Engr. Baderuddin Khan
I met Engr. Baderuddin Khan in one of the Seminar of Institution of Engineer Karachi Centre along with Air Commodore Shabbir Ahmed Khan. Later Engr. Bader started coming to the Think Tank Committee Meeting which religiously takes place on every Sunday at IEP Karachi Centre. After a few meetings, I realized that Engr. Bader has spent most of his professional life out of Pakistan and now he wants to do something for the less privileged people of rural areas of Sindh Pakistan. As I have started the series of interviews with the living legend in the Engineering Profession I thought to interview him as well. So we have a sitting and the detail is as follows: What is your family background? I was born in a middle class family of lithographic printing profession. The family lost the business during partition of India, and struggled but managed to educate the three of us. I was married in 1967. My wife is a Home Economics Graduate, and as a hobby also got a diploma in Flour Confectionary and Cake Decoration from Polytechnic of Southbank in London. She has her own business by the name Cakecraft in Clifton Karachi. We have two sons, both born in Brazil and now are married with children in Sherbrook, Canada and Amsterdam, Holland. What made you choose engineering? The sheer need of the family to get a decent income as my father was sick with Asthma. Please describe your Professional Career
  • After BE (Mech. & Elec.) from NED Government Engineering College Karachi in 1961, I joined Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works as Graduate Apprentice  for 18 months where I learned machine shop, foundry, planning, commercial office and steel fabrication. I was selected to go for further specialization in Germany in welding engineering in 1962 - 1963.
  • I took a  job as a welding engineer for two years in KS & EW in this position. I introduced many new things in Pakistan such as Ultra-Sound Testing of Welding, Aluminum Welding, Sigma Welding and Submerged Arc Welding. I also set up a Welding School in KS & EW where welders must be at least matriculation pass and learn theory as well. Several hundred welders were trained by this school.
  • In another capacity, I was in-charge of fabrication of Bridge Cranes, Luffing Cranes and Hydraulic Structures such as Barrage Gates Penstock, etc.
  • Worked as Piping Designer of Ships in a Shipyard in Rio de Janeiro Brazil for one year.
  • Worked as Senior Mechanical Engineer but soon promoted to a post of Chief Engineer in a Fertilizer Complex of Phillips Petroleum in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1969 - 1974.
  • Worked in Oil & Gas Field Design & Engineering of Production Plants in Ex-BP (Arabian Gulf Oil Company - AGOCO) and ex-Mobil  in various fields for over 20 years from Sr. Mechanical to Manager  Engineering & Maintenance positions.
  • Worked with German Company in Germany and in Kuwait, Nigeria, and Libya as Resident Manager, Manager Engineering & Projects in Steel Mill construction of Misurata Steel Mill Libya.
  • Final job of Business Development Manager for three years in PDIL (Presson Descon (Pvt.) Ltd).
What do you think makes a successful engineer?
  1. An Engineer who keeps reading on the job’s technical aspect no matter what discipline always performs better.
  2. An engineer who refers to the standards but also applies common sense, in doing so he can be very cost efficient.
  3. An engineer who, if working  for a company, considers it as his own and always tries new solutions and is not scared of being fired of failure can also have high performance record.
What are you doing now?
As I mentioned earlier I am not from a rich family and in our time the government schools and colleges were practically free. I now feel obliged to pay back to the less privileged people of rural areas. I therefore established a trust mainly with old NEDians' trustees. In the last four years the trust has run mobile clinic inaugurated by the late Abul Kalam the ex-Vice Chancellor of NED University Of Engineering and Technology (NEDUET). The trust has built three schools. One of these schools was built exclusively with the donation from Dr. Mohiuddin Ali Khan, a 1961 Civil Engineering Graduate from NEDUET (NEDian), who now lives in New Jersey, USA. Let me tell you how I conceived the idea of forming a trust. Back in 2006, I visited with my family and friends as a tourist to Thar-Sindh. I was also open to doing some charitable work using our engineering knowledge such as Rain Water Management, Tube Wells etc. But the people that I met challenged us to do something for the pregnant women who had no cesarean facilities available to them in hospitals. I took this challenge and after long study and several visits to Thar's various regions, our trust came up with a project of Mother & Child Health Care Project in Chachro.  Our trust helped setup an operation theater in a Taluka Hospital, Chachro so that the pregnant women could get cesarean and simple surgery.  By the way, Chachro is the largest Tehsil by area as well as  the most populous;  Thar has the highest maternal and infantile mortality rate. NED-SET has signed an MOU with the Provisional Health Ministry Sindh Government and is also negotiating with PPHI (Public & Private Health Initiative)  to improve, Inshallah, the standard of surgery as well as make it a Model Maternity Hospital. The trust has planned to also provide low cost solutions of alternate energy for poor rural communities. The trust is named NED-SET (NEDians Social Engineers Trust) I will recommend all engineers specially NEDians to take part in this trust.  The website is www.nedset.org. Professionally, I also volunteer to work on a Think Tank Committee of IEP (Institution of Engineers Pakistan) I am contributing to Thar Coal and other Energy Fields through this Think Tank. I feel that this is also a form of charity. If our contribution improves, by advising the government on national projects, millions people shall benefit. What a fabulous form of Sadaqa Jarryia. Finally, I thanked Engr. Baderuddin Khan for being so kind to me and sharing with his experience which may other colleagues will definitely benefit.
Engr. Baderuddin Khan