Professor Emerita Dr. Asghari Maqsood is an advisor to the Vice-Chancellor of Air University, Islamabad, Pakistan. She served as a founding Dean of the Faculty of Basic and Applied Sciences at Air University from July 2015 to November 2022. She has over 48 years of experience in advanced materials research. She obtained her MSc in materials science from Oxford University, UK, a Ph.D. in materials science from Goteborg University, Sweden and a diploma in experimental work from Uppsala University, Sweden. She has 285 research publications to her credit, including 214 journal publications and seven book chapters. She has received many national and international awards, including a Gold Medal and a Merit Certificate from the University of Punjab (1971‒72), the INFAQ foundation prize and a Gold Medal from the Pakistan Academy of Sciences (2000), the President’s Award and a cash prize for Pride of Performance, (2001), the Best University Teacher Award (2002) from HEC, Islamabad, the Prime Minister’s Gold Medal and financial award on Salaam Teacher Day (2004), the President’s Award, Izaz-i-Fazeelat for Academic Distinction (2005), a Civil Award Sitara-e-Imtiaz (2010), a PVS lifetime achievement award in recognition of her dedicated services in the field of vacuum science and technology (2013), Top Woman Physicist of Pakistan Award (2013), PCST publication award (2013), Dr. Z. A. Hashmi Gold Medal on World Science Day for Peace and Development (2014), Quaid-e-Azam University Golden Jubilee Award (2017). She was named among the top 2% of world scientists by Stanford University, USA in 2019 and 2021/22, as well as a lifetime achievement in the year 2019.