Tanzilur which could stand me out of thousands

Tanzilur Rahman

Sincerely,

New discoveries of material research
in nuclear engineering can bring revolutionary change in our world—a change I
want to participate in. I am sure your well-designed
graduate program will groom me for conducting independent research and serve as
a launch pad for a research career. My goal is to become a researcher so that I
can originally contribute to the field of engineering. I know that the University of Idaho could be the best platform
to realize my aspirations.

I firmly believe that “the best
way to learn is to learn from the best” and this constitutes the true
motivation behind my present application. I, therefore,
file this application with the knowledge that I am applying to one of the
leading universities in my field. With a strong conviction in my knowledge and
ability, I hope to not only become a part of your exciting academic environment
but also make a significant contribution to the program. I believe that
innovating new ideas is the unique strength which could stand me out of
thousands of applicants.

During my bachelor’s degree in
BUET, I have been awarded University Merit Scholarship twice for securing
position among first three in those
semesters. Other than my academic activities, I was term representative of
Student Association of MME as well as my class representative that made me an
accomplished organizer and enhanced my
quality of leadership. Participation in social causes such as warm cloth
distribution project for destitute people in rural areas of Bangladesh and
caring street child project as Active Citizen at British Council is continuing
to help me culture my social responsibilities. My writing skill is honed by
being a sub-editor of a national youth
science magazine which also keeps me up
to the speed with latest scientific inventions.

Opportunity to work with pioneer
faculties, competent peers, and unique availability of high-tech Nuclear
Materials Laboratory, Irradiated Materials Characterization Laboratory (IMCL), Advanced
Test Reactor (ATR), Hot Fuel Examination Facility
(HFEF), Fuel Conditioning Facility (FCF), and advanced
modeling and simulation
facilities inspired me applying at the University
of Idaho. I have a great desire to explore the mysterious realm of the nuclear waste transformation process.
Materials degradation
process in a nuclear environment, developing advanced
structural materials for reactors through microstructure characterization,
nuclear reactor
design, improvement of
nuclear fuels performance, and radioactive waste treatment and management captivate
me most. I always dream to be a part of the research community which is
exploring the potentials of nuclear materials as this is emerging to be the future of nuclear science. I want to take advantage of
cutting-edge characterization instruments available for researchers in the Idaho
National Laboratory (INL).

I also worked in two research projects under Professor of
materials dept. Dr. Aminul Islam where I tested the quality of uPVC pipes by
measuring their hardness and flexure strength, performed TGA and FTIR analysis
and designed the layout of CGCI roller
manufacturing industry, and estimated its establishment, and manpower operating
costs. I had the opportunity to learn how experimental data should be used in
an industrial application in those
projects.

Opportunity to conduct hands-on research work well complemented my
bachelor coursework. I worked as a research assistant with assistant professor
of metallurgy dept. Dr. H. M. Mamun Al Rashed. My work “Effect of Mn on
Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Al-Zn- Mg Alloy” was accepted in International Conference on Mechanical Engineering, BUET-2015 and published. In this research, the effects of
Mn (up to 0.8 wt %) addition on microstructure and mechanical properties to Al
-2wt% Zn-2 wt% Mg alloy was investigated. Optical microscope and scanning
electron microscope (SEM) found
that Mn modifies the microstructure by changing amount, shapes and distribution
of intermetallic particles in the matrix
phase. Combining of these effects, the ultimate tensile strength gradually
increased while the percentage of
elongation reduced significantly. In my undergraduate thesis, “Effect of
Composition for Microstructure Development of Aluminium 6000 Alloy for
Automobile Application”, under Dr. Rashed, I gained a deeper understanding of characterization techniques, microstructure
evolution and fracture behavior
of the most widely used alloy series of Al. This research has been published in
iop science journal, Materials Research Express, October 2017.

With help of ROSATOM, my country
is going to build its first nuclear power plant. I have a keen desire to
contribute to the plant and attended every seminar
arranged by them. I am a founder member of the newly formed nuclear science
study club in my university campus. And finally, as a student of the best engineering
university of my country, I am fully confident that I can handle every
challenge with my passion for nuclear research, integrity, hardworking
attitude, and dedication. With a general but comprehensive idea of materials
thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, crystallography, characterization techniques,
microstructure evolution and fracture behavior, now I am ready to join a graduate research
program. University of Idaho MS program, one of the leading programs in Nuclear
Engineering, with Center for Advanced Energy
Studies (CAES) will
prepare me to excel as a researcher and academician.

In advance ceramic courses, when
I studied nuclear fuel cycle for the first time, I
became acquainted with the broad application of materials science in the preparation of yellow cake from mined Uranium, fabrication of
UO2 pellets upon sintering, and Sol-Gel microsphere pelletisation. A
diverse number of courses that I studied towards my bachelor’s degree imparted
a comprehensive idea of the subject matter to me. Physical and thermal properties
of materials, materials degradation process in extreme environment, electronic and
magnetic properties of materials and any type of work regarding modeling and simulation
of materials fascinate me. The courses encompassed not only the conventional
metallurgy of metals but also gave me
insight into advanced ceramics, powder metallurgy, composites, polymers, and corrosion.

We live in a time when a critical
aspect of our lives is securing clean energy for current and future
generations. Nuclear technologies provide the only reliable, efficient,
powerful, and high-density energy source with a great capacity factor and very
low fuel cost. I specifically want to push the limits of nuclear energy
technology because I believe it is the only source of energy capable of meeting
all these demands while preserving the environment. Among all the fields of
engineering, nuclear engineering will be benefited greatest from collaborative
progress in material science and engineering. High temperatures, extreme
neutron fluxes, strongly corrosive environments, fluctuating stresses within
the structure, and massive radiation damage on fuel and structural materials
all work to limit the efficiency and lifetime of a nuclear reactor. I want to
utilize my passion for nuclear engineering to research and develop advanced
materials capable of mitigating or resolving these issues.

During my undergraduate studies
in Materials Engineering, I learned about the variety of materials, their properties,
processing techniques, and their relation to basic science. Particularly, hands-on training in SEM, EDX, UTM, FTIR,
OES, TMA, XRD, and TGA has helped
me gain in-depth knowledge of processing
and characterization of various alloys, polymers, ceramics, and composites. My programming skills in C++
and MatLab have complimented all my undergraduate projects on data analysis, image processing, and
visualization of the results obtained. I have extensively used SolidCast and AutoCAD for designing electric arc furnaces,
induction furnaces, casting molds, and gating systems in foundry projects.

There
was no scope for studying nuclear
engineering in my country. Characterization and structure of different
materials allured me too. So, I have completed my bachelor in Materials
Engineering under the supervision of some brilliant engineering minds of
Bangladesh.

In
my early ages, in times of load shedding, I was told that only a nuclear power
plant can change our griefs. I have always been a top ranked student since
elementary school and as a reward of my hard work and dedication, I got accepted
at the finest engineering University of Bangladesh through the toughest
admission test, where I secured the 910th position
among the best ten thousand students who were eligible to appear in the
examination from thousands of applicants.