MA Sobhan graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from BUET in 1963 and obtained his Post-Graduate Diploma in Hydraulic Engineering (Hydraulic Structures) from Delft, The Netherlands, in 1971. He is a PEng of BPERB of IEB, Dhaka; CEng FICE of UK; and FASCE, USA. He is also a member of IABSE, Switzerland, and life member of IRC, India.
He worked with BWDB from 1964 to 1976 and took a voluntary retirement while he was deputy director of the Directorate of Design-II of BWDB. He then joined the private sector. From 1976 to 1978, he worked as a senior engineer at Associated Consulting Engineers, Dhaka, and worked as the chief of the Design Section of the Kuwait-funded Monu River Project on behalf of BWDB. Thereafter, he worked abroad, as a bridge design engineer for the State Organization of Roads & Bridges (SORB), in Baghdad, Iraq, from 1978 to 1982; and as the chief engineer of the Technical Department of KARA Establishment, in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, from 1982 to 1986, for which he worked on the company’s Makkah projects. Then, he returned to Bangladesh. From 1987 to 1997, he worked as the director of Design Planning & Management Consultants Ltd. (DPM); thereafter, he has been working as the managing director of DPM until the present. DPM is currently one of the leading consulting firms in Bangladesh.
As another honorary professional assignment, he is currently a board members for BAETE, BPERB, and the ESCB (Engineering Staff College, Bangladesh) of IEB. Simultaneously, he is an Industrial Advisory Committee member for the University of Asia Pacific (UAP) and the Military Institute of Science & Technology (MIST) of the Bangladesh Army. He convened the Organizing Committee of the IABSE-JSCE, with which he organized two international conferences as chairman of the Bangladesh Section of the IABSE: Advances in Bridge Engineering—II (2010) and Advances in Bridge Engineering—III (2015). Until 2020, he was chairman of the Bangladesh Local Association of the Institution of Civil Engineers, UK, for which he currently is an Executive Committee member.