The Higher Council For Science And Technology (HCST)
Assistant Secretary General for Scientific and Technological Affairs Biography


Hussam Jihad Khasawneh


Chairman of the National Center for Innovation (NCI)

Acting Assistant Secretary General for Scientific and Technological Affairs at HCST

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Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering – The Ohio State University – USA (2015)

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering -  The Ohio State University – USA (2011)

B.Sc. in Mechatronics Engineering – The University of Jordan – Jordan (2008)

Research Interests

Energy; Mechatronics Systems; Automotive Systems, Green Growth

Starting Date

19th of September 2021

Academic Ranks

  • Associate Professor of Mechatronics Engineering, The University of Jordan (Feb. 2020 – Present)
  • Assistant Professor of Mechatronics Engineering, The University of Jordan (May 2015 - Feb. 2020)

Previous Administrative Experience

  • Chair of Mechatronics Engineering Department, The University of Jordan (Mar. 2021 - Sep. 2021)
  • National Secretary, The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) / Jordan Office (Sep. 2019 - May 2021)
  • Assistant Dean for Students’ and Training Affairs        at The School of Engineering, The University of Jordan (Sep.  2019  -  Mar.  2021)
  • Deputy Director, Water, Energy and Environment Center (WEEC), The University of Jordan (Sep.  2016 - Sep.  2018)


  • IAESTE National Secretary Service Award, 2021
  • Newton-Khalidi  Fund  Researchers  Links  Workshop  Grant,  2019.
  • IEEE  Industry  Applications  Magazine  Prize  Article  Award-second place, USA, 2016.
  • ”Made in the Arab World” Graduation Project Award-first place, Arab Science and Technology Foundation, Egypt, 2009.
  • ”Made  in  Jordan” Graduation Project Award-second place, The Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship (QRCE), Jordan, 2009.

Committee Involvement

  • National Judging and Selection Panel, The Study UK Alumni Awards (2022/23 cycle), The British Council, Jordan, Dec. 2022- Mar. 2023.
  • Organizing Committee, The First International Conference on the Red Sea Ecosphere: Aspects and of Conservation and Management of Red Sea Marine Environment, Jordan, Jan. 2022- Nov. 2022.
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee, Scientific Research and Innovation Fund, Jordan Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Jordan, Jan. 2022-present.
  • Supervisory Board, National Fund for Enterprise Support (NAFES), The Higher Council  for Science and Technology (HCST), Jordan, Feb. 2022-present.
  • Nuclear Safety Committee, Jordan Atomic Energy Commission, Jordan, 2018-present.
  • Technical Program Committee of the 2019 IEEE Jordan International Joint Conference on Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (JEEIT), Amman, Jordan, Aug. 2018-Apr. 2019.
  • Technical Committee for studying and evaluating the bids of the 16-MW on-grid PV-system at the University of Jordan campus, 2018.
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