Rahnuma graduated from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology with a Bachelors in Civil Engineering and Masters in Structural Engineering. She started her career as a lecturer of structural engineering and later moved to the US to pursue graduate school. She earned her PhD in Structural Engineering and Mechanics from NC State University, Raleigh. She specializes in characterization and development of advanced building materials including cement and concrete. After spending a few years in the building materials industry in a research and development role, she is currently focusing on residential and commercial building design at SSG. She moved to the central coast recently with her husband and son from Los Angeles. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling to national parks, yoga, and reading.