Fellow Council Members
Dr. Murtaza is a distinguished academic who has rendered valuable services to the university and has achieved great reputation in his field of specialization. His academic achievements are as under:.
Dr. Murtaza obtained his DIC & Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Imperial College London and has held several research positions abroad – Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellow at Oxford University England; Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at Ruhr University, Bochum Germany and a visiting Research Fellow (twice) at Toronto University Canada.
He has more than 60 years of university teaching and research experience and has published Two Hundred and Seventy Three research papers in various International Journals of repute. He carries high Citation Index and Journal Impact Factor.
Prof. Murtaza has an excellent record of (a) research publications (b) international recognition of research (c) teaching and research guidance to M.Phil. and Ph.D. students and (d) providing leadership to his colleagues and peers. For his meritorious performance as a university professor, Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) promoted him to BPS-21 in March 1993 and then to BPS-22 in July 1998.
Dr. Murtaza pioneered the important subject of Modern Plasma Physics and Controlled Thermonuclear Fusion in the Country. He also helped in establishing Plasma Physics Laboratories at QAU, Islamabad and at CASP GCU, Lahore, which specialize in the investigation of Plasma characteristics in Pinch (Focus) devices. He has supervised a large number of MPhil (73) and PhD (35) students both at QAU Islamabad and GCU Lahore.
He has promoted the cause of physics in general and of plasma physics in particular by organizing series of symposia and conferences, both national and regional and also for establishing The Pakistan Physical Society.
As Salam Chair in Physics at GC University Lahore, Prof. Murtaza has been actively engaged in developing the postgraduate program and in strengthening the research activity at the University.
Dr Asghar Qadir
Dr Asghar Qadir was born on the 23rd of July 1946, he did his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Sir Roger Penrose, NL, FRS, in Relativity from London University in February 1971. In September 1971 he joined Mathematics Department of the Quaid-i-Azam University. He was also an Associate Member of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) from 1980 to 2000. He took early retirement in March 2004 and join National University of Science and Technology (NUST) as a Professor in May 2004. He set up the Centre for Advanced Mathematics and Physics which was later subsumed into the School of Natural Sciences in that University, till June 2019.
As an undergraduate student of Physics at Imperial College, he worked at the Rutherford High Energy Laboratory for two summers (1966 and 1967) where he developed a computer code which help to increase the luminosity of the beam of their proton accelerator, NIMROD, from about 7% to the design value of 25%. He was awarded the Fulbright Fellowship twice to work at the Centre for Theoretical Physics at the Physics Department of the University of Texas at Austin, with Prof. John A. Wheeler, in 1978 and 1986.
When the Pakistan Physical Society was formed in 1986, he was among the founding members and one of the authors of its constitution. He also served as Joint Secretary of the Society in the early years. He is a Fellow of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences, and have received various national and international awards, including the ISESCO and Al Khwarizmi Awards, as well as the Sitara and Hilal-i-Imtiaz.
Prof Fida Younus Khattak
Born and brought-up in Karak, a small town of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Dr Fida Khattak did his
MSc in Physics from Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad. In 1986, he joined the Higher Education Department (HED) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (then NWFP) as Lecturer in Physics.
He went to London in 1988 and joined Imperial College London as a Post-Graduate student.
After the completion of his PhD in Laser Plasma Physics, he returned to Pakistan and resumedhis duties in HED as Lecturer in Physics. In 1992, Dr Khattak joined the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology in Pakistan as an Advisor (Academic) and stayed there till 2001, working on different academic and administrative positions. In 2001, he joined the Queens University Belfast (UK) as a Research Fellow and remained part of a largescale experimental campaign using various high power laser facilities, both in UK and Europe.
In 2007, Dr Khattak started serving the Kohat University of Science and Technology as Professor of Physics and he remained there till his superannuation on 28th February 2021. In October 2021, Prof Khattak joined the Pak-Austria Fachhochschule: Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology, Pakistan. In all, he has more than 35 years of academic/research experience.
Professor Khattak has expertise in laser plasma physics and has recently started applying artificial intelligence/machine learning techniques to solving physical problems. He has more than 40 publications to his credit with impact factor greater than 130. He is the recipient of Higher Education Commission of Pakistan Beat-Teacher award, and Izaz-Fazeelat and Tamgha-e-Imtiaz awarded by the Govt of Pakistan. He is an elected Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK) and senior member of IEEE. He is a life member of the Pakistan Physical Society.
He remained the Dean of Sciences at the Kohat University for about 12 years. Dr Khattak has more than 35 years of teaching and research experience in national and international organizations.
DR. N. M. BUTT, S.I
Professor Dr. Noor M. Butt did his M. Sc Physics (1957) from Government College, with First class first and worked as lecturer in Physics from 1958-1961.He did his Ph.D (Nuclear/Solid State Physics,1965) under the Supervision of Professor P.B.Moon .F.R.S. a former Nuclear Scientist of US Manhattan Project his D.Sc (Physics, 1993) from the University of Birmingham, U.K. During PhD
Dr Butt also passed Solid State Physics courses of Professor R.E.Peirels F.R.S , also a group head in the Manhattan Project and one year Nuclear Physics courses of Professor W.E.Burcham F.R.S.
His PhD research (1963) has been extensively cited for about 55 years and printed in several books including those of Cambridge University Press ,U.K, [1966 and 1975] , M/S North Holland Publishers and M/S John Wiley, USA(2010).
