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PROFILE:

Dr Munaz Ahmed Noor was a Professor of Civil Engineering Department in Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) before he joined National University as a Pro-Vice Chancellor on 11 April 2013.

He received his B.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering and M. Sc. degree in Structural Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1995 and 1997, respectively. He was awarded University Gold Medal for best academic performance in both the degrees. Earlier to this he was also awarded the presidential Gold medal for standing first in combined merit list in HSC. He was then awarded a scholarship by Asian Development Bank and received his PhD in Civil Engineering from University to Tokyo, Japan in 2000. Between 2000 to till now he participated in numerous earthquake and concrete material related private and public projects. He visited Bangalore, India in 2004 for further training on earthquake Engineering. He contributed to and conducted many seminars and short courses on Earthquake Engineering and concrete technology in Bangladesh. His main research interests are in concrete technology, urban safety, climate change, earthquake engineering and disaster risk management. In May 2005 he visited, Delft, Netherlands and participated in a short course on Private Public Partnership (PPP). In July 2007 he visited Japan to participate in a short course on seismology. In 2008 he visited ICTP, Italy for advance training on earthquake engineering in nuclear power plant design. He contributed a chapter in book titled “Climate change and growth in Asia”. from Edward Elgar Publishing. He edited “Earthquake resistant design manual” on behalf of Bangladesh Earthquake Society where he is elected as General Secretary.

He is the author of the popular book “Designing with grade 5000 steel” published from UPL. He is the editor of the newly launched monthly magazine “Beyond Building”. He is also the author of many national and international Journal and conference papers. From the end of 2008 till the beginning of 2010 the completed eight short courses on Disaster Risk Management framework and climate change offered by World Bank Institute with “earthquake and megacities initiatives (EMI)”. He is currently holding the position of Director in BUET-Japan Institute for Disaster prevention and Urban safety. He has been selected as an expert member in joint survey committee formed for the Tipaimukh Dam. He is the expert member of the “Shadhinota Stambha” Design team. Recently he is nominated by Ministry of Education as the syndicate member of Independent University Bangladesh. He is further holding the position of Vice Chairman, civil engineering division of BSTI. Earlier to this he was the Chairman of Cement and Bonding material committee of the same department. He has been elected as the Vice-Chairman of the Civil Engineering Division, Institute of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB). He is also the member of “Digital Bangladesh Task Force” headed by honorable Prime Minister. He is also active in many social and professional organizations. 

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Academic Info.

Ph. D. and M.Sc. thesis
2000-Present 21 M. Sc. Thesis supervised.  Currently 5 M. Sc. Thesis supervising.  Currently 2 Ph. D. Thesis supervising
Professional Body Involvement
Present Vice President, Alternative and sustainable energy foundation, Bangladesh, Dhaka. Arranged and participated in talk shows in different private media about energy and climate related issues. 2012-13 Vice President, Bangladesh Earthquake Society, Dhaka. 2011-12 Vice Chairman, Civil Engineering Division, Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, Dhaka. During this tenure this division becomes the best division under successful leadership, from Honorable Prime Minister. Successfully organized 4th international seminar and civil engineering congress for the first time. 2009-12 General Secretary, Bangladesh Earthquake Society, Dhaka. Organized and managed financial matters of two Annual Paper meets. 2009-10 Central Council Member, Head Quarter, Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, Dhaka. 2009-10 Office Secretary, Old Faujians Association, Central Governing Body. Managing office and finance related matters of the organization. Successfully arranged 50 years of faujdarhat cadet college. Board Member, The Asia-Pacific Association for Public Safety Science And Technology, Asia-Pacific region.
Research projects completed
Lead a large team of students and administrative officials. Responsible for performing research and financial matters of the project. Submitting final research report and project completion report to respective funding organization. Collecting fund and negotiating with the funding agencies. Title- Simplified soil-structure interaction method for buried pipe design. Support organization -Committee for Advanced Studies and Research (CASR), BUET. Title- Seismic Assessment of Existing Buildings of Bangladesh.  Support organization- University Grants Commission. Title- Seismic Assessment of Existing Engineered Structures of Bangladesh and Proposals for Code Provisions.  Support organization- Committee for Advanced Studies and Research (CASR), BUET. Title- Development of Earthquake and Tsunami Preparedness Program in Cox’s Bazar Area.  Support organization- United Nation Office for Project Service.

Professional Info.

Contribution in infrastructure projects
Responsible as a Team leader/member in designing, detailing and supervising of different small, medium and large infrastructure projects. These services are provided through Bureau of research, testing and consultancy services of BUET. Selected project names are given below. Bangabondhu Novo Theater. Large telecommunication tower projects of different organizations. Project evaluation of High Tech park project. Seismic hazard analysis for Ruppur Nuclear Power Plant site. 20 storied Radisson Blue project at Chittagong. 14 storied EBL Head office building. 15 storied Yunus Building at Chittagong. Preparing design and construction Manual for BAU panel system.
Membership/Fellowship of professional bodies
-Member, Civil Sponsor’s organization, Defence services command and staff college, Bangladesh Armed forces. -Fellow, IEB (Institute of Engineers,Bangladesh). -Former Associate Member, ASCE. -Life Member, BES (Bangladesh Earthquake Society). -Former Member, JSCE. -Member, BSGE (Bangladesh Society of Geotechnical Engineering). -Former Member, ACI. -Member, International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE). -Former Member, JCI. -Charter Member, SEI (Structural Engineering Institute), ASCE.
Practical training / short courses attended
Jan 2010–Feb 2010 Training Course on “Community-based Disaster Risk Management”, World Bank Institute, Earthquake and Megacities Initiative, Philippines. Nov 2009–Dec 2009 “Joint ICTP/IAEA Advanced Workshop on Earthquake Engineering for Nuclear Facilities”, IAEA, and The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Italy. Nov 2009–Dec 2009 Training Course on “Financial Strategies for Managing the Economic Impacts of Natural Disaster”, World Bank Institute, Earthquake and Megacities Initiative, Philippines. Oct 2009–Oct 2009 Training Course on “Damage and Reconstruction Needs Assessment”, World Bank Institute, Earthquake and Megacities Initiative, Philippines. Aug 2009–Sep 2009 Training Course on “Earthquake Risk Reduction”, World Bank Institute, Earthquake and Megacities Initiative, Philippines. Jul 2009–Aug 2009 Training Course on “Safe Cities”, World Bank Institute, Earthquake and Megacities Initiative, Philippines. Jun 2009–Jul 2009 Training Course on “Climate Change and Disaster Risk”, World Bank Institute, Earthquake and Megacities Initiative, Philippines. Mar 2009–Apr 2009 Training Course on “Urban Risk Reduction with Land Use Planning”, World Bank Institute, Earthquake and Megacities Initiative, Philippines. Oct 2008–Nov 2008 Training Course on “Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management Framework (CDRMF)”, World Bank Institute, Earthquake and Megacities Initiative, Philippines. Jul 2007–Oct 2007 Group Training Course on “Natural Disaster Mitigation”, JICA, NIED, Tsukuba, Japan. May 2005–Jun 2005 Short course on “Private Public Partnerships, (PPP)”, UNESCO-IHE, Delft, The Netherlands. Jul 2004 Short course on “Structural damage assessment vulnerability and retrofit”, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.
 

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