ChemicalBUET

ChemicalBUET is an organization dedicated to the students, academics and alumni of the Department of Chemical Engineering, BUET.

Chemical-BUET gives a platform to the members to share their professional and academic know-ledge, views, experiences and queries.
Established in April 2002, ChemicalBUET has now over 500 members (students and alumni); and this number is increasing steadily. At present ChemicalBUET is one of the largest chemical engineering communities in Bangladesh. The alumni members are working in industries: local and overseas; doing post-graduate studies in internationally renowned universities; conducting cutting edge research; or, working on different non-chemical engineering professions. ChemicalBUET is playing an important role to bridge all the members from different status, promoting social and professional interaction among the members and last but not the least, supporting Department of Chemical Engineering, BUET in organizing different academic train-ings and competitions.

Membership and Subscription

ChemicalBUET was ini-tiated by few enthuse-astic students of ChE’97 (BUET) and founded by Eng. Ahmed Reaj Sajib of ChE’97. The initial idea was to offer a social platform to the students; and gradually it incorporated the alumni of Chemical Engineering Department, BUET. Over the years, student members joined as academics in the department after their graduation; at the same time a good number of the alumni, faculty and professionals, joined ChemicalBUET which enhanced and enriched ChemicalBUET activities in many folds. It believes in the ownership of the members. ChemicalBUET’s major strength is the active participation of the members in different group activities, dis-cussions and debates. It is now a popular brand to the BUET chemical engineering students and alumni.

The classic way to introduce ChemicalBUET to the students and alumni is peer to peer contact. We appreciate our members and organizers for their supports throughout the years. I would like to acknowledge few individuals like Kazi Bayzid Kabir (ChE’98), Rashed Khan (ChE‘01) and Abid Hossain (ChE’05) for giving their extensive time and effort to introduce ChemicalBUET to mass students. There are many others who are regularly contributing at ChemicalBUET’s membership activities and invitations; special gratitude to them all.

Currently ChemicalBUET is hosted through yahoogroup; access to this yahoogroup is limited to the members. (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ChemicalBUET). We plan to launch a separate official web-site of ChemicalBUET keeping our yahoogroup alive. A creative team is working on it to integrate the existing yahoogroup facilities with new official web-site.

Activities

ChemicalBUET’s initial activities were to share and disseminate different departmental news, course-works and exam information. Shortly members started posting different chemical engineering course materials (supporting docu-ments), postgraduate admission/ scholarship information and job circulations. Students were sharing their academic and research queries/experiences and seeking guidance/help from the seniors; and the seniors responded accordingly. In recent years faculties are disseminating relevant departmental news and notices through ChemicalBUET. This social and professional interaction among the members has become the major strength of ChemicalBUET. Today any new member can enjoy different documents/info on postgraduate admission, scholarships, university ranking, relevant job openings, immigration, depart-mental news/notices and relevant research articles.


Audience and participants in ICChE 2008 Poster Competition

ChemicalBUET activities found new boost and directions since 2006-07 when ChemicalBUET extended its focus and activities to promote and support trainings and multidimensional competitions among the students and fresh graduates of the Department of Chemical Engineering, BUET. In 2008 ChemicalBUET envisioned initiating multidimensional com-petitions among the students and introduced the concept of Poster Presentation and Competition. The department welcomed the concept generously. That year the department introduced pos-ter preparation in one of the undergraduate courses and at end of the year ChemicalBUET, the Department of Chemical Engineering, BUET and ICChE 2008 (2nd International Con-ference on Chemical Engineering, 2008) jointly organized the first ever International Poster Competition (held on 1st Jan, 2009) for the ChE BUET students. Besides BUET students, posters from students of Monash University, Australia were also submitted. The poster competition was a good success and was a milestone step for ChemicalBUET. Now, poster preparation and presentation are well integrated items in BUET ChE undergraduate courses as well as different departmental programs.


Winner Group (1st Prize, Group B) ICChE 2008 Poster Competition

The next major initiative from ChemicalBUET was to introduce the concept of Chemical Engineering Thesis and Design Competition to the fresh graduates and students of Department of Chemical Engineering, BUET. This com-petition aims to give the engineering students and early career researchers a competitive environment to achieve skills and excellence in engineering research/design and to present their work to bigger scientific and engineering community. Along with the department and Bangladesh Chemical Engineering Forum (BCEF), ChemicalBUET jointly organized the first ever Chemical Engineering Thesis Award Competition (Jan, 2010) in BUET. The competition received well appreciation from participants, audience and chemical engineering community. Our future plan is to involve other local universities in related fields and organize such competitions nationwide.
Early of this year (2010) ChemcialBUET has organized workshop on ‘Technical Writing and Presentation’ for the undergraduate students (third and fourth year) and fresh graduates. The workshop dis-cussed conference and journal article, article structures, manu-script preparation, writing style, plagiarism, citation and bib-liography, etc. Available soft-wares for citation and listing were discussed and demon-strated in the workshop. Post-workshop evaluation showed that the workshop was highly appreciated by the attendees. The participants requested for arranging such workshops on regular basis.

We acknowledge the generous support from the Department of Chemical Engineering, BUET and BCEF in the above milestone projects; BUET welcomed the novel ideas and provided logistic support while BCEF co-sponsored the programs.

Technical Writing and Presentation Workshop 2010 at BUET

Ongoing Project(s)

Our recent initiative is to launch the first ever Chemical Engineering magazine (ChE Thoughts) in Bangladesh. ChE Thoughts (www.chethoughts.com) is a ChemicalBUET publication aiming to feature different ChE related scientific/technological issues, events and news in national and international level. ChE Thoughts will play the role to strengthen the linkage between local industry and academic. ‘ChE Thoughts’ will be Bangladeshi chemical engineering comm.-unity. It will play a role to promote Bangladesh chemical engineering practice: academic- research-technological, to the national and international engineering and scientific communities.

Few memories

ChemicalBUET experiences many good news and exciting events. The members shared their academic/career experiences and successes. But there were also few news and incidents which brought grief to the Chemical-BUET community: the demise of two bright chemical engineering students in the very first year of ChemicalBUET: Md. Nurullah Mamun (ChE’98; 31st May, 2002) and Sabekun Nahar Sony (ChE’99; 8th June, 2002). We still mourn on their pre-mature death and pray for the peace of their souls.

ChemicalBUET is open to appreciate any new idea on multidimensional competitions, trainings, publications and other academic activities for BUET chemical engineering students and alumni. ChemicalBUET will continue ongoing programs and keep supporting Chemical Engineering Department, BUET and other similar thinking organizations on different novel activities to promote and strengthen chemical engineering education, research and practice in Bangladesh.
 

 

To cite this article, please use following information:

(use the given format or any standard citation format)

Khan, M.S., ChemicalBUET, ChE Thoughts 1 (1), 49-51, 2011.

 

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