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Bangladeshi Taher Achieves ‘Engineering Nobel’.

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Bangladeshi Taher Achieves 'Engineering Nobel'. | Bangladeshi Professor Dr. Taher Saif has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in the United States. Being elected as a member of NAE is considered the highest professional accolade in engineering or sometimes referred to as the 'Nobel Prize of Engineering'. He has been awarded this honour for his contributions to the application of biological sciences and materials science in delineating the mechanical properties of materials at a small scale.

Bangladeshi Professor Dr. Taher Saif has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in the United States. Being elected as a member of NAE is considered the highest professional accolade in engineering or sometimes referred to as the ‘Nobel Prize of Engineering’. He has been awarded this honour for his contributions to the application of biological sciences and materials science in delineating the mechanical properties of materials at a small scale.

Each year, approximately one hundred new members are elected from all divisions of engineering and science in engineering worldwide. This year, 114 individuals have been elected, including 21 from outside the United States. Since there isn’t a Nobel Prize in Engineering, being elected to NAE is often regarded as the Nobel Prize of Engineering.

Dr. Taher Saif is a professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States. He completed his undergraduate studies in Civil Engineering at BUET. Later, he earned a Master’s in Civil Engineering from Washington State University and a Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Cornell University, with a concentration in electrical engineering.

In September, the National Academy of Engineering will confer awards upon these 114 new members.

Among Bangladeshis, Dr. Saif is the third person to receive recognition in engineering. Previously, in 1973, Architect Dr. Fazlur Rahman Khan was honoured with this award. Twenty-eight years later, in 2001, Dr. Fazle Hussain received this award in Mechanical Engineering.

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