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					                              CURRICULUM VITAE
CONTACT INFORMATION
Name: Md. Maruf Mortula
Address: 14-11 Drysdale Road, Halifax, NS, B3R 1L4, Canada
Tel: 902-444-0247(res), 902-401-4937 (mob); Fax: 902-494-3108
Email: mmortula@dal.ca, Website: http://myweb.dal.ca/mmortula

IMMIGRATION STATUS
Landed immigrant since October, 2003

EDUCATION
       Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Civil (Environment) Engineering,
       Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
           Thesis: Phosphorus removal from small scale wastewater applications using
           alum sludge
           Supervisor: Dr. G. Gagnon
           Expected Date of Completion: December 2005

           Masters of Applied Science, Department of Civil Engineering,
           Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
           Thesis: Analysis of hydraulic „cell‟ in novel fish passage-way
           Supervisor: Dr. D. Hansen,
           Date of Completion: June 2002.

           Bachelor of Science, Department of Civil Engineering,
           Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET)
           Major: Environmental Engineering
           Thesis Major: Wastewater Treatment
           Date of Completion: June 2000.

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
     NSERC Scholarship (PGSD-2), Dalhousie University, 2004-present
     Faculty of Graduate Student Scholarship, Faculty of Engineering
           Scholarship & Graduate Student Award, Dalhousie University, 2001-
           present
          Education Board & University Merit Scholarship, Bangladesh University
           of Engineering and Technology, 1995-2000.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Experiments Oriented Research
       Small scale wastewater treatment (July 2002-present)
       This research was conducted as part of my PhD program. Small scale
       wastewater applications are among the biggest contributors of phosphorus in
       surface water. This research used alum sludge, a water treatment waste residual
       as an adsorbent to treat phosphorus from small-scale wastewater applications.
       The research findings showed alum sludge to be an effective and appropriate
       adsorbent for treating small municipal, on-site wastewater and aquaculture



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     process water. Standardized experiments were used for testing the adsorptive
     capacity of alum sludge. The project also looked at the surface characterization
     of alum sludge for better understanding the adsorption behavior. The project also
     examined the possibility of water and land based disposal for residuals
     generated during adsorption of phosphorus onto alum sludge. Supervisor: Dr.
     Graham Gagnon.

     Phosphorus Removal from Aquaculture (Sep 2002-April 2003)
     This project evaluated coagulation and sedimentation for phosphorus removal in
     aquaculture process wastewater. Limestone was used as a low cost locally
     available coagulant. The project also designed a pilot system based on bench
     scale experiments and mathematical calculation. Supervisor: Dr. Graham
     Gagnon.

     Waste Characterization in EPZ (Jan 1999-June 2000)
     Export Processing Zones (EPZ) are among the major polluters of environment in
     Bangladesh. This project included a review on existing environmental conditions,
     characterizing waste generated at Dhaka Export Processing Zone. The results of
     this study further compared with existing regulation and probable environmental
     consequences were investigated. This led to the foundation for stricter control of
     EPZ from Government of Bangladesh at present. Supervisor: Dr. Mujibur
     Rahman.

Mathematics Oriented Research
     Hydraulic Modeling of Fish Passage Structure (April 2001-June 2002)
     The project was conducted as part of my M.A.Sc. research. Conventional fish
     passage structures are inefficient in low flow river condition. This NSERC funded
     project included the analysis of a novel hydraulic structure for fish passage. The
     hydraulic analysis of a unit cell was conducted by solving partial differential
     equation numerically. The resulting depth and velocity conditions were then
     compared with the fish preference data of a few local fish species. Small scale
     experiments were also conducted to validate the findings from the numerical
     model. Supervisor: Dr. David Hansen.

     Modeling Rain Water Harvesting System (Jan 2002-April 2002)
     Rain water harvesting systems are used widely in many parts of the world.
     However, the designs in most cases are not easy for technical peoples in poor
     countries. This project designed a user friendly computerized model of typical
     rain water harvesting system integrated with an easy to use user interface.
     Supervisor: Dr. Firoz Ahmad.

Other Research
     Detection of Iron Bacteria in Cast Iron Distribution System (Jan 2003-April
     2003)
     The presence of iron bacteria in groundwater wells is well established. However,
     the presence of iron bacteria in cast iron water distribution systems has not been
     investigated, although microbial corrosion in distribution system is an established
     fact. This study used annular reactors to model water distribution system at
     bench scale. Water samples and biofilms were collected from cast iron coupons
     and analyzed for iron bacteria with high resolution microscopy. This study also



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      investigated different methodologies for quantitatively estimating iron bacteria in
      water distribution system. Supervisor: Dr. Martin Tango.

      Ecological risk assessment of alum sludge disposal in surface water (Sep
      2002-present)
      Alum sludge is a waste generated in many water utilities. Though alum sludge
      have potential for leaching aluminum in water, many water utilities still dispose
      alum sludge in surface water. This project looked into the ecological risk
      assessment of alum sludge disposal in surface water. Small scale experiments
      were conducted to estimate aluminum leaching in different lake water in Nova
      Scotia. Supervisor: Drs. Peter G. Wells, Shannon Bard and Graham Gagnon.

