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Local QECs

​ Local Quality Enhancement Cells at NUST Institutions 

NUST has a unique structure of having twenty-two teaching institutions as colleges, schools, institutes and centers. These institutions are independent in their working but under academic control of the NUST. In order to effectively implement the QA policies and programs with uniform pace and standard across the university, a Local Quality Enhancement Cells (LQEC) has been established at each constituent institution which functions in collaboration with QAD. Following are the profiles of the Directors of LQECs:​

​College of Aeronautical Engineering (CAE), Risalpurd

Engr. Zia Mehmood
Director (LQEC)
Department of Aerospace​ Engineering ​
NUST, Risalpur Campus - (Pakistan)
Off: 0923-631391-7 Ext 7887
Cell: 0333-2290495
Fax: 0937873294
Engr Zia Mahmood is a postgraduate of Air University, Islamabad in the discipline of Aerospace Engineering. He started his professional career as an Instructor at School of Aeronautics, PAF where he served for four years. Later he worked as Maintenance Engineer and Base Training Officer.  Afterwards, he was posted to College of Aeronautical Engineering (NUST); he served as an Instructor at Department of Aerospace for about four years. Throughout his stay, he remained actively involved in Research and Teaching assignments. Subsequently, he served as Project Director in a Research & Development setup for about five years; where he was actively involved in managing and executing in a number of Research & prototype Development projects. Since October, 2017, he was performing duties as Director LQEC, CAE NUST.

​School of Chemical & Materials Engineering (SCME), Islamabad

​Dr. Abdul Qadeer Malik
Director (LQEC)
NUST, Sector H-12 Campus, Islamabad-Pakistan
Off: 051-9085-5109
Cell: 0302-5084846
Fax: 051-9085-5002
​ Dr A.Q.Malik did his PhD in Physical Chemistry in 1986 from the University of ESSEX (England), the UK. He has about fifty years experimental/R & D experience in Defence Science & Technology Organization (DESTO) including over ten years academic experience in SCME (NUST). During his stay in DESTO & SCME (NUST) he also gained experienced in Quality Assurance (QA). In recognition of his meritorious services, he was awarded President's award for Pride of Performance in the field of Explosives Engineering in 2001. Besides, his name has been included in “Galaxies of who's who in Pakistan 2007" designated as “Star Laureate 2007" by South Asia publications. He is presently working as senior faculty member in the School of Chemical & Materials Engineering (SCME) since January 2006".

​Research Centre for Modeling & Simulation (RCMS), Islamabad

​Dr. Ammar Mushtaq
Director (LQEC)
Sector H-12 Campus, Islamabad - Pakistan
Off: 051-9085 – 5736
Cell: 0323-4563474
Fax: 051-9085 -5702
​Dr. Ammar Mushtaq completed his BS in Computational Physics from University of the Punjab, Lahore in 2008 and his Masters in Computational Science and Engineering from National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad in 2010. Currently he is working as Lecturer in RCMS NUST since 2012 and has been looking after LQEC of RCMS since January 2013. His research interests include both active and passive techniques for separation control in compressors and turbines. He was also actively involved in HEC projects “External Flow Analysis of Trucks being used in Pakistan for Drag Reduction with the Aim of Achieving Substantial Fuel Savings” and “Aerodynamic Design and Optimization of an Energy Efficient Ceiling Fan”.

​College of Civil Engineering (MCE), Risalpur

​Dr Muhammad Irfan
Director (LQEC)       
NUST, Risalpur Campus-Pakistan
Off: 0923-221562
Cell: 0300-9652413 
Fax: 0923-63 1127

