Mahbuboor Rahman Choudhury

Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Dr. Choudhury specializes in Environmental Engineering, primarily on advanced water and wastewater treatment technologies, water and resource recovery technologies from wastewater. His research activities focus on membrane-based water and resource recovery processes and electrochemical processes for wastewater treatment. He is a Licensed Professional Engineering (P.Eng.) in Ontario, Canada.

Before joining Manhattan College in Fall 2019, Dr. Choudhury was a faculty member in the Civil Engineering Department at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology from 2012 – 2016. He also served as a Civil and Environmental Engineering Consultant to design and upgrade different industrial and municipal wastewater treatment facilities in Bangladesh. He later moved to Montreal, QC, Canada, and worked as a Part-time Faculty at Concordia University in 2017 – 2018.

In 2009, Dr. Choudhury received the prestigious Fulbright Science & Technology Fellowship from the US Department of State to fully fund his Ph.D. study at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.

Originally from Bangladesh, Dr. Choudhury enjoys cooking, listening to good music, watching movies, and spending time with his family.

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  • Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University (2012)
  • M.Sc., Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (2009)
  • B.Sc., Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (2006)

Courses Taught


Undergraduate level
  • CEEN 303: Fluid Mechanics
  • ENGS 204: Environmental Engineering Principles I
Graduate level
  • ENVG 736: Environmental Advanced Unit Operations
  • CHMG 746: Advanced Chemical Processes for Water Purification
  • ENVG 744: Emerging Issues in Environmental Engineering and Public Health
  • ENVG 731: Special Topics 
  • Research

    Research area:

    • Water/Wastewater Treatment
    • Membrane-based Separation Processes
    • Electrochemical Processes
  • Publications and Scholarly Activities

    Journal Publications:

