CEE Research


 

Research mission statement                                                                                                                                               

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at North South University aspires to engage into applied and productivity oriented research that serve the needs of the targeted communities in a sustainable way. The applied research focuses on the country’s transportation and water sectors to deliver efficient solutions to field problems that have been troubling these sectors for a long time. Furthermore, focused research outputs are planned to serve battered communities that are suffering with water supply scarcity and waste disposal issues. Output oriented research are strategic toward developing various computational mechanics and soil-structure interaction models having impacts in both theoretical and practical deliberations. The Department plans to strengthen its linkages with local and international research communities by forming a society on frontiers in energy and infrastructure in line with its conferences and joint research initiatives.


Dr. Md. Sirajul Islam [Details]

Professor, Water Resources Engineering

Current Projects:
  • Undergraduate thesis: Around 50 (fifty) undergraduate thesis supervision. Topics covered a wide range as mentioned in the fields of interest.
  • Graduate: Around 12 (twelve) graduate thesis supervision.Topics as mentioned in the fields of interest.
  • “Improvement of flash flood warning device Shonabondhu through coupling with Hydrologic models”  NSU funded research project. PI: Dr. Sirajul Islam, Co-PI: Dr. Nova Ahmed, Dr. NazmunNahar, Ms. SifatKalam
  • Fields of interest:
    Major: Water resources,Climate change, Disaster management, Industrial compliances and Urban Environment.

    Specifically;
    • Climate Risk Screening and Vulnerability Assessment (CRS/CRVA) tool: Screening of government projects for their sensitivity to future climate change and budgeting for adaptation.
    • Technology for adaptation to climate change: Coastal adaptation for drinking water supply, adaptation technology for the infrastructure sectors, Bangladesh National Building Code (BNBC) and its relevance to climate change.
    • Loss and damage assessment due to climate change: Flash flood and other natural disasters, HEVR analysis of natural hazards.
    • Environmental modeling: Hydrological modeling, downscaling of GCM data to regional and country level, Global scale modeling of Virtual Water trading.
    • Risk management: Weather Index based crop insurance for disaster risk management in developing countries, Insurance as a risk management strategy as a whole.
    • Urban environmental management: Dynamics of urban growth, Traffic jam and drainage congestion.
    • Industrial environment and compliances, health and safety issues: ISO1400, OHSAS 1800 and LEED compliances in the Ready Made Garments (RMG) sector of Bangladesh – problems and prospects.
    • Social, economic and environmental aspects of development: EIA/SEIA, community based resource management, participatory approach for evaluating development projects.
    • SDG goals: its relevance to Bangladesh, specifically in the infrastructure development sectors.
    Funded projects/External projects
    • National Consultant, Asian Development Bank(July 2017 to June 2018) on the project TA-8572 REG: Action on Climate Change in South Asia. The main task of the project is to develop a Climate and Disaster Risk Screening Tool for the government development projects of Bangladesh, to be used by the Planning Commission. Spatial HEVR analysis for the whole country followed by development of a CRS/CRVA tool are the main tasks.Consultant, World Bank: SRCWP, Watershed Management and Biodiversity of Pablakhali Protected Area, as Engineering and Water Management Specialist, World Bank, 2014-2017
    • Consultant, World Bank: Mid Term Evaluation of Community Climate Change Program(CCCP), PKSF and World Bank, 2015. Bangladesh
    • Consultant, Asian Development Bank as Climate Change Expert, June-August 2012: on Introduction of Weather Index based Crop Insurance in Bangladesh.
    • Awarded UNFCCC Fellowship at theUNFCCC Secretariatin Bonn, Germany, April-September, 2010. Worked on the topic Technology for Adaptation to Climate Change (in the water resources sector).
    • Served as Project Coordinator of the project Crop Insurance as a Risk Management Strategy for Bangladesh, as part of the NAPA (National Adaptation Program of Action) by Climate Change Cell (CCC) of the Department of Environment (DoE), Bangladesh, supported by UNDP, DFID and EU; 2007-2009.
    • Post-Doctoral research atOki &Kanae Laboratory, Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering Division,Institute of Industrial Science (IIS), The University of Tokyo, Japan on the topic Global Water Resources Assessment under Future Climatic Change. Supplementary topic: Global Trading of Virtual Water : A grid based analysis. Supervisor: Prof. taikan Oki (IPCC LA)
    • UNCRD-BUET Joint Research program, as Research fellow on the topic “Living Environment Problems and its Solution: Estimation of Available River Water and Drought Risk for Dhaka City Water Supply”. 

