Launch of Chemical Engineering Program at the Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering (SBASSE)
The Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) established the School of Science and Engineering (later named as the Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering – SBASSE) in 2008 with four year BS degree programs in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, electrical engineering and physics. A group of prominent academicians and industrialists were invited to serve on an Advisory Board to assist with the development of this School. The idea was to bring about a paradigm shift in the quality of science and engineering education and research in Pakistan. These programs have attracted excellent research active faculty who, with constant support from the LUMS management, are working to make this dream a reality. The School has been highly successful in achieving its goals as is evident from the quality of graduates and their placements in top-notch organizations and graduate programs in some of the world’s best universities including Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Caltech, Princeton, UC Berkeley, Oxford, and Cambridge. Another important indicator of the success of the School is the quality of research output in terms of high quality publications in prominent journals (including Nature and Science publishing groups) by the SSE faculty.
Since 2018, SSE is working on expanding by launching undergraduate and graduate programs in other disciplines. During the 2017 Advisory Board meeting at LUMS, it was agreed that a committee of prominent academicians and industrialists be formed to plan the introduction of Chemical Engineering in SBASSE. Since much of the research within the Chemistry Department at SBASSE is of applied nature, the Advisory Board also recommended including Chemical Engineering within this department and changing the name of the Department of Chemistry to the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. This concept received strong support from the Dean, the Vice Chancellor and the Management Committee of LUMS.
Pakistan’s chemical industry is destined to expand in the future to provide products to increase the standard of living, conserve the environment, ensure industrial safety, create new processes that provide value added products, move into new fields and compete in the global markets, and educate tomorrow’s leaders in modern Chemical Engineering along with other Science and Engineering disciplines. These and other objectives require a science-based chemical engineering program, currently almost non-existent in Pakistan, to provide students with both basic and applied knowledge in both the underlying Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, and Biology, and the application areas of Chemical Engineering.
Vision and Proposal
Our vision is to have a Chemical Engineering major that is distinguished in several ways from existing programs in Pakistan. The joint Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering creates enhanced synergism between science and engineering and resonates with the SBASSE interdisciplinary and no-boundaries concept. The new BS Chemical Engineering degree covers the traditional basics with an emphasis on engineering science and modern, innovative Chemical Engineering. This distinguishes the program within Pakistan and is attracting some of the best and brightest students.
While we are in process of seeking accreditation for the new program, we wish to work closely with the accreditation agencies in Pakistan to ensure that their guidelines are flexible enough to accommodate modern Chemical Engineering programs that equip graduates with the skills necessary to make a positive impact on the Pakistani chemical industry.
SBASSE strives to provide high quality education and its faculty is active in research. Newly recruited Chemical Engineering faculty is developing and pursuing their research programs, either through joint research projects with faculty in Chemistry and other disciplines at SBASSE or through joint appointments in appropriate departments within SBASSE. The program will further evolve to include graduate level education through research and a rigorous curriculum at the MS and PhD level.
After seeking necessary approvals from the accrediting bodies, Chemical Engineering major was introduced in SBASSE in 2018. The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering provided the initial basic infrastructure to launch this program. In order to develop specialized teaching and research facilities, Chemistry faculty, in particular, is working closely with the newly hired Chemical Engineering faculty to develop space available on the fourth floor of the SBASSE building to serve the needs of this new program. In addition, we are working closely with prominent Chemical Engineers from the Pakistani industry and academic institutions to further help us with the development and implementation of Chemical Engineering at SBASSE.
Announcement of Faculty Openings in Chemical Engineering
SBASSE Chemical Engineering Program Development Committee
Dean SBASSE constituted a Chemical Engineering Program Development Committee (CEPDC) on March 19, 2017. The CEPDC consists of international and local academic experts as well representatives from the local industry and is looking after various aspects of the launch of this program, which include initial curriculum design, faculty hiring, physical infrastructure development, and fabrication of laboratory facilities.
