Imitating natural water systems in a supercomputer and predicting future changes is what Mashrekur does in his lab at the University of Alabama in United States.
As a part of his PhD pursuit, he currently works on projects funded by organizations such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the US National Water Center (NWC) and collaborates with other organizations such as the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).However, Mashrekur’s endeavors in hydrologic science began in Bangladesh.
While pursuing his master’s and working as a Research Assistant and then a Research Associate in multiple international collaborative research projects at the BUET Institute of Water & Flood Management (IWFM), he worked closely with the Ministry of Planning of Bangladesh government on formulating the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100.
Science communication has always been a vital part of most of his research work and that’s what made his activities all the more relevant in both national and international perspectives.
In addition to his scientific publications, Mashrekur has always strived to communicate with the national and international media through writing to newspapers, appearing in television interviews and conducting interactive workshops with stakeholders in various parts of Bangladesh.
While talking to Daily Sun, Mashrekur said: “The true benefits of scientific research are only realized through effective communication.”
“Most research findings end up locked in a journal or gather dust on a bookshelf, depriving the stakeholders from their benefits”, he added. Hydrologic and environmental science bears particular significance to countries such as Bangladesh in the wake of global climate change and ecosystem degradation.International scientific conferences are great platforms to present scientific research and Mashrekur has used these opportunities to convey Bangladesh’s issues regarding water management, climate change and ecosystem changes to the international community in addition to his research.
Outside of his academic ventures, Mashrekur has also represented Bangladesh in multiple global youth forums and summits such as the International Development Youth Forum 2018 in Tokyo, 4th Asia Youth Summit in Osaka, Youth Global Forum 2016 in Jakarta.
He is an active advocate of climate change and is a Climate Leader of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps and has presented facts on global climate change and its devastating impact on Bangladesh in various national and international forums.
Mashrekur received his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology in 2014; his thesis on floating treatment wetland came into national media attention after he worked as a part of a research team in implementing Bangladesh’s first floating treatment wetlands in a rural region.
“We live in a time where we have access to an unprecedented amount of data and computing power – my goal is to use these resources to develop more robust, realistic and reliable models which can predict changes more accurately.”, Mashrekur mentioned.
He recently attended a training on the US National Water Model at the University of Colorado, Boulder and he has also been invited to attend another training on Data Science at the University of Washington in Seattle.
“I will keep trying my best to contribute to the hydrologic science community and represent Bangladesh wherever I go”, he said. Mashrekur encouraged young students from Bangladesh to embrace the greater perspective of life and look above grades and academic performance. He emphasized on personal development as a tool for achieving meaningful success in life.
Jannatul Islam is with Daily Sun. He can be reached over email on [email protected]