    1. Ong, M.D.; Vasquez, I.; Alvarez, B.; Cho, D.R.; Williams, M.B.; Vincent Jr., D.; Ali, M.A.; Aich, N.; Pinto, A.H.; Choudhury, M.R. (2023) “Modification of Cellulose Acetate Microfiltration Membranes Using Graphene Oxide–Polyethyleneimine for Enhanced Dye Rejection”, Membranes, 13(2), 143, DOI: 10.3390/membranes13020143
    2. Choudhury, M.R.; Rajagopal, R.; Meertens, W.; Rahaman, M.S. (2022) “Nitrogen and Organic Load Removal from Anaerobically Digested Leachate using a Hybrid Electro-Oxidation and Electro-Coagulation Process”, Journal of Environmental Management, 311, pp. 114761, DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2022.114761
    3. Ashley, A.; Thrope, B.; Choudhury, M.R.; Pinto, A.H. (2022) “Photocatalytic Membrane Reactors: Fundamentals and Advances in Preparation and Application in Wastewater Treatment”, Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology, 8, pp 22-46, DOI: 10.1039/D1EW00513H.
    4. Siddiqi, S.A.; Al-Mamun, A.; Sana, A.; Baawain, M.S.; Choudhury, M.R. (2022) “Characterization and Pollution Potential of Leachate from Urban Landfills during Dry and Wet Periods in Arid Regions”, Wates Supply, 22(3), 3462-3483, DOI: 10.2166/ws.2021.392
    5. Rahman S.; Jafary T.; Mamun, A.A.; Baawain, M.S.; Choudhury, M.R.; Alhaimali, H.; Siddiqi, S.A.; Dhar, B.R.; Sana, A.; Lam, S.S.; Aghbashlo, M.; Tabatabaei, M. (2020) “Towards Upscaling Microbial Desalination Cell Technology: A Comprehensive Review on Current Challenges and Future Prospects”, Journal of Cleaner Production, 288, pp 125597, DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.125597
    6. Mamun, A.A.; Jafary, T.; Baawain, M.S.; Rahman, S.; Choudhury, M.R.; Tabatabaei, M. Lam, S.S (2020) “Energy Recovery and Carbon/Nitrogen Removal from Sewage and Contaminated Groundwater in a Coupled Hydrolytic-Acidogenic Sequencing Batch Reactor and Denitrifying Biocathode Microbial Fuel Cell”, Environmental Research, 183, pp 109273, DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2020.109273
    7. Choudhury, M.R.; Anwar, N.; Jassby, D.; Rahaman, M.S. (2019) “Fouling and Wetting in the Membrane Distillation Driven Wastewater Reclamation Process – A Review”, Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, 269, pp 370-399, DOI: 10.1016/j.cis.2019.04.008.
    8. Rajagopal, R.; Choudhury, M.R.; Anwar, N.; Goyette, B.; Rahaman, M.S. (2019) “Influence of Pre-Hydrolysis on Sewage Treatment in an Up-flow Anaerobic Sludge BLANKET (UASB) Reactor: A Review”, Water, 11 (2), pp 372, DOI: 10.3390/w11020372
    9. Mousavi, S.E.; Choudhury, M.R.; Rahaman, M.S. (2019) “3-D CFD-PBM coupled modeling and experimental investigation of struvite precipitation in a batch stirred reactor”, Chemical Engineering Journal, 361, pp 690-702, DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2018.12.089
    10. Sultana, S.; Choudhury, M.R.; Bakr, A.R.; Anwar, N.; Rahaman, M.S. (2018) “Effectiveness of Electro-oxidation and Electro-Fenton Processes in Removal of Organic Matter from High-strength Brewery Wastewater”, Journal of Applied Electrochemistry, 48, pp 519-528, DOI: 10.1007/s10800-018-1185-3
    11. Rahaman, M.S.; Choudhury, M.R.; Ramamurthy, A.S.; Mavinic, D.S.; Ellis, N.; Taghipour, F. (2018) “CFD Modelling of Liquid-Solid Fluidized Beds of Polydisperse Struvite Crystals”, International Journal of Multiphase Flow, 99, pp 48-61, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijmultiphaseflow.2017.09.011
    12. Manzur, T.; Sultana, S.L.; Mahmud, S.; Papry, S.A.; Saha, S.; Choudhury, M.R. (2018) “Performance of Cement Mortars under Tannery Wastewater”, KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering, 22 (11), pp 4461–4472, DOI: 10.1007/s12205-018-1405-8
    13. Omi, F.R.; Choudhury, M.R.; Anwar, N.; Bakr, A.R.; Rahaman, M.S. (2017) “Highly Conductive Ultrafiltration Membrane via Vacuum Filtration Assisted Layer-by-Layer Deposition of Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes”, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 56 (30), pp 8474–8484, DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr. 7b00847
    14. Sikder, M.K.U.; Coudhury, M.R.; Ali, M.A. (2017) “Influence of Different Operational and Water Quality Parameters on the Ultraviolet (UV) Disinfection Efficiencies in Household or Community Based Water Storage Units in Small Water Supply Systems”, Journal of Civil Engineering (IEB), 45 (2), pp 117-132.
    15. Choudhury, M.R.; Islam, M.S.; Ahmed, Z.U.; Nayar, F. (2016) “Phytoremediation of Heavy Metal Contaminated Buriganga Riverbed Sediment by Indian Mustard and Marigold Plants”, Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy, 35 (1), pp 117-124, DOI: 10.1002/ep.12213
    16. Choudhury, M.R.; Siddik, M.A.Z.; Salam, M.Z.E.I. (2016) “Use Of Shitalakhya River Water As Makeup Water In Power Plant Cooling System”, KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering, 20 (2), pp 571-580, DOI: 10.1007/s12205-015-1369-x
    17. Zaki, M.T.; Alam, N.I.; Choudhury, M.R. (2015) “Corrosion Assessment of Mild Steel Metal Alloys Exposed to Tannery Wastewater”, International Journal of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, 6 (2), pp 105-110.
    18. Choudhury, M.R.; Vidic, R.D.; Dzombak, D.A. (2014) “Copper Corrosion Inhibition by Tolyltriazole in Cooling Systems Using Treated Municipal Wastewater as Makeup Water”, Arabian Journal of Science and Engineering, 39 (11), pp 7741-7749, DOI: 10.1007/s13369-014-1385-z
    19. Roy, P.K.; Choudhury, M.R.; Ali, M.A. (2013) “As (III) and As (V) Adsorption on Magnetite Nanoparticles: Adsorption Isotherms, Effect of pH and phosphate, and Adsorption Kinetics”, International Journal of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, 4 (1), pp 55-63.
    20. Choudhury, M.R.; Hsieh, M.K.; Vidic, R.D.; Dzombak, D.A. (2012) “Corrosion Management in Power Plant Cooling Water Systems Using Tertiary Treated Municipal Wastewater as Makeup Water”, Corrosion Science, 61, pp 231-241, DOI: 10.1016/j.corsci.2012.04.042
    21. Choudhury, M.R.; Hsieh, M.K.; Vidic, R.D.; Dzombak, D.A. (2012) “Development of an Instantaneous Corrosion Rate Monitoring System for Metal and Metal Alloys in Recirculating Cooling Systems”, Industrial & Engineering Chemical Research, 51 (11), pp 4230-4239. DOI: 10.1021/ie202845g

