Dr. Sabieh Anwar presented his ideas about experimental science in the Muslim world at the 21st gathering of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences. The meeting took place between 8 and 11 October 2017 in Konya, Turkey which is the final resting place of the celebrated poet Rumi.
The government MAO college Lahore visited Physlab LUMS with thriving curiosity to experience the amazing world of Experimental Physics. Accompanied by their teacher Assistant Professor M. Faisal Waseem Rana, students were received by the Physlab team at the freshmen laboratory. The participants were briefed about the beginning of Physlab by Azeem Iqbal. He told how aiming towards capacity building not only helped create resources for the Physlab but also helped set an aim of creating a student driven experimental physics research laboratory in this part of the world. During the introduction Azeem glided the participants through various sections of the laboratory. Starting from the interactive class demonstrations and the various video documentaries Physlab has prepared over the past two years. It was presented that we share our work with sister institutions and help fellow Pakistani teachers learn about modern ways of teaching Physics through workshops, laboratory immersion programmes and Science Fairs (Lahore Science Mela 2017).
After the presentation Dr. Murtaza Saleem took participants on a guided tour of Physlab. The participants visited Mechanical Workshop, Optics & Solid State Laboratory, Junior Lab, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM), Sputtering and 3D printing centre.
In the end, participants were encouraged to take active part in experimental physics and that they have a lot opportunities to pursue a great career by advancing in physics and that this tour was our part in igniting the passion for science and physics in them.
Jean Louis Marty from Universite de Perpignan, delivered an exciting talk on Biosensors. These sensors are analytical devices incorporating a biological material, or biomimic, intimately associated with or integrated within a physicochemical transducer or transducing microsystem. The main advantages of biosensors are short times of analysis, low cost of assays, portable equipment, real-time measurements, and use as remote devices. Dr. Louis shared that these new technologies have been applied in the quantitaforve analysis of target analytes. The best example is the glucose biosensor for the control of sugar for diabetes.
After the talk, Dr. Louis was taken on a guided tour around the various laboratories housed in the Physics Department at the School of Science and Engineering building. He was delighted to see the kind of facilities and equipment LUMS is offering to its faculty and students and expressed good wishes for future endeavors.
The Physics department of Government College Sahiwal visited the Physlab on Thursday 27th April 2017. The participants comprised of MSc/MPhil students, primarily from the first year, and their teachers. They were all led by the Assistant Professor Rehan Ahmed
The session started off with a brief introduction about the Centre for Experimental Physics Education (CEPE) and its philosophy, the Physlab team opened doors to the various facets of laboratory and took the esteemed visitors through an exciting guided tour of the freshmen, junior and advanced laboratories. The students were highly encouraged to experience the existence of Physics around them through diverse and indigenously developed experimental setups ranging from the study of energy conservation in two dimensions to extreme low temperature cryogenics experiments.
Through junior lab, the participants were guided through advance physics experiments relating to thermal oscillations, magnetic pendulum and the current on going project of developing a low field Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrometer. Students were introduced to the use of modern data acquisition tools and the innovative domain of smart Physics through smartphones and video cameras. A quick flow of Physlab’s vivid demonstrations from electricity, magnetism and mechanics sparked excitement in the participants.
Finally, a tour through the advanced physics labs, in particular, the scanning electron microscope (SEM), the Magnetron’s sputtering machine and the Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM) culminated into the completion of the one day tour of the Physlab. In the end, some words of encouragement and guidance for participants to pursue graduate studies at LUMS were discussed by Dr. Sabieh Anwar.
Students from Syedanwala Higher Secondary School visited the Physlab on Monday 10th April 2017. It was a one-day experiential journey through Physlab’s exciting modes of vivid class demonstrations, lecture series, and hands-on practical work.
The students, primarily from the first year intermediate, and their teachers, brimmed with excitement seeing the demonstrations of concepts of charge and electricity, laser generated mathematical patterns and the skill of performing physical experiments with a camera.
In summary, it was an effort to encourage students to experience the joy of building and performing experiments and revealing that physics is not a discipline buried in dry books. It is alive!
A team of 7 students from the department of electrical engineering at LUMS, participated in the Shell Eco-marathon Asia, held for the first time in Singapore. The competition was attended by around 22,000 people. The event took place at the Changi Exhibition Centre. The students were challenged to push, through the boundaries to build energy efficient vehicles. In total, 123 teams competed from across the Asia-Pacific region. The team, called MotoLUMS, represented Pakistan and presented their prototype vehicle built using an aluminum frame with an in-house ‘carbon fiber’ top to compensate weight for fuel efficiency. The team successfully passed the “Technical and safety inspection” criterion.
The project operations were carried out under the supervision of Energy and Power Systems (EPS) cluster and Physics Lab at SSE, LUMS. The ten months project was mentored by Dr. Nauman Zaffar and Dr. Sabieh Anwar. The team was sponsored by ‘Descon Engineering’, c/o Mr. Abdul Razak Dawood.
The hyperloop is a highly innovative concept that involves high speed, affordable, efficient and safe transportation. The idea was float by is fifth mode of transport floated by Elon Musk in 2013, eventually, aims at transporting humans and freight at top speeds of 760 mph.
Last year Team HyperLUMS was the only team from Pakistan to have qualified for the highly prestigious “SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Design Competition“. Only 120 teams from a competitive pool of 1000+ teams from top-notch universities, including MIT and Stanford, made it to the SpaceX design weekend in the US to present their concept designs in front of the experienced panel of engineers from Tesla, SpaceX and academia.
The team was exclusively covered by various international and national media. The team was covered by “Fortune” on their website: (http://fortune.com/2016/01/29
This year, the team has formed a consortium of Pakistani universities called “Team Burraq” including LUMS, PIEAS, GIKI, NUST hoping to make it all the way through with an improved design. If qualified, the team will build their pod and race it at SpaceX headquarters at Hawthorne, California, USA in the summer.