Md Imran Khan

Md Imran Khan

Introduce yourself:

I am pursuing my Master’s in Mechanical Engineering. I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 2017 where I conducted extensive numerical investigations on using flow obstruction devices in thin channels to enhance heat transfer characteristics. Since 2014, I am a member of the Society of Automobile Engineer International. I am also serving as the Vice-President Communications of the Bangladeshi Students Association at the University of Alberta (BSAUA).

What are you researching and what do you hope comes out of your research?

I am working under the supervision of Dr. Morris R. Flynn where my research is centered on buoyancy-driven flow in porous media, specifically the long term trapping of supercritical carbon dioxide in deep saline aquifers through convective instabilities. To date, I have developed robust flow models to characterize the spreading of trapped carbon dioxide at reservoir depths based on the results of large-scale numerical simulations I have performed. Funded by the Government of Alberta, my research aims to lay the groundwork for fundamental understanding and effectiveness of sequestering acid-gas in depleted oil and gas reservoirs in the province.

How did presenting a Three Minute Thesis (3MT) help explain your research?

The 3MT challenges participants to explain the impact of their research work by avoiding jargon. By participating in 3MT, I was able to make my work more accessible and digestible while receiving constructive feedback. 

Define "For the Public Good" in your own words.

I believe that researchers have a moral obligation to better explain the significance and impact of their research activities to the general public in a digestible manner. This will create an informed public while improving science as a whole. Working with "For the Public Good" in mind, researchers will be faced with better questions and thus be forced to come up with innovative and disruptive solutions to tackle challenges beneficial to the advancement of mankind.

What inspires you to do research?

The opportunity to carry out deep and meaningful work in something that I am good at and passionate about is what drives me. I have had the pleasure of working with great supervisors and their commitment towards professional excellence in their field is a big source of inspiration as well.

If you have to dedicate your research to anyone from the past, present, or future, who would it be and why?

My parents. Their sacrifices and emphasis on the value of hardwork are the reasons why I am in this position today.

3MT Keywords: convective; dissolution; trapping