IChemE members honoured by Malaysia science academy

Article by Adam Duckett

Dominic Foo
Malaysia's prime minister (pictured presenting an award to Professor Raman) said new economic areas must be developed to ensure the country's prosperity and sustainability

SIX IChemE members have been recognised for their research excellence by the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM).

IChemE Fellow Abdul Aziz Abdul Raman, chemical engineering professor at the University of Malaya has been awarded a Fellowship of the ASM in the category of Engineering Science. The Fellowship recognises the nation’s eminent scientists, engineers, and technologists.

Five IChemE members were also honoured as Top Research Scientists Malaysia. This award recognises researchers actively translating their work into meaningful and impactful outcomes that significantly contribute to the nation’s socio-economic transformation.

Those recognised are: IChemE Member Ng Kok Sum from Heriot-Watt University Malaysia for research into chemical engineering design and process simulation; IChemE Member Sharifah Rafidah Wan Alwi from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia for work on chemical and process design engineering; IChemE Member Ida Idayu Muhamad from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia for research on food and biomaterial process engineering; IChemE Member Chai Siang Piao of Monash University for work on catalyst and reaction engineering; and Associate Member Siti Kartom Kamarudin of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia for fuel cell research.

The ceremony, which took place in November, was attended by Malaysia’s prime minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad, who acknowledged the role of science, technology and innovation in driving economic growth. He also said new economic areas should be identified and developed to ensure Malaysia’s prosperity and sustainability, especially with Industry 4.0 changing the way people live, work, and interact.

Article by Adam Duckett

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