Waqas Mahmood

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Waqas Mahmood is currently a Ph.D. Scholar at Beijing Institute of Technology and has worked as a Lab Instructor in the Undergraduate Laboratory of Physics supervised by Dr. Muhammad Sabieh Anwar at the School of Science and Engineering, Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS.

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Education


Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad, Pakistan [QAU]

Master of Philosophy in Physics, Department of Physics

Thesis: Rare Top Decays at Large Hadron Collider (LHC)

Supervised by: Professor Dr. Hafeez Hoorani


Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad, Pakistan (QAU)

Master of Science in Physics, Department of Physics

Specialized Courses: Particle Physics, Plasma Physics and Quantum Electronics Achievement: MS Fellowship from Pakistan Aeronautical Complex


University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan (PU)

Bachelor in Science, Mathematics A, Mathematics B and Physics

Achievement: Recipient of Gold Medal

Research Interests

I have been interested in the single channel top quark production processes at the Large Hadron Collider and their decay. My work revolves around Particle Accelerators, Simulation, Programming languages and Quantum Field Theory.

Work Experience

School of Science and Engineering, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan

(SSE-LUMS)

Lab Instructor, Laboratory for Physics (Physlab)

Supervisor: Dr. Muhammad Sabieh Anwar

Teaching Contributions

  • I have worked on the design, development and demonstrations of new experiments, to teach the fundamental concepts of physics to undergraduates. The ideology revolves around the central theme of designing new useful setups using indigenous resources to learn Physics. I have demonstrated experiments on Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, Thermodynamics and Cryogenics etc. The details of some representatives are given below.

Experiments worked on

  • Thermodynamics of the Heat Engine:

Thermodynamic concepts are extremely important but mostly students learn them theoretically. This activity demonstrates the students to see how these concepts implement in a practical situation. They visually see pressure moving the piston of the glass syringe and forces performing work, expansion and contraction of gases and electronic data acquisition. The setup when integrated with computer illustrates a working heat cycle to students. The isothermal and adiabatic curves are visually observed using the LabView code on the computer screen.

  • Latent Heat of Vaporization of Liquid Nitrogen and Specific Heats of Metals:

Low temperature measurement (Cryogenics) is extremely important in experimental science. It is capturing special attention of scientists as it unfolds the spin phenomenon dominant at the quantum scale turning into an enriched spintronics field. To make the students familiar with the use of the liquid nitrogen and study the behavior of solids at low temperature, this activity was devised. From the simple concepts such as the nature of solids e.g. toxicity and temperature dependent properties, to Dulong and Petit's Law, and the Debye Model, it teaches comprehensively classical to quantum physics. This work was further extended to find the Debye temperatures of solids experimentally. A publication from this work has been accepted in American Journal of Physics.

  • Moment of Inertia, Torque and Rotational Friction:

This experiment was designed to illustrate the conversion of energy from kinetic to potential and calculate the frictional losses when a hanging mass performs oscillatory motion. The activity focused on to calculate the frictional losses in the entire motion and per rotation. The moment of inertia of a circular disc was calculated and the decay of angular velocity with time was observed. Further, the method of measurement was improved by designing a new method using a chart paper. A publication from this work has been submitted to European Journal of Physics.


Internship's supervised in summer 2009

  • Danial Ahmed and Umer Shouk Butt (29th June 2009 to 24th July 2009)

Work description:

Danial and Umer worked on cutting, shaping and filing the metals. To study the temperature dependent properties of metals and obtain low temperature heat capacity measurements, they used lead and tin samples. They were given training to make solutions to achieve low temperature. They experimentally determined the latent heat of vaporization of liquid nitrogen and the molar gas constant and summarized their learning outcomes in a report.

  • Hafsa Hassan (29th June 2009 to 24th July 2009)

Work description:

Hafsa worked on improving the method to accurately measure the height of an oscillating mass that rotates about the pulley. The new method of using a striped chart paper has shown greater accuracy over the old method. Hafsa was awarded a book on astronomy (September 2009) being declared as the best intern of the summer. She wrote her learning outcomes in a report.

Management Contributions

  • I maintain the website of the physics lab and mange the lab affairs from logistics to local and international purchases.
  • I am drawn in updating inventory and procurement related tasks.
  • I have organized a research colloquium at the School of Science and Engineering, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in all disciplines of science and engineering for more than one year and gathered many eminent scientists across the globe to LUMS.

Project's worked on

Spreading Physics Education: Technology Transfer to Institute of Space Technology

The Physics Lab at the School of Science and Engineering, LUMS has replicated its experiments at the Institute of Space Technology (IST), Islamabad to spread physics education in the country. Being member of the team, I have dealt with the administrative responsibilities of the project. I have visited Institute of Space Technology for the deliverance of these experiments and given training to their engineers and staff members about these experiments for three days.

