Sazid Zaman

Civil (Hydraulic) Engineer
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Montréal, Canada
Decision analysis framework for high inflow events for small hydropower reservoir systems.

What are your main responsibilities or activities in your current position?

  • Computer modeling (writing) and optimization of surface water (HecRas-1D, River-2D, Flow-3D) for hydrologic and hydraulic studies
  • Large-scale, multi-discipline, multi-year construction projects, applying project management methodology
  • Project proposal and technical report writing
  • Scientific analysis and design preparation of feasibility studies for clients

How does your current work relate to your graduate degree?

I did my postgraduate degree in Civil Engineering at UBC with a specialization in Hydrotechnical Engineering. For the degree, I had to do research work, the outcome of which was my thesis for BC Hydro - one of the biggest public utility companies in Canada in the sector of hydropower. My research was funded by a collaboration between BC Hydro and UBC, so it was mandatory for me to work 2-3 days a week in BC Hydro’s Edmonds office on non-research work. Because I had just arrived in Canada, I had very few experiences working in my field of industry. Course work at UBC and the professional environment at BC Hydro helped me learn how to correlate my educational background with a professional and highly technical setting and to grow my confidence for the future.

What do you like and what do you find challenging about your current position?

My job is always full of new challenges, and it is getting more complicated day by day with new complications arising from climate change.

Is your current career path as you originally intended?

This has been my dream job since my childhood due to the challenges and conditions in Bangladesh regarding water.

What motivated you to pursue graduate work at UBC?

After completing my undergrad I worked for a year in a private firm. At that time, I realized that my knowledge as an engineer was not robust enough to solve real life problems. The main cause of it was my research deficiency. So I decided to pursue a research-based graduate degree. Also the weather of Vancouver and the multicultural setup of the city attracted me.

What did you enjoy the most about your time as a graduate student at UBC?

Multiculturalism, teachers, events, the campus (best in Canada).

What key things did you do, or what attitudes or approaches did you have, that contributed to your success?

Staying positive, persistence, and being truthful and a perfectionist to a point.

What is your best piece of advice for current graduate students preparing for their future careers?

Always be positive and keep networking.


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