Dr. Abuhassan received her Ph.D. in Physics in 1987 from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. She earned M.Sc. in Physics from the American University of Beirut in 1978, and B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Jordan in 1970.
She was a top student in both high school and the university and thus was awarded scholarships to study at the University of Jordan, AUB, and Sussex.
In 1987, she was appointed as a Faculty member in the Physics Department at the University of Jordan. Since then, she has been actively involved in committees inside the University at the different levels: Department, Faculty and University, both by selection and/or election. Laila is a strong believer in the role of women in the development process. She joined many activities in this regard. As well as, she participated in several national and international NGO’s that are concerned about women, children and youth.
Dr. Abuhassan participated in several professional national and international conferences and meetings. She is an active researcher, who believes in team work and collaboration with other colleagues in Jordan and abroad.
In the last eight years, Dr. Abuhassan has been involved in the most advanced science: Nano Science and its Applications. She published several research papers in professional international journals and three international patents that are shared by the University of Jordan and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) for IP rights. Dr. Abuhassan has been promoting Science and Technology, in general and Nanotechnology and its applications in specific, among Academic Community in Jordan. As well, she is an active member/initiator of few National Programs for the promotion of Science and Technology amongst high school students.
During her career as Head of the Physics Department (Sep.2005-Sep.2007), Dr. Abuhassan has led the efforts of the Department in the direction of modernization. This has been undertaken through the introduction of digital media and the available IT-technologies and software as teaching tools. As well, two graduate programs were established (M.Sc in Nuclear Physics and M.Sc. in Medical Physics) to meet the development requirements, in the Medical and Energy sectors, in Jordan and the region. Besides, she led the efforts of the Physics Department for the establishment of ‘Materials Sciences and Technology’ B.Sc. academic program in the Physics department. Dr. Abuhassan believes that this program will help in bridging the gap between the academic and industrial communities in Jordan, and will be a corner stone in the industrial & technological development of Jordan and the region.
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