A send-off reception was held in Peshawar for 15 students and one faculty member of U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Energy (USPCAS-E) who will be spending one semester at the Arizona State University (ASU) as part of the exchange program funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The send-off reception was attended by senior officials from University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and USPCAS-E management. The exchange program in partnership with ASU is coordinated through the USAID-funded USPCAS-E project that offers promising students an opportunity to enhance their research skills and industry awareness and will provide faculty members the opportunity to upgrade their teaching and corporate-partnership skills. During their 4-month stay, the exchange scholars will engage in experimental research on energy at ASU labs under the supervision of faculty and are expected to design, execute, and analyze experiments in areas such as batteries, solar panels, etc. They will also take part in industrial visits to learn more about power generation mechanisms in the U.S.
Speaking on the occasion, Vice-Chancellor, University of Engineering and Technology Peshawar, Prof. Dr. Iftikhar Hussain remarked that this exchange program focusing on applied research in energy serves as another hallmark of the partnership between the U.S. and Pakistan for developing strong educational institutions. He also encouraged the students to use this once in a lifetime opportunity to improve their research skills by working with senior Professors at ASU in state of the art energy labs. One of the students, Laraib Shoukat, said that she was very excited about the upcoming visit and exploring the American culture. She is looking forward to the interaction with international researchers and people from across the globe to help refine her engineering skills.