– By NUST Science Society
Engr. Parvez Butt, nuclear engineer by profession, is a well-known name in Pakistan. He served the Nuclear Program of Pakistan for more than 43 years, where he played a leading role in developing country’s indigenous nuclear-mechanical engineering capabilities. He was also involved in design, installation, operation, and maintenance of Pakistan’s first nuclear power plant, the KANUPP (Karachi Nuclear Power Plant).
Engr. Butt was born on October 4, 1942, in Gujranwala, Punjab, British-India. At age 16, he was admitted to University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, with a full scholarship. In 1962, he graduated and received his BS in Mechanical Engineering. After his graduation, Engr. Butt was employed in Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), where he did his post-graduate research. He was awarded PAEC scholarship in 1964 to study at University of Toronto, where he received his MS in Nuclear Engineering in 1966.
He rendered his services to KANUPP for 19 years. In 1984, Engr. Butt was appointed as Director of PAEC, and in 1994, he was appointed as Director General and Member (Power) of the PAEC. As member (power) of PAEC, he was responsible for all activities related to Nuclear Fuel and Power. He also served as the Chairman PAEC for five years, starting in 2001. During his tenure as the Chairman, PAEC prospered in various areas of activities and expanded with creation of numerous new organizations. He was elected as the Vice Chairman of the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) BOG in 2005. After his retirement from the PAEC in 2006, he was appointed as the Federal Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of Pakistan.
Engr. Butt has been decorated with prestigious national awards which include the Sitara-e-Imtiaz and the Hilal-e-Imtiaz in 1993 and 1999 respectively.
He possesses a personality filled with a fortune of qualified expertise and an unconditional dedication to advancement of atomic energy in Pakistan.