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USAID Supports Research Partnership with U.S., Pakistani Universities

A group of delegates from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Islamabad, Pakistan, the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) – Peshawar, and Arizona State University visited Oregon State University, in Corvallis, Ore., to kick off a new partnership. This partnership, the US-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Energy, is aimed at building capacity and long-term cooperation to advance graduate student programs, applied research, and academic-industry partnerships. It has been funded for five years by the U.S. Agency for International Development. Access to energy is a key issue for both quality-of-life and economic development in a country where power outages or complete lack of access is far too common and cited at above 40%. A total of approximately 200 Pakistani graduate students will be visiting the U.S. for short-term research experience; 40 of these will be in the College of Engineering at OSU. Lead Oregon State faculty on the project include Kendra Sharp (School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering), David Hill (School of Civil and Construction Engineering) and Brian Fronk (School of MIME).