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Sumaiya

Ph.D. Student
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Education

Ph.D., Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2023 Expected

M.Sc., Water Resource Development, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, 2017

B.Sc. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, 2012

August 2018-present, Graduate Research Assistant, Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech.

May 2013 – October 2017, Research Assistant, Institute of Water and Flood Management (IWFM), Bangladesh University of engineering and Technology (BUET).

Research Assistant: Research on the Morphological processes under Climate Changes, Sea Level Rise and Anthropogenic Intervention in the Coastal Zone (September 2016-October 2017)

Research Assistant: Feasibility Study for the Construction of a Cantonment along the right bank of the Payra river in Patuakhali District (May 2016 - October 2017)

Research Assistant: Hydro-morphodynamic Characteristics Investigation of the Hilly rivers in Bangladesh (January 2015 - October 2017).

Research Assistant: DECCMA Project, IWFM, BUET. (April 2016 - October 2017), Hydro-morphodynamic Modeler at DECCMA modeling team, Bangladesh part.

Research Associate: ESPA Deltas project, IWFM, BUET. (May 2013 - March 2016), Application of hydrodynamic model (Delft 3D) to study salinity intrusion, Morphological change, Fluvio-tidal inundation pattern, storm surge inundation pattern along Bangladesh coast, Hec-Ras model to study flow volume at GBM Delta.

Received Award on undergraduate level research work (International Conference on Environmental Technology & Construction Engineering for Sustainable Development, ICETCESD-2012, SUST, Sylhet, Bangladesh)

My primary study focus will be on the general topic of floodplains with a concentration on water exchange and sediment deposition. This work will include 2-D modeling in HEC-RAS, coding/using an advection-diffusion sediment transport model, spatial analysis using some combination of ArcGIS, MATLAB, and Delft-3D. I will also work on, vegetation interactions and micro-plastic transport and deposition in rivers and floodplains.

As a graduate research assistant in hydro-morphodyanamics research group of BUET till 2017, I have worked in several multinational and leading national research projects focused on climate change, river and estuarine hydrodynamics, morpho-dynamics, and coastal processes.  Major projects were (1) Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (2) Deltas Vulnerability and Climate Change:  Migration and Adaptation (3) Morphological processes under Climate Changes, Sea Level Rise and Anthropogenic Intervention in the Coastal Zone (4) Feasibility Study for the Construction of a Cantonment along the bank of a river. In these projects, I applied Hec-Ras and different modules of Delft 3D [(a) Flow model to study hydrodynamics and fluvio-tidal flooding

 (b) Morphology model to study morpho-dynamics (c) Salinity model to study salinity intrusion (d) Delft Dashboard to study the cyclone generated storm surge (e) Water quality to study oil spill incident in the estuary] to study different processes along the Bangladesh coast. Besides, I applied combination of the modules to study some specific processes, for example, morpho-dynamic response of estuaries during passage of cyclone generated storm surge, water logging, controlled flooding inside embanked region etc. I presented my research findings at a conference in Kyoto, Japan. I was invited by  South  Asian  Association  for  Regional  Cooperation  Agricultural Center  and Bangladesh government 100 years' delta plan prefeasibility study to share my research knowledge on Bangladesh coast.

 Project Links

ESPA: http://www.espadeltas.net

DECCMA: http://www.deccma.com/deccma/overview/

Reviewed Journals

Haque, A., Sumaiya, M. Rahman. (2016) Flow Distribution and Sediment Transport Mechanism in the Estuarine Systems of Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Delta." International Journal of Environmental Science and Development. DOI: 10.7763/IJESD.2016.V7.735.

Mahzuz, H.M.A., M. Ahmed, M.M. Dhar, Sumaiya. (2013) Use of Stone and Several Biomaterials as Coarse Aggregate in Concrete. Asian Journal of Engineering, Sciences & Technology, Vol. 3, Issue 1.

Oral Presentations

Akhter, R., M. Sakib, R. Mashrekur, Sumaiya, R. Mashrekur, H. Anisul, R. Munsur, I. Rashedul. (2016) Climatic and Cyclone Induced Storm Surge Impact on Salinity Intrusion Along the Bangladesh Coast, Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on the Application of Physical Modelling in Coastal and Port Engineering and Science (Coastlab16) Ottawa, Canada

Akhter, R., Sumaiya, R. Mashrekur, H. Anisul, R. Munsur. (2016) Prediction of Salinity Intrusion Due to Sea Level Rise and Reduced Upstream Flow in The GBM Delta. 20th Congress of the Asia Pacific Division of the International Association for Hydro Environment Engineering & Research IAHR APD 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka./li>

Rahman M., Sumaiya, A. Rabeya, H. Anisul, R. Munsur. (2015) Isohalines to Demonstrate Predicted Salinity Intrusion in the Coastal Region of Bangladesh. International Conference on Climate Change and Water Security, MIST, Dhaka, Bangladesh. /li>

Sumaiya, et al. (2015) Modelling Salinity Extremes in Bangladesh Coast. 5th International Conference on Water & Flood Management, BUET, Bangladesh./li>

Haque, A., Sumaiya, M. Rahman. (2015) Flow Distribution and Sediment Transport Mechanism in the Estuarine Systems of Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Delta. APCBEES Kyoto Conferences Proceeding./li>

Rezaie, A. M., Sumaiya, S. Alam. (2014) Computation of Discharge and Flow Volume for Different Flooding Scenario in the Lower Meghna Estuary. Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Civil Engineering for Sustainable Development (ICCESD-2014), KUET, Khulna, Bangladesh/li>

Haque, A., M. Rahman, S. Alam, Sumaiya. (2013) Reltionship between the Shapes and Hydraulic Regimes of the Estuaries of the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Delta. International Conference on Climate Change Impact and Adaptation, DUET, Dhaka, Bangladesh./li>

Rahman, M., A. Haque, M. K. B. Siddique, A. M.  Rezaie, M.H. Ahmed1, R. J. Nicholls, S. Darby, J. Wolf, Sumaiya, T. Ghosh. et al. (2013) A Preliminary Assessment of the Impact of Fluvio-Tidal Regime on Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Delta and Its Impact on the Ecosystem Resources. International Conference on Climate Change Impact and Adaptation, DUET, Dhaka, Bangladesh./li>

Poster Presentations

Akhter, R., F. Nihal, Sumaiya, T. Ahmed, M. Rahman, A. Haque, M. Rahman. (2016) Salinity in Coastal Bangladesh: Present-Day-Condition & Future-Scenario, 4th DECCMA Consortium Workshop, University of Southampton, UK.