U.S. Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Energy (USPCAS-E) and Arizona State University in collaboration with the Green Building Council of Pakistanhas organized a two day Green Building Workshop: U.S. and Pakistani practices on 13th and 14th December 2016 at NUST, Islamabad. This was the fourth in a series of workshops on energy that ASU will deliver in Pakistan throughout the duration of the USPCAS-E project. Led by Professor Harvey Bryan, the workshop reviewed several of the green building practices that are currently in use in the U.S. which could be adapted to Pakistan. Attended by over 100 participants from partnering Pakistani universities and representatives from Pakistani industry, the participants learned the basic principles associated with green building projects and the impact that construction projects have on the environment.
The US- Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Energy brought together visitors including students from diverse backgrounds. Over 100 participant across Pakistan gathered in Islamabad for the event, which was jointly sponsored by USPCASE (UET/NUST) and ASU.
This workshop has reviewed several of the green building practices that are currently in operation in the U.S. that could possibly be adapted to Pakistan. One objective of this workshop is to make awareness of relative policy making authorities to pave a path for smooth implementation strategy for executing the Green Building codes.
Dr. Harvey Bryan, Professor, Arizona State University, Mr. Aqrab Ali Rana, CEO, Pakistan Green Building Council, Engr. Asad Mehmood, Technical Manager, National Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority (NEECA (ENERCON)), Mr. Farhan Mehboob, Director, S. Mehboob & Company, Ms. Nabeela Nazir, B.Arch. NCA (1985), Mr. Muneeb Haider, (LEED AP), Technical Director, Pakistan Green Building Council and Mr. Afzal Ebrahim, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture and Design, Comsats Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Islamabad were the workshop instructors.
Dr. Harvey noted that, “Students from NUST and UET were very engaged during our two day workshop. They asked great questions and were very interested in moving green buildings into the mainstream of Pakistani building practices.”
USPCAS-E UET Peshawar conducted a briefing session with the candidates shortlisted for USPCAS E UET Peshawar’s Merit and Need Based Scholarship program (Fall Intake 2015, admissions) on 6th October 2015. In a two-hour interactive session, candidates were informed about steps involved in filling and submitting the applications. Mr. Ahmad Sohail, Advisor ASU briefed the audience on Center’s vision and ASU’s role in exchange program and curriculum development as US partner university of USPCAS-E UET Peshawar. He also informed the candidates over the eligibility criteria for selection in the exchange program with ASU. Mr. Adnan Alam, M&E Specialist gave a detailed information about each step of application form; important documents for reference and deadline for submission by 12th October, 2015.
USPCAS-E UET Peshawar offers fully funded scholarships to candidates who qualify merit and need criteria. This information was shared with candidates in form of brochure, stating all details by the Communications Office. The session was moderated by Shamaila Farooq, Communications Manager.
USPCAS-E UET Peshawar participated in USAID’s live Radio Pogram ‘Hum Aap Aur Behtar Zindigi’ on FM-101 on 10th September, 2015. Mr. Fazal Rabbi, Project Management Specialist, USAID, Dr. Najeeb Ullah, Director, USPCAS-E UET Peshawar, Mr. Adnan Alam M&E Specialist Mr. Ahmad Sohail, Advisor Arizona State University and Mr. Ahmad Kamal, M.Sc. Student (Electrical Energy Engineering System) participated in the program. It was an interactive 45 minute live program broadcast from 9 stations including Islamabad, Peshawar, Lahore, Multan, Karachi, Quetta,Sialkot, Faisalabad and Hyderabad.
The program started with the introduction of participants and highlighted USAID efforts in establishing the Center through an interactive question-answer session. The show also took live calls and FM 101 face book messages from Azad Kashmir, D. I Khan, N. Waziristan and Peshawar. Most of these questions were focusing on admission criteria, scholarships and how the Center would contribute towards dealing with energy crises. The participants also emphasized over women participation in M.Sc. programs offered by the Center and 50 % scholarships for females. The Center takes the honor to broadcast USAID’s and Center’s concerted efforts on FM 101 amongst other USCAS universities. USAID Pakistan also promoted the program on its official page: Facebook.com/USAID Pakistan which received lots of likes from visitors.
U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Energy,(USPCAS-E) University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar organized a start-up weekend, an intense two day brainstorming and business-building event as part of its Entrepreneurial Spirit Program from 28th to 29th August. The event was held in collaboration with the Office of Research Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC), UET Peshawar.
The “Startup Weekend” trained a diverse group of graduating engineering students of UET Peshawar who were gathered to create and develop innovative new products and projects. As many as 40 students received this training from renowned experts including Murtaza Zaidi, Executive Director of Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), Islamabad Chapter, the world’s largest non-profit organization that fosters entrepreneurship and Dr. Faisal Khan, Co-founder Peshawar 2.0
During start up weekend, student teams got training who pitched their ideas based on top ideas and then worked on business models, coding, designing and market validation. On last day, presentations were made in front entrepreneurial leaders. At the end, three teams were named the winners of “ESP Start-up Weekend” for presenting best business ideas to the panel of judges.
Dr Rizwan Gul Academic Program Developer USPCAS UET Peshawar, addressed the students on the occasion. He said, “Startup Weekend” as part of USPCAS E’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Program is a great platform by USPCAS-E for students to learn more about prospects, challenges and opportunities in entrepreneurship and startups. He urged students to get maximum learning from experts in the field. Engr Syed Asif Ali Shah Director ORIC also welcomed the students at the launching ceremony.
USPCAS-E is a partnership between UET Peshawar; National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Islamabad; and U.S. partner, Arizona State University (ASU). The United States Government and Government of Pakistan through HEC have partnered together to form the U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies (USPCAS) in four Pakistani and three US universities to support Pakistan’s economic development by strengthening universities and encouraging applied research in three critical sectors i.e energy, water and agriculture/food security. The Center encourages and empowers women scientists and researchers to actively participate in academic programs and applied research to solve Pakistan’s contemporary problems.
Master’s in Electrical Energy System Engineering Program Commenced
The U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Energy (USPCAS-E) at University of Engineering and Technology Peshawar USPCAS E UET Peshawar) has commenced its Master’s degree program in Electrical Energy System Engineering for academic session (2015-16). The Center has offered USAID’s Merit and Needs Based Scholarships to 21 eligible students coming from economically disadvantaged families of Pakistan and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA.)
The USPCAS-E UET Peshawar is a USAID-funded initiative that brings together UET Peshawar, National University of Science and Technology (NUST), and U.S. partner university, Arizona State University (ASU), USA to find sustainable solutions to Pakistan’s energy related challenges. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa , USPCAS-E is the only body to offer Master’s programs in the field of electrical energy system engineering. Established within UET Peshawar, the UPSCAS-E will help in resolving Pakistan’s energy crises through applied research and developing specialized human resource. Master’s degree is a two years program, recognized by Higher Education Commission (HEC).
Engr. Imtiaz H. Gilani Vice chancellor UET Peshawar while addressing the audience at the orientation day said, the students’ capabilities combined with the support provided by USAID would help them make leaders in energy sector. He informed students that the United States Government and Government of Pakistan, through HEC have partnered to form the U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies (USPCAS) in four Pakistani and three US universities to support Pakistan’s economic development by strengthening universities and encouraging applied research in three critical sectors i.e energy, and agriculture/food security.
The Center encourages and empowers women engineers and researchers to actively participate in academic programs and applied research to solve Pakistan’s energy related problems through indigenous and relevant research.
Daily Ittehad http://www.dailyittehad.com.pk/e/islamabad/2015-08-11/8