Areej was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Ideation Lab in the School of Engineering at MIT. She is an Associate Professor at Alfaisal University. Areej is also the CEO of HCID and Professor at the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) National Artificial Intelligence Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Her research focuses on application-driven approaches to Ubiquitous Computing concerning Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Brain-Computer Interaction (BCI), and Software Engineering in the domain of assistive technologies for people with disabilities and in the context of interaction design for complex systems. She holds a PhD in Computer Science from the Centre for HCI Design in London, MSc in Computer Graphics and Multimedia Design from the George Washington University (GWU), and MEM in Software Engineering and Information Systems Management from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at GWU.
Prior to joining MIT's Ideation Lab in Sep 2015, she held the position of Vice Dean for Academic Affairs in Prince Sultan University (PSU). From 2011 to 2014, she was the Vice Chair of the Software Engineering Department in the College of Computer and Information Sciences at King Saud University (KSU) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In 2010, she established the Software and Knowledge Engineering Research Group (SKERG) in King Saud University, and served as the coordinator of the research group and the director of the affiliated HCI Lab until August 2015. She was also a Research Associate in the School of Medicine at the University of Texas UT-Houston's Medical Center in 2000-2002 working on the NIH-funded project for Brain Attack Surveillance in Corpus Christi (BASIC ), and an Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Engineering and Digital Arts in 2012 at the University of Kent in England working on an NHS-funded project investigating Brain-Computer Interaction for people with disabilities.
Areej is passionate about public engagement in scientific research and education, promoting the understanding and appreciation of science, and the involvement of youth in science, engineering and technology. She has served on Mawhiba Foundation's Scientific Research Committee of the national Olympiad for Scientific Research (Ibda'a) since 2012, and has been involved in mentoring Saudi Arabia's national teams participating in regional and international science and technology fairs and competitions. In 2010, she was awarded an IEEE Foundation grant for promoting computing and information technology disciplines for female students in K-12 schools, an outreach program conducted in coordination with the Ministry of Education. In her leadership roles in KSU and PSU, she was engaged in academic initiatives and alliances with industry including IBM, Microsoft and SAP. In 2015, she was awarded the SAP Visionary Award for the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region by the SAP University Alliances program.