Professor Odeh is currently coordinating a comprehensive study on women in computing in the Arab world with Jennifer Olmsted, May Al Dabbagh, Fida Adely, and Marc Michael. The study explores the enrollment of women in computing as well as the opportunities and challenges facing women in computing in the Arab world, focusing on women in academia (students and faculty), industry, and start-ups.

Research interests

  • Programming Languages and Web and Mobile Programming
  • Developing information technologies for the developing World
  • Development, Implementation and the Evaluation of E-Learning Systems
  • Teaching of Computer Science and Curriculum Development
  • Women in Computing and Arab Women in Computing
  • Computing for Social Good

Invited talks (2017-18)

Conferences with accepted papers

  • The Middle East Studies Association’s 52nd annual meeting
    November 15th-18th, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas
    Paper title: “Gender and the Tech Industry – Views from the Arab Periphery”
    Research collaborators: Jennifer Olmsted, May Al Dabbagh, Fida Adely, and Marc Michael
  • The 5th edition of the World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies
    July 16th-22nd, 2018 in Seville, Spain
    Topic: Arab Women in Computing research
    With Jennifer Olmsted and Marc Michael

Featured and keynote talks

  • 2018 African TechWomen Summit during AfChix and AFRINIC
    May 6th, 2018, in Dakar, Senegal
    Keynote Talk
  • 2018 IEEE Women In Engineering International Leadership Summit
    August 10th-12th, 2018, in Tunisia
    Keynote Talk
  • 22nd Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education
    July 3rd-5th, 2017, in Bologna, Italy
    Keynote Speech
  • Gender and STEM: Insights from the Arab World at NYUAD
    April 30th, 2018, at NYU Abu Dhabi Institute
    Featured panelist
  • 5th Conference on Women in Computing in the Arab world
    August 12th-15th, 2017, at American University of Beirut, Lebanon
    Keynote Speech
  • International Hackathon for the Social Good in the Arab World
    April 26th-29th, 2018, April 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2011, at NYU Abu Dhabi
    Keynote Speeches (2017 and 2018)
  • New York City Girls Computer Science and Engineering Conference
    November 27th, at New York University
    Keynote Speech
  • UAE Government Hackathon
    January 10th, 2018