Physics Weekly Seminar Series
Risk Assessment for Asteroid Impacts
Maham Masood Sadiq, EE Sophomore, LUMS
Work performed at the University of Western Ontario, Canada
Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Time: 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Venue: SSE Block, 1st floor, Smart Lab, Computer Science Department, LUMS
The impact hazard posed by the Near Earth Objects such as asteroids and comets has been of interest to scientists for over two decades. This talk presents results of a recent study that assesses the cost of impact of asteroids of various sizes in areas of different population densities and topographies, proposes enhancement to the current Near Earth Object detection programmes, discusses possible asteroid mitigation techniques and estimates the total cost of investment on the entire Near Earth Object programme. The loss and gain analysis justifies expansion of the programme and demonstrates a dire need for international co-operation and awareness on the issue.
About the Speaker
Maham Masood Sadiq is a sophomore at SSE with an Electrical Engineering Major. Her passion for space and an 'Exceptional Leadership Award' at the International Space Settlement Design Competition 2011 held at NASA’s Johnson Space Centre, Houston, USA, inspired her to take up a research opportunity on "Asteroid Risk Assessment' with Dr Matt Davison at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, where she stayed for 6 weeks and presented a research paper on the topic at the Mathematics and Actuarial Sciences Department of UWO. Maham also represented Pakistan at the Asian Regional Space Settlement Design Competition 2010 in India.