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Engineering graduate masters his education

From left, Dr. Christopher Loomis, Forhad Ahmad and Chancellor Rick Hillier.

By Jackey Locke

Born and raised in Sylhet, a small town in Bangladesh, Forhad Ahmad has accomplished what he came here to do. On May 27, during spring convocation, he received his master’s degree in mechanical engineering.

Although a very long way from home, his family and the life he knew, Mr. Ahmad has adjusted to St. John’s and life at Memorial since beginning his master’s degree in September 2007. In fact, Mr. Ahmad not only received his master’s degree at convocation but he also received the prestigious Chancellor’s Graduate Award.

The Chancellor’s Graduate Award is an annual award given to a student for his/her outstanding leadership contributions to graduate student life and other areas of the community during his/her time at Memorial. Mr. Ahmad also received The Fry Family Foundation Graduate Leadership Award, which is presented to the recipient who has been selected to receive The Chancellor’s Graduate Award.

This past May, Mr. Ahmad also received the Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies from Memorial University in recognition of his outstanding achievement in the graduate program. And, he received the International Student Resource Centre’s Academic Excellence Award as well as the Hira & Kamal Ahuja International Graduate Fellowship – both of which are given to an international student who displays academic excellence.

Mr. Ahmad was accepted into four Canadian universities to complete his graduate studies and chose Memorial because it enabled him to pursue his passion which is asset integrity management for oil and gas facilities.

“There is a good scope to learn and grow in this area and Newfoundland is one of the best places in the world to work in this area after completing a master's degree. Also, one of my friends was studying at Memorial University at the time and I got information from him and from the Internet … that this is a nice place to study and live. It is a safe and secure place, rich in history and natural beauty. People are friendly and welcoming here,” he said.

With his master’s degree finished, Mr. Ahmad now looks beyond student life and looks forward to staying in Newfoundland and Labrador and a career focused on energy and energy-related industry.