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Some 20 years later Bangladesh might need nano-technologists, in that case there will be a huge demand of Electrical Engineers


Created on: 2012-12-14
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Dr. Farseem Mannan Muhammedy

Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical & Electronics Engineering
Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology:BUET

Prerequisites...

The subject is Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Like any other engineering discipline, the common prerequisites are Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. Specially mathematics is important. Students are required to keep clear conceptions of mathematics that we study at college level. Since the next stage is a career as Electrical engineer, so basic understanding of English is also necessary.

Specific talents that motivate a student to EEE...

Sincerity is the key. One needs to set focus. If he/she wants to be a good electrical engineer, he needs to set his/her focus into this subject. Otherwise it is difficult to keep a good score here. There are some students who do not want to study engineering at the first place, but for some social and family issues, they are forced to take engineering subjects. In that case, some trade-offs is necessary. For example, I know some people who wants to study Physics, so the ideal choice is taking EEE. Because it is easier to switch fields from EEE in abroad. It is not possible to do a double major here in Bangladesh. So far I know, SUST has introduced this system under the supervision of Professor Zafar Iqbal. But I am not sure to what extent it is successful. I believe that this system will do a great benefit to our students, because in that case, they can show a certificate that their parents dreamt of, and again they can achieve another certificate that their mind wished for.

Interesting events and competitions...

Basically it depends on the individual. To speak of events related to career, EEE students do not have any sort of major field trips. Students usually work on projects which are basically fun, interesting and exciting. Recently Lunabotics, making Lunar Robots is an exciting project to work on. Students also work on Microcontroller based circuit designs.

Is the subject mathematical/logical/theoretical?

Mainly mathematical and lots of theories are related as well. Since engineering is all about learning and practicing, so applying the theories in the laboratories is also important. Though we do not have highly developed laboratories with international flavor, yet we have laboratories and equipments which are fair enough to explain what we learn in theories.

Goals that can be reached...

First of all he/she will be a pure Electrical Engineer. It is not like they will ride and work on an electrical pole. Today we have several branches in this field. Some can work on pure electronics, working with device physics. This field is highly developed on mathematics and physics based research works. If he wants to work at device level, he can do device fabrication, VLSI design etc. Our graduates are working at companies like Intel, IBM etc. This is about device and electronics side. Here we have design, device fabrication, and a lot more of logic application. This is basically related to physics. Another field is communication, precisely Telecommunication. Designing antennas, microwave engineering, and a current craze of nanotechnology which is a major research area. Some 20 years later Bangladesh might need nanotechnologists, in that case there will be a huge demand of Electrical Engineers. An important field that consist of pure electrical engineering is the power system. Grid maintenance, transmission line maintenance, designing efficient transmission system etc. are all important parts of pure electrical engineering. Graduates working at government sectors basically work on power systems at Power Development Board. Besides, in Bangladesh, the telecom sector has a huge potential. We have seen EEE graduates reaching the highest positions like Vice President at different telecom companies.

Jobs home and abroad...

In case of public sector, EEE graduates can work at Power Development Board. A good number of them work at power stations, grid maintenance, power transmission etc. Besides public sector, there are also some private power transmission companies. So there is a huge demand of Electrical engineers in power sector. The second largest sector is the telecom sector. Our graduates are working at multinational companies like Ericsson. Telecom companies like Grameenphone, Robi, Airtel, Citycell, Banglalink intakes Electrical engineers regularly.

Renowned international companies like Intel recruits electrical engineers. Intel is that famous chip developing and manufacturing company. I have lots of junior and senior faces working at Intel. IBM, Microsoft are also recruiting electrical engineers. In foreign countries, fibre optic research organizations also recruit our electrical graduates. It should not be that you have to work as an Electrical engineer if you are an Electrical graduate. I have seen that many engineers join civil service cadres here in Bangladesh. Engineers are also recruited for Public Administration jobs. Since most of the brilliant minds are engineers, so the presence of an engineer in public services maintains transparency at every level. I believe that everyone should start thinking of being an entrepreneur. It is better to create jobs than to look for jobs.

To the newcomers...

Newcomers are welcome to this multifarious subject. Keep your eyes and mind open. Choose the field that you think you will be good at. Listen to the words of famous scientists, personalities. For example, Steve Jobs, listen to the inspirational words of this man. Then you will be able to follow your dream and work accordingly.