      Treatment of Seafood Processing Wastewater (June 2004)
      There have been significant seafood processing activities in Atlantic Canada.
      However, these seafood industries dispose their water without any treatment. My
      part of the project reviewed physical chemical technological options for treatment
      of seafood processing wastewater. The project was conducted alongside with
      many other graduate students. Supervisor: Dr. Graham Gagnon.

OTHER WORKING EXPERIENCE
     I served as a teaching assistant, as department appointed tutor and taught
          both undergraduate and graduate classes at Dalhousie University.
         I have served as a private tutor for more than dozens of students in Canada
          and Bangladesh. It included helping students doing well in their studies,
          courses and sometimes researches.
         I have worked as a student assistant at the library from 2002-2005. The
          responsibility included managing library after business hours and shelving
          books in the library.

Collaborative Research Experience
      Partners of my networking and collaborative researches are:
       Dr. Graham A. Gagnon, Department of Civil Engineering, Dalhousie
         University.
       Dr. David Hansen, Department of Civil Engineering, Dalhousie University.
       Dr. Shannon Bard, Department of Environmental Science, Dalhousie
         University.
       Dr. Neil Bufford, Department of Chemistry, Dalhousie University.
       Dr. Craig Lake, Department of Civil Engineering, Dalhousie University.
       Dr. Rafiqul Islam, Department of Civil Engineering, Dalhousie University.
       Dr. Martin Tango, Department of Civil Engineering, Dalhousie University.
       Dr. Mujibur Rahman, Department of Civil Engineering, Bangladesh University
         of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh.
       Dr. Firoz Ahmad, Department of Civil Engineering, Bangladesh University of
         Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh.
       Dr. A.B.M. Badruzzaman, Department of Civil Engineering, Bangladesh
         University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh.
       Dr. Abdus Salam, Department of Chemistry, University of Dhaka,
         Bangladesh.



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         Various graduate students in Civil Engineering Department in Dalhousie
          University and University of British Columbia.

RESEARCH PROPOSALS
     Funding agency – AQUANET: Organized research collaborators and
          prepared proposal for the project on treatment of phosphorus from
          aquaculture process water using water treatment residuals.
         Funding agency – NSDAF: Involved in preparation of proposal for research
          on treatment of phosphorus from tile drainage water using water treatment
          residuals.
         Funding agency – AWWARF: Involved in preparation of proposal for research
          on treatment of arsenic from drinking water using water treatment residuals.

LIST OF PUBLICATIONS
         Refereed Journal Papers
          1. Gibbons, M.K., Mortula, M., and Gagnon, G.A. 2005. Phosphorus
          adsorption on water treatment residual solids. In preparation for Journal of
          Environmental Engineering and Science.
          2. Mortula, M., Gibbons, M. and Gagnon, G.A. A review of physical-chemical
          approaches to phosphorus removal for small-scale applications. In
          preparation.
          3. Mortula, M. Bard, S., Walsh, M. and G.A. Gagnon. Ecological risk
          assessment of surface water disposal of oven dried alum sludge and the
          effect of phosphorus adsorption. In preparation for Water Environment
          Research.
          4. Mortula, M., Salam, M.A., Burford, N., and Gagnon, G.A. Surface
          characterization of alum residuals to understand the adsorption of
          orthophosphate. In preparation for Environmental Science and Technology.
          5. Mortula, M., Hu, Z., and Gagnon, G.A. The use of alum sludge to remove
          phosphorus in wastewater treated by recirculating biofilter. In preparation for
          Journal of Environmental Engineering and Science.
          6. Mortula, M., M. Gibbons, and G.A. Gagnon 2005. Phosphorus adsorption
          in naturally-occuring materials and industrial by-products Submitted to
          Journal of Environmental Engineering and Science.
          7. Mortula, M., M. Khan, and M. Tango 2005. Review of iron bacteria in
          water distribution and their identification in a simulated cast iron water
          distribution system. Submitted to UAP Journal of Civil and Environmental
          Engineering.
          8. Lake, C.B., G. Cardenas, M. Mortula, and G.A.Gagnon 2005. Leaching of
          aluminium and manganese from alum-based water treatment plant residual
          solids. Submitted to Waste Management.
          9. Trias, M., M. Mortula, Z. Hu, and G.A. Gagnon 2004. Optimizing settling
          condition for liquid hog manure. Enviro Technol. 25(8):956-966.
          10. Gibbons, M., M. Mortula, Z. Hu, and G.A. Gagnon 2004. Agricultural
          waste. Water Environ. Research. 76(6):1479-1523 (CD-ROM).
          11. Trias, M., Z. Hu, M. Mortula, R.J. Gordon, and G.A. Gagnon 2004.
          Impact of seasonal variation on the treatment of swine wastewater. Enviro
          Technol. 25(7):775-782.
          12. Hu, Z., M. Mortula, R.J. Gordon, and G.A. Gagnon 2003. Agricultural
          waste. Water Environ. Research. 75(6):1-42 (CD-ROM).


