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 an aspiring linguist and a science communicator. Her interest lies in Teaching English as a Second Language in Pakistani Schools and promulgating indigenous languages of Pakistan.
She is currently a student of M-Phil in Beaconhouse National University, Lahore.
Charisma has remained a part of the Khwarizmi Science Society since 2016 and contributed in organizing several science-fests, public lectures and training workshops. She believes that, through science, we can bring the people of all ages, genders and backgrounds together based on their love for investigating the world around them.
Muhammad Hamza Waseem
Muhammad Hamza Waseem has studied electrical engineering at the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore. He has worked with major international science journals and magazines targeting high school and undergraduate students. He co-founded Spectra, an online magazine which aims at nurturing a generation of popular science writers and science journalists in Pakistan. Hamza is interested in optics, magnetism, and history and philosophy of science. He looks forward to pursuing graduate studies in condensed matter physics.
Hamza is working as a Science Communicator with Khwarizmi Science Society and plays an important role in organizing the Lahore Science Mela series.
Salman Mahmood Qazi
Salman Mahmood Qazi is no different from a patriot who wants see to Pakistan progress. Currently, he is part of teaching fraternity at Departments of Electronics, GCU Lahore, and has done MS in Electrical Engineering. Even being a science student, he keeps expedition of his life enthralled through the essence of arts and philosophy. He has been part of prestigious Pakistan Student Satellite Project, where he developed the satellite communication systems suitable for launching in space. His research encompasses topics like Colored Night Vision, Cognitive Radio, Robotics; and IoT, working on which he has international publications, and developed prototypes. He is also part of international venture Integrated Cores that is instrumental in providing scientific solutions for our everyday problems.
Studying at GCU pampers one with legacy of the bests, and its aura urges everyone to be out of the box. Being a student there, he won various national awards in fields like photography, filmmaking, essay/drama and scientific ideas. Putting his thought into actions for nisus of science-art alloy, he founded NAGS (Nerds of Art and Gurus of Science) that was four-day national event, a team effort; that featured 30+ multidisciplinary contests in 2011. He is eager to apply tricks of trade that he learnt by being part of Youth Parliament of Pakistan, and Preparing Global Leaders Academy.
Nimra Khurram has studied Biotechnology and Education at Forman Christian College (A Chartered University), Lahore. She is passionate about science and aims to spread the joy of scientific knowledge with the Pakistani community. Blended perspectives as a scientist and an educationist in making, has strengthened her beliefs of inculcating the wonder of science through exploration and imagination. Besides her love for science, her interests also lie in Arts, English literature, and Philosophy. She aspires to be a medical researcher and looks forward to pursuing graduate studies in oncology.
Nimra is currently working on a writing series, aimed at providing different scientific discoveries and advancements as simple concepts.
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.
Mehr Jabeen Agha
Mehr holds a MPhil degree from Institute for the Study of Civilizations, Aga khan University (ISMC) London, U.K. She is currently working as the Rector/Director at the Ali Institute of Education, after successful completion of three years of tenure as Registrar of the Institute.
Mehr has also served as a Head of Department of Career Counseling Centre and Assistant Professor at the Department of Gender and Development Studies at the Lahore College for Women University where she taught various courses on Gender, communication and professional development. She has also worked for Lahore University of Management Sciences, at the Suleman Dawood School of Business as their Admission and Financial Aid Senior Officer.
Mehr has worked as an advisor to the Secretary Higher Education Government of Punjab, with the Higher Education Department, in order to set up Career Counseling Office at various Public sector colleges. Mehr is a Certified Trainer of ILO (UN) on Entrepreneurship (International Training Centre of ILO Turin), Certified Trainer of Active Citizens Program (British Council and Citizenship Foundation, UK) as well as a National Ambassador for Internationalization—UK Inward Mission Program (British Council), Certified Cambridge English Assessment Trainer and Examiner for Business English Communication and Cambridge Advanced English Certification.
