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Alumnus named President of top tech school in Jordan

An alumnus from The Ohio State University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering program, Omar Al-jarrah was recently appointed as the new president of the prestigious Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST).

Considered the MIT of Jordan, JUST is the top-ranked university of the country.

Al-jarrah was a former PhD student of ECE Prof. Yuan Zheng.

“This a pride of our department,” Zheng said.

He said he had the pleasure of congratulating his former student on the phone.

Al-Jarrah received his MS and PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Ohio State in 1994 and 1996, respectively. He then joined the Computer Engineering faculty at JUST and later served from 1998 to 2000 as the founding chairman of the Computer Engineering Department. From 2000 to 2004, he was the founding Dean of the Faculty of Computer and Information Technology. He went on to successfully serve as Assistant President for ICT until 2010 and later reached further to become Vice President of JUST and President of Amman Arab University.

Professor Al-Jarrah teaches courses in Artificial Intelligence, Computer Networks, Computer Architecture and Organization, Operating Systems, Microprocessor Systems Design, and Neural and Fuzzy Computing. His research interests include Robotics, Intelligent Systems, and Wireless Networks. He has published 70 technical papers in well-reputed international journals and conferences. He as chaired and co-chaired several international conferences and he has served in the editorial board and as associated editor for more than one international journal.

Al-Jarrah also passes his knowledge onto the next-generation of engineering students. During his career, he supervised more than 100 graduate and undergraduate students.

In addition to his academic and administrative services, the alumnus has served as a consultant and ICT advisor to the ministry of education, ministry of higher education and scientific research, UNESCO Amman office, King Abdullah University Hospital, and a number of private organizations. He also served in various national ICT committees. He is leading the development of Education Management Information Systems at JUST, the ministry of Education, and the ministry of Scientific Research and Higher Education and received several national and international awards in recognition of his achievements.