The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering (SBASSE), organised an academia-industry meeting (AIM) on December 6, 2019. The objective of this meeting was to share the philosophy of our newly developed Chemical Engineering programme with professionals from different industries and provide them a platform to discuss potential collaboration opportunities. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Sohail Murad who is the Head of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA. Leading professionals from Fatima Group, Packages Group, BASF, AIN Engineering, Ibrahim Fibres, Nimir Industrial Chemicals, ICI Pakistan and Descon attended the event.
Syed Babar Ali, Founding Pro Chancellor LUMS, welcomed the participants and encouraged them to work closely on socially and industrially relevant problems. Dr. Shahid Masud, Dean SBASSE, provided an overview of the School and invited the guests to participate in the development of research projects that are at the interface of industry and academia. Dr. Basit Yameen, Chair of the Department provided an overview of the programmes currently being offered by the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Mr. Raza Alvi, representing the Ibrahim Group, emphasised the importance of supplementing technical knowledge with soft skills such as emotional intelligence, ability to learn and positivity. Dr. Murad shared some of his experiences in collaborating with industry and how he and his industrial collaborators benefited from it. The presentations were followed by a panel discussion between faculty members and industrial professionals during which several aspects of the Chemical Engineering programme were thoroughly debated and the areas of mutual interest between the Department faculty and the industry were identified. Finally, a road map for future activities was deliberated and finalised.
The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering strives to provide scientific and technological solutions to regional problems through excellence in research and academia-industry collaboration.