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  • Umer Hassan travels to Hannover, Germany to attend the Our Common Future Conference from 1-6 November, 2010 on VolksWagen Foundation Fellowship. He shall also participate in Future Technologies group.
  • Junior students acquire ferroelectric loops from KNO_3 in the advanced physics lab:

Ferroelectric hysteretic loop at 93 deg C.


  • PCB Manufacturing Facility

The Physlab acquires a PCB manufacturing facility (August 2010).

  • The Physics Lab has delivered the remaining two experiments to the Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad. On 18th August, 2010, Sohaib Shamim, Muhammad Wasif and Waqas Mahmood visited IST and spent three days training IST Engineer's about the experiments. This completes the technology transfer project with IST.

  • We have developed a dielectric measurement system capable of measuring the permittivity and tangent loss factors of solids and liquid samples. High temperature options are also possible. The system can be conveniently interfaced with our LCR measurement devices.

  • Abdul Mannan uploads the Physlab workshop webpage. Visit the page for seeing our developing workshop skills and tools. (May 2010)
  • Umer Hassan has been awarded Global Young Faculty Award and Our Common Future Fellowship by VolksWagen Foundation. He will attend the preparation meetings of Our Common Future Conference and will travel to Germany from 11-19 May, 2010. He will also attend the conference on World Hydrogen Energy Conference 2010.
  • Physlab is establishing the Undergraduate Physics Laboratory at Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad. IST is the educational face of the country's space agency, SUPARCO

  • Abdul Manan has successfully completed the glass blowing training for two weeks (12 April to 24 April, 2010) administered at the HEJ Research Institute in Chemistry, Karachi. This training will help build capacity in manufacturing glass cells, spectroscopic cells, sample tubes and miscellaneous glassware in the Physlab.

  • The Weekly Technology Times publishes an overview of the Physics Lab in their 5-11 April 2010 issue. The Technology Times is Pakistan's first weekly, bi-lingual newspaper on science and technology.
  • Members of the Physlab: Amrozia Shaheen, Asma Khalid, Saroosh Shabbir, Dr. Shahid Ramay, Dr. Shahid Atiq and Dr. Sabieh Anwar attend the International Scientific Spring 2010 organized by the National Centre of Physics, Islamabad on 1-6 March 2010.
  • Dr. Sabieh Anwar starts reading group on "Quantum Magnetism" on 18 February 2010. The sessions will take place every Thursday, 3 pm in the Physlab. The text being followed is Magnetism in Condensed Matter by S. Blundell. The participants are Dr. Shahid Atiq, Dr. Shahid Ramay, Aysha Aftab, Saroosh Shabbir and Amrozia Shaheen.
  • Professor Dr. Bernhard Blumich from Aachen University, Germany visits School of Science and Engineering. He will be delivering a popular lecture on "Shrinking The MRI Machine" on Tuesday, 16 February 2010 at 9:45 am. The event was covered in the 17 February 2010 issue of Daily Times.
  • Muhammad Affawn writes a report on relishing ice cream produced in the Physlab using supercool air (liquid nitrogen). (Don't attempt this on your own if you are unfamiliar with handling liquid nitrogen.)
  • Dr. Sabieh Anwar presents details of the Experimental Physics Lab at an invited lecture at the Physics Department, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad. (November 2009)
  • Selected people from Physlab (Sohaib Shamim, Umer Siddiqi and Wasif Zia) helped in conducting the 3 days IEEE LUMS Matlab Workshop. (October 2009)

  • Hafsa Hassan is declared the best intern of Summers 2009. She is a physics major. She was awarded a book on astronomy.(September 2009)
  • The final report on GEM4, the summer school at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign has been published in the HEC Newsletter, News and Views, July 2009 edition. (Written by Umer Hassan) (July 2009)

  • With the help of the Engineering and Safety Department, the Physlab has purchased a Lathe Machine for in-house manufacturing of various equipment for the lab. (23 June 2009)
  • The Physlab perfects the art of making cartridge heaters (10 June 2009). These heaters can be made to custom size and can be used in spot, strip and bulk heating applications.
  • The lab can now safely handle cryogenics including liquid nitrogen. Storage facilities for dry ice and liquid nitrogen are now available (May 2009).
  • The Physlab borrows an indigenously developed setup for determining the Curie point of a ferromagnetic alloy to the freshmen physics lab at the GIKI. Here is Dr. Jamil's response:

Thanks for sending the manual and handing us one complete set of experiment of determination of Curie point. FES would soon be officially acknowledging this generous assistance from SSE. The experiment have been set on display in our PH102 lab. I totally agree that we both can share our expertise in freshmen physics lab. The end beneficiary would be students of both schools. Perhaps an official visit of lab personnel on reciprocal basis in future would be more advantageous. At GIKI we are laying more emphasis on improving the exisitng lab facilities for freshmen.

  • Umer Hassan Siddiqui travels to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to participate in the Summer School: Cellular and Molecular Mechanics with a focus on Enabling Technologies (June 8 to June 19, 2009).
  • A delegation from the Institute of Space Technology (IST) comprising the Vice Chancellor, Dean of Materials Science and other faculty members visits the Physlab and expresses overwhelming interest in reproducing these experiments in the undergraduate curriculum at the IST. IST is the educational face of the country's space agency, SUPARCO.
  • Abdul Mannan successfully completes the practical course titled Computer Aided Drawing and Drafting offered by the National Institute of Design and Analysis, Lahore (April 2009).
  • Dr Jameel Nabi from GIKI visited the Physics Lab on 27 February 2009. This visit can further enhance the co-operation between the two institutes.
  • 24 A-level students from the Lahore Grammar School (LGS) visit the lab on 26 February 2009 and keenly perform our freshmen experiments.
  • A group of teachers and Ph.D. students visited the lab on 26 November 2008. The visitors came from various departments of the Punjab University, COMSATS Lahore and UET, Lahore. They saw the lab in session and observed the performance of students. They returned highly inspired!
  • Dr. Shaukat Hameed Khan, Rector GIKI and Member Planning Commission, Pakistan visits the Physlab and offers valuable suggestions on improving the experiments and offers ideas for new experiments in the forthcoming years.
  • Sohaib Shamim and Wasif Zia attend seminar on National Instruments products held at Islamabad on 5 May, 2008.
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