Omar Farooq Anjum, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Integrated Sciences & Mathematics
Dhanani School of Science & Engineering


Omar Anjum earned his Ph.D. from the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) based in the Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics at the University of Southampton (United Kingdom). He did experimental research on nonlinear parametric interactions in multi-mode waveguides in close collaboration with theorist colleagues at the ORC and with Sumitomo (Japan), with a view to understanding key physical phenomena for potential applications in optical signal processing for next generation telecommunications systems.

He has delivered (oral) presentations on his research at leading technical conferences in the USA (at OFC Conference) and Europe (at ECOC), and has served as a referee for the IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics and the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics.

Omar Anjum holds a Master of Science in Applied Physics from Cornell University (USA), and a Bachelor of Science (with honors) in Mathematics, Operations Research, Statistics, and Economics from the University of Warwick (UK).

At Habib, Omar Anjum is most interested in developing pedagogical tools and approaches that best engage students of science and engineering. This involves creative use and presentation of language(s), visual and geometrical information, and of interactive tools and techniques to help attain deeper understanding of concepts and methods in mathematics and physics.

Professional Experience
In the past, Omar Anjum has worked as researcher in the Intelligent Transport Systems group at Transport Research Laboratory (UK). There, he performed technology testing, statistical and economic analysis, and operational studies in diverse areas including electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, and satellite-positioning based road pricing.

His prior teaching experience includes working as instructor of mathematics at the Center for Advanced Studies in Engineering (Pakistan), where he taught nearly the entire mathematics curriculum for computer science and engineering undergraduates.

Moreover, he has also worn the hat of entrepreneur in the past, founding a (physical) retail clothing store, designing all features starting from store layout, lighting and signage right up to custom programming of inventory management and barcoding software.


  • Ph.D. in Optoelectronics, University of Southampton (UK)
  • M.S. in Applied Physics, Cornell University (USA)
  • B.S. (Hons) in Mathematics, Operations Research, Statistics and Economics, University of Warwick (UK)

Courses Taught

  • Modern Physics
  • Numerical Methods
  • Complex Variables and Transforms
  • Vector Calculus
  • Linear Algebra

Selected Publications

  • O. F. Anjum, P. Horak, Y. Jung, M. Suzuki, Y. Yamamoto, T. Hasegawa, P. Petropoulos, D. J. Richardson, and F. Parmigiani, “Bandwidth enhancement of inter-modal four wave mixing bragg scattering by means of dispersion engineering,” APL Photonics, vol. 4, no. 2, p. 022 902, 2019. DOI: 10.1063/1.5048495.
  • O. F. Anjum, M. Guasoni, P. Horak, Y. Jung, P. Petropoulos, D. J. Richardson, and F. Parmigiani, “Polarization insensitive four wave mixing based wavelength conversion in few-mode optical fibers,” Journal of Lightwave Technology, vol. 36, no. 17, pp. 3678–3683, 2018. DOI: 10.1109/ JLT.2018.2834148.

Honors and Awards

  • International Doctoral Scholars Grant – an enhanced full scholarship for PhD studies awarded to the very best doctoral candidates (top 10%), regardless of national origin. Established by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council in the United Kingdom.
  • Top-scored paper award at the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC), Rome.
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