the quality of the educational process.
Abu Elhaija is the first female professor of electrical engineering and the first female dean of engineering in Jordan, when she was appointed Dean of the King Abdullah II College of Engineering at Princess Sumaya University for Technology. She holds a DSc in Engineering and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Queen's University Belfast.
Abu Elhaija 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 (AASSA).
Abu Elhaija received the IEEE Clementine Saduwa Award, the Women in Science Hall of Fame Award from the US Embassy in Amman, and the Hisham Hijjawi Award for Applied Sciences.
For 75 years, ABET has been a non-profit organization owned and operated by more than 25 scientific and engineering professional societies in the United States, involving more than 1,500 academic and industry professionals from around the world, with the mission of developing high-quality standards for engineering education.