Dr. Saima Shabbir is a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow at the Pennsylvania State University and an Associate Professor (Tenured) at Institute of Space Technology, Pakistan. A Gold Medalist during Baccalaureates, she secured First position in MSc and MPhil Chemistry. She is a twice winner of Research Productivity Award from Pakistan Council for Science & Technology (PCST) winning three competitive research grants from Higher Education Commission and one from Pakistan Science Foundation. PCST honored her as one of the dynamic women scientists of Pakistan.
Dr. Shabbir cares deeply about the social implications of her research and demonstrated this conviction by winning grants and working on several community-based UN Sustainable Development Goals focused projects like solar cells, food safety, water treatment and CO2 conversion to nanomaterials. A recipient of Early Career Scientist Award (Royal Society, UK), Excellence in Research Award (New York Academy of Sciences NYAS, USA) and an alumna of Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings (Germany), she was honored as Affiliate Fellow of IUPAC. She was approved as Full Member of OWSD under The World Academy of Sciences (Italy). An alumna of Commonwealth Science Conference (Singapore), she was selected as TechWomen Emerging Leader and completed her mentorship project at Draper University in Silicon Valley.
Dr. Shabbir is a Publons verified reviewer for many international journals and serves as Member Editorial Board for Chemical and Materials Engineering Journal. She supervises research projects at BS, MS and PhD levels and has volunteered for outreach activities with AuthorAID, Commonwealth, NYAS and British Council. Dr. Shabbir along with her team of five women from Pakistan won a seed grant in Silicon Valley to pilot “STEM for Change”. It is an impact and outreach community that endeavors to address Pakistan’s severe gender inequality, in STEM careers and leadership, by working towards inclusive quality STEM education for girls in Pakistan.