Overview

Research is a tool for building knowledge and for facilitating learning. It plays a pivotal role in making universities competitive worldwide. Quality research enables universities to explore organizational and societal issues to identify or suggest solutions. It enables the educational sector to perform the systematic analysis while continuously improving our practices, thus develops refined understanding related to learning and teaching.
With the aim of promoting and strengthening research culture in the university, Directorate of Research is working under Pro-Rector, University of Central Punjab. The role of the Directorate of Research is to primarily design, develop, manage, and control process of Research, in order to develop a stimulating research environment at UCP through which faculty members can build their profile and career around impact & market-oriented research. With this, faculty members play a critical role in attracting students towards research and image building of university through R&D activities. The Directorate is in communication with the Deans of all faculties. In order to facilitate faculty and students regarding conducting research, the directorate formulates new policies and updates the existing ones. It also manages to conduct training workshops to equip the faculty and students with advanced research skills. In addition, the directorate continuously monitors the research output of faculty members via its own state of the art research portal. Also, the faculty members who come out to be outstanding researchers are encouraged through a publication remuneration award.

Hierarchy

Dr. Ali Faisal Murtaza
Director Research

Mr. Ali Faisal Murtaza received the B.Sc. degree from National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Rawalpindi, Pakistan, the M.Sc. degree from University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore, Pakistan, and the Ph.D Degree from the Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy.

He is currently working as Research Director and Assistant Professor (Faculty of Engineering), University of Central Punjab (UCP), Lahore, Pakistan. At UCP, a research group “Efficient Electrical Energy Systems” is active under his supervision. He is also an active member of a research group “MPPTRAC” that works in collaboration with the Energy Department of Politecnico di Torino, Italy.

His research interests include the Converters/Inverters, design of stand-alone Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, DC micro-grids, I-V Curve tracing of PV, maximum power point trackers for PV systems, fault diagnosis of PV arrays, PV plant energy evaluation and partial shading effects. He has authored/co-authored several research articles in leading journals and conferences of his field.

Areas of Interest:

Photovoltaic Systems, Mismatch/Shading Effects of PV Array, MPPT Algorithms, I-V Curve Tracing, Control Schemes, Designing of DC-DC Converter, Power Electronics and Energy Evaluation.

Huma Rehman Baig
Research Associate

Huma Rehman is a graduate electrical engineer with an MS degree in specialization with Power Electronics. She has conducted research on Efficient Photovoltaic Systems during her MS thesis. She has published 2 conferences and 1 journal paper, while some of her manuscripts are under review. She is currently working on fault detection in photovoltaic solar panels. Her research interests include efficient photovoltaic systems, digital image processing and optimal control systems. She has been working as Research Associate, Director of Research since April 2018.