Pakistani scientist appointed first female dean at American University
Pakistani-born American astronomer Nargis Mawalwala has been appointed Dean of Faculty of Science at the world’s leading scientific institution, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which is undoubtedly a great honour for Nargis and Pakistan.
Nargis and Kathleen Marble are professors of astronomy and have been associated with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and have been awarded for their discovery of gravitational waves. Nargis will take over as dean in September this year. Prior to that, he was the Assistant Head of the Department of Physics since 2015.
On the occasion, MIT chief Raphael Raif praised Nargis, saying that the quality of the researcher and educator speaks for itself in her personality. He admitted that Nargis has all the qualities that make her a leader and a dean, Nargis has an extraordinary ability to solve problems, I hope that in the case of Nargis, the School of Science will remain in very responsible hands.
The MIT letter uses wonderful words for Nargis that she is full of curiosity that is quickly transferred to others, she is very humble and full of practical rational ability.
Nargis is happy with the news and says that we are facing a lot of changes at the moment, we are also facing a global epidemic and economic difficulties but on the other hand, there is a strong tradition of social and ethnic justice in the United States which Thanks to this we can now play along and positive role.
It should be noted that during her association with the Department of Physics, she played a very important role in five years. They made PhD requirements and exams easier and more flexible. On the other hand, she created an online platform to promote knowledge. In addition, it has played a significant role in bringing teachers and students closer together.
Nargis Mawlawala has been with the Massachusetts Institute since 2002 but gained worldwide fame after developing a prototype laser interferometer to detect gravitational waves.
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