​Dr. Muhammad Irfan was commissioned in Pak Army Corps of Engineers in 1994. He is a graduate (with honours) from Military College of Engineering Risalpur. He holds MS Civil Engineering and a Ph.D. degree from Purdue University, USA. Dr. Irfan has also qualified Applied Management Principles Program (Mini-MBA) from Krannert School of Management, USA. He has served as the Head of Transportation Engineering Department at National Institute of Transportation (NIT), NUST for four years (2010-2014). Dr. Irfan has more than 20 years of work experience in various disciplines of Civil Engineering with emphasis on highway infrastructure engineering and management systems, and transportation systems evaluation/ decision-making. He has presented his research work at a significant number of international conferences and authored several peer-reviewed archival journal (ISI indexed Impact factor) publications. He has supervised over 20 MS thesis research studies and has over 40 publications to his credit. He is recipient of numerous prestigious awards including Best Dissertation Award and Outstanding Research Award at Purdue University, USA, International Road Federation Award, USA and Best University Teacher Award by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. Dr. Irfan is also Consultant with NHA and FWO on various National level projects. Currently, he is Head of Department (HoD) (Construction Engineering and Management), Deputy Controller of Examination (DCE) and Director Local Quality Enhancement Cell (DLEQC) at Military College of Engineering (MCE), Risalpur Campus of National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST).​

​College of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering (Coll of E&ME), Rawalpindi

​Dr. Shoab Ahmed Khan
Director (LQEC)
NUST, Rawalpindi Campus. (Pakistan)
Off: 051-2229561
Cell: 0321-8568714
Fax: 051-9278048

Dr Shoab Ahmed Khan has a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA. Dr Shoab Ahmed Khan is actively involved in research and development and has been awarded five US patents and 300+ international publications. His book titled, “Digital Design of Signal Processing Systems: A Practical Approach”, by John Willey & Sons, a renowned publisher of UK was published in February 2011.  He has led the team that has developed DSCR, the first Network Centric System and indigenously developed SDR for Pakistan Army. He has been awarded Tamgh-e-Imtiaz for his contribution in the field of Engineering. He has also been a recipient of National Education Award in the category of “Outstanding Services to Science and Technology”, and NCR National Excellence Award in the category of IT Education. He has served in Department of Computer Engineering; College of EME NUST since 1997 and at present is the head of department.

​Pakistan Navy Engineering College (PNEC), Karachi

​Dr. Sajjad Haider Zaidi 
Director (LQEC)        
NUST, PNS Jahuhar,
Habib Ibrahim Rehmatullah Road, Karachi Campus-Pakistan
Off:: 021-4850 3044
Fax:  021-4850 3035  

Dr Syed Sajjad H. Zaidi received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical engineering from the National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan, in 1998 and 2006, respectively, and the Doctorate in Electrical from Michigan State University, East Lansing, in 2010. He enjoys professional experience spread over more 20 years. He has served onboard many ships and destroyers. He also served in the Marine System Limited for applied research projects. He was appointed in the Department of Electronics and Power Engineering, Pakistan Navy Engineering College, Karachi. He has established Power Research Laboratory (PRL) at PNEC with prime aim to undertake projects related to Power and related systems. He is presently working on funded projects from Higher Education Commission, US Aid, National Engineering and Scientific Commission, and local industry. Among his diversified research interests are power systems, acoustic intelligence, time–frequency distribution, pattern recognition, fault prognosis. Presently, he is performing duties of Director Quality Assurance. He is actively involved in the education management activities being undertaken by PEC to introduce Outcome based education. He is member of the National task force for OBE implementation. He is also performing duties of the Advisor to Commandant for Implementation of OBE in NUST – PNEC.

​Military College of Signals (MCS), Rawalpindi

​Dr Saeed Murtaza
Associate Professor
Director (LQEC)        
NUST, MCS Campus,
Hamayun Road Rawalpindi – Pakistan
Off: 051-561119/ Ext-3260
Cell: 0333-5142654
Fax: 051-9270283

​Dr Saeed Murtaza did her Ph.D (1992) in Physics with specialization in Mathematical Modelling and Computer Simulations from the School Physics and Space Research. The University of Birmingham, UK. After doing his PhD, Dr Saeed Murtaza joined a very prestigious Govt. Organization and was actively involved in research of very sensitive nature for six years. He joined NUST in 1998 as Asstt Prof. He was promoted to assoc Prof in 2000. He teaches many different mathematics course at UG and PG level. He has supervised many UG and PG final semesters / degree projects. He is also a member of Guidance and Evaluation Committee (GEC) of many PhD students. His area of interest is mathematical modeling and simulation of physical processes.

