M. A. Karim, P.E., F.ASCE, an associate professor of civil engineering and interim department chair for the Department of Civil and Construction Engineering at Kennesaw State University, in Marietta, Georgia, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Karim spent about six years as a faculty member at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), where he graduated. He came to the United States for graduate work, then became an applications programmer for ALLTEL Information Services in Twinsburg, Ohio. His next eight years were spent with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) as a senior environmental engineer (Solid Waste Permit Writer) while he taught at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) as an affiliate professor.
He then went to Trine University in January 2008 as a full-time assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering. While at Trine, he taught part-time at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). As well during this time he taught a course for VCU online using Wimba classroom. Completing this successful workload, he was also an adjunct at the Stratford University, Richmond, Virginia, campus.
Since 2011 Karim has been full-time faculty at KSU (before and after its merger with Southern Polytechnic State University). There he has served as an assistant department chair and scheduled 41 courses for four different programs, including 18 full-time and 15+ part-time faculty, coordinated the ABET self-study reports and program assessments for three engineering programs, hired and managed PT faculty and managed budgets for PT faculty and the environmental engineering lab. He also developed and integrated civil and environmental engineering curricula and coordinated their programs, and developed KSU’s Environmental Engineering program from scratch with new curricula and program policy, as well as developed a minor in Environmental Engineering.
Karim is a registered professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the state of Georgia. He has more than 30 journal and proceedings publications and several professional reports in the areas of soil and sediment remediation, environmental management, wastewater treatment, statistical hydrology, project-based learning and engineering education. He is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and an ABET EAC program evaluation volunteer (ABET EAC PEV) for the Civil Engineering program.
He obtained his BSc and MSc in civil engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 1989 and 1992, respectively. He earned his Ph.D. in civil/environmental engineering from Cleveland State University, Ohio, in 2000.