Khwarizmi Science Society
The Khwarzimi Science Society (KSS) is a non-profit organization aimed at furthering a science culture in Pakistan’s educational institutions and in the general public. Since its inception around 1995, the society has played an influential role in science popularization and outreach, cherishing the idea that science and its magic can and must be shared with all and sundry. The society has been a catalyst toward bridging the gap between biologists and mathematicians, between physicists and engineers, and, most important of all, between scientists and public. Numerous public lectures, symposiums, science exhibitions and ‘melas’ organized by the KSS stand testimony to the claim that the KSS belongs to neither one institution nor just academicians but it belongs to the nation; it belongs to all who adore the joy of understanding.
Ali Institute of Education
The Ali Institute of Education (AIE) is a teacher-education institute committed to improving education in Pakistan and promoting professionalism among teachers. The Institute is also committed to dissemination of information and advocacy of appropriate policies and practices in education through indigenous research and publications. AIE seeks to especially address the educational needs of rural and female teachers and to promote education to under-privileged and marginalised sections of society.
Lahore University of Management Sciences
The Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) was founded in 1984. The university is ranked as one of the top business schools of Pakistan. The LUMS Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering (SBASSE), initiated in 2008, is the first private research school for science and engineering in Pakistan with a vision “to carry out world-class, multidisciplinary education and research”. Modelled on some of the leading universities of the world, it aims to be a paradigm shift for science and engineering education in the country.
Meet the Team
Fatima Bintay Anis is a final year student of Product and Industrial Design at University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore. She is also a part-time graphics designer, and has extensive experience in designing info-graphics for various causes, technical chapters of international societies and educational startups. Fatima is a freelancer and also owns a startup, Bee Graphics, that provides graphic design services. At her university, Fatima is the Chief Designer of Xnews UET (student-run news portal) and Chief of Technical Events at ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) UET. She is also among the UET Startup Leaders at Technical Incubation Centre of Al Khwarizmi Institute of Computer Sciences. Her website is http://bee-graphics.weebly.com/ .
Dr. Muhammad Sabieh Anwar
Dr. Muhammad Sabieh Anwar is an Associate Professor of physics at the LUMS Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering. He helped establish the physics department and was among the principal founders of the School’s experimental facilities and curriculum. He remained Chair of the Physics Department for a period of five years. Ideas from his physics instructional laboratories have been replicated in five Pakistani universities.
His research interests encompass spintronics, magnetism and optics. Sabieh has published around fifty research articles in international journals including Science and Physical Review Letters. He is the General Secretary of the Khwarizmi Science Society which is aimed at popularization of science at the grass roots levels. Prior to joining LUMS SSE in 2007, Sabieh was a post-doc in chemistry and materials science at University of California, Berkeley and a PhD student, as Rhodes Scholar, at the Oxford University. He is recipient of the TWAS medal in physics in 2008 and the National innovation Prize in 2015.
His website is http://www.physlab.org .
Kunwar Schahzeb is a multi-faceted Media and Communication specialist with an experience stretching over 22 years. Well versed in project design and management, Schahzeb has hands-on expertise in media production and corporate communication. Since 1993, he has produced over 300 media projects that include nationwide mass-awareness media campaigns, drama serials (on social development themes), video documentaries, corporate presentations, television commercials, testimonials, radio programming, interactive multimedia presentations, animation and print media projects. During his career he has rendered his services as a media consultant for development sector institutions, governmental organizations and the corporate sector. Currently he is rendering his services as the Executive Producer for the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) MOOC Pilot Project, ‘The History of Philosophy’.
Dr. Saadat Anwar Siddiqi
Prof. Saadat Anwar Siddiqi holds a doctorate in engineering materials from the University of Newcastly-Upon-Tyne, England. He has worked as Professor and Director at the Centre for Solid State Physics, Punjab University. He spearheaded the initiation of new research areas in high temperature superconductivity, functional and magnetic materials, electron microscopy and novel synthesis techniques of advanced materials. His work has been published in international journals of the highest repute. Currently, his work at the Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Biomedical Materials, COMSATS revolves around artificial bone, biomimetic materials and bio-ceramics.
Dr. Siddiqi is also the Founder and President of the Khwarizmi Science Society which is Pakistan’s most active grass roots science society. Established in 1995, the Society has organized several national campaigns focused on the popularization of science and in raising awareness about scientific matters within the public. His campaign centred around the International Year of Astronomy (2009) won acclaim in the international press and competitive awards. Dr. Siddiqi’s articles depicting the state of science education in Pakistan are frequently published in the national press. The Lahore Science Mela 2017 is a joint initiative of the Khwarizmi Science Society and the Ali Institute of Education. His website is http://www.khwarizmi.org
Muhammad Hamza Waseem
Muhammad Hamza Waseem is a sophomore at the Department of Electrical Engineering at University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore. His interest lies in modern physics and e-learning. He reviews manuscripts for three international science journals for high school and undergraduate students. This year, he has been selected as Head Editor of physics section of the international Young Scientists Journal. His idea of Virtual Academy of Mathematics and Physics won the first prize at All Pakistan Science Project and Poster Competition 2016.
At his university, Hamza currently co-heads the Research and Innovation wing of the UET Science Society, where he aims at infusing a drive for research and scientific inquiry among the undergraduate body of his university. He is also the Chief Editor of Technopolitan, annual magazine of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), UET Chapter. Hamza is passionate about science outreach and loves volunteering for educational causes as well.
Dr. Muhammad Hamid Zaman
Muhammad Hamid Zaman is Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor of Biomedical Engineering and International Health at Boston University. Prof. Zaman received his PhD from the University of Chicago in Physical Chemistry in 2003, where he was Burroughs-Wellcome Interdisciplinary Research Fellow. He then moved to MIT where he worked in the Department of Bioengineering as Herman and Margaret Sokol Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow in Cancer Research. Prof. Zaman’s current research is focused on developing robust technologies for high-value healthcare problems in the developing world, particularly in the area of maternal and child health. In 2013, Scientific American named a technology from Zaman lab, PharmaChk, among the 10 technologies that will change the world.
In addition to his research, Prof. Zaman is actively engaged in improving access to quality engineering education, with a multi-disciplinary focus on innovation, in a number of countries in Africa and Asia. He is currently involved in setting up biomedical engineering departments at universities in Kenya, Zambia, Uganda, Ghana and Ethiopia. In addition to his research papers, his newspaper columns have appeared in newspapers around the world, including the New York Times. He is a regular contributor on issues of drug quality and global health for the Project Syndicate (his columns have appeared in newspapers in more than 20 countries in six different languages), Huffington Post and writes a weekly column on innovation in health and education for leading Pakistan daily, Express Tribune which is part of the International New York Times group.