Wind Mill @ Numaish Karachi, April 2015

The Hawai Chakki Project

Frere Hall, Karachi

Numaish Karachi was an exhibition of over two dozen installations which aimed to open up public spaces for cultural production. It was organized by the social awareness campaign, ‘I Am Karachi’ to promote science education and cultural activities. The first of four public exhibitions was held at Frere Hall in April, 2015.

Habib University‘s School of Science & Engineering’s faculty and students were responsible for a few of the installations at the exhibition. Among them was the ‘Hawaii Chakki’, or windmill, which harnesses wind energy to produce electrical energy.




Inspiring women in STEM

Zainab Nagin Cox – NASA JPL1

About Zainab Nagin Cox – NASA JPL1

Nagin graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering and a BA in Psychology and was commissioned as an officer in the US Air Force. As a lieutenant, she was stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio and worked as a systems engineer in the F-16 aircrew training. Then she attended the Air Force Institute of Technology where she received a master’s degree in Space Operations Systems Engineering. As a captain, she served as an Orbital Analyst at NORAD/Space Command in Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Springs. After leaving the Air Force to pursue more civilian space applications, she joined JPL in 1993 and began her time on planetary missions working in outer solar system projects. She served as the Deputy Team Chief of the engineering spacecraft flight team for NASA/JPL’s Galileo mission to Jupiter until February of 2000. She then moved to inner solar system exploration as the Deputy Team Chief of the Spacecraft/Rover Engineering Flight Team on the JPL Mars Exploration Rover Missions. (more…)

Quantum Computation … and Akbar?

By Jibran Rashid


At Habib, our undergraduate students are not only allowed, but also expected, to contribute to cutting edge problems in faculty project. This is exemplified in Dr. Jibran’s informal quantum information and computation discussion group, where students are introduced to fundamental quantum concepts such as non-locality and entanglement.

The deal with quantum

A ball thrown at a wall returns to its origin with velocity equal in magnitude but opposite in direction (assuming an ideal setup). In other words the direction or sign associated with the velocity in the beginning and at the end is anti-correlated. This is a direct consequence of the laws of physics. In essence these laws serve as a fundamental guiding principle through which we derive physical consequences such as the correlations above. The example may seem mundane given that such correlations are part of our every day experience. The intriguing nature of correlations produced by quantum physics (known as nonlocality) however defy such an intuitive explanation. In order to obtain a better appreciation of this quantum behaviour let us take a historical detour … (more…)


Protein Engineering; A Rational and Practical Approach in Biotechnology

Protein engineering is one of the most powerful and remarkable developments in biotechnology. It has been used over decades to manipulate amino acid sequence at gene level leading to novel protein with desired functions. Construction of gene at will in order to produce new protein structure is no longer dream due to the advancements in the field of genetic engineering. This exciting area of research has enormous commercial applications with huge impact on industry ranging from drug designing to stem cell research, bio engineering, chemical industry, environment, food and agriculture. Protein engineering is relatively new field gaining lots of attention, has had major breakthrough in medical science with the production of insulin; may play vital role in nearly every field in future.

This talk of Dr. Samina Yasmin gave students and other audience an overview of genetic modification and their applications in biotechnology. This talk essentially provides a basic understanding and insight in the prevailing approaches and strategies used in protein engineering in order to generate efficient and novel protein with improved functionality.



Habib University Hour of Code

How can you get the squirrel to the acorn? That is a puzzle that luminaries from diverse fields are encouraging you to solve.

Habib University is constantly looking for ways to engage constructively with the society. In December 2014, HU hosted an Hour of Code, as part of a global movement aimed at promoting Computer Science awareness and to increase participation in Computer Programming or “coding”. The Hour of Code is endorsed by figures like Malala Yusufzai, Barack Obama, Shakira, NBA star Chris Bosh, musician, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and many others.