    Technical Reports

    1. Dzombak, D.A.; Vidic, R.D.; Landis, A.E.; Choudhury, M.R.; Chien, S.H.; Theregowda, R.B.; Liu, W.; Hsieh, M.K.; Niblick, B.; Monnell, J.D. (2012) “Use of Treated Municipal Wastewater as Power Plant Cooling System Makeup Water: Tertiary Treatment versus Expanded Chemical Regimen for Recirculating Water Quality Management”, Final Technical Report, Cooperative Agreement Number: DE-NT0006550. Submitted to S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory, Pittsburgh, PA, United States.


    Books/Book Chapters

    1. Choudhury, M.R.; Meertens, W.; Yang, L.; Touati, K.; Rahaman, S. (2020) “Corrosion Monitoring in Desalination Plants”, Chapter 8, In: Corrosion and Fouling Control in Desalination Industries, Ed: Saji, V.S.; Sorour, A.A.; Meroufel, A.A. Springer, Cham. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-34284-5_8 (book chapter)
    2. Touati, K.; Usman, H. S.; Chen, T.; Anwar, N.; Choudhury, M.R.; Rahaman, S. (2020) “Inorganic Scaling in Desalination Systems”, Chapter 12, In: Corrosion and Fouling Control in Desalination Industries, Ed: Saji, V.S.; Sorour, A.A.; Meroufel, A.A. Springer, Cham. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-34284-5_12 (book chapter)
    3. Ali, M.A.; Rahman, M.M.; Choudhury, M.R.; Mahmud, S.G.; Sutherland, D.; Ahmed, A. (2014) “Water Safety Plan (WSP): A Risk Based Approach for Water Safety”, World Health Organization (WHO), Country Office: Bangladesh, ISBN: 978-984-33-8095-1. (book)
  • Professional Experience and Memberships

    Professional Licensure:

    • Professional Engineer (P. Eng.), PEO, Ontario, Canada

    Professional Experience:

    • Assistant Professor (Tenure-track) (2019 – Present)
      CEEN, Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY, United States
    • Research Associate (2019)
      Department of Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering, Concordia University, Montréal, QC, Canada
    • Part-time Faculty (2017 – 2018)
      Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science (ENCS), Concordia University, Montréal, QC, Canada
    • Visiting Scientist (2017 – 2018)
      Department of Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering, ENCS Faculty, Concordia University, Montréal, QC, Canada
    • Associate Professor (2016)
      Department of Civil Engineering, BUET, Dhaka, Bangladesh
    • Assistant Professor (2012 – 2015)
      Department of Civil Engineering, BUET, Dhaka, Bangladesh

