AKM Anwarul Islam, P.E., F.ASCE, a professor of civil engineering at Youngstown State University, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Islam worked on construction of Jamuna Multipurpose Bridge in Bangladesh as well as a 24-story Ministry of Education building and expressway bridges in Singapore before moving to the United States, and has been at YSU since 2005. He has made a significant contribution as an educator to the civil engineering profession in his region and beyond. Along with sponsorship from local companies, he organized the Mahoning Valley Miniature Bridge Building Competition among high school students from 2008 to 2015.
He has contributed to structural engineering research through his novel approach to the health monitoring of bridges, which consists of analyzing their dynamic response collected through wireless sensor networks. Part of this endeavor was supported by a grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation during 2012-14.
Islam is involved with the ASCE Youngstown Branch, attending its meetings regularly. Since 2012, he has also been the faculty advisor to YSU’s ASCE Student Chapter, whose many successes under his leadership and support include Regional Championships in Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge and accolades in the national competitions.
Islam received his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 1992. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. from Florida State University in 2000 and 2005, respectively.