Dr. Sharmin Reza Chowdhury currently holds the position of Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology (AUST). He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from BUET in 1996, followed by a Master's degree in Structural Engineering in 2000, also from BUET. Before joining AUST as a lecturer in 2001, Dr. Chowdhury gained practical experience as an Assistant Engineer at the Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE). In 2011, Dr. Chowdhury completed his PhD at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey.
Throughout his tenure at AUST, he has demonstrated remarkable leadership by taking on numerous administrative responsibilities. These roles include serving as the Head of the Department of Civil Engineering, Director of Planning and Development, Chairman of the Admission Committee, and Advisor of Students' Welfare. Additionally, he holds the position of syndicate member at AUST.
Dr. Chowdhury's influence extends beyond the university's administrative landscape. He has made noteworthy contributions to the academic community by delivering keynote speeches and chairing technical sessions at both national seminars and international conferences. He has contributed significantly to the accreditation process as an evaluator for the Board of Accreditation for Engineering and Technical Education (BAETE) under the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB). He contributed significantly as a researcher and coordinator on behalf of AUST in an international project funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Government of Bangladesh (GoB). Furthermore, he has served as an expert member on interview boards for the Public Service Commission (PSC) and in the tender document evaluation committee of Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh (CAAB).
Professor Dr. Chowdhury has been a research-active academic. He was honoured with the prestigious IEB (Institute of Engineers, Bangladesh) Award for the Best Paper in the year 2000. Additionally, he was awarded the Bogazici University Foundation Fellowship in Turkey, a recognition specifically designed for international PhD students. His research has encompassed various sectors, including seismic analysis of buildings, building materials and construction, and the assessment and retrofitting of buildings. Dr. Chowdhury's scholarly contributions include the publication of over 60 papers in various international journals and conferences. He has been working as one of the reviewers in many International Indexed Journals including, ACI Structural Journal, Engineering Structures, Elsevier etc. With a specialisation in structural engineering, he has dedicated 26 years to teaching, research, and professional activities in this field, establishing himself as a respected figure in the engineering academic community.