about the Rector

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Tabassum Afzal

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Tabassum Afzal has rendered more than 25 years of meritorious services as teacher, researcher and academic leader in institutions of higher learning abroad in Canada and Japan.

During a long illustrious career, Prof. Afzal held several academic and administrative positions and contributed substantially towards the advancement of University research as well as elevating the standards of quality education.

Prof. Afzal is a reputed scientist, internationally recognised for insightful leadership and applied research. He has played a key role in developing a state-of-the-art bioenergy and bioproducts research lab in Canada as well as in the design of several innovative microwave heated reactors in collaboration with his research team.


Prof. Afzal's research is focused on thermo-chemical conversion and design and development of novel technologies to produce renewable fuels, chemicals and value-added products and materials. His research interests are primarily in sustainable process modelling and process optimization for applications in automotive, food, chemical, health and pharmaceutical industry. 

In Canada, Prof. Afzal has won highly prestigious peer reviewed natural sciences research grants both individually and in collaboration with other scientists. He has executed several contracts in collaboration with the industry and his research has been translated with consistent publications in highly reputable peer-reviewed international journals having a solid record of accomplishment. 

Prof. Afzal is an active scholar with international exposure, having visited and presented his work in 20 countries across North America and Europe. He is also a technical reviewer of several granting agencies and over 20 reputable international research journals.

Prof. Afzal is highly motivated to helping students, faculty and staff excel and contribute to the society not only as professionals but also engage as responsible citizens in the cultural context of Pakistan and deliver excellence in higher education and industry driven research.

He is currently serving as Rector of COMSATS University Islamabad, a leading world ranked public sector university of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of Pakistan.

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