Chemical Engineering Thesis Award, 2010

Worldwide, the engineering trend is changing due to the expansion of information, diminishing boundaries between the disciplines, globalized economy, endangered environment, resource constraints, emerging social responsibilities and rapid changes in technology. To cope with changing situation the Department of Chemical Engineering (BUET) is keen on introducing multidimensional competitions, such as Poster Competition, Thesis and Design Competition, etc., as a part of ongoing course-curriculum. Students are expected to develop effective communication skills to function properly in a multidisciplinary working environment.

‘Chemical Engineering Thesis Award’ is one such initiative aiming to inspire the students to work as an active individual or team member, encourage to write high quality scientific/technical reports and make them competent to present their findings to the large scientific community. Early of this year the Department of Chemical Engineering has successfully organised the first Chemical Engineering Thesis Award (2010). The program was sponsored by the Bangladesh Chemical Engineering Forum (BCEF); ChemicalBUET, a forum of the students, academics and alumni of BUET ChE, provided the technical assistance through-out the program.

Participants of Chemical Engineering Thesis Award, 2010

This competition was open to the fresh ChE Graduates (batch ’2004). The interested participants submitted their undergraduate thesis reports along with an extended abstract by Oct’2009. During the presentation, they not only addressed the scientific significance, but also the social and economic significance and commercial value of their research projects in the extended abstract. The participants were evaluated by a panel of judges comprising of highly experienced academics and professionals. The presentation skills and contents, visual aids, punctuation of time and ability to answer technical questions asked by the audience were the aspects judged in the competition. The marking scheme was provided to the participants one week prior to the competition to ensure the transparency in marking.

First prize winners; from left: Eng. M.M.R. Masud, Prof. Jasimuz Zaman, Prof. Ijaz Hossain, Prof. Dil Afroza Begum and Eng. Z. F. Zinni

21st Jan, 2010, 9:00am: a shiny winter morning to thrust the first ‘Chemical Engineering Thesis Award, 2010’. Prof. Dil Afroza Begum, Head and chief guest, Dept. of Chem. Eng., inaugurated the program. Six groups of fresh graduates presented their final year research works. The program was lively with the participation of audience in the Q&A session. Alumnus Dr. Mohidus Samad Khan was the invited lecturer in the program and presented on the development of Bioactive Papers. Dr. Jasimuz Zaman, co-chair, BCEF and the special guest of the program announced the merit positions. Eng. M.M.R. Masud and Eng. Z.F. Zinnia won the first prize for their project entitled: ‘Synthesis of Nitrogen Based Fertilizer from Human Hair’; supervisor: Asst. Prof. M.M. Rahman. Eng. M.J. Uddin and Eng. M.M. Islam won the second prize for their project on ‘Simulation of an Industrial Scale Ammonia Plant Using HYSYS’; supervisor: Asst. Prof. Dr. M.A.A.S. Choudhury. Eng. M. N. E. Tamim and Eng. F. Rabbi ranked third for their project on ‘Study of energy saving by automation of switching system using a motion sensor’; supervisor: Asst. Prof. Dr. M.A.A.S. Choudhury. In his speech, Dr. Jasimuz Zaman addressed the importance of good technical presentations in Chemical Engineering and he hoped that such competitions will help students improving their technical writing and presentation skills up to the international level. The competition was concluded by the prize giving ceremony conducted by Dr. Jasimuz Zaman, Prof. Dil Afroza Begum, Prof. Ijaz Hossain and Dr. Mohidus Samad Khan. Participation awards were given to all other successful participants. Alumnus Dr. Mohidus Samad Khan received special acknowledgement to envision the concept and contributing in organising the program. Program volunteers (F. Sultana, M. Rahman, et al.) received special thanks. The program was brought to a close with lunch. Asst. Prof. Kazi Bayzid Kabir, the corresponding person on behalf of the Chemical Engineering Department, BUET and the organizing committee, played an important role to organize the program successfully.

Special Guest Dr. Jasimuz Zaman; Right: Invited Lecturer Dr. Mohidus Samad Khan



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Sultana, F., Chemical Engineering Thesis Award, 2010, ChE Thoughts 1 (1), 31-32, 2010.


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