    Dr. Javed Bari [Details]

    Professor, Transportation Engineering

    Current Research Projects:
    1. "Implementation of Performance Grade (PG) Specifications for Asphalt Binders in Bangladesh":
      Individual Research. 2018.
    2. "Implementation of SUPERPAVE Asphalt Mix Design in Bangladesh". Individual Research. 2018.
    3. "Impact Evaluation of Iswardi Export Processing Zone". Individual Research. 2018.
    4. "Identification of Black Spot Locations on National Highway-N2 of Bangladesh". BSCE Thesis/Capstone Design of Maisha Noshin, State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, USA. August 2017.
    5. "Development of a Methodology for Assessing the Condition of Sidewalks in Dhaka City". BSCEE Thesis/Capstone Design of Md. Azad Rahman, NSU. September 2017.
    6. "Development, Calibration and Validation of Sidewalk Condition Index (SCI) for Dhanmondi, Gulshan and Bashundhara R/A". BSCEE Thesis/Capstone Design of Morshedul Haque Sunny, Sattyjit Kumar Nag, Shakawat Hossain Tushar and Md.Touhidul Haque, NSU. 2018.
    7. "Evaluation and Solution of Black Spots of National Highway #N2 of Bangladesh". BSCEE Thesis/Capstone Design of Sakib Nibras Siddiquey and Md. Ahad Hossain, NSU. 2018.
    8. "Improvement of the Transportation System of Dhaka City through Enhancing Waterway Transport". BSCEE Thesis/Capstone Design of Md. Hozaiful Islam Emon, M. G. Sabbir, Md. Muhaminul Islam Sadi and Md. Ashif Iqbal,
      NSU. 2018.
    9. "Railway Level Crossing Accidents in Bangladesh - Current Status and the Way Forward". Thesis/Capstone Design of Md. Masudur Rahman et. al., BSCEE students of NSU. 2018.
    10. "Characterization of Plastic-Modified Asphalt and Aggregates for use in Flexible Pavements". Thesis/Capstone Design of Moshiur Rahaman (Shetu), Md. Amdad Ullah, Md.Abdus Sabur Sardar and Nura Alam, NSU. 2018.

    Dr. Mohammad Nazmul Islam [Details]

    Professor, Structural Engineering and Mechanics

    Undergraduate Research
    1. Regularization of Beam Displacement Data under static loads for Damage Detection: undergraduate Thesis for Mr. Md. Nahiduzzaman, Ms. Shopna Akter Mita, Ms. Jarin Tasnim and Ms Noor e Saba Ajmeri
    2. Stability Criteria for functionally graded nano columns based on non-local beam theory: undergraduate Thesis for Md. Rakibul Hasan, Kanailal Sutradhar
    3. Beam deflection for functionally graded nanobeams based on non-local beam theory: undergraduate Thesis for Nazmus Sakib, Azizul Khaled Shovon
    4. Numerical integration and Inverse analysis of Dirac delta and Heaviside functions for simulation of point load and line loads: undergraduate Thesis for Mujtaba Mahboob Majumber, Nabiga Albab
    5. Double Modulus Theory for the determination of stability criteria of reinforced concrete columns: undergraduate Thesis for Sabrina Samreen Islam, Irad Bin Raja

    Dr. Nazmun Nahar [Details]

    Professor, Water Resources Engineering

    Undergraduate Research
    1. “Identification of Key Indicators and Development of Severity Index for Field Inspection of Urban Drainage Structures in Bangladesh” by Irtiza Ahmed, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, North South University, Fall 2017
    2. “Assessment of Integrated Rainwater Management Alternatives for Urban Environment: Case Study North South University” by Md. Wasi Uddin and Md. Mohaiminul Islam, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, North South University, Fall 2017.
    3. “Improvement of flash flood warning device Shanbandhu through coupling with Hydrologic models”, worked with PI Dr. Sirajul Islam, Co-PI Dr. Nova Ahmed and SIfat Kalam, Fall 2017.
    4. “Recycled water: Alternate source of water for firefighting in Dhaka City” by Tushon Dey, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, North South University, Fall 2018.
    5. “Preliminary investigation of water and sanitation condition of Uttara Lake Slum” by Farhana Aktar and Md Owalid Hossain, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, North South University, Fall 2018. Dr. Shama E Haque, Associate Professor of CEE was the co-researcher in this project.
    6. “Modular Green Roof System Design for Hot, Wet and Humid Tropical Climate” by Mostafizur Rahman, Sanjoy Paul, and Sheikh Muhtasim Abid, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, North South University, Summer 2019. Ms. Ismat Hossain, Faculty member of Department of Architecture is a co-researcher in this project.
    Graduate Research
    1. "Development of Integrated Hydrological Landscape Framework for Water Sensitive Urban Design : A Case of Eastern Part of Dhaka Metropolitan Area" by Ayesha Siddiqua, Department of Architecture, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Fall 2017 (Co supervising with Professor Dr. Farida Nilufar, Dept of Architecture, BUET).
    Ongoing Research Project
    1. Hazaribagh Environmental Geochemistry Project

    Funded by NSU for 2018-2019
    Funding Amount: 3.5 million BDT

    PI:

    Dr. Shama E. Haque
    Associate Professor
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, NSU 

    Co-PIs:

    Dr. Nazmun Nahar, PhD, P.Eng
    Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, NSU