​School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (SCEE-IESE), Islamabad

​Prof. Dr. Muhammad Fahim Khokhar
Director (LQEC)
NUST,Sector H-12 Campus.Islamabad-Pakistan
Off: 051- 9085-4308
Cell: 0341-8422377
Fax: 051-90854202
​Dr. Muhammad fahim Khokhar is working as Professor at Institute of Environmental Sciene and Engineering, National University of Sciences and Technology (IESE-NUST) Islamabad, Pakistan. He had his Doctoral Degree from University of Leipzig, Germany. He excelled himself in satellite remote sensing, DOAS (differential optical absorption spectroscopy) technique, data retrieval algorithm and analysis. He had three post doctorates on his creditAt IESE, Dr Khokhar is the team leader of C-CARGO (Climate Change and Atmospheric chemistry Research Group). He is motivated to explore the atmospheric composition over Pakistan and to prepare regional database of different greenhouse and trace gases by exploiting both satellite and ground-based observations. He is also the lead researcher of Winter Fog Project - a joint venture of South Asian countries and ICIMOD (International Center for integrated Mountain Development)​

​School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (SCEE-IGIS), Islamabad

Dr Ali Tahir  
Assistant Porfessor  
Director (LQEC)   
NUST, Sector H-12 Campus, Islamabad-Pakistan
Off: 051- 9085-4476
Cell: 0322-5020145
Fax: 051-90854402

Dr. Ali Tahir received his BSc (Hons) degree in Computing and Information Systems in 2004 from Oxford Brookes University and subsequently a Master’s degree in Geographical Information Science (GIS) from University of Nottingham in 2006. Ali completed his PhD in Geoinformatics from the School of Computer Science and Informatics at University College Dublin, Ireland. Recently, he has completed his post-doctorate at the Geoenvironmental Research Centre, School of Engineering, Cardiff University.

​School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (SCEE-NIT), Islamabad

​Dr. Abdur Rehman Nasir 
Assistant Professor
Director (LQEC)
NUST, Sector H-12 Campus, Islamabad-Pakistan
Off: 051-9085-4168
Cell: 0333-3166876
Fax: 051-9085 4102
Dr. Abdur Rehman Nasir is a civil engineer with 08 years of experience of working in the construction industry and research.  Dr. Nasir has got the 04 years exposure of working with the major construction stakeholders i.e. Client, Consultant and the Construction Contractor. Mr. Nasir has taken part in various local and international research studies during his Masters and Ph.D. studies pertaining to Building Information Modeling, Construction law, Cost and Time Overruns in Construction Industry, Construction Labor social position, Machine and Labor Productivity, Construction Instructional Design and Virtual Reality in Construction.

​School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (SCEE-NICE), Islamabad

​Dr. Rao Arsalan Khushnood 
Director (LQEC)
NUST, Sector H-12 Campus, Islamabad-Pakistan
Off: 051-9085-4615
Cell:  0333-9912091 
Fax: 051-90854502 

​Dr. Rao Arsalan Khushnood received his doctorate degree in the field of Civil (Structural) Engineering from Politecnico di Torino, Italy in 2015. He was also awarded with Canadian government scholarship during his PhD to propose guidelines for the rehabilitation of concrete pavement under extreme weather condition in Winnipeg, Canada. He is a member of Pakistan Engineering Council, Institute of Civil Engineers UK, American Society of Civil Engineers, and American Concrete Institute. His doctorate research mainly focuses on nano-modificent strategies in high performance self-compacting cementitious systems for the possible improvements in the mechanical behavior, refinement of microstructure and the enhanced shielding effectiveness against electromagnetic interference (EMI). He has presented his research work at a significant number of international conferences and authored several peer-reviewed archival journal (ISI indexed Impact factor) publications. He is currently supervising several MS-Research students in the area of self-healing and nano-modified cementitious matrices.​​