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Conference Proceedings
13. Gibbons, M.K., Mortula, M., and Gagnon, G.A. 2005. Investigating a
reuse option for water treatment residuals. Presentation at the ACWWA 58th
Annual Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 16th-18th, 2005.
14. Mortula, M., and G.A.Gagnon 2004. Phosphorus removal behavior using
adsorptive alum sludge. IWA conference on wastewater treatment for nutrient
removal and reuse, Bangkok, Thailand.
15. Mortula, M., and G.A.Gagnon 2004. Review and assessment to
technological approaches to mitigate phosphorus from aquaculture facilities.
IWA conference on wastewater treatment for nutrient removal and reuse,
Bangkok, Thailand.
16. Mortula, M., P.G. Wells, R. Islam, and G.A. Gagnon 2003. Aluminum
toxicity in fish from alum sludge – an ecological risk assessment. CSCE
annual conference, Moncton, NB.
17. Mortula, M., and G.A. Gagnon 2003. Phosphorus removal from
aquaculture process water using limestone. CSCE annual conference,
Moncton, NB.
18. Mortula, M., S. Rahaman, and M. Rahman 2002. Study of waste disposal
in DEPZ. ICBEN annual conference, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
19. Mortula, M., G.A. Gagnon 2002. A review of physical chemical
approaches to phosphorus removal small scale applications. ICBEN annual
conference, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
20. Rahaman, S., M. Mortula, F. Ahmed 2002. A computer based design of
RWHS. WEDC conference, Calcutta, India.

Book Chapter
21. Mortula, M., M.S.Rahaman, M.M.Rahman 2005. Industrial waste
characterization of Dhaka Export Processing Zone. Accepted for “Waste
Management Research in Bangladesh”.
22. Mortula, M., A.B.M.Badruzzaman, G.A.Gagnon 2005. Phosphorus
control strategies for small scale wastewater systems in Bangladesh.
Accepted for “Waste Management Research in Bangladesh”.

Poster Presented
23. Gibbons, M.K., Mortula, M., and Gagnon, G.A. 2005. Finding new
opportunities for water treatment residuals. Poster Presentation at the AWWA
Water Quality and Technology Conference, Quebec City, Quebec, November
6th-9th, 2005.
24. Mortula, M., Z. Hu, and G.A. Gagnon. 2003. Small scale wastewater
treatment research. Canadian Water Network Symposium, Saint John, NB.
25. Mortula, M., M. Gibbons, and G.A. Gagnon 2004. Small scale
wastewater treatment application – Phosphorus removal using water
treatment residuals. Canadian Water Network Symposium, Ottawa, ON. also
presented in 1st Dalhousie annual Environmental Symposium.

Technical Report
26. Mortula, M., and G. A. Gagnon 2003. Phosphorus removal at Big Falls
Fish Growers. Submitted to Big Falls Growers Ltd.




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COMPUTER SKILLS
     Writing and spreadsheet software: Familiar with most available softwares.
     Programming: Fortran, Visual Basic and small knowledge in C.
     Photo and sketch editing software: MS Paint, Paint shop pro, Corel draw
          and Auto sketch.
         Technical software: HEC-RAS, Stella, WATPRO, Arcview, Oracle.
         Web design software: MS Frontpage

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
     Student Member, Canadian Society of Civil Engineers (CSCE)       2003-present
     Student Member, Water Environment Research (WEF)                 2003-present
     Student Member, Engineers Without Borders (EWB)                  2003-present
     Student Member, Canadian Water Network (CWN)                     2003-present
     Associate Member, Engineering Institute, Bangladesh              2001-present
     Student Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)       2001-present

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
     Involved in graduate student activities.
     Surveyor, traffic survey, Bangabandhu Multipurpose Bridge, Tangail,
          Bangladesh, August 2000.
         Trainee, workship on Participatory management of low cost water supply and
          sanitation, Dhaka, Bangladesh, September 2000.
         Co-founder, environmental organization “Environment Watch – BUET”.

REFERENCES
     Dr. Graham Gagnon,
          Associate professor and Canada Research Chair,
          Department of Civil Engineering,
          Dalhousie University,
          Phone: (902)-494-3268,
          Email: graham.gagnon@dal.ca
         Dr. Rafiqul Islam,
          Professor and Killam Chair,
          Department of Civil Engineering,
          Dalhousie University,
          Phone: (902)-494-3980,
          Email: rafiqul.islam@dal.ca
         Dr. Chris Watts,
          Professor,
          Department of Biological Engineering,
          Dalhousie University,
          Phone: (902)-494-3269,
          Email: chris.watts@dal.ca.




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