ChE Undergraduate Thesis Competition 2011


Of enthusiastic participants, a burning presentation session and a splendid award ceremony– the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Undergraduate Thesis Competition 2011 kicked off on 10th December, 2011. Aimed to create the opportunity to exhibit their research works to a wide spectrum of audience, the competition surely builds a sense of challenge and an instinct for research in the participants. Jointly organized by the Department of Chemical Engineering (ChE), BUET, BUET Chemical Engineering Forum (BCEF) and ChemicalBUET, this year’s competition was marked by fresh project ideas and a tight contest.

Dressed in formal attires and adorned with a confident attitude, the graduate participants gathered at the Dept. of ChE on the morning of 10th December, 2011. The program began with the inauguration speech by Dr. Dil Afroza Begum, Head, Dept. of ChE, BUET. With the participants presenting their undergraduate thesis projects, judges keenly observing the presentations, and a little refreshment for the audience to enjoy, the overall ambience of the competition was that of nervousness and of spirit. Participants were judged on two major attributes, their thesis works and the multimedia presentations. Prior to the competition, graduates submitted an extended abstract of their research projects along with their theses that were judged by a group of academicians and industrial personnel. During the presentation, participants were judged on how well they presented their work to the open audience and the like. The judges raised questions on the scientific and financial feasibility of their projects, and placed challenging scenarios in front of the participants. The judges of this year’s competition were Dr. Iqbal Mahmud, Professor Emeritus, ChE and Ex-VC, BUET, Dr. Nooruddin Ahmed, UGC Professor and Ex-VC, BUET, Dr. Khaliqur Rahman (presentation) and Eng. Md. Mohiuddin (thesis review). Dr. Mohidus Samad Khan (McGill University), Convener, ChE Thesis Competition 2011, was the moderator of the presentation session, while Munir Ahammad, Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering, BUET and a member of the organizing committee, contributed in coordinating the event.

The presentations made and the judges’ marks finally summed, the competition came to an end with the announcement of the winners. The third position ranker was Fauzia Sultana for the thesis on `Production of Calcium Chloride by Limestone-Hydrochloric Acid Process´, supervised by Dr. A K M A Quader.  The second position went to two teams, Aurko Ali andEmon Hasan for `Assessment of Environmental Pollution from Pharmaceutical Industries in Bangladesh´, supervised by Md. Mominur Rahman and Bayzid Kabir, and Lubna Ahmed and Farzana Quddus for `Modeling of Air Pollution in Dhaka City from Northern Brick Kilns Using AERMOD´ supervised by Dr. M A A Shoukat Choudhury. The first place winner of this year’s competition was Sujala Tajneen Sultana for the project on `Design and Performance Evaluation of an Improved Multi-pot Biomass Cooking Stove’, supervised by Md. Mominur Rahman. All participants were handed certificates of participation by Dr. Dil Afroza Begum.

The achievement of the winners of ChE Undergraduate Thesis Competition 2011 was acknowledged by awarding crests and certificates at the 3rd International Conference on Chemical Engineering (ICChE) 2011 on 30th December, 2011. Supervisors of the winning teams were also awarded certificates of appreciation. With the awardees posing for photographs and later attending the formal dinner of ICChE 2011, the ChE Undergraduate Thesis Competition 2011 came to a successful end.

Moments from the ChE Undergraduate Thesis Competition and Award Ceremony 2011.

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