Address: 416 Yates St., Room 404, Nedderman Hall, Box 19308, Arlington, TX 76019-0308.
Phone: (817) 272-3577
Resume: Dr Hossain
Dr Hossain received his bachelors degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India in 1994 and Masters degree in Geotechnical Engineering from Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand, in 1997. He received his PhD degree in Geo-Environmental Engineering from North Carolina State University (NCSU) in 2002. He worked as a Civil/Geotechnical engineer in Bangladesh, Thailand, Singapore and USA before becoming a faculty of UTA. His working experiences includes foundation analysis and design for building and bridge, excavation support system and retaining structures, cut and cover tunneling, slope stability analysis, design and construction of drilled shaft, contiguous bored pile wall, secant pile wall and diaphragm wall; and mechanics of compressibility and shear strength of municipal solid waste.
At present, Dr. Hossain is working on developing clean and healthy urban cities through sustainable waste management. The major objective of his work is to research, develop and implement innovative solutions for sustainable waste management around the globe and mainly in developing countries. Some of the specific objectives of his research are: 1. To provide better sanitation and reduce of effect of waste and waste management facilities on the residents living nearby waste management facilities. 2. To educate and train solid waste management personnel involved in landfill operation from Texas, USA and other developed and developing countries. 3. To help young generation/waste management professionals develop business related to waste management, recycling and create jobs. Dr. Hossain has been working with the City of Denton and City of Corpus Christi in Texas on different aspects of the Enhanced Leachate Recirculation (ELR) or Bioreactor landfill, landfill gas to energy, monitoring fugitive emissions from landfill, and different landfill cover systems. He has successfully utilized Resistivity Imaging (RI) methods to monitor moisture movement within the landfill solid waste for successful bioreactor landfill operation. Dr. Hossain is currently working on feasibility of landfill mining with City of Denton for one of their closed landfill cell which follows sustainable waste management solution concept by converting the waste management system to close loop system from current practice of open loop system. He has completed a project funded by EPA to conduct feasibility study of landfill gas to energy potential in Ghana, Africa. He is also working with International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) to provide sustainable waste management training and other educational activities for many other developing countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
In Texas, particularly in North Texas, presence of expansive clay pose a significant hazard to foundations, pavements and walls build on them. Since joining UT Arlington in August 2004, Dr Hossain has contacted different districts of TxDOT and presented his ideas to them. Finally he was awarded ($714,000) contract with TxDOT’s for both Dallas and Fort Worth districts in 2009 and completed two Inter Agency contracts with TxDOT between 2009-2013. He investigated the feasibility of using Recycled Plastic Pins (RPP) for slope stabilization (first two years) and then conducted field investigation and performance monitoring of RPP stabilized slopes. This is a very cost effective and green solutions compared to existing slope stabilization methods adopted by TxDOT. Based on his successful completion of the previous projects, TxDOT awarded a new contract for $1.05 Million to implement the RPP for repair of actual failed slope. The project duration for the new contract is for 3 years, starting Fall 2013. This is a major accomplishment, considering UTA is the first university in the State of Texas to implement RPP for slope repair. This is kind of project that Dr Hossain really want to get involve in his future research activities – reutilization of recycled and diverted materials from landfills and waste management stream. One recycled pin requires approximately 500 plastic soda bottles. One of TxDOT site, his research group utilized 600 recycled plastic pins, that means diverting almost 300 thousands plastic bottles from the landfill and saving tremendous amount of space within the landfill. This is going to be core of his sustainable utilization of waste materials research. He is also working on several projects on utilization of recycled concrete as pavement sub base materials. All these are beneficial reutilization of waste materials for repairing infrastructures.
Dr Hossain believes, to be a successful researcher, we need to have new and innovative ideas and ways to implement those ideas to improve existing and available methodology/technology. Therefore, based on his very limited previous experience and considering the potential benefit, Dr Hossain started working on Resistivity Imaging (RI) as a new and advance tool for geotechnical/geo-environmental site investigations method. This will ultimately promote sustainable infrastructure development and management. The applicability of RI methods to determine possible seepage location in a US Arhis Corps Earth Dam has already been demonstrated. He was interviewed by National Public Radio (NPR) in 2009 on utilization of resistivity imaging for determining seepage location in earth dam and levee. Dr Hossain have has more than 25 (Twenty Five) presentations to different organization in and around DFW area.