“French Science Tour in Pakistan” hosts Dr Tasadduq Khan, the most eminent French Pakistani born scientist in French aerospace research
(JANUARY 9, 2009)
In the frame work of the
recent program French Science Tour in Pakistan (FSTP), the French Embassy in
Islamabad was very proud to welcome, as the second lecturer, Dr Tasadduq Khan.
is a Senior Adviser to the President of the French Aerospace Laboratory called
ONERA and the Scientific Director for Materials and Structures Division. Author
of around 100 publications in international journals, he holds 14 patents on
high temperature materials. He is the inventor of three materials currently
being used in M88 engine for the Rafale fighter and advanced Turbomeca engines
of helicopters. Dr. KHAN has played a prominent role in a wide range of
scientific activities covering high temperature materials and structures
including superalloys, intermetallic compounds, rapidly solidified materials and
mechanical behaviour of materials. His responsibilities include medium / long
term strategic planning of the research activities, promoting partnership with
industry and the academia and establishing a vision for technology
breakthroughs. Dr Khan was granted knighthood in October 2001 and received the
prestigious National Order of Merit by the French Government, for rendering
exceptional services and his pioneering work in the field of structural
materials used in advanced civil and military aircraft engines.
During his stay in Pakistan,
from 4th to 19th December 2008, Dr. Khan visited and
delivered lectures at the University of Engineering and Technology in Lahore and
then at various institutions in Islamabad : Pakistan Institute of Engineering
and Applied Sciences (PIEAS), National Center for Physics (NCP) and National
University of Science and technology (NUST). Dr Khan was also the guest speaker
of the seminar on “Nanotechnology and Material Sciences” organized on the 17th
of December 2008, by Institute of Space Technology (IST).
It was a real pleasure for
Dr Khan to come back in Pakistan for an official visit and to interact with more
than 300 scientists. He has been very impressed by the level of technology
developed in some of the laboratories he visited. He already pre-selected a
young IST scientist to work with ONERA team for a while in the field of
nanomaterials. His fellowship will be supported by the Cultural and Scientific
Section of the French Embassy in Islamabad.
“French Science Tour in
Pakistan” program will carry on, in 2009, with several other eminent French
scientists and various fields of great interest will then be covered : biosafety,
mathematics, human genetics, computer security, physics and so on. For more
information, please contact the Cultural and Scientific Section of the French
Embassy in Islamabad or any Alliance Française.