Mars Society-Bangladesh organized a seminar titled “The Martian Dream representing Bangladesh” at EEE Seminar Room, FE Building, AIUB, on April 18, 2017. The seminar was powered by AIUB and supported by ESAB AIUB Unit Face. The purpose of the seminar was to motivate the competitors from Bangladesh, who are supposed to participate in the University Rover Challenge (URC) competition and to provide them basic information, ideas and necessary follow-ups so that it can be helpful for all the teams from Bangladesh during their competition. The seminar started with the national anthem. Afterwards, a brief promo video was demonstrated focussing on MARS Society-Bangladesh’s aim, vision and activities. Dr. A.B.M Siddique Hossain (Professor & Dean, Faculty of Engineering, American International University-Bangladesh) provided the inaugural speech enhancing the facts to learn about robotics engineering and gave emphasis on integrating its benefits to the advancement of human race.

Mr. Md. Mahfuzur Rahman (Former Team Leader, ARC 2016, AIUB), then took the floor and gave an introduction of MARS Society. He demonstrated that Mars Society is an international organization which is the world's largest and most influential space advocacy organization dedicated to the human exploration and settlement on the planet Mars. Among all the other activities, “The Rover Challenge Series” is the most interesting one where engineering students from every corner of the world take part. This year six universities from Bangladesh were given the opportunity to send teams to perform on the international platform. Our honourable speaker also introduced MARS Society-Bangladesh to the audience. He added that by organizing an inaugural meeting at the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka, a group of university students belonging to the Engineering Students’ Association of Bangladesh (ESAB) MARS Society’s Bangladesh chapter started. At the end he spoke about the facts about visa processing, airport interview techniques, form fill-up procedure, hotel and vehicle booking criteria and many more necessary points so that students who are going to attend the competition do not face any problem. Advising students to be confident and punctual for each task he ended up his speech. Afterwards, Mr. Khaled Bin Moinuddin (Former Team Leader Interplanetor, BUET) shared his own experiences with the audience and spoke about the overall management system. His speech also included necessity of proper documentation of papers (passport photocopy, permission letter, receipts, air tickets etc.), travel plan and team collaboration. Our third honorable speaker, Dr. Md. Khalilur Rahman (Associate Professor Dept. of CSE
BRAC University)
encouraged students immensely to act as one Bangladeshi team and try hard to make Bangladesh proud. His inspirational speech encouraged them to stay united and
be helpful to each other. From his own experiences participants got a clear vision of the URC competition.

The closing speech was delivered by Mr. Ebad Zahir (Senior Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering, AIUB) took the floor and gave tips to the participants to attain success. His speech mostly covered the importance of unity, honesty, brotherhood, hard work and practise which are must during their stay in abroad for competition. Mr. Md. Arif Raihan Maahi (Founder Member of EIC; President, MARS SOCIETY –BANGLADESH) was provided with the floor to say a few words about MARS Society. He spoke about current corporate field and job opportunities in Bangladesh. He advised students to render their work for their own nation’s prosperity and wished them luck for future. Students responded very well throughout the session with great enthusiasm. Participants from the selected universities attended the seminar and got vision of URC and its preparation procedure.At the end of the ceremony our honorable speaker Ebad Zahir, provided little token of appreciations to our respected speakers with a huge round of applause. ESAB is grateful to Mr. Tawsif Ibne Alam (Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering, AIUB & Motivator of ESAB AIUB-Unit Face) and Ms. Tajbia Karim (Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering, AIUB & Motivator of ESAB AIUB-Unit Face) for their support and presence in the event which inspired the participants a lot. The entire ceremony was hosted by ESAB-AIUB Unit Face member Ms, Sumiya Fatema Keya. Executives and all organizing and working members of ESAB attended the ceremony.

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