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Dr. Sohail Naqvi

Dr. S. Sohail H. Naqvi joined LUMS as the fourth Vice Chancellor of the university in July 2013. He has served as the Executive Director of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) for 8 years. At the HEC, he helped develop and implement a comprehensive strategy for the revival of the higher education sector of Pakistan. With a PhD in Electrical Engineering and extensive teaching and research experience both in the US and Pakistan, Dr. Naqvi has a number of patents to his credit. He has also worked with startups bringing high-tech innovations to the market place. Dr. Naqvi oversaw the development and implementation of over PKR 15 Billion worth of higher education programmes as a member of the Human Resource Development & Strategic Planning at HEC. He was also member of the Human Resource Development at Ministry of Science and Technology, IT&T Division, Pakistan. Prior to that, Dr. Naqvi filled in as the Vice President Operations at Communications Enabling Technologies, Islamabad.Dr. Naqvi earned his BSc, MSc and PhD degrees (all in Electrical Engineering) from Purdue University, USA. He served as an Assistant and Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA, before returning to Pakistan in 1995 to join the Faculty of Electronics at the GIK Institute of Technology. He remained at GIKI until end of 1999 as Professor and Dean. He joined the HEC in 2002 and became its Executive Director in 2004.Dr. Naqvi, co-developed scatterometry as a metrology technique and process sensor for micro-electronic and opto-electronic fabrication and transferred to Bio-Rad Laboratories. The commercial metrology tool (CDS-2 Scatterometer) is now available for sale and is considered a key tool for future sub quarter micron (i.e. Pentium IV-V) generation microprocessors. He was the Project Director for $1.1 Million task to design, prototype, assemble and install a computerized networked, state-of-the-art, toll collection system on the Lahore-Islamabad (330km long) Motorway.He is one of the founding members of Ibero-American Science and Technology Education Consortium (ISTEC), a non-profit organisation comprised of educational, research, and industrial institutions throughout America and the Iberian Peninsula. The Consortium has been established to foster scientific, engineering, and technology education, joint international research and development efforts among its members, and to provide a cost-effective vehicle for the application and transfer of technology.Also, he is the founding member of Engineering Education Trust (EET), a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the development of higher education in Pakistan. The Centre for Advanced Studies in Engineering (CASE: ) is the first project of EET that in one year's time, became the largest post-graduate engineering programme in Pakistan.