Department of Materials Science & Engineering

About Department

The Department of Materials Science & Engineering (DMSE) at PAF-IAST is at the forefront of imparting education and conducting cutting-edge research in materials science and engineering with a focus on skill development in Pakistan. Established in 2021, the department is driven by a vision to empower the nation through advanced materials research and education.

Materials play a vital role in shaping the progress of societies, ensuring state security, and driving a strong national economy. Recognizing this, DMSE is dedicated to materials-oriented research and education that reflects the comprehensive strength of our country. It is believed that becoming a world-class university in the 21st century requires to establish a materials program of global standards.
DMSE is committed to designing, creating, and characterizing new materials while also improving existing materials to make a positive societal impact. The degree programs offer a dynamic blend of teaching techniques, delivered by esteemed faculty members who have garnered top-tier materials research ratings. Moreover, through collaborations with renowned Austrian and Chinese universities, DMSE has designed the programs to meet international standards, ensuring that the students acquire both fundamental and applied knowledge of materials.

At DMSE, the faculty members provide students with a profound understanding of the structures, processes, and mechanisms that influence material properties. The department foster an environment that nurtures innovation and challenges students to become forward-thinking problem solvers. By the end of their degree, the students are equipped with the skills to develop materials that fuel the unimpeded progress of technology.

In line with institute’s commitment to excellence and the evolving needs of the materials field, department has recently introduced courses in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and related disciplines. The revised curriculum equips students with the knowledge and skills to leverage AI techniques in materials research, development, and design. By integrating AI into the program, DMSE prepare students to tackle complex materials challenges and contribute to future technological advancements.

Join the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at PAF-IAST, and embark on a transformative journey where one will gain a deep understanding of materials and become an agent of innovation and progress in the engineering field.

Our Vision

To provide quality education with practical experience as per international standards and bridge academia-industry linkages.

Our Mission

The Department of Materials Science & Engineering is committed to providing quality education through fundamental engineering knowledge and project-based learning. The department aims to prepare graduates who have entrepreneurial acumen and professional skills to provide engineering solutions, by working closely with the relevant industries such extractive metallurgical, mineral processing etc. and research institutes.



Ph.D. in Materials Engineering

Dr. Arshad Hussain

Professor & Dean

Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering

Dr. Muhammad Aftab Akram

Assistant Professor & HOD

Ph.D. in Materials and Surface Engineering

Dr. Ghufran ur Rehman

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Chemical Process Engineering / Nanomaterials

Dr. Muhammad Zubair Khan

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. in Advanced Energy and System Technology

Dr. Saira Bibi

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering

Dr. Samrina Sahir

Assistant Professor (IPFP Fellow)

Ph.D in Materials Science & Chemical Engineering

Mr. Muhammad Shafqat

Lab Engineer

BSc in Metallurgy & Materials Engineering

Lab Facilities

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering comprises of dedicated and shared labs. Wide range of laboratory equipment engaged for research and teaching for undergrad and postgrad students. DMSE Labs are also equipped with testing facilities that can facilitate relevant industries and organizations to perform industrial projects and pave a way forward for a strong industry-academia linkage.
Following is the List of Dedicated Labs within the department and Shared Labs with other departments of the institute.

Dedicated Labs

These dedicated labs are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for testing, processing, characterization, and analysis of various types of materials (Metals, Polymers, Ceramics etc.).

Sample Preparation Lab

Lab Equipment’s:

  • Benchtop precision cutter
  • Hot mounting press
  • Vacuum impregnation unit for cold mounting
  • Single wheel grinder/polisher
  • Double wheel grinder/polisher
  • Fume hood
  • Laboratory oven

Optical Microscopy Lab

Lab Equipment’s:

  • Metallurgical Microscopes Basic
  • Metallurgical Polarizer Microscopes
  • Trinocular stereo zoom Microscopes

Mechanical Testing Lab

Lab Equipment’s:

