Dr. Sajid Muhaimin Choudhury



I'm Dr. Sajid Muhaimin Choudhruy

I am currently working in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka-1205. My official website is located at sajid.buet.ac.bd. I previously maintained various personal blogs and websites (sajidmc.net). I decided to move to a permanent web solution to host all my previous blogposts.


Thank you note on Purdue BDSA Fall BBQ

Dear all,

After a lot of anticipation, the BDSA Fall BBQ is finally over. We could welcome 20 new members in the Bangladeshi community. The event had a vibrant presence of Undergrads, community members, and families. This was the largest BDSA gathering and had more signups than the last two BBQs combined. I am really thankful for everyone coming to the event and making it successful. For this event, I tried to implement some new ideas - color-coded coupons, chicken burgers as an item, flower for the freshers and renting Uhaul for moving stuff. All these were done to make the event more efficient and punctual, and I am extremely happy that we could finish the event before the announced time of 4 pm. 

We are collecting event feedback to further improve all our future events. Please provide feedback using the form: https://goo.gl/forms/guzTJZzIPsCRdDiq1

Now I would like to thank all the people who worked hard with their bloodsweattears, and toil to make this BBQ a success. (blood from cuts, tears from the smoke and ashes of the BBQ).

The BDSA Executive Committee

This was the first event during my term, where I could get the full BDSA committee to work. And I am really happy to say, everyone in the committee helped organize this event. Firstly, I must mention Babu Bhai. He had just returned from Bangladesh when we planned the event and resumed responsibility of becoming the acting president of BDSA (I was extremely busy with my Prelim exam and before August 24th, my role was to giving advice). Babu Bhai went above and beyond the responsibilities of a Vice President with driving to Indy to buy meat, providing rides to the people when some one couldn't or wouldn't give a ride. Babu Bhai also organized a special game for increasing social interaction between the new students and older ones. Unfortunately, he was so busy with transportation duty, that game could not be performed. 
Sanjay Bhai again proved his resourcefulness with quick thinking and acting. He promptly took volunteers and reached the shelter before anyone else at 9:30 am. He also led Sam's club shopping effort. Ferdous also came back from Internship and just moved to his house when he joined the team. He & Bushra hosted the entire marination event, while from the beginning cleaning and cutting the meat. Ferdous also bought the Salmon burger that many of the non-chicken consumers could eat. Sanchita lead the ingredient shopping, while also helping me decide portion control and shopping list, Rabu & Saeed took care of the Walmart shopping, Saeed went to Midwest rental trying to take care of the sports (unfortunately, the equipment that we tried to rent ran out of stock). Tridib led the transportation and moving stuff with Uhaul. Nayem led and coordinated the collection of coolers from all different places, and coordinated chicken collection and transportation. He also brought coffee for the volunteers in the morning, accelerating the work. Asif led the effort with inventory management. Kuhu and Asif are giving BDSA their locker space to store things, and he led the effort to get the sound system that we used during the event. Excellent thinking on behalf of him to get the battery powered speaker system. Salvi in every possible way to all committee members. Salvi got himself hurt a few time during the preparation and grilling, but always had a positive and uplifting attitude and kept working. 
All the mentioned work above was done by each committee member in addition to helping others in marination, grilling, setup, and cleanup. Unfortunately, Rabu & Saeed could not stay at the final event, even though they worked really hard to make it successful.

New Undergraduate and Graduate Students
I would like to especially thank Shoumik, Parvez, Sadi, Mamun, Sarah, Boishakhi, Arif, Rohan, Shamya. They are new students this fall, and they volunteered significantly for the event. Shoumik, Parvez, Sadi went above and beyond, helping us from setting up to cleaning up for the event and perhaps worked as hard as any committee member. I also want to specially mention Shadman, who worked really hard from beginning to the end for the event.

Most difficult part of the BBQ is possibly the marination, and arranging for 130+ people requires a lot of volunteers and different skills. All the work, organizing, and planning, as well as intensive physical stress from a large number of volunteers, are required to organize such a big event. I sincerely thank all the volunteers who helped us in the event. I have just one photo here and will post more as soon as I get them.

I would like to thank and gratefully acknowledge the following people for their hard work: (I apologize if I have missed someone's name)

Preparation - All BDSA committee
Chicago bazar coordination- Ragib & Farooq Bhai, Rabu, Ferdous 
Indy meat buying - Babu, Asif
Equipment rental - Babu, Asif, Salvi
Renting Uhaul - Sajid, Tridib
Loading Uhaul with Grills and Stuff - Tridib, Soumya, Sajid, Sanjoy, Ferdous, Salvi
Shopping - Rabu, Saeed, Sajid, Nayem, Babu, Asif, Sanjoy, Ferdous, Salvi, Tridib, Sanchita,
Marination - Ferdous, Bushra, Sanchita,  Boishakhi, Rahee, Sarah, Shaimah, Saima Sharmin, Mun, Nuha, Asif, Salvi, Shakib Sarwar, Saraf, Nayem 
Grill Setup - Sajid, Sanjay, Asif, Tridib, Shoumik, Parvez, Sadi, Shadman 
Grill cleaning - Rabu, Shadman, Sadi
Grilling - Asif, Shadman, Salvi, Sanjoy Bhai, Shoumik, Parvez, Sadi, Shadman, Shamya, Arif, Ferdous 
Registration & Fund raising- Sanjay Bhai
Backup Ride providing - Babu Bhai
Cutting and Chopping - Abdullah Arafat Bhai, Anup, Gobindo, Ijaj, Sarma
Cleaning up - all committee members, Kuhu, Pintu, Shadman, Parvez, Shoumik, Sadi

