Dr Tanzima HashemUnited News of Bangladesh :: Dr Tanzima Hashem, a Bangladeshi computer science researcher, has received a prestigious international award for her work in developed computational approaches to protect the privacy of people accessing location-based services.

Dr Tanzima, an associate professor of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet), has been awarded specifically for her new and innovative solutions which allow citizens to have control over their personal and sensitive data on health, habits and whereabouts.

“This award gives me the confidence to fulfill my dream of making user-friendly technology to solve the specific challenges we face in the developing world,” Dr Tanzima was quoted as saying in a statement issued by Elsevier Foundation.

“Proud moment for me and my family as her passion, dedication and researches are being featured worldwide. Please keep her in your prayers for more success and glories,” said her brother Refayat Ahmed Tomal in a Facebook post with a photo while receiving the award.

Four other researchers from Ecuador, Ghana, Indonesia and Sudan were also awarded with the 2017 Elsevier Foundation Awards for early-career women scientists in the developing world for their research in engineering, innovation and technology.

The winning scholars from Bangladesh, Ecuador, Ghana, Indonesia and Sudan were honored for their accomplishments in chemical engineering, energy and minerals engineering, environmental engineering and computer science.

They are also celebrated for mentoring young women scientists in their respective countries.

“The determination, commitment and enthusiasm of these five women are an inspiration to us all, and especially to other women undertaking scientific research in developing countries. This award celebrates their excellent science and demonstrates that their hard work has had an impact both regionally and internationally, despite the difficult local conditions,” said Jennifer Thomson, president of OWSD (Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World).

The four other researchers are Dr. María Fernanda Rivera Velásquez of the Universidad Nacional de Chimborazo in Ecuador; Dr. Felycia Edi Soetaredjo of the Widya Mandala Catholic University Surabaya in Indonesia; Dr. Grace Ofori-Sarpong of the University of Mines and Technology in Ghana; and Dr. Rania Mokhtar of the Sudan University of Science and Technology.

“Each of these winners is working in emerging fields tackling some of the toughest challenges out there – from cyber security to decontamination of our most precious resources,” added Ylann Schemm, Director of the Elsevier Foundation. “By celebrating their achievements at the AAAS, our goal is to open doors and connect them with their global research peers.”

The awards represent a longstanding partnership between the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) and the Elsevier Foundation.

A panel of eminent scientists selected the winners, who received US$ $5,000 and all-expenses-paid trip to attend the 2017 AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) annual meeting, provided by the Elsevier Foundation.

The five winners were honored on February 18 during a ceremony at the annual meeting in Boston.

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