MIT, being a dream university, is coveted by students across the world. To stir enthusiasm for higher studies and research in the minds of the students of Bangladesh University of Textiles (BUTEX) and to strengthen their belief in getting into world-renowned universities like MIT and Harvard from a textile background, the Department of Fabric Engineering and BUTEX Business Club collaboratively organized a seminar called ‘Road to MIT’ hosting Ikra Iftekhar Shuvo, a Doctoral student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Tenant, Center for Nanoscale System at Harvard University on 26 May 2022 at BUTEX auditorium. This diverse human being is a former student of BUTEX batch-34.
In the seminar, Professor Dr. Shah Alimuzzaman, Registrar (Additional Charge) was present as the special guest. The seminar kicked off under the presidency of Assistant Professor Dr. Shilpi Akter, Department of Fabric Engineering at 11:00 am.
Ikra Iftekhar Shuvo, the keynote speaker of the seminar, greeted and introduced himself before the enthusiastic crowd and went on telling his glorious story of his journey from Wet Processing Chemistry to Conformable Decoding for Biomedical Industries i.e. his road from BUTEX to MIT. He shared the vicissitudes of his journey where he talked about views and skills cultivated at BUTEX in his BSc. life, learning critical thinking in science in his MSc., his North American industry experience, studying electrical and electronic textile in his second MSc. and choosing PhD program that best fits his goals and ultimately ending up in MIT.
Ikra Iftekhar Shuvo advised, “Three things are of dire need: applied statistics, applied calculus and applied version of any of the computer programming language. If the BUTEXians can master these three, no one can stop them. They can compete with anyone.”
Ikra Iftekhar Shuvo said, “I want you to ask me questions rather than me speaking about myself. So hopefully after the end of the session, we are going to have a lot of questions.”
After the seminar, in the question-answer session, he received many questions from the inquisitive minds and answered them patiently. He believes in zero barriers between senior-junior students for gaining knowledge and so he immersed himself among the students in such a way that everyone felt at home and asked questions without any hesitation.
After the seminar, the President of BUTEX Business Club said, “The main goal of the seminar was to create a bridge between Ikra Shuvo and the students and teachers so that everyone can reach him for any query related to higher studies.” “BUTEX Business Club works for the upgradation of skills of the BUTEXians and organizing this seminar is a result of this great motto,” he added.