Updates from the Dean SBASSE
The activities of the Dean's office are partially supported by the Ahmad Dawood Chair Funds.
We installed the SSE periscope in the reception area of the SSE building.
Welcome letter for new admitted SSE students, starting from 2022, has been published.
The Particle is now accepting submissions from the LUMS community.
Farewell ceremony for CS graduating students. The farewell ceremony of CS graduating students will take place on Sunday, May 15 at 6pm at the SSE Lawn.
I am pleased to share that we have decided to change the name of the Department of Biology to the Department of Life Sciences.
Science aptitude test and key results. Notably about 1700 students took the test, 600 from Matric and 1000 from O-level stream. The performance, on average, was one standard deviation higher for O-level students compared to matric (mean at 55 versus 41). Karachi and Islamabad students were the best performers. The correlation coefficient between the aptitude test and LCAT/SAT stood at 0.7/0.6. Most interestingly, students with a higher verbal score in LCAT/SAT also performed better in the aptitude test, possibly indicating better awareness and effective thinking that is encouraged by reading and access to literature.We will now use these indicators to conduct interviews of students.
Revitalizing SBASSE Faculty Advising: The SBASSE Academic Affairs Team in collaboration with the Office of Academic Advising and Student Success (OAASS) organized a 30-min presentation on the restrengthening of the school’s faculty advising system and its emplacement in the overall advising ecosystem at SSE.
Write for the Particle. Team Particle is now accepting submissions for the next issue of our school's flagship magazine.
MATLAB for everyone at SSE. Matlab's campus license for the School of Science and Engineering has
been renewed till end of June 2023. All toolboxes are covered.
An endowment was set up for the Biology Department at the SBASSE, LUMS. An initial sum of seed money was deposited. A Technology Product Development Fund was created for the Electrical Engineering Department with a seed grant of Rs. 3.0 million.
Safety Handbook. The School of Science and Engineering's safety cell has now produced the first edition of its safety handbook, that can be read here: https://www.flipsnack.com/lumsflipbook/safety-handbook-sbasse.html
Call for the Syed Babar Ali Research Awards for PhD students for the year 2022-23. The website https://sbasse.lums.edu.pk/syed-babar-ali-research-awards-sbasse has all details, process for application and the deadlines for this year.
New Google-based Image Bank has been launched. Access link: https://bit.ly/3gMp23v
Drinking Water Testing Report. The testing is performed by Mr. Syed Zajif Hussain in the month of January 2022. The current values are complying with the standards.
Initiation of the Sekha Scholarship. This is a 100% tuition fee waiver for top 10 FSc position holders. This scheme adds to the 24 honorific scholarships we were able to add last year: https://sbasse.lums.edu.pk/honorific-fellowships
Repositories of the AB presentations we made in the past two sessions.
Abdus Salam Postdoc Researchers. The School is initiating the Abdus Salam Post-doctoral Research Programme. Sharing a link to the google drive where I will be routinely uploading applications we are receiving from prospective researchers.
Classroom 10-204. Redesigned for group discussions, interaction within the class, and learning through all sides of the class through different teaching methods.
The Particle 18 has been launched. Link to flipbook: https://www.flipsnack.com/lumsflipbook/particle-18.html
Readjustment to distribution of credit hours for PhD students.
From Spring 2022 onwards, the following 1 or 2 credit hours DTR have been configured in the system as approved.
The Dean’s Smart Lab has been advanced for video conferencing. The new IT facilities are Fixed Camera(1080P webcam), Pair of Wireless Microphones, Wall Mount Speakers, Amplifier system, Jabra 710 Portable microphone and speaker.
Adhoc committee on re-envisioning mathematics core for SSE. I am proposing that we rethink the math core for students who graduate from SBASSE. In this vein, I am proposing that we offered two streams. One stream is a math-honors stream that takes on students with a prior initiation in mathematical thinking and skill base. The other is a math-general stream which may be recommended for students with little or no prior background in mathematics.
