PCSIR and ECOSF organized the 4th International Conference on Frontiers of Advance Engineering Materials (FAEM-18)

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Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) in collaboration with ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) organized the 4th International Conference on Frontiers of Advanced Engineering Materials (FAEM-18) at PCSIR Laboratories Complex in Lahore- Pakistan on February 19-20, 2018.

The overall objective of this conference was to review problems pertaining to materials in industrial sector, new challenges in research and development of high performance materials and to ascertain design issues for efficiency and profitability without compromising plant safety. The conference provided scientists, engineers and students an opportunity to actively engage in in-depth research discussions on advanced engineering materials, their production and applications. ECOSF was the main collaborator and sponsored participation of Materials Scientists and Engineers from ECO member countries viz., Iran and Kyrgyzstan in the conference.

Federal Minister for Science and Technology, H.E. Rana Tanveer Hussain was the Chief Guest of the conference. The Federal Secretary to the Government of Pakistan for Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), Ms. Yasmeen Masood and President ECOSF Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro were also present and spoke in the inauguration ceremony.

The Federal Minister in his opening speech said that developing the quality human resource will be important to change the future of our country. He underscored that advanced research in engineering materials is a need of the hour to respond to the various challenges in Pakistan. He congratulated PCSIR for consistently organizing the conference on materials and appreciated the efforts of ECOSF and its President Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro for their support in organizing this Conference.

The Secretary MoST Ms. Masood in her speech congratulated PCSIR and ECOSF as well as their leaders for making the conference possible. She emphasized on more engagement of PCSIR with industry for commercialization of research results, and assured of continued support of the MoST to researchers.

Dr. Shahzad Alam, Chairman PCSIR in his speech, welcomed the delegates and guests for their participation in the conference. Dr. Alam thanked the ECOSF and MoST for their partnership and collaboration in organization of this conference on an important subject. Dr. Alam also highlighted the significance of advanced materials and their applications for the advancement of society and improvement of human lives. He also shared the progress of PCSIR with particular reference to engagement with and facilitation to the Industry in commercialization/application of the technologies and processes so developed by the PCSIR.

President ECOSF Prof. Manzoor Soomro in his keynote speech in the inauguration said that Engineering Materials are central for day-to-day life in modern society and used as basic building blocks in different industries. Prof. Soomro stressed that materials have contributed to numerous technological advancements in various fields as diverse as medicine and health, national security, information technology, aerospace, telecommunications and energy. He also underscored that innovations in advanced materials science and engineering can lead to improved materials and solutions to technological, societal, and environmental problems.

Prof. Soomro said that ECOSF strives to support scientific events and collaborative research and also promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, using Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) approach to strengthen the science base of future generations and the regional economy of ECO member states. The ECO region can achieve global competitiveness only if it promotes and produces qualified human resources and a STEM workforce for the development of such materials with which we can respond to the global challenges of water, climate change; energy and food security for future generations, he added. In the end, he appreciated the PCSIR and MoST for their continued efforts to promote Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in Pakistan. Dr. Soomro also chaired the first Technical Session on; “Advanced Engineering Materials”.

Earlier on, Dr. Ms. Quratulain Syed welcomed the guests and participants in the conference and shared the background and aims & objectives of the international conference.

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