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Welcome to USPCAS-E

NUST entered into a USD 14.98 M Cooperative Agreement with USAID to establish U.S.Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Energy (USPCAS-E) to address some of the outstanding challenges faced by the energy section in Pakistan and to facilitate applied research and education partnership between USA and Pakistan. Strategic goals behind USPCAS-E are to evolve into a Centre of Excellence in Applied Research catering to the Energy Sector and economy of Pakistan with the aim to establish efficient governance structures – sustainability, value-added curriculum and capacity building; promote applied research to serve public/private sector and NUST-US students/faculty exchange programs. USPCAS-E energy research agenda and research thrusts focus areas are research & policy development in renewable energy & emerging technologies, thermal engineering leading to energy security utilizing indigenous resources; promotion of technologies & practices that increase energy efficiency in all sectors and technology innovation and entrepreneurship in energy and supporting technologies, materials and services. The core mission of USPCAS-E is to efficiently address and implement the E3 criteria (Energy, Environment and Economy) for sustainable societal development. The Centre is committed to create an ecosystem for addressing energy requirements by influencing policy makers, developing technologies, human resources and mobilizing communities for energy conservation. USPCAS-E–NUST is determined to make this center a world class Energy Center, whereby pilot plants in the areas of accelerated biofuels, gas to liquid processes, solar modules and thin films, and indigenous development of windmills will be rigorously taken up. The core objective of this program at NUST is to raise the level of graduate training programs to international level and to encourage research and development; produce and groom effective managers and future leaders to formulate national economic development strategy. We are also committed to provide cost-effective and sustainable solutions to problems facing Pakistan through our research and program design. USPCAS-E will form public-private partnerships and interest-specific networks by bringing together the best minds in academia, government and the business community to produce research solutions to some of Pakistan’s greatest challenges in energy security, water and agriculture. A separate USD 5.0 M green building is also contributed by USAID on NUST campus to house USPCAS-E.