I am extremely pleased to announce the composition of this committee:
Dr. Haniya Azam (convener)
Dr. Sultan Sial
Dr. Ammad Ahmad Khan
Dr. Hasan Jaleel
Dr. Qasim Imtiaz
Dr. Aziz Mithani
Seminars and Conferences in 2021. Following is the area wise breakup of the seminars and conferences which took place this year. Seminars and Conferences in 2021
Fire evacuation drill. More than 300 people evacuated and participated in the drill.
Documentary Screening and Conversation Around "The Ladder of Creation", 9th episode in "The Ascent of Man".
Venue: 10-201, SSE Bldg. LUMS
Time: Tuesday, Dec 21, 2021. 4pm-6pm
Reaching out to the regional academia, and attracting international PhD studentship applications. A dossier has been floated to regional universities, inviting their students to consider applying for the SBASSE's PhD program. The application for International PhD students is also live, and the application fee is waived.
Simulating new academic programs. I have assembled another group of eminent people who can see into the future and whose task would be to think about a masters-level programme in biomedical systems or variants thereof.
My own inclination, shaped by many useful conversations with like-minded Faculty, is centered around a programme that focuses on:
- devices and instruments to assist the biomedical and clinical profession,
- tools and algorithms to assist healthcare at fundamental and applied levels, and
- technology assisted techniques that can enhance medical education.
My immense thanks to the following members of this committee:
- Dr. Nauman Zafar Butt (convener, UET, Purdue, Intel, LUMS)
- Dr. Faisal Kashif (VP Engineering Masimo, https://www.linkedin.com/in/faisal-m-kashif-126472/)
- Dr. Bruce Wainman (McMaster https://fhs.mcmaster.ca/pathology/contact_us/faculty/faculty_bios/wainman.html)
- Dr. Adeel Razi (https://www.monash.edu/turner-institute/adeel-razi-lab)
- Dr. Faisal Cheema (https://www.linkedin.com/in/doccheema/)
- Dr. Wasim Malik (http://www.mit.edu/~wqm/)
- Dr. Zahid Bashir (Principal Shalamar Medical and Dental College, https://www.linkedin.com/in/zahid-bashir-b53a252a/)
- Dr. Safeeullah (GIKI, KAIST, LUMS, http://biolabs.lums.edu.pk/BIRL)
- Dr. Shaper Mirza (Karachi Univ., Alabama, Houston, LUMS)
- Dr. Shahana Khurshid (MIT, Texas, NIST, LUMS)
- Dr. Adnan Khan (NED, Delaware, Rensselaer, LUMS)
- Dr. Suleman Shahid (Tilburg, Eindhoven, LUMS)
- Dr. Naveed-ul-Hassan (Rsalpur, Ecole Superieure d'Electricite, Singapore Uni. of Technology and Design, LUMS, https://adcom.lums.edu.pk/)
New cohort of science writers. Two new science writes have been hired as interns for the Carl Sagan Write for Science Internship program.
26 PhD graduates. I wanted to announce the successful graduation of 26 PhD students in the calendar year 2021, going up from 18 of the last year. These students have all partnered with Faculty on significant research questions and have contributed to furthering scientific and engineering knowledge and practice.
Task force for contemplating an MS programme in the area of lasers, optics and photonics. The task force consists of the following members:
Dr. Umer Shahid (UET, UNC Charlotte, Bright View Technologies, Tessera, Magna Electronics, Amazon)
Dr. Joveria Baig (LUMS, Delft, Ecole Normale Superieure, Ecole Polytechnique, Oxford, Princeton, Thorlabs)
Hira Shahzad (LUMS, Dartmouth and Medtronic)
Dr. Imran Cheema (UET, FAST, McGill, LUMS)
Dr. Tayyab Imran (PU, KAIST, IST Lisbon, King Abdul Aziz University, COMSATS, LUMS)
Dr. Ata-ul-Haq (GIKI, Stuttgart, Sheffield, LUMS)
Dr. Muhammad Faryad (QAU, PennState, ICTP, LUMS)
Safety signage being revamped across SBASSE. The new version is bolder, easier to read and gets rid of clutter. This is to ensure a uniform, more efficient design for these important messages across the School.