Workshop's conducted

  • Matlab 7.0 (5-days workshop for 160 students of School of Science and Engineering, Lahore University of Management Sciences)

Training sessions attended

  • Attended Training on Professional Communication organized at Lahore University of Management Sciences on July 14th, 2009.

Trainer: Radya M Khan, Associate Lawyer (Khan & Associates)

Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Topi, Sawabi, Pakistan

(GIKI)

Scientific Officer, Faculty of Engineering Sciences, GIKI.

Teaching Contributions

  • I have supervised/conducted undergraduate Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, and Fluid Mechanics experiments.
  • I have worked as a trainer for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) project that prepares brilliant students for competition in the International Physics Olympiads.
  • I have worked on National ICT R&D Fund Outreach Program, a joint venture of IT and Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute to promote education in rural areas of Pakistan. Being a team leader of my region, I have conducted coaching classes and delivered experimental training to students.

Administrative Contributions

  • I have worked as a resource person in National Science Talent Contest NSTC-4 and NSTC-5 screening tests.
  • I have worked as a member of the Convocation organizing team in 2007.

Project's worked on

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

The STEM project targets the talented students and prepares them for participation in the International Physics Olympiads. As a trainer, I have conducted training sessions and delivered lectures on various topics of physics to prepare these students for the competition. Our team also designed intuitive experimental activities for these students that helped them making their applied physics concepts sound.

National ICT R&D Fund Outreach Scholarship Program
A joint venture of IT and GIK Institute to promote education in rural areas.

The outreach project targets the students from rural areas and helps them getting higher education by providing scholarships to meet the educational costs. As a leader of my region, I went to rural areas, delivered lectures and selected students who were up to the mark. I have organized training camps in the GIK institute in which lectures were delivered. Some bright students who qualified the entrance test of the GIK institute were given scholarships for their engineering education.

Professioanl skills

  • Object Oriented Programming in C++
  • Pythia
  • Fortran
  • Origin
  • Latex, Matlab and LabView
  • MS Office

Symposiums and Conferences attended

  • Will be attending A Concepts Workshop on Analog Electronic Circuits and Semiconductor Devices at SSE-LUMS from 14-21 July, 2011.
  • Three Days Workshop on Nano Technologies at National Centre for Physics from 24-26 May, 2011.
  • Frontier in Physics, jointly organized by National Center for Physics and Government College University (GCU) Lahore, from 02-04 Feb, 2011.
  • First National Symposium on Lasers, organized jointly by Khwarizmi Science Society and Center for Solid State Physics at the Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, University of the Punjab, New campus, Lahore on 13th May, 2010.

Academic and extra- curricular achievements

  • Gold Medalist (B.Sc. Mathematics A & B, Physics) Pakistan Aeronautical Complex Kamra.
  • Scholarship holder (2002 to 2004) from Pakistan Aeronautical Complex Kamra.
  • Member of Pakistan Air Force Soccer Champions team (1999 & 2000)

Scientific affiliations

Submitted Publications

Will be updated soon.

Journal Publications

Chapters in Lab Monograph

I have worked on writing the lab monographs for freshmen and junior lab experiments. Lab manuscript is a crisp of theory, a basic tool to start with the setup and a useful guide to successful performance. The experiments we have focused include, “Observing the Simple Harmonic Motion using Webcam”, “Rotational Dynamics, Moment of Inertia, Torque and Rotational Friction”, “Heat Transfer and Newton’s Law of Cooling”, “Magnetic Phase Transition of a Ferromagnetic Alloy”, “Optical Activity of the Chiral Solutions”, and “Thermodynamic of the Heat Engine” etc., the complete details of the experimental activities can be seen at the physics lab link , http://physlab.lums.edu.pk/index.php/Welcome_to_Experimental_Physics.

I have also compiled the 1st edition of freshmen and junior lab manuals in book form and list here some of my representative manuscripts.

  • Waqas Mahmood et al., Thermodynamics of the Heat Engine, Introductory Experimental Physics, pg 1-17, 2011.
  • Waqas Mahmood et al., Latent Heat of Vaporization of Liquid Nitrogen and Specific Heats of Metals, Introductory Experimental Physics, 1st Edition, Chapter 12, pg 161-173, 2010.
  • Waqas Mahmood et al., Moment of Inertia, Torque and Rotational Friction, Introductory Experimental Physics, 1st Edition, Chapter 7, pg 76-89, 2010.
  • Waqas Mahmood et al., Introduction to Matlab for Experimental Physics, Introductory Experimental Physics, 1st Edition, Chapter 5, pg 32-63, 2010.

Article on Science

  • Stellar Pots: Nature’s Recycling Factory, (English), Technobiz, Article 15, 04 April 2009.

Presentations

Contact

Email: waqasmahmoodqau [at] gmail [dot] com

Mobile: + 92 333 520 4265
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