Arizona State University facilitates 3-Day Energy Policy Workshop

Founder Editor Tazeen Akhtar..

Islamabad, March 3, 2016 – As part of the U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Energy (USPCAS-E), Arizona State University (ASU) organized a three-day training workshop on Energy Policy and Leadership in Islamabad March 1-3, 2016. Over 80 engineering students and faculty from the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) and the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Peshawar participated in the workshop, which was facilitated by Professor Clark Miller from ASU and representatives from Pakistan’s energy sector. 

“ASU is excited to collaborate with NUST and UET Peshawar and we will continue to share our energy research expertise and leadership as we build these world-class centers,” said Dr. Sayfe Kiaei, Project Director, USPCAS-E at Arizona State University during the concluding ceremony.

Dr. Asif Raza, Pro-Rector for Planning and Development at NUST, while addressing the closing ceremony said, “Following this workshop, I am sure that our faculty and students will try to think on the broader perspective of the energy challenges.”

The USPCAS-E program is a partnership between NUST, UET Peshawar, and ASU focusing on applied research projects relevant to Pakistan’s energy needs. The USPCAS-E center has multiple goals including curriculum development, research, establishment of new laboratories, and visitor programs to the United States. Under the umbrella of the Higher Education Commission and guidance from ASU, the centers at both NUST and UET are expected to become Pakistan’s premier sustainable energy research centers. Sound governance, modernized curricula, and new teaching strategies will produce the next generation of graduates with a focus on applied energy research. This program will also set new standards for supporting the success of both women and disadvantaged youth in the engineering profession.

This initiative is part of USAID’s larger $ 127 million investment that will harness applied research to find innovative and practical solutions for Pakistan’s energy, water, agriculture, and food security challenges.