Academic Excellence

Grad student wins big in international contest

By SUE ELLEN ROSS
BRIDGE Editor

Md. Taifur Rahman, a native of Dhaka, Bangladesh, took home first place honors last spring from the AISTech 2012 – Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST) Conference in Atlanta, Ga. The Purdue Calumet graduate student placed highest in the Graduate Student Poster Contest for his research project titled, “Development and Application for Burden Distribution Model and Shaft Simulation.”

Taifur Rahman holding his first place ribbon
Taifur Rahman took home first place honors from the AISTech 2012 – Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST) Conference in Atlanta, Georgia this past spring.

“I had an interest in the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation from my BS in Engineering (program). When I started my MS, I talked with professor Chenn Zhou about research in the areas of CFD simulation, and she inspired me to conduct my research on this topic,” said the graduate student, whose area of study is mechanical engineering. “My primary research area for the MS thesis is in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD simulation.”

Some 104 students participated in the international competition that attracted attendees from more than 40 countries. Key steel producers, suppliers, corporate executives and leaders, and academia gathered to exchange technical information, connect with others in their field and view new processes or product technologies. Included were hundreds of technical presentations, as well as judged student-presentations. Rahman’s research was supported through a grant supplied by the Department of Energy and Steel Industry.

His classmates, Dong Fu and Yan Chen, as well as Professor Zhou assisted in the research, which was developed and advanced in the Purdue Calumet Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS). They worked together to develop a model and to conduct the simulation research using industry data and requirements.

“Taifur is a very smart person…..he has a good understanding of the project and can present the subject very well,” said Fu, a Ph.D. student at Purdue University West Lafayette, and a research assistant in the Purdue Calumet CIVS. “This award is a natural payback of his hard work.”

Currently working as a research assistant in the Purdue Calumet CIVS, Rahman is involved with industrial problem-solving, which also is part of his thesis. “The goal of this project is to develop a CFD Model for a Blast Furnace so that industry personnel can simulate their process and improve their furnace performance,” he said. “So we developed this model, using FORTRAN programming in CIVS in collaboration with industry, Purdue Calumet faculty members and students.”