NUST launched a Center for Energy Systems in 2012 to provide a pivot to NUST Institutions involved in energy sector programs and to support and consolidate the various activities/projects, which make good sense for scalable and sustainable operations with a view to contribute to industry and national economy in times of energy crisis. Salient features of the Center are summarized below.
The objective of the center is to introduce and consolidate new programs, especially national projects that can be directly integrated with larger initiatives in the country. Biofuels from energy crops (non edible) and coal gasification and conversion to high quality motor fuel are relevant examples.
Goals of Center include increasing the number of highly qualified and award winning faculty at NUST, assembling an outstanding additional pool of science and engineering regular research faculty with relevant expertise in the form of visiting industrial chairs, and attracting the best and brightest students to NUST focused on energy related and environmental sciences and research. This critical mass and intellectual capital greatly enhance our range of expertise, educational programs, research capabilities, the potential of increasing rapid development of additional breakthrough technologies activities, the long term research and educational activities in energy and environmentally-related discipline, the ability to propel our current research strength to the next level, and the ability to form a focus area for university research in all fields, including those outside of the sciences and engineering.
The center focuses on meeting advanced research needs of the energy industry through expansion of research activities, joint industry academic research and technology development, flexibility in intellectual property agreements and additional graduate student fellowships. It works as an international knowledge harbinger to prop up the information exchange of energy ideas and technology developments. Educational and research activities engage energy companies and academic & Government organizations to associate with research groups and project teams at the National University of Sciences & Technology(NUST). Such partnerships solve pressing front line research problems and engage in long term high risk research projects important to our energy future.