The famous science fiction writers such as Jules Verne’s and Isaac Asimov not only have the distinction of being good writers but rather they were the fortune tellers of the future direction of science. The scenarios and hi tech scientific inventions in their writings were realized to a large extent in later decades. When Assistant Professor Khurram Hameed exhibited the movie scenes of Iron man and X-Men in front of Mechanical Engineering Department students, UOL, we could relate to his vision of finding scientific direction of the future from science fiction movies.
Such was the start of the seminar titled “Future Trends of Mechanical Engineering” organized by Mechanical Engineering Society (MES) on 24th October, 2019 in Auditorium Old Campus. The aim of the Seminar was to shift away from traditional engineering topics and to present a future state in the field of Mechanical Engineering. The event was well organized and well attended. More than 130 participants graced the event, which was managed by student organizers. The MES President, Muhammad Hanzla, Secretary General Hamza Farooq, Treasurer Moaz Azam all played an active role. All plans, logistics and arrangements were handled well by the student body. Other MES members who gave their efforts and sweat were Asad Abbas, Muhammad Faisal, Hadi Rustam, Bilal Ahsan and Usama Zia.
The event started with recitation of the Holy Quran. The host Abdul Hannan Abbasi gave the welcome address and introduced the distinguished speakers. The speakers were Assistant Professor Khurram Hameed, a capable engineer and teacher who has command over all major Design related subjects of Mechanical Engineering, Associate Professor Dr. Aamir Khan, a researcher of international repute in the field of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Dr. Shafaqat Siddique PhD from Germany in the field of Manufacturing and Dr. Shafqat Hussain an expert in Thermal and Renewable Energy Sciences.
All the capable speakers presented latest ideas, trends and concepts which are shaping the world and envisioned a state 40-50 years from now. They highlighted the need for young engineers to pursue career paths which will make them relevant in the future. Technologies such as Additive Manufacturing, 3D printing, 4D printing, 6D printing, Gyroscopes, Hyper loop, Remote Surgery, Robotics, Smart Factories, Genetics, Nano Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles, Unmanned Air Vehicles and Smart Materials were presented and discussed. The impact of these technologies, the skills required, the changes which would happen and the future state of Engineering was discussed.
The audience was extremely attentive and absorbed the concepts with interest. To create a fun and light hearted atmosphere a quiz session was held with the student answering three consecutive questions was awarded a prize. The students gave keen and fun filled humorous answers which were enjoyed by all. Prizes were given to Iftikhar Ahmad, Usman Asghar and Muhammad Osama. Shields were given to honor the distinguished speakers for their effort and presentation. Group photographs were taken. The speakers, organizers and attendees gave mutual thanks to each other to end an extremely successful event.