Mumtaz Ali Sheikh completed his BSc (Hons) degree in Computer Science from LUMS in 2004, graduating on the Dean's Honors List. He then joined the College of Optics and Photonics (CREOL), University of Central Florida where he completed his PhD degree in Optics in 2009 under the supervision of Prof. Nabeel Riza. His PhD work was in the area of extreme environment high temperature optical sensors in which he demonstrated novel temperature sensing techniques using Silicon Carbide. He then joined Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan as an Assistant Professor of Physics. Currently, he is on a one year sabbatical leave from LUMS working at the Institute of Optics in Professor Robert Boyd's group. His academic achievements include receiving the Fulbright postdoctoral fellowship in 2016, Society of Photo-Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Scholarship in 2009, LUMS Merit Scholarship from 2001-2004 and world distinction in Cambridge International Examinations A-Level Mathematics.
Mumtaz Sheikh has research interests in the areas of optical sensors, confocal microscopy, laser beam analysis, fiber optic instrumentation and light orbital angular momentum (OAM). His technical contributions have been reported in several international journals and conference proceedings.