The knowledge world has entered the 4th Industrial Revolution and there is no scope to stay as the frog in the well as candles of collaborations need to make the BRAC University (BRACU) bonfire visible from far off, Vice Chancellor Professor Syed Saad Andaleeb PhD told a reception organised for Dr Hasibun Naher on 17 May 2018.
BRACU expects to generate more pioneers like Dr Hasibun Naher who won the 2018 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World in applied mathematics category for her work in nonlinear partial differential equations, he said.
BRACU needs to identify agencies like the Pentagon which pumps billions of dollars into the Ivy League for basic research, meaning those having unpredictable outcomes, added Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Ansar Ahmed PhD.
The reception was organised at GDLN Centre on BRACU’s Mohakhali campus on Dr Naher, an associate professor of mathematics in the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, getting the recognition.
Professor Andaleeb presented a crest to Dr Naher in presence of Professor AFM Yusuf Haider, chairperson of the department, and other faculty members, students and staff.
Dr Naher recently worked on tsunami simulation and conducted research on travelling waves, says a press release published in the Elsevier website on 15 February 2018.
She is one of five early-career researchers from all over the world recognised for outstanding work in the physical sciences -- mathematics, physics and chemistry -- and for mentoring young scientists in their communities on overcoming formidable challenges themselves to become scientists.
The five conducted research ranging from improving predictions of tsunami behaviour, to using natural resources for energy storage, to developing water filters from recycled materials.
The awards were presented during the Minority and Women Scientists and Engineers Networking Breakfast at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas on Saturday, 17 February 2018.
The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) provides research training, career development and networking opportunities for women scientists throughout the developing world.
“This prestigious award makes me more confident that I will reach my goals, by doing research in various fields in collaboration with international scientists and researchers from developed countries,” says Naher.
“Since my childhood I have always thought about how to motivate female students in STEM to help them have prosperous lives in developing countries. I hope this award helps me to fulfill my dream.”