School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering (SMME), Islamabad

​Dr. Zaib Ali,
Assistant Professor
Director (LQEC)
NUST, Sector H-12 Campus, Islamabad-Pakistan
Off: 051-9085-6056
Cell: 0333-1739958​
Fax: 051-9085-6002
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​Dr. Zaib Ali holds PhD degree in Engineering from University of Cambridge, UK. He is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering from College of EME, NUST and completed his Masters in Computational Mechanics from University of Wales, Swansea, UK in 2009. He research interests include Computational Fluid Dynamics, grid generation for Computational Mechanics, Computational Aeroacoustics and Engineering Optimization. He has authored and collaborated on several journal and conference articles. He is recipient of MSc Erasmus Mundus Scholarship, Cambridge Trusts PhD Scholarship, and Rolls-Royce Research grant. Currently, he is member of Computational Mechanics Research Group at the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. 

​School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (SEECS), Islamabad

​Engr. Taufique-ur-Rehman
Director (LQEC)
NUST, Sector H-12 Campus, Islamabad-Pakistan
Off: 051-9085-2160
Cell: 0332-8544134
Fax: 051-8317363

​Engr. Taufique-ur-Rehman is a graduate of College of Aeronautical Engineering and earned his bachelor’s degree from NED University of Engg and Technology Karachi in Avionics Engineering.  He did his MS in Software Engineering from NUST, Pakistan in 2004 with the President’s Gold Medal for attaining first position with a cumulative GPA of 3.92 on a scale of 4.0.  Through an extended career of more than three decades, he carries a highly diversified experience of serving on a wide variety of assignments.  From being Officer-in-charge of the entire Telecommunications Network of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, Kamra to Director Networks at Air Headquarters Islamabad, he has an extensive experience and significant contributions in the field of ICT, along with teaching at CAE, RCMS and currently in Dept. of Computing at SEECS since September, 2015.  In addition to teaching, he is also assigned the additional responsibilities of LQEC, Faculty Sponsor NUST Entrepreneurs Club and also overseeing SEECS Student Affairs and Industrial Liaison Offices.  During his previous service, he also been duly acknowledged through various awards conferred upon him at different occasions of his career including, TI (M), awarded on 23 March, 2004 and Professional Excellence Badge (PEB), awarded on 28 July, 1997.

​NUST Business School (NBS), Islamabad

Ms. Maria Khan
Assistant Professor - Dept of Management & HR
Director (LQEC)
NUST, Sector H-12 Campus, Islamabad-Pakistan
Off: 051-9085-3220
Fax: 051-9085-3002


Ms. Maria Khan has taught different areas of HRM to undergraduate as well as postgraduate students including MBA, BBA, BPA as well as BS Accounting and Finance. Apart from classroom teaching, she uses Experiential and Cooperative learning teaching techniques through business games, simulations, outdoor activities and applied projects to provide students with a holistic learning experience. Her background includes working for a multinational information security company where she held numerous strategic positions including Senior HR Manager (London, Islamabad) and Business Development Executive (London, Islamabad).

Apart from her teaching and research responsibilities, she holds the position of Director Local Quality Enhancement Cell at NUST Business School (NBS). This position involves documenting and reviewing various coordination and management mechanisms of all academic processes at NBS. The position also involves preparation and coordination of internal and external academic audits of NBS.  She is also involved in conducting corporate training sessions for industry practitioners in multiple fields of HR including Negotiation, Talent Management and Team Building. Her key interest nowadays lies in industry research & consulting where she has been involved in designing multiple HR solutions for companies in Pakistan.

Ms. Khan has obtained her specialist masters degree in International Human Resource Management and Comparative Industrial Relations from the University of Manchester, UK.


