Degree: MSc in New and Renewable Energy
Home country: Bangladesh
Employer: Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Ltd. (PGCB), Dhaka, Bangladesh
After the successful completion of my BSc in Mechanical Engineering at BUET, Dhaka I started my career as an Assistant Manager (Technical) in the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Ltd. (PGCB), which is an enterprise of Bangladesh Power Development Board. After being made permanent in PGCB, I applied for the Commonwealth Scholarship. I was successful, and taking study leave from my company, went to Durham University for the MSc in New & Renewable Energy. During the course I became familiar with the different advanced technologies & policies of the renewable energy sector. This is very important in Bangladesh which has suffered the negative consequences of climate change.
In the group design project, I worked with four others from different countries and we exchanged our knowledge and ideas. It was a great experience to work as a team and this still helps me a lot in my professional life. The Energy Delivery & Network Integration course gave me a clearer idea about the advanced power system network with embedded generation. During my study I became familiar with different software including SolidWorks, IPSA and Matlab which was used for design work. This helped me to understand different professional SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) &EMS (Energy Management System) software applications such as e-terra habitat, DTS, e-terra archive and crystal report to analyze the different events, faults and situations of the national power system in current job.
The most exiting part of my MSc course was the R&D project where I was involved in designing, developing and the successful testing of a small downdraft biomass gasifier (6-7 kW). It is the first gasifier built in Durham University & was tested for wood chips and pellets. This project gave me huge confidence in design, installation, experiment & analysis work. I wrote a couple of journal papers, several articles on gasification, renewable energy technologies & policies in a leading daily newspaper of Bangladesh. After successful completion of my MSc course with distinction I returned back to PGCB, Bangladesh and engaged in one of the biggest projects in our power sector, the National Load Dispatch Centre (NLDC) project. Here I worked with the turn-key contractor Consortium of Areva T&D from France, Furakawa Electric Co Ltd from Japan and consultant M/s Maunsell Ltd. of New Zealand. My MSc group project and R&D project provided excellent experience and gave me the confidence to work with foreign expertise. This project introduced a modern EMS & SCADA system to control and manage the electrical power network, power stations and associated sub-stations. After successful completion of the project, I was promoted to Deputy Manager in May 2010, continuing my job in the Information Management Division (IMD) of NLDC, PGCB.
Finally, I can say I have spent my best time at Durham University and my course gave me a lot of knowledge, experiences & confidence for professional life. Thanks to my supervisor, all teachers, staff & friends of the School of Engineering and Computer Sciences of Durham University and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.