His high quality research papers published in the world famous Impact Factor Journals earned him awards, like D.Sc(Birmingham University), Senior Humboldt Award(Germany), Kharazmi International Prize(Iran),Pakistan Academy of Sciences Gold Medal, Fellowship of Pakistan Academy of Sciences, Fellowship of the Islamic Academy of Sciences IAS( Jordan), Senior Associateship ICTP(Italy) and the civil award of Sitar-i-Imtiaz awarded by the President of Pakistan (1992).
Professor Butt has lectured and presented Research Papers in conferences in about 30 countries in the East and West. He is Member Editorial Boards of several National and International Journals and member of Technical Committees of several National and International organizations. .
In view of his outstanding services the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission honored him as the First Scientist Emeritus on his retirement in 1996 as D.G of PINSTECH, the premier Nuclear Institute He worked as the Chairman of the Pakistan Science Foundation (2005-2008).
Dr. Butt is the initiator of Nanotechnology in Pakistan and worked as the Chairman of the National Commission on Nano Science and Technology ,NCNST (2003-2008), Ministry of Science and Technology , the top level national nanotechnology organization of the Government of Pakistan. As a result,several laboratories in Pakistan are now engaged in Nanotechnology in Pakistan. He has delivered over 150 lectures on Nanotechnology at home and abroad over the last 25 years.
Because of his international recognition he was the Key-note speaker on Nano Education at the international conference, ICNFA-2011(Canada) held in Ottawa.
Currently Dr. Butt is the Preston Professor and the Founding Chairman at the Preston Institute of Nano Science and Technology (PINSAT) of the Preston University Kohat, Islamabad Campus, Islamabad established in 2010.
PINSAT is the first and the only Institute in Pakistan and probably in the OIC, to award the a multidisciplinary degree, “BS(Nanoscience and Nanotechnology)”, with teaching and practical of nano-based Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Materials Science , a degree to meeting the needs of human resource in Pakistan in this exciting technology.
PINSAT has strong connection as MOU with the top most Nano-Centre of China, the NCNST Beijing, of the Chinese Academy of sciences.
It is important to note that because of the importance of our Multidisciplinary degree at International level, about 80% of the PINSAT graduates have earned 52 Fully Funded MS/PhD scholarships (out 0f total of 65 graduates passed from PINSAT), in 8 countries; China/ARS Hong Kong, USA, Germany, Norway, Japan, Russia, Belgium and South Africa to the tune of about Rs355 million, a rare performance as compared to any university in Pakistan.
Dr Shaukat Hameed Khan
Dr Shaukat Hameed Khan started the laser programme in Pakistan in 1969 in the PAEC (Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission), where he was actively engaged in research, teaching and production.
His research included atomic and molecular spectroscopy, ultrafast high voltage switching, and design and development of lasers from the UV to the IR.
As Visiting Scientist at CERN, Geneva, 1999-2001, he helped design the laser-based detector position monitoring system for the CMS, where 40 Pakistani laser systems are now operational. Laser systems have been exported to several countries in S.E.
Asia and the EU. The laser group has now evolved into the National Institute of Lasers and Optics (NILOP) and hosts over 500 persons.
He has over 45 publications in Journals and Conferences, apart from some other major documents.
A Rhodes Scholar, with BSc and DPhil degrees from Oxford University, he is a Fellow of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences, a recipient of the President’s Medal, and the Gold Medal for Technology from the Pakistan Academy of Sciences.
After retiring as DG/Chief Scientist at the PAEC, he worked as Member, Planning from 2005-08 looking after national programmes in higher education, science and technology S&T and industry. He prepared the Vision 2030 foresight exercise, 2007. He has been Rector, GIKI, and helped prepare the National Industrial Policy, 2011 (timelines, costs, and necessary structural reforms).
As Coordinator General, COMSTECH the OIC 10-Year Plan, ‘Nurture the Thinking Mind; Build a Scientific Culture’, was presented and its implementation mechanism approved at the 1st OIC S&T Summit Kazakhstan, (2017). He advised UNDP, Pakistan, on ‘Making People Employable’ (2019), and prepared
the S&T profile of OIC countries in 2020 for IAS.
He also represented Pakistan at the Summit of 100 scientists from EU/Asia in Japan (2010) to plan for EU-Asia cooperation in large multinational programmes. Other meetings include the World Science Forums in Budapest and Amman, and the EU conference of INGSA in Brussels.
He was a member of the President’s Steering Committee, which resulted in the establishment of the Higher Education Commission. His current interests include the emerging relation between science and society and the role of technology in development, leveraging the energy crisis for industrial development, and reforming secondary education in Pakistan.
He has been speaking in various Pakistani and International Conferences on ‘Role of Technology and Innovation for Economic Growth’, the Energy Transition’, ‘Managing Water’, ‘Economics and Politics of Energy Transit’, ‘Pakistan’s Energy Options’, and ‘Nuclear Energy Prospects in South Asia’, with a chapter on ‘Technology Status, and Costs of Renewable Energy’ (Powering Pakistan’; Ed: Hathaway & Kugelman, Woodrow Wilson Centre, Washington, OUP, 2009). The ‘RE Profile of the OIC Countries’ was prepared in 2018, and the S&T Profile of the OIC in 2020.