I virtually trust that to emerge the want for something, one has to undergo a few experiences. This consciousness has helped me at some stage in my instructional lifestyles to become aware of the hassle and lacking in my educational lifestyles and given me an opportunity to accurate them which brought fulfillment in my lifestyles. This notion has increased my question to discover and learn new things and helped me to set my direction in instructional lifestyles and studies. Whilst I was 15 years old, my uncle had died with the aid of the road coincidence in front of me. From that day I made up my mind to make our transportation system better. My precise bring about Secondary and Higher Secondary certificates exam had helped me to confess to one of the first class Engineering College in my country. Deciding on Civil Engineering might help me to facilitate my procession toward my dream and I felt my mind coincided with that study. Then I positioned my awareness on Transportation Engineering and it has emerged as a motivation for me to convey an exceptional result in undergraduate. I stood third in order of benefit listing out of a hundred students, then enlisted in Dean’s list for securing Honors mark at Ahsanullah University of Science & Technology and got University Merit Scholarship in all levels of undergraduate study. Now a higher study on Civil Engineering is my prime concern. I hope, I will find out a gateway to knowing about a transportation sector in a broad way by my higher study.
Throughout my undergraduate years, I have learned many transport related concepts and theories which helped me to develop the necessary skill that enhances my ability to identify problems in the practical and solve it. I can fill my whole undergraduate life is closely related to the wheels of a car. When I passed my theoretical lessons in my classroom I found myself as an ordinary passenger in a car. But when I went to the laboratory and transportation workshop I felt that steering of the car was in my hand. My theoretical understanding has been improved by the means of hands-on experience which helped me to generate an idea and used my idea in my different sessional works. The fascinating world of transportation materials made me re-discover a truism. During the 3rd year 1st semester of my bachelor study, there was a course named Transportation Engineering Lab-?, which helped me to analyze the specific gravity, penetration, softening point, solubility and ductility of bituminous material, CBR and bituminous mix design etc. In the following years, some other courses along with the seminars enabled me to get familiarized with and increased my interest towards flexible and rigid pavement design, pavement structure, rehabilitation and maintenance of existing pavements, asphalt concrete and recycled materials, transportation planning, intelligent transportation systems etc. I still remember being in a seminar which made me search the topic “The use of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) in HMA” in Google afterward, leading me to understand how the aged materials in RAP blend with the virgin materials. My passion for transportation materials gave me an opportunity to take training on the Test of Bituminous material to a group of juniors of my department. All my practical knowledge gave me chance to talk in front of my teachers, batchmates as well as many juniors.
My curiosity toward transportation research further enhanced while doing my undergraduate thesis on – “Assessing improvement of traffic operating condition of Mirpur road for optimum signal timing setting at the intersection using CORSIM simulation software”, under the supervision of Professor Dr. Shahid Mamun. The software allows me to test the impacts of changes before implementing in real life and replicates the roadway existing travel pattern with least effort and greater accuracy. This research work has driven me to arouse my passion of becoming a researcher. To let the world know about my research I published one conference proceeding on – “Setting of Optimum Signal Timing Using CORSIM Software to improve the Existing Traffic Operating Condition of Mirpur Road.” and it has been published in International Conference on Recent Innovation in Civil Engineering for Sustainable Development (IICSD-2015). Based on the output of my research work, another paper name “Improvement assessment of traffic operating condition by applying common traffic management tools using CORSIM” has been published. Fortunately, during my undergraduate study, I got a chance to participate an internship program at private organizations in our country. By these internships, I achieved much knowledge on traffic impact studies and transportation planning studies, roadway design and design-related computer programs such as AutoCAD, Civil 3D etc. After completing the undergraduate program I had worked as a site engineer for 8 months at Nabina Trading Est, which is one of the renowned private company in Qatar. Here I have attained deep knowledge about planning, coordination, and supervision of technical aspects of construction projects. Besides all of my practical works, I have also completed some online courses on the science of nuclear energy offered by The Open University, urban transportation planning instructed by Frederick Salvucci (MIT), materials processing instructed by Prof. Chris Schuh (MIT) etc.
Independent research requests a ground to perform, make, think and watch something from the base up. The University of New Hampshire, with its productive resources and the most developed offices like the Asphalt Mix Design and Processing Lab, Asphalt Performance Testing Lab, Test analysis and Modeling Capabilities software can offer me the ideal stage to accomplish my objective. The sparkling work of Professor Dr. Jo Sias Daniel on asphalt concrete materials, recycled materials and the effect of climate change on pavement structure captivated me. Especially the work on the impact of material properties and performance for RAP and RAS mixtures intrigued me.
Being an inhabitant of a creating nation, it is an awesome introduction and open door for me to do inquire about work in the field of transportation. So that, I can make some commitment to the change of the transportation framework in my nation and need to bring some new ideas that will move our new age to be a specialist. As I need to begin a scholarly vocation in instructing or research arranged field, I wish to seek after Ph.D. degree directly in the wake of finishing the MS degree. I look forward with a profound feeling of expectation to the chance to pursue my graduate study at the University of New Hampshire and convey my ability and assorted variety to the Transportation Engineering.