Third Math Circle. The Department of Mathematics organized their third Math Circle event at the Dean's Smart Lab. This time, the attendees calculated the value of Pi using different techniques.
Second Math Circle by the Department of Mathematics. Details about future Math Circle activties can be found here: https://sites.google.com/view/lumsmathcircles/upcoming-plans
Research Assistant position. I have created an open position for a research assistant who can help with the our industrial liaison efforts. Applicants can send their resume to Dr Tauqeer Abbas, who is the associate dean for innovation and enterprise at the School.
Team teaching encouraged at SBASSE. I have encouraged faculty to explore cross-department teaching for interesting, elective courses. I will try my best to provide any and all necessary resources that may be needed for executing such fascinating teaching ideas.
Recommendations of the Adhoc Committee on Undergraduate & Graduate Admission 2021. Subsequent to the very useful recommendations of the adhoc admissions committee in SBASSE, we are proposing to make some innovative adjustments to our admissions, including a science literacy test in lieu of subject-specific admissions test and a stronger thrust on internationalization.
Inaugurated the first Maths Circle session. Around 32 school kids attended this event in the Dean's Smart Lab. The first Circle was instructed by Imran Anwar and Shaheen Nazir, from the Department of Mathematics.
Stargazing activity. A star gazing session was organised to view the planets Jupiter and Saturn, along with the Moon.
SEM Sample Request Form. Students, RAs or faculty can generate an online SEM characterization request by filling out an "SEM Request Form" at the following link: https://form.jotform.com/212372182433045.
More information here: https://centrallab.lums.edu.pk/
Forming a committee to brainstorm a new MS programme on "Earth and Planetary Systems". I have constructed the following task force with the mandate of brainstorming on the feasibility and rubrics of this programme.
Dr. Mian Muhammad Awais (convener)
Dr. Fozia Parveen
Dr. Talha Manzoor
Dr. Amna Ijaz (Afiniti Fellow)
Dr. Zahra Lakdawala (to be confirmed)
Dr. Muhammad Zaheer
SBARA Awards 2021. I present to you the winners of the 2021 cohort of the Syed Babar Ali Research Awards. You can read more about these awards here: https://sbasse.lums.edu.pk/syed-babar-ali-research-awards-sbasse#link-d
Fall 2021 courses. New courses have been announced for Fall 2021. More details here: https://sbasse.lums.edu.pk/course-advertisements
Adhoc Committee on undergraduate and graduate admissions. I am pleased to announce the following committee to look at undergraduate and graduate admissions for SBASSE.
Falak Sher (convener)
Agha Ali Raza
Kanzal Iman (PhD student)
The Particle issue 17 is out. You can now read issue 17 of the Particle here: https://www.flipsnack.com/lumsflipbook/the-particle-cfevqefcjl.html
Honorific Fellowships have been launched. I am pleased to announce the creation of twenty-four (24) Honorific Fellowships for undergraduates in the basic sciences (biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics). For more details, visit this page: https://sbasse.lums.edu.pk/honorific-fellowships
September 2021 session of the Carl Sagan Write for Science Internship Programme has been rolled out.
The School's undergraduate orientation this year is online. The programme is for 31 August and 1 September.
Calling prospective students for MITACS global internship. We are calling for students interested in being considered for an international 12 weeks long internship supervised by Canadian academics. See the weblink here: https://www.mitacs.ca/en/programs/globalink/globalink-research-internship. We will select ten students from across SSE.
Relocation of Sohrab server to another lab. The Sohrab server has been handed over to Al faribi team member Farhan and Abubakar. The server is being placed in Al-Farabi environment.
Workshop on Scanning Electron Microscope. The course will be conducted on an FESEM FEI Nova 450 NanoSEM system housed within the Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering. More details here: A Hands-On Course on Scanning Electron Microscopy | SBASSE (lums.edu.pk)
LUMS becomes a voting centre for upcoming PEC General Elections. The election will be conducted on Sunday, 8th August, from 8am till 5pm.
