Dr. Sabieh Anwar at the 21st gathering of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences

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.

Dr. Anwar presented interesting examples from history and traced the evolution of experiments and laboratories in the Muslim world. He emphasized the importance of developing tools and scientific instruments, cognate with theory and ideas. He presented an analysis of why many Islamic countries fall behind developing a culture that is amenable to the development of experimental science and practical knowledge. Laboratories are not just physical spaces, but also social hubs and have traditionally played an important, but often neglected role in the evolution of scientific knowledge and technology in the Muslim world. After the collapse of the post-colonial paradigm and the blossoming of a new international culture of science, a paradigm shift is required in how Muslim countries face the challenges of conducting meaningful science.
The Islamic World Academy of Sciences is an international academy that links up academies of science from the Islamic comity. The 21st conference was co-organized by the Turkish Academy of Sciences and Necmettin Erbakan University, Konya
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17-year-old passionate Pakistani physicist and his “Electric Honeycomb”

The Faculty at the Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering considers that an active program in scientific outreach is vital for the educational progress of our society. In this vein, Physics Department’s Dr. Sabieh Anwar and his team at the Physlab, have been engaged in community outreach through one of the country’s largest science festivalsreaching out to schools infusing a never-ending quest for scientific inquisitiveness, conducting regional lab immersion programs and sharing physics experiments with Universities across Pakistan.
The Physlab were approached by the Pakistani organizers of the International Young Physics Talent Competition, considered the World Cup of Physics, for preparing and mentoring the Pakistani team comprising of students from around the country. Working with Dr. Sabieh Anwar and the Physlab staff comprising Azeem Iqbal, Umar Hasan, and Muhammad Rizwan, these students addressed ten original problems ranging from mind-baffling phenomena such as electric honeycombs, hot water geysers, rollers on rollers, magnetic trains, ultra-hydrophobic water, acoustic lenses and mechanical machines to generate random numbers! The coaching was completed during an intensive three-month long period where these five students were guided towards finding innovative and rigorous solutions to the assigned problems.
Shaheer’s work on the electric honeycomb involved building a structure that enabled the application of high voltages, constructing a housing with transparent conductive electrodes, and infrared imaging—techniques that our Physlab specializes in. We at LUMS are delighted that we could provide the physical environment and the intimate mentoring to young Pakistani students such as Shaheer Niazi and his teammates.
This was Pakistan’s first appearance in the international competition and we are expecting to support the Pakistani team again.
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Government MAO College visits Physlab

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.

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BIOSENSORS: An opportunity for the future talk by Jean Louis MARTY

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.

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Government College Sahiwal visits Physlab

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 Ahmedimg_6140

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.


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The pearls of Syedanwala Higher Secondary School

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.img_5978

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.

This was followed by a guided tour through the advanced physics labs, in particular, the scanning electron microscope (SEM) and physical properties measurement machines. Students were given the mind-boggling view of brain tissue through the SEM.
Finally, participants were divided into groups and delved into real experiments. For example, they used timing devices to measure oscillations of a pendulum, observed the mechanism of crater formation on planets and the moon, observed resonance modes on taut strings and studied the dynamics of water discharge from an emptying cylinder.

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!

The Syedanwala Higher Secondary School for girls in Kasur has well-equipped labs, a committed teaching faculty, and an inspiring academic environment. The Syed Babar Ali Foundation is providing residents access to affordable world-class high-quality education. The Physlab and its team comprising Azeem Iqbal, Umar Hassan and Obaidullah, led by Dr. Sabieh Anwar are also delightfully playing a part in enthusing a passion for science within the girls at the school.
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LUMS first Shell Eco Marathon Team

A team of 7 students from the department of electrical engineering at LUMS, participated in the Shell Eco-marathon Asia, side-viewheld 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.




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Physlab students ready for SpaceX Hyperloop Competition

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 TeslaSpaceX and academia.

The team was exclusively covered by various international and national media. The team was covered by “Fortune” on their website: (, as well as locally covered by, Express Newspaper and Express TribuneThe Tech and others.

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.head


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