UET appoints first female engineering professor in 100 years

Dr Saima becomes first professor of engineering in Punjab


Our Correspondent July 21, 2021
University of Engineering and Technology. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE:

Dr Saima Yasin has been appointed as professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore. This makes her the first professor of engineering at the oldest and largest seat of higher learning in engineering and technology in 100 years since the establishment of UET as Mughalpura Technical College in 1921.

This also makes her the first professor of engineering in Punjab.

Being the only professor in her department of 23 teachers, the university Syndicate has also appointed her as Chairperson of her department, which also makes her the first female chairperson of any engineering department at the UET and the province.

“The university has come a long way from only one female engineering student in 1975 and no female engineering teacher to over 24% female engineering students and about 25% female engineering faculty.

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Currently, the university has around 190 women faculty members are female with only six professors, including Dr Saima,” said UET Vice Chancellor Dr Syed Mansoor Sarwar.

“Dr Saima has achieved an important milestone in the history of this great institution and I am pleased that it happened during my tenure as VC,” added Sarwar.

Dr Saima has an illustrious academic career. She graduated from the UET with BSc and MSc degrees in Chemical Engineering in January 2005 and April 2007, respectively.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 21st, 2021.

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