BUET: The Department of Computer Science and Engineering

--Dr. Mohammad Mahfuzul Islam

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The Department of Computer Science and Engineering, the first department of its kind, was established in 1982 under the Faculty of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. From the very initial days of its establishment, it has been able to attract the very best students of the country. Students securing topmost merit positions in the legendary admission test of BUET opt for studies in this department. At the very beginning, the department offered only M. Sc. Engg. and M Engg. degrees in Computer Science and Engineering.

The Undergraduate program started in 1986. At first, 30 students were admitted each year for pursuing the B.Sc. Engineering degree. Starting from the academic session 1994-1995, the number was increased to 45 and from the session 1997-1998 the number was further increased to 60. Considering the growing need of computer science graduates, the department decided to enroll 120 students per session and started to do so from the academic session 2000-2001. So far in 18 batches 1042 students have been awarded B.Sc. Engineering, more than 138 M.Sc Engineering and 2 Ph.D. degrees from this department. The department has now active faculty strength of 65 with 20 having Ph.D. Degree in different branches of Computer Science and Engineering. Currently 26 teachers are abroad for higher studies.

The department under the graduate program offers the degrees of M. Engg., M. Sc. Engg. and Ph.D. The courses and syllabus followed by this department for the above degrees are the most modern ones like that of advanced countries as well as appropriate to the local needs. The syllabus is so designed as to contain all the necessary study materials so that a graduate can face the engineering problems readily after graduation. The teachers of the department meet periodically to review the courses and their contents; necessary changes are made to update the needs and trends from time to time.

Over the years, this ever-flourishing department has been providing the technical foundation, scholarly guidance and leadership skills that have resulted in a number of highly qualified and skilled computer graduates, proving their potentiality home and abroad. With an educated, sincere and enthusiastic faculty, a continuous enrollment of brilliant students and an amicable teacher-student interaction, the department has become a unique one in its field.

Profile of Dr. Mahfuzul Islam

Dr. Mohammad Mahfuzul Islam is Professor and currently Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) and Associate Director, Directorate of Students’ Welfare (DSW), BUET.

Dr. Islam completed his PhD from Gippsland School of IT, Monash University, Australia in 2006. He completed his MSc Engg and BSc Engg degrees from Department of CSE, BUET in 2000 and 1997, respectively.

She served as an Assistant Provost, Nazrul Islam Hall, BUET, International Students’ Officer, Monash Postgraduate Association (MPA) (2004-2005), the Gippsland Campus Representative, MPA (2003-2004) and the Senior Vice-president, Jamalpur Zila Students’ Association, Dhaka (1996-1997).

Dr. Islam published more than 50 journals, conferences and research articles in highly reputed publishing domain like IEEE, Elsevier and Willey. He worked as a reviewer in a wide number of world famous journals. Dr. Islam served as the project leader, a consultant, an assessor and a team member in a number of government and non-government projects including Machine Readable Passport, Voters’ list and National ID Project, Hi-Tech Driving License Project and establishment of DNA Lab. He is also a Fellow of IEB and a member of IEEE.