M A NASER CHAIR

Chair established by the BUET Chemical Engineering Alumni Association (ChEAA) at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka

PREAMBLE

Amongst those who contributed to the development and expansion of engineering education in Bangladesh, Professor Mohammed Abu Naser deserves a special place. He was one of the leading figures to begin chemical engineering education in the country. Chemical engineering was relatively less known when the program was initiated at the then Ahsanullah Engineering College in 1950 and he was appointed as the Head of Chemical Engineering Department to spearhead establishing this new branch in the engineering curricula. Professor Naser served with an enduring commitment throughout his life to achieve this goal and today chemical engineers play a vital role in the industrial and business sector of the country. Professor Naser was appointed Dean of Engineering in 1967 and served as the second Vice Chancellor of the University during the challenging years from March 1970 to April 1975. He joined the University Grants Commission in April 1975 and retired as Chairman of the Commission in 1981. He rejoined the department which he built as Professor Emeritus and remained dedicated to teaching till his death on May 12, 2004. Professor Naser was awarded “Ekushey Padak” for his contribution to education. Above all, Professor M. A. Naser was a dedicated teacher. He always came to the class well prepared. His step by step presentation of lecture material never skipping the simplest of calculations, passion for neatness and clarity, his beautiful handwriting, his grace and personality left a lasting legacy in the minds of his students. Professor Naser treated every one with respect; he endeared himself with students by virtue of his great qualities as a teacher and a very decent human being. In recognition of the contribution made by Professor Naser, pioneer in chemical engineering education in Bangladesh, the Chemical Engineering Alumni Association of BUET decided to establish the M. A. Naser Chair in the Chemical Engineering Department .

PURPOSE OF THE CHAIR

The vision of the chair is to enhance excellence in teaching and promote greater interaction between the university and outside organizations. The vision would be realized by appointing professionals having experience in industry and academia. The appointment would be open to alumni and other distinguished academic, research and industry persons working in fields related to chemical engineering. The appointees to the chair will take effective steps to enhance relationship between the university and the industry. The chair will bring in expertise from industry and academia in new areas of Chemical Engineering and enrich the current curricula, develop new contents and lead initiatives in expanding research activities.