Khwarizmi Science Society
The Khwarizmi 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 the 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 underprivileged and marginalized sections of society.
Meet the Team
Charisma Wafee is a graduate of Forman Christian College – A Chartered University. Her interest lies in English Literature, Linguistics and Botany. She believes that people can be brought together by amalgamating languages, sciences, arts and our beautiful culture to celebrate diversity in every aspect of our lives. Working as a science communicator for the Khwarizmi Science Society, she is driven to create more and more beautiful ideas in order to bring the communities together and to eradicate the differences.
Muhammad Hamza Waseem
Muhammad Hamza Waseem is in junior year of electrical engineering at the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan. His interests span modern physics, optics and physics education. He is actively involved in science outreach and heads the Research and Innovation team of the Science Society at his university.
Hamza has worked with the leading international science journals targeted toward high school and undergraduate students. Currently, he is the Managing Editor of the Young Scientists Journal. He has mentored a dozen Pakistani undergrads in scientific editing and peer review and is also working toward introducing student-powered science journalism in the country. In 2017, TechJuice listed him among Pakistan’s 25 under 25 high achievers.
Hamza is working as a Science Communicator with the Khwarizmi Science Society and was a part of the Lahore Science Mela 2017 team as well.
Muhammad Azeem Iqbal
Muhammad Azeem Iqbal is a graduate in Industrial Engineering and currently pursuing a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Management and Technology, Lahore. His current activities involve working as an active researcher in experimental physics, laboratory teaching, management and manufacturing of undergraduate hi-tech physics experimental setups. He also takes an active part in developing low-cost innovative solutions for improving productivity & efficiency of laboratory systems.
He is also Founder and chairperson of Pakistan Society of Industrial Engineers (PSIE) which is Pakistan’s only national organization dedicated solely to the profession of industrial engineering and is a recipient of the prestigious Gold Award from the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (USA) for his services to the field and community. He is also a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt from the Singapore Institute of Quality International and Pakistan Institute of Quality Control (PIQC). He is also working on a number of entrepreneurial projects which involve the development of low-cost technical solutions for small and medium enterprise businesses in Pakistan.
Azeem is extremely passionate about volunteering for educational causes and loves to spend time exploring the adventures of experimental physics.
Muhammad Abubakar was born and raised in Walled City, Lahore. He has more than 15 years of experience as a Graphic Designer in the development sector in Pakistan, with a portfolio comprising a vast variety of designs, such as but not limited to logos, brochures, reports, advocacy material, presentations, giveaway materials and promotional material for various events. He is skilled at working fast and under pressure, able to quickly understand the requirements of the team and produce a plan for achieving success.
Abubakar holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Punjab University and is a qualified Graphic Design from the National College of Arts, all of which only further molded his passion for graphic designing.
Manahil Butt is a graduate of the Lahore College for Women University, she has studied Graphics and Illustration as her major field. She has worked at a number of marketing and public relations companies as a graphic designer.
She aims to explore the world of graphic designing and through her creative abilities, wants to advance the field of creative direction and product development. Manahil is currently working with the team Lahore Science Mela 2018 as our graphic designer
Dr. Saadat Anwar Siddiqi
Prof. Saadat Anwar Siddiqi holds a doctorate in engineering materials from the University of Newcastle-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 for 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 grassroots 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 centered 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
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 grassroots 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 Ph.D. student, as Rhodes Scholar, at the Oxford University. He is the recipient of the TWAS medal in physics in 2008 and the National Innovation Prize in 2015.
His website is http://www.physlab.org .
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.
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’.