Dr. Muhammad Mustafa
Dr. Muhammad Mustafa received his Ph.D in Medical Sciences from Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul (2012-2016). He received his MS and M.Sc degree in Chemistry as well as M.A in History. He was awarded with HEC scholarship for his PhD studies and won biomedical excellent academic achievement award for his PhD work. As an assistant professor at Forman Christian College (A Chartered University), his research group is working on synthetic biology, genetic disorders and breast cancer. Dr. Mustafa’ s research group designed cost effective means for early diagnosis of breast cancer, established the role of CFTR mutation in male infertility and discovered anti-metastatic role of HOXA10 via p53 signaling in breast cancer patients. He has delivered numerous talks on different educational forums as well as in national and international conferences. His work and efforts have been recognized with multiple awards.
Besides his academic work, Dr. Muhammad Mustafa is an encouraging force for students in materializing their dreams through hard work and dedication. He is currently directing his energies in reviving the scientific reading and writing culture in young Pakistanis. For this, he and his research group are working on writing pieces that can explain different scientific phenomena in their simplest forms. Currently, their articles have been published in ‘Technology Times’ as well as ‘The News’.
Dr. Muhammad Mustafa’s website: https://sites.google.com/a/fccollege.edu.pk/drmustafa/home
Dr. Hira Khalid
Dr. Hira Khalid is currently serving Department of Chemistry, Forman Christian College University as Assistant Professor. She did her PhD from GC University Lahore Pakistan. She received IRSIP award from HEC to conduct part of her research work in University of Washington, Seattle USA. She has teaching and research experience in Public and Private Universities, she has served GC Women University Sialkot as Assistant Professor of Chemistry and PhD Coordinator, and Supervisor of all GCWUS societies. She has been associated with National Academy of Young Scientist’s (NAYS) as Coordinator of NAYS Awards. Dr. Hira is Life Member of Chemical Society of Pakistan (CSP), Young IUPAC sponsored Fellow, Member of American Oil Chemist’s Society (AOCS), Ambassador and Member of Chemistry ACS (American Chemical Society). She is an HEC approved research supervisor. She was recently honored to participate in 67th Chemistry Lindau Nobel laureate meeting 2017 in Germany as a Young Scientist from Pakistan. She is working as a PULSE Member for STEM education in Pakistan.
Her research interests includes Organic synthesis, Catalysis, Medicinal Chemistry, Identification and estimation of heavy metals in air, water, food and clinical samples. Currently, her research group is working on synthesis of novel heterocyclic drug contenders, molecular docking, Pharmacological studies of synthetic and natural compounds. She has more than 30 peer-reviewed national and international research publications on her credit. She has presented her research work at a number of international conferences.
Syed Mumtaz Hussain Shah
Syed Mumtaz Hussain Shah is working as DPI (SE) Punjab at Directorate of Public Instruction (Secondary Education) Punjab, Lahore. He has a lot of administrative experience and has worked in various managerial positions, including Chairman BISE Faisalabad, Director Administration at Office of DPI (SE) Punjab Lahore, EDO Education Faisalabad and Multan, DEO (SE) Faisalabad and T.T. Singh etc.
He is helping the Lahore Science Mela team ensure the participation of school teams from all the 36 districts of Punjab.
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 .
Khadim Mehmood is an exceptionally skilled and industrious machinist. He has machined countless machine parts that impose stringent tolerance limits. Having worked on a wide range of machine and hand tools, he can engage in fabrication and repair of various kinds of equipment. He loves to experiment and discover new ways to improve his existing methods and to optimize his performance. Using his experience and experiment he has worked on numerous mechanical and electrical fabrication projects and become a part of a lot of success stories.
Muhammad Umar Hassan
Mr. Muhammad Umar Hassan is a Pakistani inventor, an avid electronics hobbyist and a mechanical engineer. With mechanical engineering on the base and a strong grip on computer sciences, he has developed a rare skillset that has enabled him to work in multidisciplinary projects. For the past 9 years, he has worked on numerous research and Development projects, delivering many powerful inventions along the way. He is also the co-founder of 5.9, a Pakistani startup and a consecutive winner of two annual inter-schools science competitions.
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’.