Department of Materials Science & Engineering

About Department

The Department of Materials Science & Engineering (DMSE) was established in 2021 with a vision to Skill Pakistan. Materials are the foundation for social progress, for state security and for a strong national economy, therefore, materials-oriented research together with its educational level reflects the comprehensive strength of a country. Materials are the foundation of a wide range of industries and have been the driving force for technological development. To become a world class university in the 21st century, PAF-IAST has started materials research and materials education to a world-class level.

The department is concerned not only in designing, making, and characterizing new materials but also in improving the existing materials to have a societal impact. The department offers a blend of teaching techniques, with a high proportion of lectures given by faculty members who gained one of the highest materials research ratings. PAF-IAST has its collaboration with top-notch Austrian and Chinese universities; thus, the program is designed according to the international standards so that the students are equipped with fundamental and applied knowledge of materials.

Faculty members provide students with an understanding of the structures, processes and mechanisms that affect material properties. They challenge students to become innovators. By the end of degree students are ready to prepare materials required for unimpeded progress of technology.

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.

Degree Programs Offered

Faculty of DMSE

Lab Facilities

Computer Lab

Mechanical Testing Lab

Engineering Mechanics Lab

Polymer & Composite Lab

Optical Microscopy Lab

Sample preparation/ Metallography Lab

Corrosion Lab

Heat treatment Lab

Ceramic (Powder Processing) Lab

Welding 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.