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October 24, 2015

Two Pakistani students shine at CERN summer internship programme


October 24, 2015

Two Pakistani students have excelled in European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) and made their country proud during summer internship programme among 40 young graduates from across the globe.
Pakistani students Azqa Nadeem, who graduated from NUST, and Muhammad Ansar Iqbal, a graduate of the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), were selected by a team for the CERN open lab summer student programme from a pool of about 1,600 applicants.
Azqa Nadeem from NUST stood first at the summer internship programme at CERN, whereas Muhammad Ansar Iqbal from the QAU remained on top in theoretical and experimental skills at CERN.
Dr Stefan Lüders, CERN computer security officer, in an email to Director General of the National Centre for Physics (NCP) Hafeez Hoorani, said “Azqa was supposed to evaluate physical tokens for so-called multifactor authentication, i.e. the process of logging into a computer system by using more than a password. Azqa has done a great job and succeeded in selecting one out of two methods and providing good arguments why the second method is insecure and should be rejected. She got a proof-of-concept pilot system up and running and CERN is aiming at deploying the final version during the next month”.
While talking to ‘The News,’ Azqa said that she had great opportunity for her to work with the best minds of the world at CERN. “I have learned a lot from the people working over there from all around the world,” she added.
Azqa said that she feels proud to see Pakistani scientists working over there and the top officials of CERN really like the work of Pakistanis and appreciate them.
Muhammad Ansar Iqbal of the QAU, while talking to ‘The News,’ said it was big opportunity for him to show his skills while working with best brains of the world not only to prove himself but also to make his country proud.
Anton Dimitrov, supervisor of Ansar Iqbal, in his email to DG NCP Hafeez Hoorani, said,

“Iqbal was one of the exceptional students who showed technical, theoretical and experimental skills which were well above the average level.”
He further stated that he was very fast and efficient in problem solving. He performed brilliantly his task to compare RE4 Construction with Operation data. I would be glad if we can continue working with him remotely.
Ansar Iqbal said that it’s an honour for him that he got a chance to work with world's top scientists and he will try his best to prove his skills and to make his country proud.

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