Salim Mehmud

Dr. Salim Mehmud, also known as Salim Mehmood, is a Pakistani rocket scientist and a nuclear engineer. He is the former chairman of Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO). He has served as chief scientist at the Defence Science and Technology Organization. Currently, he is the chief Scientific and Technological Advisor at the Ministry of Communications of Pakistan.

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Salim Mehmud
Nationality Pakistani
Citizenship Pakistani
Alma mater University of Punjab
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Known for Pakistan’s Space Program and missile technology
Awards Sitara-e-Imtiaz (1990)
French Medal for Aeronautics (1989)
Scientific career
Fields Nuclear Engineering
Institutions Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC)
Defence Science and Technology Organization (DESTO)
Ministry of Communications of Pakistan (MCP)
Argonne National Laboratory
Doctoral advisor Dr. William “Bill” Nelson
Influences Dr. Abdus Salam

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Mehmud took his BSc in Physics and a BA in Mathematics in 1955 from the Punjab University. The same year, he was admitted at the Punjab University’s Graduate Program, and continued his research in Physics. He graduated and received his MSc in Physics and Electronics from Punjab University in 1957. The same year, he joined Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) as Engineer Officer (EO) and served in Nuclear Engineering Division. However, he was awarded a scholarship by former Chairman of PAEC Nazir Ahmad to continue his higher studies, and travelled to United States.

There, he attended North Carolina State University where he received his double MSc in Physics and MS in Electrical engineering in 1959. The same year, he began his post-graduate research work at Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education which he did until 1961.[citation needed] In 1964, he studied Nuclear engineering with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), also at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory as part of the Atoms for Peace Program[citation needed] In 1961, he took his MSc in Nuclear engineering, followed by PhD in Nuclear engineering from Oak Ridge National Laboratory under the supervision of Dr. William “Bill” Nelson in 1964.

While studying at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, his mentor Dr. Bill Nelson has called him one of his brightest and finest students in his doctoral teaching experience. His doctoral dissertation covered a vast amount of study in the field of Nuclear electric rocket.

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