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Research Profile – Shaifqur Rahman

“Currently, 55% of the nation’s rivers and streams are not suitable for healthy populations of aquatic life due to nutrient loading. Similarly, 8% of total greenhouse gas (GHG) contributions are from agriculture. There is a need to conduct research to minimize the environmental impact from agricultural activities and protect natural resources for future generations.”

Name: Shafiqur Rahman
ABEN 100 and Morrill 206
Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Associate Professor

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The Researcher

Shafiqur Rahman is an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering.  A native of Bangladesh, he received a BS degree in Agricultural Engineering from Bangladesh Agricultural University and an M. Eng. degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand. He received an MS in 2000 and a PhD in 2004, both from the University of Manitoba.  From 2004-2006,  he was a visiting fellow with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, where he worked on tile drainage and water quality.  From that position, he went to Iowa State University as a Post-Doctorate fellow and conducted research on air quality from poultry houses.  In 2007, he took a Post-Doctorate position at Texas A&M University and continued research on air quality and nutrient management from dairy and poultry production systems.  He joined the NDSU Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABEN) in 2008.  His wife, Nurun Nahar, is a research specialist in the ABEN department and is pursuing her PhD in Environmental Conservation Service (ECS). They have two young sons.

The Research

The overall focus of Dr. Rahman’s research is animal waste management, and water and air quality associated with animal production systems.  His short term research goals are focused on several areas: mitigation of nutrient runoff through application of new technologies; production of biogas using manure and other agricultural wastes; measurement of air quality and greenhouse gases (GHG) from livestock production facilities; and demonstration of new technologies to mitigate environmental concerns from livestock and poultry production systems.  His long term research goal is to provide livestock producers the tools needed to reduce environmental and climate change impacts from livestock production facilities. Currently he is conducting research on dust emission in the oil patch of the western North Dakota.

Why it Matters

Dr. Rahman’s research will provide scientific information on water quality, air quality, and greenhouse gas emissions under North Dakota management and climatic conditions. Producers, stakeholders and policy makers will have access to this information to adapt or adjust management practices to reduce environmental impact.  The ultimate goal is to minimize impact of livestock waste to the public and the environment while maintaining sustainable growth of the livestock industry.

Student Engagement

Dr. Rahman’s former graduate students Atikur Rahman and Eric Atandi recently completed their programs and are now in the workforce studying nutrient runoff and anaerobic digestion of manure.  He currently has two graduate students; Dhan Gautam is working on new technologies, including nanotechnologies, to mitigate air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and Arjun Thapa is working on biological and chemical treatments to reduce nutrients in runoff water.  Dr. Rahman also contributes to the department’s teaching effort by guest lecturing in multiple classes. In the future, he hopes to offer courses on animal waste management and environmental issues from livestock production facilities.

Contact Information:

Shafiqur Rahman, PhD
Morrill Hall 206
Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
North Dakota State University
(701) 231-8351




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