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Pakistan Chapter Charters Student Branch

ASHRAE Insights

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan—The National University of Sciences and Technology Student Branch was chartered in Serena Hotel Islamabad on Dec. 16, 2006, in the installation ceremony of the Northern Pakistan Chapter’s Board of Governors. Students and chapter members enjoyed a musical evening and a light entertainment program after the ceremony.

The Student Branch began with the students’ involvement in university’s mechanical engineering department in the HVAC&R club. Zara Fahim, currently president of the NUST Student Branch, was the chief coordinator of the section as well as a student member of the Pakistan HVAC&R Society. The club provided students with resources, arranged lectures with the help of the Society and organized a trip to the exhibition and Conference held by this Society in March 2006.

ASHRAE Presidential Member Richard Rooley visited the exhibition and met with the students. Rooley spoke about ASHRAE as an organization and HVAC as a profession. "Students found his presentation very lively and thoroughly enjoyed it," Fahim said. "Within a month, we conducted a student membership drive, and in a matter of days we had about 50 student members." The branch now has 56 Student Members.

Since then, the student branch has carried out regular activities and has plans for the upcoming months. A charter night was held in December and some students are taking part in the ASHRAE 2007 Student Design Competition as well, she said.

Future plans include showing career counseling videos from ASHRAE, arranging for a guest speaker from the Northern Pakistan Chapter to talk about HVAC as a career and organizing a technical lecture in conjunction with the local ASHRAE chapter.