Coolers were provided thanks to Ragib bhai, Riaj bhai, Babu bhai, Zia bhai

Prof. Alam sir & Tasbir Bhai thank you for sharing your wisdom and expressing thoughts and advice. I fully agree with Alam sir that we should participate in more activities outside of the Bangladeshi community. Purdue has a vast number of Student Organizations and students can easily choose the ones that suit their interest, to broaden our outlook and horizon. Tasbir Bhai gave a great suggestion regarding collaborating with neighboring Student Organizations. I am in contact with the IUPUI and IU Bloomington Bangladesh Associations' Presidents, and we are discussing the possibility.

All the little ones, I also want to thank you and your parents for giving flowers to all new students. I know it was sometimes difficult to let go the nice rose, but all of you cooperated and helped us with the event.

Finally, all who came to our event, we thank you for your time and company for attending the event and hope that you will consider becoming active members of BDSA and participate in all upcoming events. 

Yours Truly
Sajid Choudhury
Bangladesh Students Association


Thank you note on Purdue BDSA Summer Outing

Dear All,
Assalamu Alaikum

After weeks of planning finally, the Summer Outing is over. Overall, we as the BDSA committee is thankful to everyone for making the event successful. All food items that I tasted were fantastic and games and sports were great with everyone's enthusiastic participation. 

Now I would like to thank everybody including participants, volunteers, organizers for helping us to organize such a nice outing event. Your enthusiasm and participation always make the BDSA a special place. 

First I would like to thank previous BDSA Committee- Tamzid, Maliha, Orchi for taking the initiative for this event. It was originally planned as a summer BBQ. We, the 2017-18 decided to switch gear and try something new this time. Thanks to Maliha for booking the picnic shelter in the park and dealing with West Lafayette Parks and Recreations Department. 

I would like to thank Ragib bhai for coordinating and distributing the Chicago bazaar with BDSA. (Thus saving us the trouble of driving to Indy). Thanks to Faruq bhai for agreeing to give Chicago Bazaar in a timely manner. 

Thanks to Mun, Zahid Bhai and Zinia apu for important advice related to ingredient portion size. Also, thanks to Tamzid, Orchi, Soumya, Nooha, Kuhu for feedback and input regarding the event. Thanks to Zahid Bhai for locating and providing the Chafing Frames (thus saving us from buying new ones). 

Thanks to fellow Executive Committee members of BDSA - Sanjay Bhai, Asif, Salvi, Sanchita, Tridib, Nayem, Saeed and Rabu for helping me out through the planning stage. Rabu joined in the meeting via teleconferencing, while for the rest of us, Tridib donated a chocolate cake to keep us energized throughout the two and half hour long planning meeting.

I am really thankful to everyone who was on time in the event. Even when someone was late to the event, they had their cooked dish sent over so that we could start the event on time. 

Thanks to Briti Bhabi, Shormi Apu, Saima Sharmin, Raju, Zinia Apu, Koly Apu, Sanchita, Nooha, Ema Bhabi, Anik bhai, Nipa Apu, Mun, Shuvro & Ajanta, Arafat Bhai, Nayima & Naeem, Saima bhabi, Shejuti and Saraf for helping us with cooking. All our cooking volunteering slots quickly filled up, thanks to their enthusiasm. Thanks to Sanjoy bhai, Asif, Sanchita, Nayem, Salvi help with shopping. Sanjoy bhai and Sanchita played a pivotal role in distributing the ingredients, with both preparing the smaller portions and distributing them. Thanks to Nooha and Sanchita for gift-wrapping the presents. Special thanks to the sports chair, Saeed and publicity chair, Nayem, arranging sports equipment and collecting the sound-system. Thanks to Riaz Bhai and Monjurul Bhai for lending us their coolers. Thanks to Ijaz for arranging as well as sponsoring the ice for the coolers. 

Asif, Ijaz, Salsabeel, Rafi and Sarma helped a lot in the setup of the event. Rabu and Ron were instrumental in arranging the stump hitting. Sajal bhai and Antara bhabi brought fantastic Roshomalai that we enjoyed. Monjurul bhai helped with arranging Tarps in which we could arrange Duhr prayer. Thank's to Mun's vocal suggestions, we could break the gender barrier in the sports events and have everyone's fun participation. Tridib was fantastic in music control of the pillow passing and supplying marbles for the marble race. We are extremely grateful to everyone who could make it till the end of the event and helped us clean up the place. 

Rabu also actively coordinated the prize giving ceremony of the cricket tournament. Thank you to Alam sir for helping with the medal giving ceremony. Members who could not attend today's outing - please contact your respective teammates for the medals.

During the event, Pintu and Tridib served as our unofficial photographers. I still have to process the files on my memory card. I am attaching a couple of pictures in this email of today's event.

Last but not least I want to thank everyone who came to the event and made it wonderful. Thanks to my dear friend Rabu for his previous email, which I used as a template for my thank you note. 

Some of us could not participate in the event due to personal or research commitment. To them – we missed you a lot. We hope to see you in the upcoming events.  And all of your participation makes our BDSA programs special. 

For our events, we are trying to focus on the active participation of everyone and punctuality. We will try to improve these more in our upcoming events. 

Sajid Choudhury
Bangladesh Students Association

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