Samiul Hasan is a Ph.D. candidate in Purdue’s Department of Civil Engineering, where he is investigating transportation as a complex system, expanding upon doctoral research begun earlier at MIT’s Intelligent Transportation System Laboratory. The motivation for this work is provided by conditions in Samiul’s native city of Dhaka, Bangladesh, where traffic congestion plagues a population of 10.5 million residents and forces them to use a currently inefficient and inadequate mass-transportation system. Samiul believes that the alleviation of such conditions requires the combination of city planning with the implementation of an advanced, sustainable transportation system.
Samiul received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, where he developed a travel-demand model for Dhaka within a developing-nation framework and also served as a lecturer in civil engineering. In the summer of 2008, he was a research intern at Transport for London, UK. Upon returning to his native country, Samiul hopes to teach and do research at a technical institute, and to participate in Bangladeshi development.