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

USPCAS-E: The Power of Collaboration Realized

As we close out the USAID-funded portion of the project, we reflect on the project’s many successes.

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This start-up founder wants to help her fellow Pakistanis realize their full potential

Samia Subhan Qureshi is committed to finding efficient energy solutions for her country so that everyone can realize their full potential.

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Growing up off-grid inspired this engineer to improve access to energy and energy-related employment

Zeeshan Saeed’s first-hand experience with severe energy shortages and an overall lack of energy availability shaped his future.

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Building a Network of Energy Engineers for Pakistan’s Future

Sara Sultan is on a mission to improve energy efficiency and to create opportunity and connection for students in Pakistan.

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Curiosity fuels this engineer’s drive to realize a renewable energy future for Pakistan

It was a long road to a Ph.D. program, but M. Ahsan says curiosity drove him to pursue engineering.

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This engineer put renewable energy knowledge to work

Amir Nangyal built his solar energy system after his first semester of study.

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USPCAS-E equips Pakistani communities with the latest technologies in fruit drying using renewable energy

Dr. Suhail Zaki’s brought solar technology to the fruit drying process in his applied research project.

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Single-minded focus drives this engineer toward a renewable future

Noman Khan has a single-minded focus when it comes to clean energy: “It’s simple: We need clean energy.”

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Research Q&A: Improving Pakistan’s Power Distribution Network

Assistant Professor Arsalan Habib Khawaja’s applied research focused on fault detection systems for power distribution networks.

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Following her heart to a sustainable energy future

“This energy crisis can only be reduced by relying on clean energy technologies.”

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Technology Centers set to leverage Pakistan’s enormous solar potential

USPCAS-E Technology Centers set to leverage Pakistan’s enormous solar potential through photovoltaic testing and certification services

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National Energy Research Agenda

A consultative session was organized by ASU to discuss the direction of future energy research in Pakistan; researchers from nine centers attended the event.

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Engaging stakeholders: 6th Stakeholders meeting and think tank dialogue

The 6th Stakeholders Meeting and 3rd Think Tank Dialogue was held in Islamabad, Pakistan, on September 24, 2019.

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Building energy efficiency brick by brick

Industry and academia join forces to improve energy efficiency in Pakistan’s brick kiln sector.

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USPCAS-E Project Archive
A partnership to power Pakistan’s future (2014-2019)

The USAID-funded USPCAS-E program was 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 supported the five-year project from 2014-2019 — the largest ASU had ever received from USAID at the time of the award. 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
  • 375+ students have graduated with master’s degrees
  • 48 joint and applied research projects
  • 217 faculty and student scholars completed the exchange program
  • 121 student internships
  • 21 public-private partnerships

USPCAS-E Applied Research

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

Conserving Energy Resources

If industry can increase profitability and operate equipment in a greener way, such benefits also impact society at large.That’s the hope behind research conducted by USPCAS-E. An applied research project resulted in energy-saving equipment that’s likely to deliver considerable savings to Pakistan-based Coronet Foods, a subsidiary of English Biscuit Manufacturers.

Natural gas prices have skyrocketed in Pakistan. General industry saw a 40 percent increase and the power sector took a 57 percent hike. That’s bad news for bakeries like Coronet Foods, which relies on gas for production. Working with USPCAS-E faculty and students, Coronet Foods developed a heat-recovery system. Read more


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.

The U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Energy

Center for Advanced Studies in Energy at NUST

Center for Advanced Studies in Energy at UET