Change in SSE core curriculum. The school has approved multiple courses of Linear Algebra that will now be offered in Freshmen Spring each year by the Department of Mathematics.
Freshmen Peer Support System for 2021 has been launched. The names of SSE Peer Advisors for year 2021 have been finalised. Names of student mentors from the current academic year can be found here: https://sbasse.lums.edu.pk/peer-support-system. The programme this year is led by Dr. Salman Arshad and Dr. Ammar Khan and my office.
Established the SBASSE Peer Support System. The purpose of this program is to support incoming first year students in the online setting about non-academic concerns. Peer mentors, who are junior and senior students, guide freshmen about the available resources of the university, help them get accustomed to the LUMS and SBASSE environment and be accessible for students if they face any non-academic issues. More details can be found here: Peer Support System | SBASSE (lums.edu.pk)
Initiated Research, Ethics and Compliance Training in Research by CITI. Thanks to an agreement made by our Office of Research, SBASSE Faculty, staff and students can receive this training through an institutional license.
CV's of all shortlisted PhD applicants are now available online. The School has decided that in order to encourage cross-pollination of ideas and laterally translatable supervision of PhD students, the CV's of all shortlisted PhD applicants will be made accessible to the faculty.
Announcing call for applications for SSE Peer Support System Year 2021-2022. SSE Peers advisors will help the school achieving its goal of successful transition of students into new environment and help them overcome any isolation or disconnection they feel during their transition phase. All Peers will be supervised by School Advising Office. They can approach at email@example.com. Please apply using this link: SBASSE Ambassador Program (jotform.com). The deadline to apply is Tuesday, July 13, 2021.
Instrument Cell launched. I am pleased to launch the School's Instrument Cell: https://sbasse.lums.edu.pk/instrument-cell. The idea is to have a functional, accessible unit that can conduct repairs and troubleshooting of our scientific instruments and equipment.
Acquired institutional license for CAS SciFinder. I find great pleasure that working with the LUMS Library, our School has received an institutional license for CAS SciFinder which is the world's most recognized mining solution for chemical reactions, catalysts, yields, chemical substances, protein and nucleotide sequences. These resources will bolster our research in chemical and life sciences and will particularly help our synthetic chemistry, an area which we consider to be our forte in Pakistan.
Summer semester advertised in newspaper. The Jet Engine and Stars and Galaxies are two flagship courses from the summer semester that are the face of summer semester advertisement in the local news paper. The advert can be seen here: https://e.thenews.com.pk/lahore/6-27-2021/page2.asp
New Chair of the Physics Department. Dr. Adam Zaman has been appointed as the new Chair of the Physics Department, for a period of three years, commencing from 1 July 2021.
Invited summer courses on the Jet Engine and Stars/Galaxies. For the second summer semester, we are excited to add two invited courses to our list that ought to invigorate the semester’s overall experience. These are ‘The Jet Engine’ and ‘Stars and Galaxies’.The full course outlines can be found here: https://sbasse.lums.edu.pk/course-advertisements
Mandatory safety training for graduation. I am pleased to announce that the SBASSE Safety committee and the undergraduate curriculum committee have approved the recommendation that "all undergrads admitted into the School, 2021 and onward, will be required to complete the safety training". The curriculum will be integrated with the LMS. The training will be required for every SBASSE undergraduate and will be marked as a pre-requisite to graduate.
More details on all safety initiatives have been placed here: https://sbasse.lums.edu.pk/sbasse-ohs-overview
New setting for the Office of Science Communication's 'Ionic Room'. The interior of science communication cell has been re-arranged, resulting in a larger, more spacious working area. More work is expected to be done in the future to tag this 'ionic room' with inspiring artwork and decor.
Science writing internship begins. Around two weeks ago, we announced the launch of the Carl Sagan Write for Science Internship Program - an opportunity for students to merge creativity of expression with the rigour of scientific research. Since then, we have received an overwhelming number of applications. Over the past two weeks, the Office of Science Communication has been sifting through each application and I am pleased to announce our first cohort.
