Anam Abbas

Highly Commended

Second year PhD student, Institute of Multiscale Thermofluids

I belong to a society where engineering (especially mechanical engineering) is always supposed to be "the boys' field". But I always found it fascinating how things work and the physics behind it.

That's what motivated me to be an engineer. I'm the first engineer in my family and recently came to know that I became a role model for many girls in my family and friends, because I set a goal against the norms of society and achieved it as well. My parents always supported me and they are very proud of me.

This picture has been captured with a bus, because I have always been fascinated by vehicles since my childhood. My father is a driver but he also knows many of the basics of engineering principles behind vehicles in a layperson’s terms.

When I was a child, I often saw him working with bikes, cars or buses all by himself and he was able to identify the problem as well. I used to think, if he can do these things without even knowing the engineering concepts, why not me? Why not pursue this field as my professional career?

We used to talk for hours about engines. My father always encouraged me and I was able to make my dream a reality.

Now I'm studying towards a PhD in Thermofluids where I am working on optimizing the interaction between solid surfaces and liquids according to specific real life applications such as engines and air conditioners.

Anam standing beide a blue bus with the words "University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore" written in white
Anam beside the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore bus