Mahbuboor Rahman Choudhury is a doctoral candidate in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He is investigating the reuse of treated municipal wastewater in industrial power plant for recirculating cooling water systems. The growing demand for fresh water and water shortages in many parts of the United States have led the power industry, one of the largest water consumers, to look for alternative water sources to meet their cooling needs. However, use of impaired water in recirculating cooling system has its own challenges in terms of corrosion, scaling and bio-fouling of the metallic components and fixtures of the cooling system. Mahbub’s research focuses on the corrosion management of a cooling system using impaired water. His work will enable clear understanding of an optimum condition between chemical control and water treatment level for corrosion management.
A native of Bangladesh, Mahbub received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). Prior to his selection for the International Fulbright Science & Technology Award, Mahbub joined BUET as a lecturer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He enjoys traveling, listening to good music, watching movies and playing cricket.