School of Social Sciences (S3H), Islamabad

Ms. Nazia Malik
Assistant Professor
Director (LQEC)
NUST, Sector H-12 Campus, Islamabad-Pakistan
Off: 051-9085-3655
Fax: 051-9085-3502
​Ms. Nazia Malik is a Public administration graduate from National University of Singapore, Lee Kaun Yew School of Public Policy. She had also done MBA and MCS from University of the Punjab, Lahore. She has a diverse portfolio spanning over 10 years of federal and provincial government project management, M&E and teaching at different universities of Pakistan. She had supervised the Quality Enhancement Cells of the W Category private sector universities across Pakistan while working as Project Manager at Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan. She had also done monitoring and evaluation of Punjab government projects while deputed at Directorate General of Monitoring & Evaluation, P&D Dept, Punjab Govt. She had also conceived, planned and managed different IT related projects during her tenure at Punjab Information Technology as a Project Manager. She had taught as full time faculty member for altogether 7 years at Institute of Administrative Sciences, University of the Punjab and Foundation University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and as visiting faculty member at different departments and institutes of Punjab University, Government College (GC) University, Lahore, University of Management and Technology (UMT) Lahore, Pakistan Institute of Management Sciences (PakAIMS) Lahore, University of Central Punjab (UCP), Lahore.

​Atta-ur-Rahman School of Applied Biosciences (ASAB), Islamabad

​Dr. Muhammad Faraz Bhatti 
Assistant Professor
Plant Biotechnology
Director (LQEC)
NUST, Sector H-12 Campus, Islamabad-Pakistan
Off: 051-9085-6136
Cell: 0333-8554648 
Fax: 051-9085-6102

Muhammad Faraz Bhatti is serving as an Assistant Professor at Atta-ur-Rahman School of Applied Biosciences (ASAB), National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST) since, January 2012. He received his M.Sc (Hons) degree in Plant Breeding and Genetics from University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (UAF) in 2007. Later, in the same year he was awarded a prestigious overseas scholarship by Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan to commence his PhD studies at one of the finest and top ranked institute of the world, Imperial College London (UK). During his stay at Imperial College, he investigated the role of double-stranded RNA mycoviruses and their effects on human opportunistic pathogen, Aspergillus fumigatus. In October 2011, he acquired his PhD degree from Imperial College London in the field of Molecular Biology and is now back in NUST to serve the nation.​

​School of Natural Sciences (SNS), Islamabad

​Dr. Muhammad Ishaq
Director (LQEC)        
NUST, Sector H-12 Campus, Islamabad-Pakistan
Off: 051-90855591
Cell: 0345-9176699
Fax: 051-90855552
​Dr. Muhammad Ishaq and working as Assistant Professor at School of Natural Sciences (SNS), National University of Science and Technology Islamabad, with effect from 7th May, 2012. I completed my Ph.D in February 2012 from Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences GC University Lahore. My area of research is Commutative Algebra. In this area, I have five research papers which are published or have been accepted for publications in ISI journals. I participated and gave talks in algebra conferences organized by ASSMS. I visited Institute of Mathematics “Simion Stoilow” of the Romanian Academy on their invitation for scientific collaboration. During my stay in Romania I completed two research papers.

​School of Art and Designing Architectures (SADA), Islamabad

​Dr. Anita Kapadia
Director (LQEC)        
NUST, Sector H-12 Campus, Islamabad-Pakistan
Off: 051-9085-5435
Cell: 0333-3889952
Fax: 051-90855402


​Dr. Anita Kapadia is working Associate Professor at SADA-National University of Science and Technology Islamabad, with effect from 17 August 2010. I completed my PhD from (Cardiff University, UK) in 2007, MPhil (Cardiff University, UK) in 2001 and B Arch (NED University, Karachi) in 1999. I have done various Certificate Courses which include Project Management (Cardiff University, UK), Global Civil Society (LSE, UK), International Law (LSE, UK), Property Law (Cardiff University), Contract Law (Cardiff University, UK). Area of my Specialization is ‘Urban design and Architectural Criticism’ and my Research Interests are Architectural Education, Urban Issues and Policy Guidelines, Sustainable Development, Architectural Criticism and Theory.​


