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Top Honors for AIT Alumni

The AIT Alumni Association (AITAA) has selected Prof. Ricardo P. Pama (SEC '64) and

Dr. S. M. Qureshi (SEC '65)
as recipients of the Association's first-ever

AITAA DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD.

The Award is given in recognition of outstanding professional and technical achievement, distinguished service to the profession or the community at large, and significant contributions to enhancing the reputation of AIT.

Nominees are selected from the following fields of service or endeavor: rural and community development, public sector, business, and academic/research excellence.

PROF. RICARDO P. PAMA's experience in post-graduate teaching and research, academic administration and institutional fund-raising spans over three decades, of which 26 years have been in the service of AIT.

After his Doctoral studies in Scotland, Prof. Pama returned to AIT in 1970 as Assistant Professor in structural engineering and construction. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1974 and to Full Professor in 1978. From 1978 to 1992, he served as Vice President for Development. In 1992 he was appointed Vice President for Academic Affairs, a position he will hold until June 1996.

As a structural engineer, Prof. Pama earned recognition for breakthroughs in the analysis of bridge decks and for pioneering work in low-cost construction materials, reinforced and prestressed concrete, and ferrocement technology. His efforts in fund-raising generated US$200 million in grants for AIT from diverse sources in developed and developing countries. As an academic administrator, Prof. Pama led in-house teams in formulating academic policies and guidelines, institutional strategic planning, and operational planning for academic support services.

Prof. Pama's decorations include L’Ordre des Palmes Académiques award from the Republic of France in 1986 for academic and development achievements, the Outstanding Alumnus Award from Mapua Institute of Technology in 1989, and the Banaag Award in 1991, which was given by President Corazon C. Aquino to outstanding Filipinos overseas.

Prof. Pama obtained his B. Sc. in civil engineering from Mapua Institute of Technology, Philippines in 1961, M.Eng. from the SEATO Graduate School of Engineering in 1964, and Ph.D. (structural engineering) from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland in 1968. From 1965 to 1970, he was a faculty member of Queen’s College, University of St. Andrews, the first Asian to be appointed to the teaching staff of Scotland’s oldest University (founded in 1411).

Dr. SHAMSUDDIN M. QURESHI retired last month from his position as Federal Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of Pakistan. Among other achievements, Dr. Qureshi's term of office is particularly recognized for the direction he gave to disparate R&D organizations under the responsibility of the Ministry.

Dr. Qureshi obtained his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Pakistan and Ph.D. in structural engineering from the University of Sheffield, UK. He returned to Pakistan and joined the Mehran College of Engineering in Jamshoro, Sind Province, as a Reader in civil engineering. Dr. Qureshi was instrumental in transforming this college into the Mehran University of Engineering and Technology and served as its first Vice Chancellor. Today Mehran University is one of Pakistan’s leading institutions for engineering education.

In 1987, Dr. Qureshi was appointed Federal Secretary, Ministry of Education. He initiated wide ranging changes in higher education in the country and encouraged Government involvement in setting up universities in the private sector. This policy, which met with resistance during its initial implementation, has led to the establishment of world class universities in Pakistan, most notably the Agha Khan University of Medical Sciences, Lahore University of Management Sciences, GIK Institute of Engineering Sciences, and National University of Sciences and Technology. These institutions play major roles in reviving Pakistan’s ailing education sector and in revitalizing the engineering industry in particular. Dr. Qureshi's retirement comes after a long and truly meritorious service to his country. He takes deep satisfaction from dedicating his career to the development of Pakistan and the betterment of the Pakistani people. As patron of AITAA-Pakistan Chapter, Dr. Qureshi is proud of the growing corps of AIT Pakistani alumni who are contributing to the continued growth of their country.

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