    Synergistic Activities:

    • Solid Waste Management (SWM) Specialist (2014 –2016)
      South Asia Urban Knowledge Hub (K-Hub), Bangladesh National Center, ITN-BUET, Dhaka, Bangladesh (An initiative of the Asian Development Bank, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Government of Bangladesh)

    • Civil and Environmental Engineering Consultant (2012 – 2016)
      Bureau of Research, Testing, and Consultation (BRTC), BUET, Dhaka, Bangladesh
      - Served as a lead design engineer in several drinking water, industrial and municipal wastewater treatment facilities
      - Gathered expertise in the design of sewer networks and water distribution networks
      - Performed environmental and social impact assessment for different national significant projects in Bangladesh
      - Worked with development partners like World Bank (WB), International Finance Corporation (IFC), Asian Development Bank (ADB), WaterAid, OXFAM, World Health Organization (WHO) to formulate action research projects in Bangladesh

    • Management Information System (MIS) Specialist (2016)
      Center for Environmental and Resource Management, BUET, Dhaka, Bangladesh
      - Organized training programs for industrial professionals on environmental issues, wastewater treatment.
      - Arranged seminars on contemporary environmental issues involving national-level experts and policymakers.


  • Honors, Awards, and Grants
    Honors and Awards:
    • Winner National Research Award 2022, Environmental and Biological Resources sector, Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MoHERI), Oman. Research Project: Energy recovery and carbon/nitrogen removal from sewage and contaminated groundwater in a coupled hydrolytic-acidogenic sequencing batch reactor and denitrifying biocathode microbial fuel cell. 
    • 2013 Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science™ Competition Winner, Grand Prize - University Research (2013)
      American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists (AAEES)
      - Served as Graduate Research Assistant in the research project.

    • International Fulbright Science and Technology Award (2009 – 2012)
      Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, United States

    • CIT Dean’s Fellowship (2009 – 2012)
      Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, United States
    • University Merit Scholarship (2001 – 2006)
      Bangladesh Univ. of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh
    • Honors and Dean’s List (2001 – 2006)
      Bangladesh Univ. of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh

    Grants Received:

    • Project Title: Synthesis and Performance Evaluation of Graphene Oxide and Chitosan Cross-linked Nanocomposite Membrane for Recovery of Industrial Wastewater (2019)
      Funding Agency:
      Manhattan College
      Funding Amount:
      USD 3000 
    • Project Title: Promoting Environmental Health for the Urban Poor (PEHUP) Potentials and Prospects of Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Systems (DWTS) based on Experiences at Existing Systems (2016)
      Funding Agency: WaterAid Bangladesh

      Fund Amount: BDT 1,000,000 (Approx. $12,200 USD)

    • Project Title: DWASA-BUET Collaborative Research Feasibility of Wastewater Pre-treatment at a Point Over a DWASA Drainage Canal Discharging to a Peripheral River (2015 - 2016)
      Funding Agency: Dhaka Water Supply and Sanitation Authority (DWASA)
      Fund Amount: BDT 1,978,000 
      (Approx. $24,100 USD)
    • Project Title: Phytoremediation of Heavy Metal Contaminated Buriganga Riverbed Sediments using native plants (2012 - 2016)
      Funding Agency: Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)
      Fund Amount: BDT 500,000 (Approx. $6,100 USD)
    • Project Title: Feasibility of Using Shitalakhya River Water as Makeup Water in Siddhirganj Power Plant Cooling System (2013 - 2014) 
      Funding Agency: Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)
      Fund Amount: BDT 300,000 (Approx. $3,600 USD)
    • Project Title: South Asia Urban Knowledge Hub - Bangladesh: Institutional and Regulatory Framework for Fecal Sludge Management (FSM) in Urban Areas of Bangladesh and Business Models for Providing FSM Services. (2012 - 2016)
      Funding Agency: Asian Development Bank, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Govt. of Bangladesh.
      Fund Amount: USD 243,000