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Research Associate

Boston, Massachusetts, 02125, United States
February 03, 2018

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Farah Shabnam

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Research & Work Experience

Research Associate (Voluntary) Sept. 2017 – Present

Louisiana Tech University: Biomedical Engineering Dept. Ruston, LA

Testing the existing simulation model for unidirectional flow instead of bidirectional flow. Developing a SolidWorks model in order to compare it to the simulation model. Also, working on a self-initiated project, which consists of building an Android app to monitor blood pressure from electronic sphygmomanometer via Bluetooth. Additionally, conducting research to develop a hardware model where the wrist wrap can be connected to the phone via ports, which enables the phone to act as the device itself.

Graduate Research Assistant Sept. 2014 – March 2017

Louisiana Tech University: Biomedical Engineering Dept. Ruston, LA

Conducted research to develop a numerical and a simulation model with velocity feedback to efficiently diagnose the severity of cardiovascular diseases, such as valvular stenosis, by tracking two-dimensional velocity of blood particles. The realistic flow model was developed based on the fluid mechanical phenomenon such as vortex shedding inside a stenosed artery. The simulation was developed in Linux (Ubuntu) using C programming language. An F-Test or statistical analysis was done using MS Excel. Comparison with standard Doppler ultrasound which has no velocity feedback, showed tremendous improvement in velocity estimation.

Teaching Assistant Dec. 2014 – May 2015

Louisiana Tech University: Biomedical Engineering Dept. Ruston, LA

Assisted students with in-class assignments, and assessed home works and exams with helpful comments in BIEN 203 which is a basic MATLAB course.

Helped undergraduate students understand of heat and mass transport by using MathCAD to analyze general problems, solve equations and generate plots.

Software Engineer July 2013 – July 2014

BRAC IT Services Limited: Application Development & Integration Dhaka, Bangladesh

Worked on in-house built applications which concentrate mostly on core banking solutions.

Major projects: bulk credit/debit card generation tool (MULTIPAN), internet banking, automated check book destruction charge, website development for online competitions sponsored by BRAC Bank.

Participated in brief presentations to introduce products, such as MULTIPAN, to clients. Dealt with clients during user acceptance test (UAT) and modified the software as needed.

Given responsibility for giving presentations for projects.

Research Assistant April 2013 – June 2013

BRAC University: Control & Applications Research Centre Dhaka, Bangladesh

Rendered assistance in examining and conceptualizing the modified goniophotometer ensued by thorough research and practical experiments.

Authored the research works.

Was the key member to edit and publish its first Annual report for 2012, which later turned the research group into a research centre. Now it receives funds from the university and BRAC Organization.

Intern Information Technology Oct. 2012 – Jan 2013

Mobil Jamuna Lubricants Bangladesh LTD. Dhaka, Bangladesh

Worked with the IT manager in conceptualizing and designing a customized video conferencing module with user-detected rotating cam for small/mid-sized conference team.

Worked with the development and deployment team of IT department during the final phase of implementation of in-house developed Archiving Systems (RAMsys: Resource Archive Management System) in consolidating and updating company’s corporate, legal, branding, and various other documents and resources.

Poster and Publications:

F. Shabnam, S.A. Jones, “Extension of Velocity Feedback Doppler Ultrasound to Two Dimensions.” Poster Presentation, Research Symposium ’17, Louisiana Tech University.

F. Chowdhury, F. Shabnam, F. Islam, and A.Azad, “Software Implementation of Central Solar Battery Charging Station,” 2013 International Conference on Power, Energy, and Control (ICPEC), India.

S. Ahmed, R. Rahman, F. Shabnam, A. Azad, in “Low-Cost Lumen Testing Procedure in Bangladesh Perspective” IEEE Global Humanitarian Technical Conference (GHTC 2013) in San Jose, California, USA.

Extracurricular Involvement

Member of Louisiana Tech Women in Engineering and Women in Engineering affinity group (Bangladesh), former secretary of BRAC university IEEE branch and participant in intra-university debate competitions.

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