Ms. Anum Shafique Chaudhry's Profile

Ms. Anum Shafique completed her Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from School of Chemical and Materials Engineering (SCME), NUST in 2013. She subsequently received a Master’s with specialization in Energy Economics and Engineering from Cornell University on a Fulbright scholarship in 2015. Currently, she is serving as a Process Engineer in Fauji Fertilizer Company Ltd (FFC), where she is actively involved in technical monitoring of Plant assets, modification studies and evaluation of the company’s business prospects. She also had the opportunity to supervise two student groups for their Final Year Projects through FFC’s collaboration with SCME, NUST.


Rethinking the Role of Industry in Professional Education

Engineering students in Pakistan often suffer from the vast gap between professional requirements and academic priorities upon recruitment. Additionally, academic, and industrial research interests often focus on diverging aspects. Requirements of the industry are based on the current needs of its production line, business conditions and market dynamics. On the other hand, academia focuses on future possibilities, innovations in manufacturing and a desire for new inventions. In order to bridge this gap, the industry and academia have to engage each other to find common ground.

This paper aims to focus on three distinct ways in which this may be achieved: a) involving students in industry related projects, b) engaging researchers to explore industry specific problems and c) building industrial – academic connections through talks, conferences and symposia. A brief comparison between the U.S. and Pakistani education system will also be drawn with regards to the involvement of industry.

Ms. Anum Shafique Chaudhry
Process Engineer (Assistant Executive)
Fauji Fertilizer Company Ltd.

Fulbright Master’s
Cornell University




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