Professor G. M. “Bud” Homsy
Chair-Chemical Engineering Program Development Committee
Member of SBASSE Advisory Board
Affiliated Faculty, University of Washington
Professor Bud Homsy, on deans’ request, is chairing the CEPDC. Prof. Homsy is also a member of the SBASSE Advisory Board. Professor Homsy received his B.S. at UC Berkeley, his MS/PhD at the University of Illinois, and had a NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship at Imperial College, London. Professor Homsy joined Stanford’s Chemical Engineering Department in Fall 1970, where he taught for 30 years before joining the faculty of Mechanical Engineering at UC Santa Barbara in 2001. He joined the Mathematics Department at the University of British Columbia in 2011 and served as Deputy Director of the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences until his retirement in 2013. He is currently an Affiliate Faculty at the University of Washington and teaches part time. Professor Homsy has held many professional positions, including Vice-Chair and Chair of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics, Department Chair at Stanford on two occasions, Department Chair at UCSB, Director of IMMS at UCSB, and Deputy Director of the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences at UBC. He has held Associate Editorships of SIAM J. Applied Math, Int. J. Multiphase Flow, and Physics of Fluids. His honors include Fellow of the APS, Bing Fellow at Stanford, Midwest Mechanics Speaker, Talbot Lecturer at UIUC, the Batchelor Visitor at DAMTP, Cambridge and an honorary doctorate from Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse. He was the Principal Investigator for the production of "Multimedia Fluid Mechanics", Cambridge, (2001) and its second edition (2008). He is the recipient of the APS Fluid Dynamics Prize for 2004, and was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering in 2006.
Professor Khalid Aziz
Member of SBASSE Advisory Board
Otto N. Miller Professor Emeritus
Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University
Khalid Aziz is the Otto N. Miller Professor Emeritus of Earth Sciences and Emeritus Professor of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University. Over the years he has held several positions in industry and academia, including various assignments at Stanford University, including Chair of the Petroleum Engineering Department and Associate Dean for Research in the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford University. He is the founder of the Computer Modelling Group (CMG) and a co-founder of Neotechnology Consultants, both in Calgary, Canada.
Dr. Aziz is a member of the National Academy of Engineers and a distinguished member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He is the recipient of numerous industry awards including the SPE’s Honorary Member Award (highest award given by SPE), SPE Ferguson Award, SPE Reservoir Engineering Award, and SPE Lester C. Uren Award. He served as a Director of SPE from 1997 to 2000. He is the author or co-author of over 150 technical papers, two books (Petroleum Reservoir Simulation and Flow of Complex Mixtures in Pipes), one monograph (Gradient Curves for Well Analysis and Design), and contributor to the classic handbook (Theory and Practice of the Testing of Gas Wells).
Dr. Aziz’s technical interests include multiphase and single phase flow in pipes, reservoir simulation, natural gas engineering, non-conventional well modeling and hydrocarbon fluid phase behavior, shale gas and shale oil recovery. He is a frequent consultant to the international oil and gas industry and national oil companies in various countries.
Dr. Basit Yameen
Department of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering
SBA School of Science and Engineering, LUMS
Basit Yameen is is currently working as an Associate Professor at Department of Chemistry, SBASSE. He joined LUMS in January 2016 after his research stay (2013-2016) at the Harvard Medical School (HMS) and David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He was an Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) fellow at the Institute for Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Dr. Yameen’s first stint with LUMS started in 2010. Before joining SBASSE he served as an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, GIK Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology.
Dr. Yameen received his Ph.D. degree (2004-2008) from Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany for his research work that was carried out under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Knoll in the Materials Science Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany. During his stay at the Max Planck Institute, he worked in close collaboration with Siemens AG (Medical Solutions and Vacuum Technology, Erlangen, Germany) and Brigl & Bergmeister GmbH, Niklasdorf, Austria.
Dr. Yameen has published over 50 research articles in the peer reviewed journals of high international repute. His research activities are related to Polymer and surface chemistry: Soft materials and interfaces, Polymer thin films, membranes, and nanocomposites, Polymers/Carbon nanomaterials (carbon nanotubes-CNTs, fullerenes) based hybrid materials via modular ligation strategies, Fullerene based materials for solar cells and biomedical imaging applications, Design and synthesis of functional macromolecules for addressing energy, health and environment related challenges., Polymer chemistry at the interface of polymeric and non-polymeric porous membranes for fabrication of functional and stimuli responsive hybrid materials with target applications in fabrication of controlled transport and release of material across the membrane, bio-sensing, and fuel cells.
