The new paradigm of higher education places universities in the pivotal role within a knowledge based economy, connecting all the aspects residing in and about the society. This model places NUST as an anchor which facilitates all the other major constituents like public, private and social bodies and channels the flow of knowledge, thus magnifying the societal impact created individually by these bodies. NUST is focusing to leverage upon this pivotal role and strengthen its research profile in order to maximize the outcomes of research to serve the society at large.

The role of research in creating societal impact to the quality of life and problem-solving cannot be underestimated. Hence, NUST has put substantial effort to improve the quality of its research by investing in its human resources, creating an environment conducive to research and learning, and fostering applied research and innovation. NUST has defined its research policy to address the multi-dimensional societal issues with the help of its diverse research capabilities. NUST has also devised a research framework to align its research internally, map the research profile with national needs and global SDGs implementation. All the decisions pertinent to research, distribution of funds, and resources would be taken in the light of these national and global needs.

In the above mentioned perspective, NUST has identified two key objectives for its research:

  • Leveraging upon research to find innovative, low-cost solutions to diverse societal challenges;
  • Transfer of technologies and innovations, which emerge as a result of research, in the form of cooperation with public and private enterprises.

The aim is to establish prolific partnerships with other academic institutions, public and private sectors in the light of such an effort and look for effective solutions for the problems of the society with the help of such linkages. Certain KPIs have been defined to measure the performance of research and the outcomes of research are monitored and evaluated against these KPIs, ascertaining to maximize the societal impact of NUST research.

In order to leverage fully upon NUST capabilities, it has defined six Research Themes, and 60+ Research Areas which have been delineated around NUST research profile, national and global needs.

Smart Cities

Crime Prevention

Environment and Climate Change



Marine Sciences

Disaster Management


Urban Development

Green Energy

Bio Energy

Energy Management

Energy Storage

Hydro Energy

PV Technology

Thermal Energy

Wind Energy

Health & Well-Being, Food and Agriculture

Agriculture and Food Sciences




Neuro sciences and Neuroinformatics

Food Security

Wind Energy

Transformative Technology, Innovation & Shared Value Creation



Space Technology








Fluid Dynamics






Pakistani Society, Business & Economy




Engineering Mgnt.

Social Sciences and Humanities


Industrial Management

Logistics & Supply Chain


Operations Mgnt.




Human Resources


Digital Futures

AI & Machine Learning

Cryptography & Cybersecurity

Data Managment

Image, Video and Signal Processing

Modulation & Simulation

Network & Network Security



ICs & Electronics

Power Electronics

RF, Microwave and Telecom

The above mentioned NUST research themes provide an interdisciplinary, synergistic approach to resolve multi-disciplinary real-life societal challenges, where individual researchers contribute to their research area and ultimately to their research theme. Each theme is identified based on core issues of Pakistani economy like energy, technology and sustainable development etc. NUST has allocated resources like labs, funding and research centers according to the relevance of each theme to a real world societal challenges.



Each research theme of NUST has a broad membership of relevant NUST faculty members, which has to be steered by a committee of experts comprising of local (NUST) and foreign academics along with representatives from industry, government, and NUST alumni. This framework ensures a two-way knowledge transfer between NUST and the community, extending cooperation with public and private enterprises. Research and innovation steering committee comprises of the following structure and memberships.

5x International Members

Name Designation Affiliation
Dr. Sheila MacNeil Professor Sheffield University (UK)
Dr. Jun Ho Oh Director of Humanoid Robot Research Centre Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea
Dr. Giuseppe Andrea Ferro Chair of Structural Mechanics, Head of Department of Structural, Building and Geotechnical Engineering Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Dr. Hans-Dietrich Haasis Professor in Maritime Business and Logistics University of Bremen, Germany
Dr. Raheel Nawaz Director Text and Data Mining Lab Manchester Metropolitan

University, UK

3x Industrial Members

Name Designation  Affiliation
Umar Ahsan Khan CEO Dawlance Group of Companies

Arcelik (Turkey)

 Abrar Ahmed CEO Shafi Reso Chemicals, Pakistan
Ather Imran CEO Sybrid Pvt. Ltd.

A Lakson Group Company

NUST R&I Steering Committee assists academic leadership in the following ways: 

Collectively, the thematic steering committee members form the NUST R&I steering committee, which will assist NUST in policy-level R&I decision making and the ability to deliver concrete results and ensure that NUST research is relevant as well as aligned to societal needs and real life challenges.