Two female Pakistani engineering students have a high ambition for eliminating the electricity crisis from their country.

The students Warda Mushtaq and Syeda Mehwish went to the largest public university in the United States under the program called U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Energy (USPCAS-E).

Both the students own master’s degree in energy systems engineering at National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), in part, because of this program.

They finished their spring semester at the Arizona State University, along with their 25 other Pakistani companions. They performed experiments on different projects related to the energy and increased their knowledge about new things.

How was this all started?

Islamabad-based Syeda Mehwish started taking a keen interest in the electricity and the way it works. She loved to observe different electronic appliances in her childhood. She used to wonder how the devices like radios and televisions produce human-like sounds and show her different images.

Mehwish is working on making the power affordable by working on cheap technologies for generating electricity.

Warda Mushtaq, who was born in Pakistan but spent most of her childhood in Saudi Arabia, observed that there was a massive energy crisis in Pakistan when she went back to her home country to get an undergraduate degree.

She felt that she should do something to reduce the difficulties related to the power sector in Pakistan.

At the ASU, she researched in converting the solar energy into the direct current electricity. She worked on designing the extremely affordable solar panels.

Both the students want to get rid of the energy crisis in Pakistan.


U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Energy (USPCAS-E) is funded with an investment of $18 million from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). It is a partnership between Arizona State University (ASU) and two famous Pakistani universities, the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Islamabad and the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) in Peshawar.

Original article appeared in ASU Now.