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Student Spotlight March 2012

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The main focus of Mr. Tanvir Bhuiyan’s research relates to forecast river flows at the seasonal scale and illustrates how the methods forecast extreme events such as those expected in the changing global climate.  The innovative aspect of his work incorporates climate extremes (at a seasonal scale) as evident in environmental variables into hydrologic forecasts.

- Dr. Mark N. French, Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering


Tanvir Bhuiyan’s focus for both his bachelor’s and master’s was in Water Resources Engineering. He received both degrees from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 2005 and 2009. He then spent several years working at Bangladesh Water Development Board, a leading organization for water resources management and development. He also worked at Intervida Bangladesh, an International NGO, where he was involved in providing quality infrastructure and sanitation facilities to those living in isolation or poverty. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at UofL, where his concentration is in hydrology, climate change, and water resources.


Specific areas of research (how you chose this research, why it interested you):
At this point, I am working on hydrologic flow modeling, simulation, and issues related to forecasting with the objective of developing a new methodology for predicting extreme events by incorporating different environment and climate variables. My research also examines the flow variation of large scale watersheds and its relation to the external environmental processes. Currently, I am familiarizing myself with different techniques used for predicting hydrological responses and how these responses will change with the shifting global climate.

What made you go into this field of study?
Throughout my university studies and career, I have always been fascinated by climate change, hydrology, and issues related to forecasting. This predilection was further reinforced when I learned about the increasing probability and frequency of extreme events like floods, draughts, etc. in the near future due to climate induced changes. Therefore, this study is important in assessing these events which will help the water resource managers and policy makers make proper decisions well in advance.

What accomplishment, academic or otherwise, are you most proud of?
Receiving a full scholarship and tuition remission from UofL to conduct my doctoral studies is definitely a great honor and achievement. It provided me with the opportunity to come to this wonderful country and receive a top quality education. I am also proud to be an alumnus of Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology where I received the best possible undergraduate education in engineering in South Asia.

What was your favorite part of the graduate school experience?
I love to meet people from different parts of the world and learn about their culture. Studying at the University of Louisville gives me the opportunity to make new friends, learn about different cultures, and talk about the different cultures in my country. 

Family life:
I am currently single and living in Louisville. All of my family lives in Bangladesh. I have two younger sisters, and a beautiful ten-month-old niece, who I miss a lot.


Fun Facts

A talent you have always wanted: I am a big Al Pacino fan. I wish I could be an actor like him.
Favorite book: Any type of science magazines and books.

Favorite quote: “Impossible is a word only to be found in the dictionary of fools.”- Napoleon Bonaparte
Role Model: My advisor, mentor, and guide, Dr. Mark N. French.
Pet Peeve: People who text while driving.

If you weren’t in graduate school, what would you be doing now? I think I would be acting in Hollywood movies.
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