Snapshot of research grants (2020 and 2021). The SBASSE Faculty have been extremely active in applying for extramural funding. Ove the past year and a half, they have submitted about 200 research proposals with a total sum value of Rs. 7 billion. This year's proposals are mostly under review. In 2020, the turnaround of acceptance (in terms of monetary value) has been around 14%.
Reading through the executive summaries of these submitted grant documents is a delightful experience in its own right, revealing the diverse, trans-disciplinary and high impact work these proposals promise. I want to congratulate all my colleagues on making these remarkable strides in the direction of sustainability.
Initiated the Carl Sagan Write For Science Internship program. This internship offers to gel together creative writing skills with serious science emanating from the School, and help pave the way for active science journalism. It is open for all students of SBASSE and shall commence from 1st June. Each intern will be given an honorarium of PKR 15,000 after successfully completing the internship.
Signage overhaul at SBASSE. Science Communications Office has been tasked with creating new signage across the School. Design for wing titles has been finalised. Office of the Dean has been renamed Al-Biruni wing.
Al-Farabi system has been launched. I am pleased to announce that the School of Science and Engineering is now offering a Windows and GPU based high-performance computing environment for all LUMS Faculty. A brief overview of Al-Farabi, which is how the system is named, is here: https://sbasse.lums.edu.pk/node/8813
16th edition of The Particle is now available.
Pakistan's Global Graduates Programme with UPSIGN. UPSIGN is partnering with the Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering to train 40 students for the Pakistan's Global Graduates Programme. In this initiative, selected students will receive training in essential skills including interpersonal communication, technical writing, scientific conduct and ethics, inter-cultural competencies, and critical analysis. The programme will be conducted over summers in a six week long course and will be taught by leading academics from six British Universities. The programme is free and is open for PhD, MS students, juniors and seniors. Application link: https://form.jotform.com/211223237398050
Call for Afiniti Fellows ad published in the local newspaper. The ad has been published in The News.
Retrofitting of exhaust ducting in SSE Building. An exhaust duct is installed in the central lab wing connecting all labs. Volume control dampers are installed on all connection points (in each lab), which can be controlled as per requirement and system design. This exhaust duct is extended to SSE’s roof and connected with an exhaust fan (capacity: 1500 CFM), and the exhaust fan outlet is further connected with an air stack to attain better air dilution. The project team includes the NMF department, Facilitate and Engineering department, the Central lab department, and the Safety office.
Cultivation of SSE's experimental farms has begun.
Supporting the School in accreditation. A working cell has been established in the Dean's office that will look after the academic modalities required for accreditation. This cell comprises Anam Aftab (electrical engineering), Afaq Butt (computer science) and Shama Rashid (physics). They will be assisted by Dr. Shahid Masud and Dr. Qasim Imtiaz. Anam will lead this unit. The purpose of this cell is to remove duplicate efforts, streamlining information flow between the academic programmes, collating course objectives and learning outcomes for the core courses and providing support to the undergraduate curriculum committee who may like to assess the overall quality of the SSE core programme.
Matlab access for everyone at SSE. The School has now acquired a Matlab license for everyone working at SSE including faculty, staff, researchers and students. It shall be valid up to 31 March 2022, and will also grant access to all Matlab toolboxes. I hope this licensing mechanism, and the training material that comes with it, will help our students in enhancing their computational prowess.
Letter from the Dean to welcome undergraduate applicants has been released.
Nobel Laureate speaker at 7th Abdus Salam Annual Memorial Lecture. Dr. Donna Strickland, Nobel Laureate in Physics (2018) was the guest speaker at the 7th Abdus Salam Annual Memorial Lecture. She delivered an exciting talk on her journey to the Nobel prize, including her groundbreaking work on generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses.
Central Lab brochure has been published.
Efforts are being made to spread the message, enhance productivity and garner student support and involvement for the Central Lab SBASSE, LUMS. Student apprenticeships, restructuring of the Central Lab committee, efforts to add new equipment and the attached brochure all speak to this.
Central lab website: https://centrallab.lums.edu.pk/.