U.S. Pakistan Center for Advance Studies in Energy (USPCASE-E), Islamabad

​Dr. Muhammad Bilal Sajid 
Asstt Professor 
Director (LQEC)        
NUST, Sector H-12 Campus, Islamabad-Pakistan
Off: 051-90855335
Cell: 0321-9989991
Fax: 051-90855272



Dr Sajid joined USPCASE, NUST in September 2016. His research interests include energy efficiency, green buildings, industrial energy management, sustainability, renewable energy resources and fossil fuels. He is involved in teaching variety of courses in the field of energy.  He holds PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering awarded by KAUST, KSA in 2015. He obtained his MS Mechanical Engineering from UET Taxila in 2006 and BSc (Hons) Mechanical Engineering from UET Lahore in 2004. He has earned professional certifications of Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) from Association of Energy Engineers, USA. He is also certified professional in ‘Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE)’ by International Finance Corporation (IFC), World Bank Group.  Prior to joining NUST, he has been working as Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at GIK Institute. Moreover, he has four years of professional work experience.​​

Center for International Peace and Stability (CIPS), Islamabad

​Dr. Ahmed Waqas Waheed
Asstt Professor​ 
Director (LQEC)         
NUST, Sector H-12 Campus, Islamabad-Pakistan
Off: 051-90856796
Cell: 0321-5574934
Fax: 051-9271577

 Dr. Ahmed Waqas Waheed took graduate training at the University of Sussex, UK and completed his Ph.D. from Queen Mary, University of London, UK. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Centre of  International Peace and Stability, NUST. He has previously taught at such reputable institutions as Forman Christian College Lahore and Bahria University Islamabad.

Center for Counseling and Career Advisory (C3A), Islamabad

Dr. Gulnaz Zahid
Asstt Professor​ 
Director (LQEC)         
NUST, Sector H-12 Campus, Islamabad-Pakistan
Off: 051-9085 1580
Cell: 0323-9513991
Fax: 051-9085 1572

Dr. Gulnaz Zahid is serving as an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Counseling and Career advisory (C3A), National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST) in Islamabad.  Her experience and education revolve around her aim of life and that is to contribute in and promote quality education. 

She has completed her PhD from Quaid-e-Azam University and area of her research falls within Educational Psychology. She has work experience and research experience relating to the field of education.

She worked for eight years in this field which includes teaching and counseling special children, counseling school refusal cases, leading and conducting provincial level master training on alternative to corporal punishment in schools, working in lead positions for child right protection and for school improvement programs and teaching at the graduate and post graduate level.

She has published three research articles with the reputed journals. Other than this, one of her review articles has been accepted for publication and three more articles have been submitted to three different jo​urnals for review. These publications pertain to education-related areas such as school climate, review of text books and role of education expert in universities.  Currently, she is working on two research projects which focus upon exploring career thoughts and influence of student personality on assessment.

Research Institute for Microwave and Millimeter-Wave Studies (RIMMS), Islamabad

Dr. Farooq Tahir
Asstt Professor​ 

Director (LQEC)
NUST, Sector H-12 Campus, Islamabad-Pakistan
Off: 051-9085 2556
Cell: 0333-6692822
Fax: 051-9085 2502


Dr Tahir received his Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Engineering and Technology Lahore, Pakistan in 2005.  He was awarded Master’s Degree in Radio Frequency Telecommunications and Microelectronics (TRFM) from "University of Nice" France in 2008.  Dr Tahir worked towards his PhD Degree in a leading French Research Lab LAAS-CNRS under the Research Group “Micro and Nanosystems for Wireless Communications for 03 years”. He joined NUST as Assistant Professor in Nov. 2011. His area of research includes Electromagnetics and Antennas.​

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