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Irfan Ahmad

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Associate Director, Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology

Irfan Ahmad is the Associate Director at the University of Illinois Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST). He also is Research Faculty at the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, and Core Faculty at the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (CSAMES). His research interests involve bionanotechnology, nanomedicine, sensors, agricultural machinery design/energy conservation, precision agriculture, and grain quality. Other interests focus on entrepreneurship, social, religious, science and policy issues, disaster relief and their interface among the developed and the developing nations. Dr. Ahmad is former President and member of the Board of Directors of the Central Illinois Mosque and Islamic Center (CIMIC) Association in Urbana. He currently serves in the Outreach Committee at CIMIC. Recently, his social entrepreneurial activities have included leading efforts toward the establishment of Avicenna Community Health Center for the uninsured in the community. He firmly believes in intellectual and social exchanges, and views learning as a two-way street for advancing societies. To promote these ideas, he has initiated and has served on several interfaith forums and panels, appeared on radio interviews, and delivered lectures. He was the 2007 recipient of the Champaign-Urbana International Humanitarian Award, and 2008 recipient of the Intercultural Friendship Foundation’s Interfaith Dialogue Award.

Areas of Expertise

Interfaith Dialogue; Religion in the Public Sphere; Islam and Science

Countries Covered

Pakistan; Indo-Pakistan subcontinent

Potential Lecture Topics

  • "Islam in the Public Sphere"
  • "Muslim Americans - a Resource for Policy Matters"