New International Engineering Fellowship
Undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Engineering will soon have the opportunity to present research internationally as part of a new fellowship program thanks to a generous $1.5 million commitment from Suheil H. Sabbagh, president of the Human Resources Group for Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) in Athens, Greece.
Starting this academic year, the Subheil H. Sabbagh Family International Engineering Fellowship will provide annual funding to send undergraduate and graduate engineering students and faculty mentors to present their research at international scholarly conferences.
Students in the engineering program work closely with faculty on innovative research to develop solutions to real-world problems. Elevating that collaboration to the international level is a tremendous opportunity to broaden student perspectives through interactions with peers, educators and engineering experts from around the globe.
“On behalf of the Widener community, I would like to thank Mr. Sabbagh for his very generous and visionary gift,” said President Julie E. Wollman. “Research is a signature aspect of the Widener experience. It provides invaluable hands-on learning experiences that prepare our students to succeed in a complex world. This gift will create opportunities that align with our mission by giving students direct access to global connections that enhance their education and lead to successful, rewarding careers.”
“Mr. Sabbagh’s philanthropy will strengthen and differentiate the Widener engineering program,” said Provost Fred Akl. “The fellowship will open the door to transformative experiences for our students that will equip them with the skills and confidence they need to excel both academically and in the job market.”
In 2017, Mr. Sabbagh joined the School of Engineering’s advisory board. He has been an active participant in advancing the engineering programs.
As managing partner for CCC, the largest construction company in the Middle East, he brings a valuable international perspective to the board. Sabbagh is recognized for the significant humanitarian and social welfare contributions he has made to both local and worldwide organizations. He currently holds the position of chairman of the Board of Trustees at the American Community School in Athens, is a member of the UNESCO World Federation of Engineers and a member of the Jordan Young Presidents Organization.
"When I first visited the Widener campus and the School of Engineering, it was evident that innovation and academic excellence are at the root of their mission,” Sabbagh said. “It is my pleasure to contribute to the student learning experiences at Widener and to help prepare the next generation of leaders in the engineering fields.”