Dhaka, the city I was grown up, where the curse of traffic congestions and the resulting air pollution plague a population of 10.5 million, where the inefficient mass transit system aggravates the distress of people, where the pedestrians are highly vulnerable in terms of safety and thus suffering from the lacking of an adequate transportation system required for sustainable development - compels me to feel that fostering a meaningful synthesis between planning and implementation is a requisite. I remain optimistic, even in the emergence of such urban transport crisis for my country, that technology will be able to solve many of today’s immitigable problems. For a natural resource-deficient country faced by rapid growth of population, extreme poverty and inequality of income, increasing urbanization and environmental degradation–I was faced with the dilemma of selecting a field of study that properly harmonizes the necessity and academic goals. I believe that Transportation Engineering and related technologies remain the most challenging field for our country.
Analytic solutions of any problem have always attracted me and I have been interested in mathematics for a very long time. At University I became fascinated by the magic of programming and started to solve the problems of ACM (Association for Computing Machinery). My passionate interest for programming gave me the 5th place winner of the 26th ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, Asia Regional, BUET, Dhaka. At that contest I was one of those few contestants who were not from a field related to computer science. This success has greatly inspired me to explore beyond the horizon of technical knowledge. Now in my introductory lectures of computer programming lab course, I urge my students to be passionate to their interests no matter how difficult they seem to be.
In my undergraduate studies, I have always strived to maintain an approach of expending independent effort in all my endeavors. This approach has paid rich dividends in my academic career as I achieved a CGPA of 3.91 in my undergraduate studies and ranked first in my department among 199 students. My ensuing appointment as a Lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering, BUET fulfilled my intense inclination for a teaching profession. This excellent opportunity has opened for me the scope of both acquiring and delivering knowledge. I try to maintain a continuous interaction with my students not only in the academic area but also in other extracurricular activities. As the member secretary of the organizing committee I successfully organized the annual event of my department-“Civil Engineering Festival 2006”.
I always like to take the challenges of walking in the path less traveled by. My undergraduate research work on manganese occurrence and its removal from ground water of Bangladesh has given me such an opportunity to identify, establish and search the solutions of a major water quality issue, not...