The President of Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, honored researchers Prof. Ahmad Hiasat and Prof. Mohammad Sababheh for being included in the list of the best 2% of researchers in the world, according to a database compiled by Stanford University. Honors were also presented to inventors Prof. Yazan Al-Qudah and Dr. Belal Sababha for registering a patent in the name of PSUT with the US Patent and Trademark Office.
During the ceremony, which was attended by the deans of the Schools and administrative directors, Al-Refai praised the two valuable achievements, stating that they in full harmony with the aspirations of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of the University's Board of Trustees, which are embodied in the University's tireless efforts towards achieving global competitiveness and the transformation of academic outputs into applications that serve humanity.
Al-Refai added that PSUT has spared no effort in working to advance scientific progress and its applications. He expressed his hope that there would be an increase in both the number of registered patents and the number of PSUT’s researchers featuring in the international list. He also pointed out that the University has adopted policies that support scientific research, including the development of regulations for the promotion and evaluation of faculty members and the expansion of graduate study programs. These moves have helped to multiply the number of papers published in first category international scientific journals five times over the past five years.
In their turn, the honorees thanked the PSUT administration for the initiative of granting them honors, emphasizing that they would continue working hard to record further achievements that enrich the University’s record, praising the system of support and promotion of faculty members and its role in motivating and encouraging them.
The classification in the list of the best researchers was based on the number of research papers, the quality of the journals in which they were published, and the number of citations of the researcher's work and co-authored papers. The registered patent was an innovation that serves the automotive industry and the development of smart cities, by means of a vehicle communication system that exchanges information between the street and the vehicle, to assist the driver in controlling the car according to prevailing traffic conditions.
Prof. Mohammad Sababheh currently holds the position of Vice President for Administrative Affairs, and was previously the Dean of Graduate Studies and Scientific Research. He has more than 55 papers published in journals classified in Clarivate research databases, and he has been the recipient of Distinguished Teacher Awards from the universities of McGill, PSUT, and Sharjah.
Prof. Ahmad Hiasat is a recipient of the Abdul Hameed Shoman Prize for Young Arab Researchers and worked as Editor-in-Chief of the Jordanian Journal of Computer and Information Technology. He has also served as Chairman and Executive Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Electricity Sector Regulatory Commission, and has published a wide range of research and studies.
Dr. Belal Sababha, who is currently Dean of PSUT’s King Abdullah II School of Engineering, holds a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering, with a precise specialization in systems integration and automated control. He previously worked as a senior engineer in the automobile industry in the USA, has published nearly 40 scientific papers and holds a number of patents in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles.
Prof. Yazan Alqudah worked for Intel, and previously held the chair of the School’s Department of Communications Engineering. He has also published nearly 40 scientific papers and holds patents in the field of communications.
During the past year, the University achieved unprecedented successes, such as being awarded five stars in all categories of the international QS Stars University Ratings. PSUT was also awarded AACSB international accreditation, and achieved first place locally, for the third consecutive year, in the QS Arab University Rankings 2021, being placed 15th in the Arab world regarding the ratio of published research papers to each faculty member.