More on student apprenticeships: https://sbasse.lums.edu.pk/opportunities-for-students
ماسٹرز اور پی ایچ ڈی طلبہ کے لیے ایک مُفید تجویز۔
ماسٹرز اور پی ایچ ڈی کے طلبہ و طالبات کے لیے یہ بات مفید سمجھی گئی ہے کہ اُن کے حتمی مسودوں کے شروع میں کام کا عنوان اور خلاصہ صاف ستھری، سہل اور قابلِ مہم اُردو میں لِکھے جائیں۔ اس سے نہ صرف ہمیں سائنسی اور تکنیکی حلقوں کے باہر اپنی تحقیق کی اشاعت اور تفہیم کا موقع مِل سکے گا بلکہ تحقیق کو صحافتی حلقوں میں بھی نشر کرنے کے لیے یہ کوشش نہایت ضروری ہے۔
- Making PhysLab covid-19 compliant. Separators, floor charts and hand sanitizers have been installed in the PhysLab. The effort was spearheaded by the team of Khadim, Ali Hassan and Hafiz Rizwan. This is to ensure our students can continue to work in the lab with necessary safety protocols in place.
- Another cloud classroom established. The fifth cloud classroom has been established in the SBASSE basement floor. These classrooms are equipped with state of the art equipment including roving cameras with zoom capability and can provide the instructor with the ability to see a large number of students at any given time through a full-wall projection setup.
- Temporary staff position at the Dean's Office. There is a new temporary staff position in the Dean's Office, precisely the academic affairs office. The job description requires this resource person to have a background in a scientific or engineering discipline, with additional strengths in informatics, writing, researching the educational ecosystem, assessing our undergraduate programs in the School and the appropriate presentation of data. This will be more of a foundational and strategic position. For detail, please visit this link: https://sbasse.lums.edu.pk/opportunities
- New website for SBASSE is live. The new website outlines our safety enterprise, communicates our work to the citizenry, snapshots our research, and portrays the many exciting stories emerging from the School, enlists our human resource, reminisces about the past, and glances into our future. Original artwork enriches these pages. There are pointers to the research and teaching groups in the School, the tapestry of academic programs, a repertoire of activities and projects undertaken at the Dean's office and much more. Please visit this link to take a look: http://sbasse.lums.edu.pk/
Video showcase of research at SSE has been released. Three, high-quality videos have been produced that highlight and showcase some of the research streams at SSE. These include fundamental research on quantum computers, novel drug compounds to fight HIV and Hepatitis-C virus, and development of a new class of Perovskite based solar cells. They can be accessed through SSE's social media platforms and its YouTube channel.
The Quantum Revolution: https://youtu.be/wldRFklZlFM
Targeting Disease: https://youtu.be/k_eAFd32f8w
Go Green with The Sun: https://youtu.be/_HsROGen4-Q
SSE MS/PhD Programme Videos. Video messages have been created to invite candidates for application to the SBASSE MS and PhD programmes.
Electrical Engineering: https://youtu.be/6jTvKOhgkjc
Computer Science: https://youtu.be/Zz7AQ-HSEBA
MS and PhD brochures have been printed. These contain details of the program including structure and courses offered.
Siemens Initiative on Medical Physics and Medical Technologies. Today I presented two proposals to prospective donors. They revolved around sustainable cities and medical physics. It appears that our school has developed highly advanced niches in these inter-disciplinary areas. I look forward to welcoming partners and collaborators to work with us on these matters, which have significant national value.
Mapping startups emerging at SBASSE. Innovation and impact are central to our mission. For this purpose, I am mapping the startups founded at SBASSE, LUMS by our students, staff and Faculty. The data will help refine our processes for encouraging academic entrepreneurship, can project these initiatives many of which have wide social and national benefit, will reward the inventors in the University, forge new connections and help us usher in a milieu that encourages innovation and invention.
Afiniti Fellow - call for applications. I am pleased to announce on behalf of the School, the call for applications for the Afiniti Fellow. This Fellowship is aimed at attracting an outstanding young investigator working in futuristic scientific disciplines, generally under-represented in Pakistan. The Afiniti Scholar, preferrably a fresh PhD holder, will be expected to engage in teaching of the highest order, catalyzing research directions in her area of choice and taking up a leadership role to inspire other youngsters, especially women into STI careers.
