Success Stories of BUET Chemical Engineers

Department of Chemical Engineering, BUET has been creating world class engineers and researchers who are recognized for the magnificent contribution in their area of expertise, around the globe. In this article Syeda Sabrina has featured few recent success stories of BUET ChE Alumni.

Dr. M. A. A. Shoukat Choudhury receives UGC Award

Dr. M. A. A. Shoukat Choudhury

Dr. M. A. A. Shoukat Choudhury, Associate Professor of Department of Chemical Engineering, BUET, has been honored with the University Grants Commission (UGC) Award 2008. He received the award in the Engineering and Technology Section for his pioneering work in the area of control valve stiction detection and quantification. The award was presented to him at the 5th UGC Award giving ceremony held on 27th April, 2011 at the UGC auditorium in presence of the finance minister, Mr. Abul Maal Abdul Muhith and eminent educationist Dr. Anisuzzaman. Every year, University Grants Commission of Bangladesh confers 12 awards to full time university teachers for their fundamental and innovative research publications (journal/books) in different categories. Dr. M. A. A. Shoukat Choudhury is the 2nd chemical engineer in Bangladesh to be honored with this award. Before him, Dr. Dil Afroza Begum, current head of Chemical Engineering Department received the UGC award as a chemical engineer.

Dr. Choudhury received the UGC Award for his article on “Stiction: Definition, Modeling, Detection and Quantification”. The paper briefly presents the definition and modeling of stiction and demonstrates a new method to detect and quantify the actual amount of valve stiction using routine operating data. “I always had the zeal to solve industry oriented problems which motivated me to work on valve stiction”, says Dr. Choudhury. Currently, Dr. Choudhury is working on control loop interaction and quantification for MIMO (multiple input multiple output) process, improvement of PID controllers’ performance in a large time delay process, troubleshooting of plant wide oscillations and many more. His research interests include detection and diagnosis of poor control loop performance using higher order statistics with a special emphasis on detection and diagnosis of control valve stiction and data compression as well.

Dr. Waqi Alam: SPE Distinguished Lecturer

Dr. Waqi Alam

Dr. Waqi Alam, the president of Tetrahedron, Inc., USA, has been honored as a Distinguished Lecturer of Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) 2011-12. The primary task of an SPE Distinguished Lecturer (DL) is to provide engaging presentations on the technological advances of the oil and natural gas industries to the far corners of the world. Dr. Alam will present a series of lectures on “Cost Effective Industrial Solutions for the Petroleum Industry” starting from October, 2011 over a period of one year in different parts of the world. His presentation will explain a simple and inexpensive solution for petroleum contaminated soil and water bodies, by treating hydrocarbon wastes using activated indigenous microbes. “I was glad when SPE selected me as one of their Distinguished Lecturers, since this is a very prestigious position where only a handful of experts are selected from around the world to lecture on certain topics relevant to the petroleum industry. I hope my lectures will help the petroleum industries to think outside the box and come up with innovative solutions to the environmental challenges to continue to meet the energy demand of the world safely and cost effectively”, says Dr. Alam. He will present a lecture in Bangladesh in November, 2011.

Dr. Alam has been involved in the development of several environmental remediation technologies and is considered an expert in Environmental Management System (ISO 14001). His research interest includes developing methods to enhance petroleum recovery using microbes, radioactive contaminated soil treatment, drinking water, wastewater and storm-water management and many more. Dr. Alam says, “The prime motivation of my work was to do something out of the main stream and which will also help develop business for my company. Besides, working in the field of environment gives me the satisfaction of doing something that is more than simply earning a livelihood. It gives me a sense of doing the right thing for protecting the nature”.

Dr. Mohidus Samad Khan: Excellence in Doctoral Research

Dr. Mohidus Samad Khan

Dr. Mohidus Samad Khan from the Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash University, Australia has been awarded the Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal 2010 for his PhD research project entitled “Bioactive Papers: Printing, Activity and Stability”. The Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal is an award given by the Monash Research Graduate School (MRGS), based on PhD thesis quality, student’s publication record and other research excellence. The goal of Dr. Khan’s research work on “Bioactive Papers” was to investigate the fundamental and applied issues to develop stable and functional bioactive papers and paper fluidic devices for health and environmental diagnostics. For the same work he has also won the Kenneth Hunt Medal 2010 from the Monash Engineering Faculty, an award that is given to the graduating PhD student whose thesis is judged to be the best submitted in the calendar year preceding the award. “Both Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal and Kenneth Hunt Medal are highly prestigious awards to recognize research excellence in PhD. These awards inspire and encourage me to think more creatively, work even harder, and continue performing cutting edge research”, says Dr. Khan. Besides, he is also the State Winner of 2009 AusBiotech-GSK Student Excellence Awards from Victoria State, Australia for his research work on “Bioactive Papers”. This Australian national award is given to those PhD students working on biotechnology, based on their research quality, potential commercial application, writing and presentation skills. “I was thrilled to win this competitive award over highly talented research students working on exciting projects in different disciplines like medicine, dentistry, biochemistry, etc”, shares Dr. Khan.

Dr. Khan is currently working as a Post Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Chemistry, McGill University, Canada as a part of the Canadian (NSERC-CRSNG’s) Bioactive Paper Network. His current research project includes developing bioactive filter paper and paper sensors to detect and deactivate pathogens and development of 3D molecular modeling of antigen-antibody interaction. Dr. Khan believes that, through their innovation and strong social conscience chemical engineers can contribute significantly to the society.



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Sabrina, S., Success Stories of BUET Chemical Engineers, ChE Thoughts 2 (2), 32-34, 2011.


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