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Success Stories- Akif Zia Khan
Training the trainers to meet the challenges of Power Sector
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Mr. Akif Zia Khan, faculty member at USPCAS-E, NUST visited Arizona State University (ASU) from Jan – Mar 2016 for this purpose and held a series of meetings on curriculum, lab equipment and applied research projects with peer faculty and fellow researchers in Power Systems Research Center (PSERC) at ASU. During his stay at ASU, the collaborative work with Dr. George Karaday of PSERC played an instrumental role in the development of curriculum and power hardware in the loop smart grids laboratory for Electrical Energy Engineering Program at USPCAS-E at National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Pakistan. The participation in different technical workshops and events hosted by the IEEE PES Chapter at ASU resulted in extraordinary capacity building of the faculty under this exchange program and became a true reason of replication of teaching and experimental facilities. The U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Energy initiative is part of USAID’s larger $ 127 million investment that will harness applied research to find innovative and practical solution for Pakistan’s energy, water, agriculture, and food security challenges. USPCAS-E is designed to support Pakistan’s economic development by strengthening the relevance and responsiveness of universities products, including applied and policy research and skilled graduates, to the needs of the public and private sector. The program is working in partnership of Two (02) Pakistani Universities, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)-Islamabad, University of Engineering and Technology (UET)-Peshawar and One (01) International University i.e. Arizona State University (ASU) from United States of America. The major goals of the USPCAS-E is to substantially improve the capacity of Pakistani higher education institution to find innovative solutions to Pakistan’s greatest development challenges related to energy through – applied research & education of graduates & post graduates to meet the needs of Pakistan by enhancing the capacity of academia, industry, communities and leadership in policy dialogue. Besides the funding of 14.9mn USD for programmatic activities like tertiary education development programs, scholarships, exchange program and capacity building; USAID is also funding 5mn USD for infrastructure