My Story

Electricity always amazed me. From my early childhood, I used to take electronic toys apart just to look at the mechanisms that drive them. DC electric motors from toy cars were the single driving force that led my fascination toward electricity. During my secondary school education, when I first learned about the working mechanisms of dry cell batteries, I built my own personal electrolysis cell to test the mechanism, and it worked. I used to make various small electronic projects which bolstered my fascination towards science and technology even further. I always admired scientists and researchers and dreamt of being one. This strong fascination and desire pushed me to get my graduation in the field of Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (KUET), one of the leading engineering universities of Bangladesh.

During my undergraduate study at the dept. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, I had the opportunity to be exposed to a wide range of courses, including Electrical Power System Analysis, High Voltage Engineering, Power Electronics, Electrical Machines, Signal Processing, Control System Engineering, etc. Attending these courses expanded my knowledge and curiosity toward electrical technology and power engineering. Moreover, learning about analytical tools and programming languages such as MATLAB, Python, C, C++, etc. helped me delve more into real-world engineering, problem-solving, and innovation. Additionally, by participating in international conferences and seminars like TechFiesta-2012, EICT 2013, ICDRET 2016, IEEE Seminars, and studying numerous scientific publications, I have been able to keep in touch with modern scientific ideas and research works.

During my freshman year, the sudden death of my father and the monetary crisis affected my initial academic results. From my sophomore year to senior year, I gradually improved my academic results and was able to achieve a 3.84 out of 4 in my final semester. For the last two years, I obtained an average of 3.6 out of 4. During my sophomore year, I learned about Cognitive Radio (CR). I did a MATLAB project on the basic simulation for Cognitive Radio Applications using MATLAB Communication and Signal Processing Tools supervised by Dr. Mohiuddin Ahmad (Professor, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, KUET). In that simulation, I set five primary (licensed) user slots, in case of the absence of any primary user, a secondary (unlicensed) user could take this slot without hampering the other primary users. On this basic simulation, I added the feature of adding noise in dB and noise attenuation.

During my Junior year, I developed a functional LASER-based high-speed optical communication module that could transmit and receive audio signals seamlessly via LASER beams. My extreme concern for the environment, influenced by the city I was born, Chittagong, known as the Port City of Bangladesh, paired with my childhood fascination, driving my interest in sustainable and renewable energy. In my senior year, I learned about the potential of Ocean Wave Energy as a Renewable Source from Dr. Abdus Samad (Professor, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, KUET) and decided to complete my Undergraduate thesis under his supervision. I reviewed the energy potential of the world's oceans and the technologies available to harness it. I also developed a complete wave-to-wire model using MATLAB-Simulink Platform to transform this wave energy into usable electricity. Through my undergraduate thesis, I have presented my first scientific research at an International Conference and published an article in IEEE Explore 2016.

During my graduation, after reviewing my research on renewable energy, Dr. Eklas Hossain from the Oregon Institute of Technology encouraged me to conduct further research on sustainable energy and distributed generation. In May 2015, I joined with Dr. Hossain on his research on Microgrid Testbed Design with Distributed Generation. Through his supervision and also from collaboration with Dr. Ramazan Bayindir from Gazi University, I worked on stability analysis of hybrid Microgrid, mathematical modeling of renewable energy sources, power electronics, nonlinear controller design, and Hybrid Energy Storage Systems. With them, I have published three conference manuscripts and five Journal articles ever since. That was my first involvement in the scientific community of sustainable energy. I have been in touch with prominent professors and scientists of many countries through my research and extracurricular activities ever since.

Besides my academic activities, I was actively engaged in extracurricular activities both in my university and national arena. I was the class representative in my class and organized many events and seminars which provide evidence of my excellence in teamwork and leadership. My fascination for writing had led me to write popular articles on science, engineering, and mathematics in Science Blogs and a nationally published popular science magazine named 'Zero to Infinity'. I used to contribute on Bangla Wikipedia to make the scientific and technological articles available in Bangla for Bangladeshi students and achieved Wikimedia 2014 best contributor award. I also contribute to Google Translator to make Bangla translation better.

My undergrad study, research, and experiences have opened a new horizon before me, left me with a world of opportunities. But to develop expertise in a particular area and to delve deep into it, there is no alternative of obtaining a graduate degree. Towards this goal, I joined Networking and Analytics for Cyber-physical System Lab as a Ph.D. student supervised by Dr. Mahshid Rahnamay Naeini. Starting my Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of South Florida in January 2018, I completed my M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering in August 2020 and working towards my Ph.D. In our research group, we are working on Network Science, Stochastic Processes, Data Analytics, Machine Learning, and System Modeling with applications in Cyber-Physical-Human Systems with emphasis on Critical infrastructures particularly Smart Grids and their Reliability, Security and Performance Evaluation, and Energy Data Analytics, as well as Modeling and Evaluation of Communication Networks.

This is just the beginning, my dream is big, still a long way to go, a lot to learn, a lot to contribute to the betterment of humanity...............