Technological advances dominate the world in which we live and well-qualified materials engineers are needed to cope with them. Their areas of concern are wide and varied. Whether it is production of a light but strong material for an aircraft wing or of a material for an artificial hip with all the properties of a bone, we need the expertise of a material engineer. He/she collaborates with engineers of other specializations to investigate problems such as the analysis of the structural failure of a bridge, the amount of wear of an engine component, or the corrosion of deep-sea oilrigs.
The engineer of tomorrow must be technically competent, market-conscious, commercially adept, environmentally sensitive and responsive to human needs. The curriculum of the faculty aims at producing such a multi-dimensional engineer. It provides a broad range of fundamental courses at the earlier stages and progressively leads the students to areas of their specializations. It includes the principles that govern the properties of metals, polymers, ceramics and composites, and the whole range of technologies which produce these materials and nanomaterials.
The Faculty offers 4 year BS program in Materials Engineering which deals with a broad understanding of materials and the manufacturing of components. It offers following streams:
Rapid commercialization of conventional and modern, man-made products gave birth to process industry. The dynamics of the industry requires group of highly trained professionals from almost all engineering disciplines. However chemical engineer organizes his/her coordination at the process plant and thus deemed as process brain. Such responsibility demands basic knowledge of all conventional trades of engineering in addition to in-depth knowledge of large-scale industrial dynamics. Continuous & safe process operation is an exclusive responsibility of this trade, in addition to design, problem investigation and troubleshooting. Well-versed chemical engineer, during his/her career, usually encounters a diverse field of application in thermodynamics dictating unit processes.
The faculty offers a 4-years degree program in chemical engineering detailing basic principles & mathematics of process operations in the first two years. Third & final year deal with the advanced level of the trade closely selected to cope the industrial requirements.
The newly established laboratories are the prime feature, providing state of the art equipment. Most of the laboratories are designed having conventional features imitated by the more sophisticated and risk free digital equipment. Experiments are designed to trigger the thinking of students and not just mere data logging.
Quality of modern living standards has encouraged the mass production of various utilities, necessities and amenities. Since the birth of process & processing industry, after 18th century, there is a dramatic increase in its volume. Population trends and chain of never ending new/modern products ensures the growth in this sector. Furthermore struggling third world countries like Pakistan are now focusing to process their raw materials in their own facilities. When it comes to realization, chemical engineers become an essential part of the team to chart the layout and erection of the new production line. Existing plants also require chemical engineers not only supervising & ensuring their smooth operation but also for troubleshooting, demanding interaction between the engineers and scientists from various other fields. Resources at the faculty are designed to inculcate the necessary knowledge, practices and behavioral aspects in to the graduates, prerequisites for the responsibilities of professional life. Chemical engineers find their utility in various industries including chemical & petrochemical, nuclear, energy, oil & gas, food, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, and in various defense sectors, in addition to emerging research fields. Furthermore, these engineers are equipped to collaborate with different resources at the plant including management, utility engineers and above all with the technicians and plant operators as they will be their observing eyes in the field.
Graduates should be sound in fundamentals of engineering in addition to the advanced knowledge of the very field. They are expected to act logically and ethically both while in normal operating conditions and under stress induced by any plant emergency. They should behave like a captain of the ship having keen observation on the plant activities and be able to communicate with other professionals at the facility.