In 2013, Dr. Yameen was recognized as an Asian Rising Star by The Asian Chemical Congress (ACC), a biennial conference established by the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies (FACS) comprised 28 country and territory members in the Asia Pacific region. He was awarded a Dr. Atta ur Rahman Gold Medal (2012) in Chemistry as a recognition of research performance. He has been recently recognized by the Polymer Chemistry journal of Royal Society of Chemistry as an Emerging Investigator (2014-2015) whose work has been recommended by the editorial board as having the potential to influence future directions in polymer science.
Dr. Falak Sher
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering
SBA School of Science and Engineering, LUMS
Dr. Falak Sher is currently working as an Associate Professor and chair at the Department of Chemistry, SBA School of Science and Engineering (SBASSE), LUMS. Before joining LUMS in October 2008, he was a faculty member at the Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS), Nilore, Islamabad. Dr. Sher completed his PhD degree in Chemistry from the University of Cambridge, UK, in 2005. Prior to this, he received his MS Nuclear Engineering degree from the PIEAS (2nd position) in 1999 and M.Sc. Chemistry degree from the Institute of Chemistry, University of the Punjab in 1996. Dr. Sher also gained the Postdoctoral Research Experience on two different occasions from the University of Edinburgh (2005) and the University of Cambridge (2007-2008). His research has been published in reputed international journals like Nature, Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS), Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Chemistry of Materials, Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Review B etc.
Dr. Sher’s research group focuses on synthesis and characterization of functional transition metal oxides with interesting properties and applications. Typically, we investigate perovskite oxides (ABO3) for their potential applications in spintronics, thermoelectric devices, solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) and photocatalysis for environmental remediation. Samples are synthesized by the conventional solid state chemistry and other soft chemistry methods, and characterized by the powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) etc. Physical properties such as magnetic, electronic transport, thermal transport etc. are measured by the available facilities at SBASSE and through collaborations with various national and international research groups. Properties of these materials are correlated with their chemical nature and crystal structures, and various strategies are devised to fine tune and optimize their properties.
Professor Irshad Hussain
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Dr. Hussain is among the founding members of SBA School of Science & Engineering (SSE). He led the Department of Chemistry at LUMS from 2009-2016. Prior to joining LUMS, Dr. Hussain spearheaded research and development program in Nanobiotechnology at National Institute for Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering (NIBGE), Faisalabad, Pakistan, and developed a Nanobiotech group/facility for the synthesis of metal nanoparticles and explore their applications in biotechnology and advanced materials fabrication, which is now among the few best such facilities in Pakistan. Dr. Hussain has published ~70 research articles in prominent journals including Nature Materials, Angewandte Chemie - Int. Ed., Advanced Materials, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Small, ChemCommun, Langmuir, and Nanoscale. He has delivered several invited/keynote/plenary lectures at national and international forums to highlight the potential of nanotechnology in various disciplines with particular reference to his own research achievements in this emerging field. Dr. Hussain has developed several effective research collaborations with the leading research groups in USA, Europe, China (HUST), Saudi Arabia (KAUST) and several National Institutions in Pakistan. He has got several competitive National/International research grants to explore the applications of metal nanoparticles/ nanoclusters in Chemical/Biomedical Sciences and Renewable Energy Technologies.
In 2007, Dr. Hussain was awarded a Professor Atta-ur-Rehman Gold Medal/Prize in chemistry and more recently (2014) he is also awarded Gold Medal in Chemistry by Pakistan Academy of Sciences to acknowledge his achievements in the field of Chemistry. Dr. Hussain is also the Fellow of the Chemical Society of Pakistan and has served as the Chair of National Nanotech Foresight Committee constituted by Pakistan Council for Science & Technology (PCST) in 2014. Recently Dr. Hussain was also awarded Charles Wallace visiting fellowship to visit the University of Cambridge, UK, in Summer 2016 to develop linkages.
Dr. Khalid Rasheed
Founding Chair of Department of Chemistry, SBASSE
Chemical Consultant to Oil-Chem Technologies, Sugar Land. Texas. USA.