Full details can be seen here: https://sbasse.lums.edu.pk/opportunities.
- Upgrading Noether Wing with modern exhaust systems. The Noether wing houses the central and physics laboratories. We have now received a go-ahead to retrofit these labs with a modern exhaust system. This will help improve the safety specifications of this vibrant experimental area.
- Portal to access online courses. Our school's website now hosts a portal that provides access to diverse online courses produced by our faculty. The offered courses range from introductory to advanced levels.
- Presentation at the 2021 Advisory Board Meeting. Here is my presentation that, in addition to sharing a glimpse of the present academic and administrative status of the SBASSE, also talks to our place in society, our learning and education, research streams, culture, sustainability and an overarching look at the future of the school: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuVDZFyRdq0
- Magazine subscriptions of the Dean's Office. The SBASSE Dean's Office is subscribed to the following magazines and has received a fresh lot of latest issues.
- Popular Science (Quarterly)
- Discover (Monthly)
- Popular Mechanics (Bimonthly)
- Progress (Monthly)
- Maximum PC (Monthly)
- BBC Science Focus (Monthly)
- High Voltage lab under-construction. The high voltage lab is under construction. I hope this place will be set up expediently and could become a nursery for important work in the field of high voltage and power systems. I also hope previous investments in equipment would come to fruition and we could also develop expertise to help the professional community.
- An elective course on Fundamentals of Bio-Nanotechnology. This elective course conducted by Dr. Samir Iqbal, will offer an insight into basics of nanotechnology, it's applications in biosensing and nanofabrication. This course will be open for public audit.
- Launch of The Particle (issue 15). The latest edition of SBASSE's quarterly science magazine features exciting science and technology stories emerging from the School, the University and beyond, amid the Covid-19 pandemic. It also highlights sub-continent's first Engineering College in Rourkee that conducted its education in Urdu.
- Filming for our research stories started today. (6) Our media consultants and filming crew started with covering our flagship research on quantum technologies. They will then move to green energy, drug discovery and vaccine research. A glimpse from the filming activity is here.
- Grading approvals of courses will now be done by Department Chairs while I will approve courses with the SCI and ENGG course code. This will save time and bring academic decision making closer to the ground realities and disciplinary specializations. (2)
- Increased timings of HVAC in chemistry and biology. We are totally committed to safe science. In this respect, we have planned to enhance the timings of ventilation at the fume hoods and safety cabinets. This system will now be operative from 8 am to 10 pm, Monday through Saturday. See the schedule below. (2)
- The Physlab conducted a 5 S survey of a particular CNC machining lab and proposed practical examples of how 5 S could lead to better workplace organization.
Corporate credit card enabled for the School. Hopefully this will help in expediting purchases and facilitating the needs of our experimentalists better, who often require rapid access to materials, need to purchase from distributors in the local and international markets who only accept this mode of transaction and I hope this will help alleviate any remaining procurement challenges. Creating seamless processes for research remains our utmost mission. (22
Looking for a photographer! Is there an SSE staff member in SSE whom I could engage for some DSLR photography on an ongoing basis---someone who loves to image, has the photographer's acumen and can devote about 5% of one's time to assist me. These photographs will assist the work of our science communication team, will build our image bank, will seep into the Particle and will help our team to create attractive advertisement material. This will count as service to the School, key is the passion for this form of artistic expression. (22)
Head of the chemical engineering programme. I am pleased to announce that Dr. Qasim Imtiaz, Assistant Professor in chemical engineering has been appointed as the head of the chemical engineering programme, within the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.
Convener of the graduate programme committee. Dr. Muhammad Usman from the mathematics department is the new convener of the SBASSE graduate programme committee. He replaces Dr. Basit Shafiq who is taking up the leadership role of the Chair of the Computer Science Department. (23)
In Physics, we are creating a new research project laboratory---a space for research oriented projects.