Nadia Sunny was born in Coxs Bazaar, Bangladesh, home of the worlds longest natural sandy sea beach. When she was very young she moved to Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, and grew up there, eventually attending Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in Dhaka, the largest engineering school in Bangladesh. She graduated from BUET with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 2004. After graduation, she worked for two years as a chemical engineer for a fertilizer factory, a golden opportunity for a chemical engineer. She went back to school in 2006 to pursue an MBA at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) at Dhaka, and she completed the MBA in early 2008.
Although she worked for Ericsson, a large telecommunications company, and Citibank N.A., for about 5 years, the thought of pursuing a graduate degree in engineering in the United States never left her. She noted that there is a large flow of engineering students from BUET seeking graduate degrees in the United States, including many of her friends. But what made her choose Grand Valley State University? She learned from a friend that GVSUs graduate engineering programs are very hands on and the curriculum is very practical. For these reasons, she chose GVSU, even though she had offers for assistantships from two other schools in the United States. She is now pursuing a Masters degree in Biomedical Engineering, and her assistantship is in the Biomedical Engineering Department, where she is working on the development of the Department website. Her arrival in Dallas in August of 2012 was her first time in the United States. She spent about 20 days in Texas before flying to Michigan. Nadia has not had any difficulty adjusting to life in America, for which she credits her work at Citibank, which allowed her to work with people around the world, exposing her to many different cultures. She is very happy with her decision to attend GVSU. She says her professors are very helpful, and her supervisor (Dr. Samhita Rhodes) is very accommodating. After finishing her second graduate degree, Nadia hopes to work in engineering for two to three years, hopefully in the United States, before returning to school yet again to complete a Ph.D. But, she says, who knows&she may do the doctorate first!