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Dr Mac Chowdhury



1968 BScEng: Mechanical, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka
1978 PhD: Naval Architecture, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England


1969-1978 Lecturer, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka
1978-1981 Assistant Professor
1981-1986 Associate Professor
1986-1989 Professor
1989- Senior Lecturer, School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, The University of New South Wales

Visiting Appointments

1975-1977 University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, Research Associate


1972-1975 Commonwealth Scholarships for Postgraduate Studies in UK
1995 University Grants Commission Award for Best Publication of the Year, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Professional Societies

  • Royal Institution of Naval Architects, Fellow
  • Engineering Council of UK, Chartered Engineer
  • European Federation of National Engineering Associations, Eur Ing

Teaching Areas

  • Ship Structural Analysis and Design
  • Mechanics of Solids
  • Finite Element Methods
  • Fatigue Analysis of Ship Structures
  • Structural Dynamics
  • Nonlinear Structural Analysis
  • Structural Optimisation

Research Interests

  • Linear static analysis of large scale structures
  • Nonlinear static response and buckling of metal structures
  • Fatigue analysis of high speed craft
  • Ship structural dynamics
  • Structural optimisation of ships and offshore structures
  • Structural design of small vessels
  • Structural reliability analysis

Professional Interests and Consulting

  • International Advisory Committee, 9th International Conference on Mechanical Engineering, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 18-20 December 2011
  • Corresponding Member for Australia, International Ship and Offshore Structures Congress (ISSC) (1990-2002)
  • Task Leader, Australian Maritime Engineering Cooperative Research Centre
  • Former Chairman of the Bangladesh National Committee for Investigating the Safety of Inland Passenger Vessels (1987-89)
  • Acted as Principal Consultant to a number of Government and semi-Government organisations of Bangladesh (1979-89)
  • Founder Secretary, The National Oceanographic and Maritime Institute (NOAMI), Dhaka, Bangladesh

Selected Publications

  • CHOWDHURY M, "Quasi finite element model for rapid transverse analysis of single hulled ship compartment", Journal-ND, Instn Engrs India, Vol 63 (1983).
  • CHOWDHURY M, "Minimum weight design of single hulled ship compartment", Second Int. Symp. on Practical Design in Shipbuilding (PRADS'83), Tokyo (1983).
  • CHOWDHURY M and CALDWELL JB, "An automated design scheme: weight minimisation of a single hulled ship compartment", Int. J. of Num. Meth. Eng., Vol 20(10), pp 1763-1790 (1984).
  • CHOWDHURY M, "Plastic collapse theory for rectangular grids", Int. J. Mechanical Sciences, Vol 27(3), pp 145-155 (1985).
  • RAHMAN MK and CHOWDHURY M, "Estimation of ultimate longitudinal bending moment of ships and box girders", J. Ship Research, Vol 40(3), pp 244-257 (1996).
  • CHOWDHURY M, "A method for the estimation of probability of coincidence of two random variables", The Annual Paper Meet 1998 of the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, 5-7 Nov, Chittagong, Bangladesh, pp 15-27 (1998).
  • CHOWDHURY M, "Fatigue life of ship structures: modelling strategy", Invited lecture, Proc. Fifth Annual Paper Meet, The Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, 5-7 Nov, Chittagong, Bangladesh, Invited Paper I-2 (1998).
  • CHOWDHURY M and PAL PK, "Preliminary structural design of extra-large hatchcoverless container ships", Proc. Sea Australia 2000, 1-3 Feb, Sydney, Australia, Paper no. 14.2, 12 p (2000).
  • SPYKER R, KELLY DW and CHOWDHURY M, "Fatigue analysis of ship structures using fracture mechanics", Proc. Sea Australia 2000, 1-3 Feb, Sydney, Australia, Paper no. 23.1, 8 p (2000).
  • RAYMOND I, HROVAT R, CHOWDHURY M and KELLY DW, "Benefits of using high strength thermo-mechanically controlled processed steel in future large fast ferries - Part 2: Design philosophy", Proc. Sea Australia 2000, 1-3 Feb, Sydney, Australia, Paper no. 20.3, 7 p (2000).
  • RAYMOND I, CHOWDHURY M and KELLY DW, "Optimisation procedure for X-80 steel blast tolerant transverse bulkheads", Structures Under Shock and Impact 6, Cambridge University, UK, 3-5 July, pp 11-22 (2000).
  • RAYMOND I, CHOWDHURY M and KELLY DW, "Design criteria for blast tolerant bulkhead", IMPLAST2000, 4-6 Oct, Melbourne, Australia (2000).

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