At the beginning of June, professors and researchers from the University of Utah traveled to Pakistan for the formal announcement of U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Water, a five-year USAID project dedicated to training professionals to improve the water quality in Pakistan. The U is partnering with Mehran University of Engineering and Technology. Pakistan’s water resources have been damaged in recent years by both droughts and floods. This project will focus its efforts on hydraulics, irrigation and drainage, integrated water resources management, sanitation and hygiene, and environmental engineering. Learn more.
University of Utah professors Tariq Banuri and Steve Burian participate in a panel discussion on water as part of the U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies Conference at the Higher Education Commission in Islamabad on June 4. They were in Pakistan as part of the announcement of a five-year USAID project will help secure the availability of clean water by supporting the training of professionals that plan, design, build, operate, maintain and manage safe and resilient water systems.
Ms. Saliha Akram gives her perspective as a Pakistani woman in engineering and highlights several barriers and enablers for women in engineering.
At a curriculum workshop, University of Utah Professor Tariq Banuri works with Mehran University of Engineering and Technology faculty during a small-group breakout session.
Associate Professor Steve Burian from the U’s Civil & Environmental Engineering department discusses best teaching practices and assessment techniques with Mehran University of Engineering and Technology faculty.
Associate Professor Christine Pomeroy, from the U’s Civil & Environmental Engineering department, facilitates a session with key stakeholders about reforming the curriculum for higher education in water.
The participants of the two-day Teaching Effectiveness Workshop, with the U team seated in front. The workshop focused on teacher effectiveness, learning objectives, assessment techniques, and other tools.
Mehran University of Engineering and Technology Professor Rasool Bux Mahar (second from right) explains the water treatment process for the campus to University of Utah faculty members Christine Pomeroy, Tariq Banuri, and Aslam Chaudhry.
The Kotri Barrage, located on the Indus River. is near the Mehran University of Engineering and Technology. It gave University of Utah team members a chance to see firsthand the state of existing systems.
The water in the center glass was treated at the water filtration facility for Mehran University of Engineering and Technology. While an improvement over the water in the glass at right, there is still room to increase water quality.
After several workshops and many engaging conversations, the University of Utah team is bid farewell by their hospitable Mehran University of Engineering and Technology hosts, including Vice Chancellor Mohammad Aslam Uqaili.