I, Dr. Afroza Nahar is currently working as an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Faculty of Science and Technology, American International University - Bangladesh (AIUB).
1. Research Statement:
The scope and possibility of science and technology is shifting from one phase to another rapidly as world is facing newer problems every day. Hence, no single discipline of knowledge has got the only focus of the contemporary research activities, rather modern research teams comprise of peoples from diverse fields and interaction among interdisciplinary researchers is growing day by day. On the other hand, in order to implement and/or use the knowledge of one field in another arena researcher has to expertise themselves in several scholastic divisions.
My research experience in applied mathematics, computational science and power energy has prepared me to solve diverse engineering problems through mathematical modelling and computer simulation. Simulation study of any physical system is the basic tool in modern research. Because, real-time experimental study is expensive and time consuming, while modern computing can produce the near to real effect of the most possible physical phenomena. In course of my MS research works, I have acquired proficiency in using programming languages like C++, ForTran, MatLab, HTML, etc. On the other hand, the purpose of my doctoral research was to develop a comprehensive three-dimensional mathematical model of photovoltaic/thermal (PV/T) systems and to build a computer simulation model using COMSOL MULTIPHYSICS software. Along with doing numerical simulation in course of my doctoral research, I analyzed the thermal and electrical aspects of the system in which I applied the principles of mass, momentum and energy conservation.
My present research aim is to develop an all-inclusive simulation software particularly dedicated for the use in solar photovoltaic system analysis. There are several simulation tools available in this field, but each has its own limitation in terms of flexibility and applicability. My plan is to include the thermo fluid physics along with the electrical analysis of PV modules. The software will not only help to analyse the electrical and thermal aspects of PV and PV/T systems, but also enable optimizing the design to provide the best performance. Economic and environmental indices will also be included in this algorithm. Once the simulation software is built, it will become an essential tool for the research community as well as the industry. If software is commercialized through the university's R&D program, it may bring great financial benefit for the institute. Such a comprehensive design and simulation software is eagerly awaited by the PV research community for long time.
Apart from the above plan, I have plan to engage myself in developing several simulation models and software for energy related research work. My multidisciplinary research track makes me the appropriate candidate to carry out this extensive work. I think this institution is the right place to render such an extensive research work due to its commitment to research and development activities.
2. Teaching Statement:
Teaching and research are the two major focus of any pedagogical institution. I always find teaching as an enjoyable and at the same time very important academic responsibility. In my view, teaching is one of the most effective ways to share one's knowledge with the learners. Throughout my teaching career at different levels, I have been constantly learning and gaining experience as to what makes an effective practitioner of the craft. My experience, together with a commitment to continual focusing and improving my skills, defines my career as a teacher of Mathematical science courses.
My teaching interests span a variety of topics from fundamental mathematical courses for computing science to advance research-based subjects. Teaching of science courses must be interactive and ability to interpret of the core concepts of science in simple language to the students should be the major qualifications of a science teacher. Furthermore, as a teacher of computer science, I believe that students should develop a strong theoretical foundation, understand the value of what is being taught, and learn to embrace opportunities for working in a constructive, interactive and collaborative environment. Students should develop intuition regarding the problems they are supposed to solve, which I think is gained through a solid understanding of theoretical computer science. I personally emphasize my students to identify the character of the problems along with its level of difficulties for which they are developing an algorithm. In my lectures, I like to bridge between the theory and application by tying in applied area of that topic. Not only is this an opportunity to keep lectures fresh and relevant for current research, but it makes the subject more interesting for students. My experience has been that students are often grateful for such activities as these things help to boost up their attention. So, I try to go beyond stereotype lecture through on-spot interactive activities among the students.
Another essential part of my teaching philosophy is that students must learn not only to solve math or memorize the corollaries, but also to implement, communicate and share it effectively. I often assign classroom presentations, as an opportunity for students to communicate mathematics with speech and chalk. In written assignments, I stress clarity, precision, and organization. I encourage students to collaborate and discuss their work with one another, either through in-class group activities or outside of the class. I always encourage students to explore applications of mathematics beyond the standard course material.