Construction Management Professor Strives for Global Sustainability
KENNESAW, Ga. (Feb 24, 2021) — Kennesaw State University’s Office of Research is hosting a one-hour web show every other Friday at 4 p.m. to showcase the varied research being conducted by KSU faculty members. “Research with Relevance” spotlights Kennesaw State researchers in a live interview followed by an interactive question-and-answer session with the virtual audience.
This week’s episode features Faruque Hossain, an assistant professor of construction management in the College of Architecture and Construction Management. He will discuss using a holistic approach to sustainable practices that will better protect the environment. Prior to the presentation, Hossain answered a few questions about their interest in research and its benefits to students.
How did you first get involved in this field of research?
Hossain: I first became involved in the field of environmental science as a Ph.D. student at Hokkaido University.
Who has influenced you, either as an instructor or as a researcher?
Hossain: My high school science teacher had a big impact on me because she challenged us in two ways. First, in the material that she taught. We were studying the Earth and its resources. It was the first time I was exposed to the idea that the rate at which we are consuming natural resources, along with other issues, was having a dangerous impact on Earth. The second way she challenged us was by encouraging us to ask questions and try to find the answers. I remember the question that had changed everything for me, “If the natural resources are no longer available on Earth, how can all forms of life survive?” I had no answer at the time, but it was then that I knew that I wanted to find out more, and I made it a mission to become a responsible steward of the planet’s resources and help others to do the same.
What was the defining (or ‘aha’) moment when you realized this is what you wanted to do?
Hossain: During my tenure in the engineering and construction industries, I realized that I wanted to become more involved in research to mitigate global waste of the natural resources due to the conventional design and construction practices.
How are you involving students in your research?
Hossain: After securing more funding, I will engage my students to get involved in research, as they will benefit by gaining knowledge about sustainability and seek innovative ways to apply them to real-world solutions to protect the Mother Earth.
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