Meet Mahjabeen Fatema Mitu

Mahjabeen Fatema Mitu, a driven Ph.D. candidate in Environmental Engineering at the University of Connecticut (UCONN), is poised to graduate with exceptional expertise in her field.

Mahjabeen’s academic journey began with an undergraduate degree in Water Resources Engineering from Bangladesh’s top engineering institution, followed by a master’s program in Photogrammetry and Geoinformatics in Germany. Immersed in an international environment, she encountered challenges that ignited her passion for diversity, inclusion, and leadership. Recognizing the value of her experiences, she mentored fellow international students and facilitated their transition, a testament to her resilience and adaptability.

Her commitment to leadership continued at UCONN, where she became an active member of the Student Association of Graduate Engineers (SAGE). Serving as SAGE’s vice president, she orchestrated networking events, workshops, and inter-departmental competitions, embracing the diverse perspectives within the engineering community.

Driven by her desire for academic excellence, Mahjabeen joined the John Lof Leadership Academy (JLLA) at UCONN. Her journey within JLLA showcases her ascent from a social media director to her current role as the public relations director. In this capacity, she strategically communicates JLLA’s mission, orchestrates workshops, and ensures effective internal communication, solidifying her reputation as a skilled decision-maker and communicator.

Her current research, supervised by Dr. Emmanouil N. Anagnostou, focuses on understanding flood damage variability and mechanisms, aiming to bolster flood resilience independent of insurance mapping. This research reflects her dedication to addressing critical environmental challenges and fostering resilience against natural disasters.

Mahjabeen’s dedication extends beyond academia; she is committed to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in engineering. Her vision involves collaboration across diverse STEM fields, learning from varied perspectives, and empowering the next generation of engineers and leaders.

Looking ahead, Mahjabeen aims to continue her impactful research, collaborating with professionals across STEM disciplines. Her advice to aspiring students emphasizes the importance of embracing diversity, leveraging leadership opportunities, and seeking growth through varied experiences.

JLLA has been instrumental in Mahjabeen’s journey, providing access to role models, refining her communication skills, and establishing invaluable connections in both industry and academia. Through workshops, outreach, and social contributions, JLLA has been a cornerstone in her personal and professional growth.

Mahjabeen Fatema Mitu stands as a beacon of leadership, resilience, and commitment to diversity, poised to make significant contributions to the field of Environmental Engineering and beyond.