ISLAMABAD -- The 16th International Symposium on Advanced Materials (ISAM-2019) started here on Monday, which would provide a common platform to the participants to exchange information, and share ideas, experiences and expertise on the materials being used across the globe.
During the symposium, foreign and local researchers will present 300 papers on the latest technologies, techniques and developments in the engineering sector.
The ISAM-2019, organized by the Pakistan Advance Materials Forum (PAMF), is the biennial event that has become one of the prime international platforms where material engineers and scientists keep themselves up-to-date with recent technologies and new developments, a press release said.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) Chairman Jawed Saleem Qureshi termed the scope of materials technology 'unlimited,' which achieved a significant increase in the range and depth of research and development in the industrially advanced world.
'The material development today is now much closer to engineering science than in the past,' he said, adding the engineer's ability to translate that science into application was now approaching the level of atomic and molecular design.
'The availability of new analytical and computational techniques has enabled engineers to take the study of material properties to new heights, and holds tremendous potential for the future."
The PEC chairman said, 'Pakistan is a developing country, and is rich in material resources. We also have some of the best manpower but unfortunately our resources remain untapped and our expertise finds few avenues to flourish because we utterly lack the infrastructure and the sophisticated technology of minerals processing, alloy development, melting and zone refining, fabrication and forming techniques etc.'