During the last decade Dr Umar Saif has become the first Pakistani scholar to have been selected for the prestigious TR35 award. He has been recognized by MIT Technology Review.
Before coming to Pakistan Dr Saif worked at MIT and received a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust.
Dr Umar Saif, an associate professor at the LUMS School of Science of Engineering has been recognised for two of his innovations
The first a software, BitMate to help reduce download times using peer-to-peer technology for dial-up slow internet connections. The software released in February, has so far been downloaded 30, 000 times in 173 countries.
His second innovation, SMSall.pk, is a mass SMS social network that has so far sent out four billion SMS for users in Pakistan.
Achievements of Dr Saif:
- Named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2009
- He is a recipient of the MIT Technovator Award
- Mark Weiser Award
- Digital Inclusion Award from Microsoft Research
- IDG Technology Pioneer Award
What is TR35 (According to MIT Technology Review) :
The TR35 recognizes the world’s top 35 young innovators that are radically transforming technology as we know it. Their work – spanning medicine, computing, communications, energy, electronics and nanotechnology — is changing our world.