  • Rock well hardness Tester
  • Brinell hardness Tester
  • Vickers hardness Tester
  • UTM 30 KN, Fatigue testing machine
  • Creep testing machine
  • Torsion testing machine
  • Impact tester for Polymers
  • Impact tester for Metals

Engineering Mechanics Lab

Heat Treatment Lab

Lab Equipment’s:

  • Muffle furnaces 1700OC
  • Muffle furnaces 1200OC
  • Tube furnaces 1200OC
  • Tube furnaces 1700OC
  • Top loading furnace 1200 OC

Engineering Drawing & Graphics/Computer Lab

Lab Equipment’s:

  • Desktop Computers
  • Wide Screen LED TVs

Advanced Characterization Lab

Welding and Joining Lab

Shared Labs

Shared Lab equipment contains relevant equipment for basic science subjects i.e., physics, chemistry, workshop practice, welding, and electronics. For Physics, it consists of an Applied physics lab. Chemistry involves Organic and Inorganic Lab, Thermodynamics lab. Electronics consists of a basic electrical engineering lab.

Applied Physics Lab

Electrical Engineering Lab

In-organic & Organic Chemistry

Organic and inorganic Chemistry lab

1) UV visible

2) Oil bath

3) Hot plate with magnetic stirrer

4) weight balance analytical

5) evaporator with vacuum pump

6) Dessicator with vacuum pump

7) bomb calorimeter

8) mechanical shaker

9) UV lamp

10) furnace

Workshop Practice & Welding

Workshop practice and Welding Equipment

Milling machine

CNC Milling machine

Lathe Machine

Shaper Machine

Piller drill machine

TIG Welding

MIG Welding

Arc Welding

Particle Technology Lab

Fuels and Energy Engineering Lab

Instrumentation and Process Control Lab

Additive Manufacturing Lab

Strengths & Features

International-Quality Training

The teaching faculty are being hired through a highly competitive process, involving active expert assessment by partner universities abroad. For the implementation of the Fachhochschule model of education, faculty members of the institute, with PhDs from premier foreign universities, will attend at the partner universities in Austria and China intensive training related to specific pedagogical and managerial skills.

The Technology Park

The PAF-IAST programs are closely integrated with a parallel program for the development of technology-driven enterprises. For the holistic achievement of the concept, it is necessary to dovetail the institute’s educational infrastructure with a corresponding and compatible growth in the high-technology industry in tandem. To meet this critical need, PAF-IAST has a sound plan in place to build on its state-of-the-art campus an Innovation Technology Park. To boost innovation, every faculty member, trained in Austria and China, will be offered an average grant of USD 50,000 for developing new projects in the Innovation Park. A sum of 10 million USD has already been set aside for this purpose. The new projects, which will be implemented largely in collaboration with scientists of Austrian and Chinese partner universities, could potentially lead to joint patenting and industrial production.

Equivalence with Standards in the Developed World

To ensure quality, subject to the approval of accreditation bodies of Pakistan and the partner universities in Austria and China, double degrees will be awarded to students. The collaborator universities will be responsible to ensure that the teaching and research programs at PAF-IAST, in all essentials, are equivalent to theirs. Equivalence will be achieved by following identical syllabi, laboratory experiments, and assessment mechanisms. For maintenance of requisite standards, the accreditation agency in the partner country shall be involved to assess at regular intervals the quality of instruction at PAF-IAST. The equivalence of degrees will be the key determinant that the graduates of PAF-IAST have acquired education of international standards comparable to that of the graduates from the collaborator universities in Austria or China. In other words, there shall be no quality gap between the Pakistani graduate engineers and the engineers who graduated from the partner universities. Eventually, equivalence will be demonstrated, recognized, and accepted by all stakeholders in the program in those degrees of the collaborator institutions will be awardable to all such graduates as can qualify the academic standards set forth by the relevant accreditation councils.

Faculty Development

Under the HRD program, during phases 1, 2, and 3, around 200 faculty members will be trained in Austria/China for periods of up to 6 months. Those holding M S/MPhil or equivalent degrees will be sent to technical universities in Austria and China on 4-year Ph.D. programs in relevant disciplines.

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