You may have heard him on WTTU as D.J. Yeti, but Ekramul Haque Ehite, M.S. mechanical engineering ’18, has been involved in much more than just playing classic rock music on the campus radio station. He came to Tennessee Tech to pursue engineering research opportunities.
Ehite was born in Mymensingh, Bangladesh, he attended school in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. He earned his first Master’s degree from Michigan Technological University where he did fuel cell research and knew he wanted to continue doing cutting edge research that could make a difference in the lives of people.
“To me, engineering is an opportunity to help humanity,” Ehite said. “I was inspired to find more ways I could help and work with technology that is new and innovative.”So, he came to Tech to study under Dr. Steven Anton, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Dynamic and Smart Systems Laboratory (DSSL), researching ways to predict damages in dynamic systems.
In simpler terms, that means Ehite has been looking at things like buildings and aircrafts, for example, and ways to determine where problems could occur before they actually happen.
His work has resulted in two published conference papers and a technical presentation, and he won an elevator design contest at a Society of Experimental Mechanics conference earlier this year.
Ehite is also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the National Society of Women Engineers. His membership in the Society of Women Engineers is inspired by women in his family, including his late mother and his aunt, who were interested in engineering-related fields but were not able to study because of social and financial reasons.
He has been a volunteer for the FIRST Lego League events and Engineering a Future and has felt especially connected to the community at Tech.
“Tech has always been so welcoming,” Ehite said. “When you are in the lab, working long hours on these things, it is easy to feel alone, but here, I see the president (Oldham) at events and he remembers me and asks me about how my research is going, and other people on campus do that too. It inspires me to do more.”
Once his master’s program work at Tech is complete, Ehite plans to continue his research and academic works in a Ph.D. program and ultimately hopes to be an engineering professor, maybe even coming back to Tech to teach.