Forhad Akhter, Ph.D.


Forhad Akhter was born and grew up in Chittagong, Bangladesh where he completed his high school from Collegiate school in 2004. Then he completed his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Bangladesh Engineering University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 2009, one of the most prestigious engineering schools in the country. Following his undergraduate studies, he started working for Unilever-Bangladesh, a fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) company. His responsibility was to maintain the OTIF (on time in full) target of the soap finishing plant, preventive and breakdown maintenance of machineries, root cause analysis and elimination of production losses and machine breakdowns by following Total Production Maintenance (TPM) tools. Quality control of the finished products at every steps of the production line, safety training of operatives, awareness session, etc. were among his routine tasks. He received hands on experience on project planning, and execution while commissioning automatic packaging machines for the finished products. After six years of working experience as a production and maintenance engineer, he transitioned to pursuing a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) in Fall 2016. He was among the inaugural members of the Medical Design Innovations Laboratory (MDI Lab) and made significant contributions to its setup and culture, as well as being the primary lab contact for ordering and inventory. He took responsibility of the design and prototyping of an emergency suction device for combat medics and worked in collaboration with the University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSA). He developed a light weight, compact, and portable suction device and characterized its fluid dynamics and mechanical strength [1-2]. Later, he moved to a new project of developing a fiber optic microneedle device (FMD) capable of codelivering laser light and fluid agents. His primary focus was to develop the device as a pancreatic cancer treatment through the deliver of gold nanoparticles (GNPs) and induction of photothermal heating through plasmonic resonance.  In collaboration with UTHSA, he has conducted different ex vivo tissue studies for characterizing tissue specific thermal and optical properties, both with and without GNPs delivered by the FMD [3]

Active Projects

  • Fiber Optic Microneedle Device