Badruzzaman Ahmed, Ph.D.


Position: Member


Ahmed Badruzzaman is currently an independent energy consultant and a visiting scholar at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) at University of California, Berkeley. Over a 30-year period, his work has spanned industrial and academic research, part-time teaching with Ph. D dissertation guidance, and assessing energy options.  An author of several papers and two US patents, he is an internationally recognized expert on the use of nuclear technology in downhole measurements. He is also a keen student of nuclear power, and a proponent of sustainable small energy systems in the developing world.  On the latter, he mentored his former employer’s set up of an alternative livelihood options project in one of their operations in partnership with two Diaspora-run NGO’s

Dr. Badruzzaman earned a Ph. D. in Nuclear Engineering & Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY in 1979. During 2001-2009, he taught part-time at University of California, Berkeley. He was an Adjunct Professor at Texas A&M University and a Member of the Board of Visitors of Claremont Graduate University’s School of Mathematical Sciences. He is a Fellow of American Nuclear Society, a recipient of several technical awards from petroleum-related professional societies.  A strong proponent of technology transfer, he has spoken on his research around the globe.  In 2006-2007, he toured over 20 countries as a Distinguished Lecturer (DL) of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). He later chaired the DL Committee. He has twice been a Distinguished Speaker of the Soc. of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA).  He was a consultant to the International Atomic Energy Agency during 2011-2012, an official reviewer of a 2008 US National Academy of Sciences’ report, served as the editor of the technical journal, Petrophysics, and the VP of Publication of SPWLA.

Dr. Badruzzaman has spoken in the US and abroad on world’s energy options.  He organized sessions on the topic at various Diaspora forums to raise awareness of the existential energy crisis that exists in his native Bangladesh.  He chairs Bangladesh Environmental Network’s energy panel, and was the lead author of its 2006 report (  In 1999 2000, he led the establishment of a Section of the SPE in Bangladesh.  He organized two special sessions at the 2013 BDI Conference at Berkeley on the role non-remittance Diaspora can play in development through non-profit and technology initiatives. He is a strong supporter of UC Berkeley’s Bangla language program and recently led the community effort to permanently endow it.  He serves on Executive Committee of the Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies at ISAS, U C Berkeley.