Dr. Khalid Rasheed got his B. Sc. from Forman Christian College, Lahore. While there he was selected to lead a delegation of students to India in 1955 where the group had the opportunity to meet with several Indian leaders including Jawaharlal Nehru and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. He obtained his M. Sc. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Karachi, completing his thesis work at the Central Laboratories, Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR), under Prof. Georg Hahn. He went on to complete his Ph. D, as a German Academic Exchange Scholar at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, under Nobel laureate Prof. Georg Wittig. In 1964 he was invited to work with Prof. Martin Stiles at the University of Michigan as a post-doctoral associate. He returned to Pakistan in 1966 to work at the Central Laboratories, PCSIR, in Karachi, with a joint teaching appointment at the University of Karachi, teaching a course on reaction mechanisms. In 1968 Dr. Rasheed returned to the United States as a Research Associate at Michigan State University. In 1971 he joined the Ansul Corporation working on synthesis of novel pesticides, becoming head of chemical research in 1978. This period resulted in some novel work in organo-sulfur chemistry as well as the isolation of novel insecticides that were later developed by Ciba-Geigy Corporation. In 1982 Dr. Rasheed moved to Witco Corporation, a specialty chemicals company, where, in 1985, he was appointed Corporate Group Manager, chemical research. In 1997, following a joint venture with Crompton Corporation, he was transferred to Columbus, Ohio, to form a Strategic Chemistry group devoted to basic research that was targeted to impact divisions across the joint venture businesses. Dr. Rasheed retired from Witco-Crompton Corporation in 2000, and returned to Houston, Texas, to continue work as a consultant in the areas of oilfield, agricultural and soil remediation technologies. He has authored over 20 U. S. and international patents and over 25 publications in the areas of reactive intermediates, aromaticity, organo-sulfur chemistry as well as work on novel surfactants. He has also made technical presentations at international conferences as well as at national meetings of the American Chemical Society, and has served as the Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Oil Chemists Society.
In 2007 he was invited to participate in developing the School of Science and Engineering at LUMS heading the Department of Chemistry from 2007-2009. He has since remained in touch with SBASSE colleagues and remains a member of the department’s faculty selection committee.
Syed Salman Bin Aslam
Committee member as industrial expert
Head of New Ventures & Senior Department Manager - Process at Fatima Group
Syed “Salman” bin Aslam received his BS Chemical Engineering from UET Lahore where he stood first in all years of engineering. He joined Engro Chemical Company in summers of 1995 and served for 17 years in which he worked in Operations, Process Engineering, Marketing, Human Resources and Business Development. In 2012 he joined Fatima Fertilizer and is currently serving as Senior Department Manager Process Engineering. During his 22 years of rich professional experience in fertilizer sector Salman has received 2 manufacturing excellence awards from his employer on his outstanding role in challenging projects.
Salman has published five international papers on safety critical management, emergency shutdown systems & operational experiences. He has developed over 300 professionals including chemical engineers in various capacities to serve industry. He is a certified Process Hazard Analyst, Incident & accident investigator, ISO-9000-2000 auditor, Internal Quality Auditor and has hands on experience of using leading chemical engineering software’s. He is an active member of a team responsible for development of a multi-billion-dollar fertilizer project in USA.
Dr. Asad Javaid
Committee member as industrial expert
Project Manager Polymers, Pigments & Fine Chemicals-DIC Pakistan Limited
Dr. Asad Javaid obtained his MS and PhD in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University, USA. His research work was based on design and development of nanocomposite membranes in novel gas separation applications. He has also received a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Massachusetts, USA during which he worked on the up gradation of bio-oil by membrane technology. Dr. Javaid has a number of publications in peer reviewed international journals and his work has been citied more than 100 times in papers and books. He has also presented in a number of peer reviewed international conferences including AICHE annual conferences.
Dr. Javaid also has vast industrial experience. He has served as head of R&D and head of paper and board production at Packages Limited. Since 2010 Dr. Javaid has been associated with DIC Pakistan which is a joint venture between DIC Group Japan and Packages Limited. He has served there as head of Technical Division and later as Factory Manager. His recent assignment is the development of Non-Graphic Business in DIC Pakistan.
Muhammad Saad Khan
Committee member as industrial expert
Manager New Ventures Department, Engro Polymer & Chemicals Limited
Mr. Muhammad Saad Khan completed his Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering and a Minor degree in International Relations from the University of Toronto in 2008 and a Master's degree in Economics from the Institute of Business Administration in 2016. His research revolved around modelling the macroeconomic determinants of remittances to Pakistan.
He has been serving at Engro Polymers & Chemicals Limited for the last 10 years. He has predominantly been associated with the Technical Department serving as Process Engineering Head and Technical Manager. In his current role as Manager New Ventures Department, Saad has been tasked with developing growth plans for the business and diversifying the product portfolio.
In his leisure time, Saad takes keen interest in World History and contemporary politics.