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Wejdan Abu Elhaija

Department of Electrical Engineering
Princess Sumaya University for Technology


Wejdan Abu-Elhaija, Professor in Electrical Machines, is the first female dean of Engineering in Jordan. She is currently the Dean of the King Abdullah II School of Engineering at PSUT. She obtained her B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Jordan University of Science and Technology. In 1999, she completed her PhD in Electrical Machines from Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK. She has received several awards for her research, including the Hisham Adeeb Hijjawi Award for Applied Sciences in 2004, the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau Award for the Best Design Model in 2008, and the University of Jordan Centre for Women's Studies Award in 2007. In 2007, she became the President’s Assistant for Quality Assurance, and was appointed to the position of Chair of the Department of Electronics Engineering in 2009. In 2011, she was appointed Dean of the Engineering School at PSUT. In 2012, she received the IEEE Clementine Saduwa Award granted in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Engineering and IT by Region 8 Sections. She was honored with the US Department of State’s 2012 ‘Women in Science’ Hall of Fame award. In early 2013, the Senate of Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, granted Prof. Abu-Elhaija a degree of Doctor of Science in Engineering [honoris causa] for her outstanding services to Engineering.

Research Interest

Electrical Engineering


  • W.S. Abu-Elhaija and A. Muetze, “ Effect of the variation of the rotor impedance with slip on the performance of single-phase excited three-phase induction motors, “IEEE Transaction on Energy Conversion”, Vol. 25, No. 4, Dec 2010,pp.1010-1020.

  • W. S. Abu-Elhaija, and A. Muetze, “Self-Excitation and Stability at Speed Transients of Self-Excited Single-Phase Reluctance Generators”, IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. Vol. 4, issue 1, Jan 2013, pp.136-144.

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