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U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Energy (USPCAS-E)

Finding her place in the sun—and harnessing it for energy

For USPCAS-E scholar Muneeza Ahmad, a scholarship provided a life-changing opportunity

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Transformational exchange experience sets scholar on a path to lead

Asfandyar’s transformational exchange experience with USPCAS-E has put him on a path to be a leader.

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Promoting experiential learning at the centers

Pedagogy training participants shared their findings and classroom practices at a wrap-up session on June 27, 2019. 

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USPCAS-E scholars visit Kohat Textile Mill

On June 18, 2019, USPCAS-E scholars from the University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar visited the Kohat Textile Mill.

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Vision and Technology: UNIDO Taps USPCAS-E to Expand Energy Options

Vision and Technology: UNIDO Taps USPCAS-E to Expand Energy Options South Asia is cited as the major producer of biomass resources. This includes agricultural and livestock waste, wood residue from forests, and industrial wastewater from the agriculture industry....
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UET Peshawar National Conference

UET Peshawar National Conference explores investment scope in energy sector

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Working to ensure a bright future for Pakistan

Growing up, Shazmina Jamil had to change minds. She worked to change minds bit by bit in her community and family, changing the concept of who can be an engineer.

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A partnership to power Pakistan’s future

The USAID-funded USPCAS-E program is a partnership between Arizona State University and two leading Pakistani universities: the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) and the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Peshawar, to focus on applied research relevant to Pakistan’s energy needs and help produce skilled graduates in the energy field. An $18 million award supports the project — the largest ASU has ever received from USAID. Learn more


  • Two new buildings at NUST and UET
  • 16 labs and two new libraries developed
  • 13 new degree programs developed at NUST and UET
  • 150+ new courses offered
  • 1000+ M.S. and Ph.D. students enrolled
  • Nearly 300 students have graduated with master’s degrees
  • 48 joint and applied research projects
  • 200+ scholars completed the exchange program
  • 121 student internships
  • 21 public-private partnerships

USPCAS-E in action

Center for Advanced Studies in Energy at NUST

Center for Advanced Studies in Energy at UET

USPCAS-E scholars from the seventh cohort share their highlights from the exchange experience.

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USPCAS-E Spreading the Light – Empowering Off-grid Communities

USPCAS-E applied research projects are focused on finding indigenous energy solutions for communities throughout Pakistan. Working with collaborators at ASU and OSU, researchers installed and tested a microgrid with multiple generation resources in a remote northern Pakistani village. Called the “Hybrid Energy Testbed for Remote Communities,” the project integrates generation from three renewable resources: solar photovoltaic, micro-hydro and biomass. Read more

USPCAS-E Applied Research – Providing Smart Energy Solutions

The goal of this research project is to develop a micro combined heat and power system utilizing biomass resources to provide power and heat to off-grid rural areas — as well as urban areas — facing unreliable power supply. This will not only help the whole country grow more energy efficient but also make Pakistan more prosperous in the future.

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