    Ms Sadia Chowdhury
    Graduate Student, Memorial University, Canada
    Former Lecturer, NSU

    Dr Abhijit Mukherjee
    Associate Professor, IIT-Kharagpur, India


                        PI and CO-PI                                                    Project Group

     


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    Dr. Nadim Reza Khandakar [Details]

    Associate Professor, Environmental Engineering

    Current Project:
    1. Acetogenic pretreatment of industrial waste water for waste stabilization and hydrogen generation from textile processing wastewater.
    2. Development of energy efficient treatment train for textile processing wastewater using state of the art membrane processes.
    3. Physical chemical treatment process development for color removal from textile processing wastewater.
    4. Research into reutilization of waste sludge from wastewater treatment system as construction materials and
      as thermal fuel.
    5. Sequestration of fly ash from coal fired power plants for beneficial use.
    6. Waste to energy generation from industrial wastewater and household waste.
    7. In situ arsenic removal technology development to treat contaminated groundwater.
    8. Saline intrusion of costal aquifers and development of low cost treatment strategies.
    9. Development of industrial scale burners energy efficient burners for hospitality industry and industrial burners.
    10. Development of iron and manganese removal rapid filters using state of the art technologies.

    Dr. Md. Shoaib Chowdhury [Details]

    Professor, Transportation Engineering

    “Dr. Md Shoaib Chowdhury is an expert in the field of transportation and has extensive research experience in various areas of transportation including transportation policy, planning, operations, management and safety. He is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and actively participates in various ASCE activities. At NSU, he supervises civil engineering undergraduate students on their engineering projects that attempt to solve local transportation problems. His research interests include the development of sustainable and resilient transportation systems and application of advanced technologies in transportation; and his current research projects include optimizing fare and headway to facilitate timed transfer, and sustainable transportation for Dhaka metropolitan city. Dr. Chowdhury is available for research collaboration with academia and industry on critical, emerging and challenging transportation issues.”

    Undergraduate Research/Project Supervised
    1. “A Study on Water-Bus Service (Gabtoli-Sadarghat Route)” by Badhan Saha, Rahish Uddin Prodhan, and Shovon Das, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, North South University, Fall 2017.
    2. “Construction Sequence, Cost Estimation and Scheduling of a Public Project in Purbachal: A review” by Akib Mostafa and Md. Al Amin, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, North South University, Fall 2017.

    Dr. Shama E. Haque [Details]

    Associate Professor, Environmental Engineering

    Undergraduate Research
    1. “A preliminary assessment of surface water quality of an urban lake in a developing country” by Farhana Aktar, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, North South University, Expected date of completion: Spring 2018

    Current Research Themes
      Primarily focused on low temperature aqueous geochemistry and microbial geochemistry, with emphasis on trace element speciation and cycling of trace elements in the environment. The goal is to understand the fate and transport of contaminants in various sediments, surface water and groundwater resources based on field and laboratory studies.
    Ongoing Research Project
    1. Hazaribagh Environmental Geochemistry Project

    Funded by NSU for 2018-2019
    Funding Amount: 3.5 million BDT

    PI:

    Dr. Shama E. Haque
    Associate Professor
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, NSU 

    Co-PIs:

    Dr. Nazmun Nahar, PhD, P.Eng
    Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, NSU

    Ms Sadia Chowdhury
    Graduate Student, Memorial University, Canada
    Former Lecturer, NSU

    Dr Abhijit Mukherjee
    Associate Professor, IIT-Kharagpur, India


                          PI and CO-PI                                                    Project Group

     


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    Ms. Sifat Kalam[Details]

    Lecturer, Environmental Engineering

    Current Project:
    1. “Improvement of flash flood warning device Shonabondhu through coupling with Hydrologic models”
      PI: Dr. Sirajul Islam, Co-PI: Dr. Nova Ahmed, Dr. Nazmun Nahar, Ms. Sifat Kalam

    Fokruddin Ahmad[Details]

    Lecturer, Strucrural Engineering

    Current Project:

    Md. Tousif Rahman[Details]

    Lecturer, Geotechnical Engineering

    Current Project:
    • Project 1: “Use of waste sludge from textile processing wastewater facility for construction material application”
    • Co-Researcher: Dr. Nadim Khandaker , PhD

      Published 1 Conference Paper on this research:

      • Rahman M.T., Khandaker N. (2019) Physical Properties of Dewatered Waste Sludge from Textile Processing Wastewater Facility for Construction Material Application. In: Chattopadhyay J., Singh R., Prakash O. (eds) Renewable Energy and its Innovative Technologies. Springer, Singapore
    • Project 2: “Construction safety practices in Bangladesh”
      • The goal of this project is to find out the current safety practices on the Bangladesh Construction Industry and compare the status with regional and international level. Also I would like to identify the safety practices based on the project budget. How large construction projects maintain safety compare to the small budget construction. Besides this, finding out the key risk issues and how to mitigate this is also a concern.