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Assoc. Prof. Dr Norhayati Abdullah appointed as MyCEB’s Kesatria Malaysia – Conference Ambassador

Assoc. Prof. Dr Norhayati Abdullah appointed as MyCEB’s Kesatria Malaysia – Conference Ambassador

KUALA LUMPUR, 4 Dec – Congratulations to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Norhayati from Malaysia Japan Institute of Technology (MJIIT), UTM for being appointed as Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MYCEB)’s Kesatria Malaysia.

The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Mohamaddin bin Ketapi confers the appointment, today.

Dr Norhayati in her role as Kesatria Malaysia, has to promote the benefits of hosting and/or inaugurating international conventions to the industry peers and colleagues.

Kesatria Malaysia, also known as Conference Ambassador in other countries, is selected among thought leaders in their field of expertise and recognised for their professional achievements in bidding for and hosting international conferences.

Malaysia has been the location for a long list of prestigious international conferences that provide excellent case studies on how to be a successful host, thus it is the local host of these international conferences that MyCEB seeks to engage and facilitate in transmitting their experiences.

Previously, the Director of the Centre of Engineering Education UTM, Prof. Dr. Khairiyah binti Mohd Yusof and Senior Director of the Institute of Future Energy UTM, Prof. Dr. Arshad bin Ahmad were also selected as Kesatria Malaysia.

With the appointment, it is hoped that Dr Norhayati can bring UTM and Malaysia names to become more prestigious in the eyes of the world.

 

 

Three UTM students participate in the 8th International Conference on Gross National Happiness

Three UTM students participate in the 8th International Conference on Gross National Happiness

SHAH ALAM, 16 November 2018 – Three students were being selected to represent Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) as the participants of the 8th International Conference on Gross National Happiness (GNS).
UTM team led by Dr. Akbariah Mohd Mahdzir were represented by Anis Fahizha Fahim from Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT) with Mac Foster Sulai Anak Langkau and Lee Ern Tung(Razak Faculty of Technology and Informatics).

Dr. Akbariah said that the idea of forming a network of Young Happiness Ambassadors was to share the young peoples’ perspectives, experiences, actions and solutions in the GNH discourse.
“Besides contributing to the GNH discourse, the young happiness ambassadors would advocate or promote GNH in schools, universities, colleges and youth organisations in order to mobilise a youth movement that champions the four pillars of GNH.

“The formation of the YHA’s network and the establishment of YHA Charter are some of the outstanding outcomes of the GNH conference,” said Dr. Akbariah.
The three UTM participants have joined the nineteen Young Happiness Ambassadors from Malaysia together with another 150 delegates from 12 countries at the international conference held from 14th to 16th November hosted by Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) in Shah Alam.
This conference was held based on the collaboration between the Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia and the Centre for Bhutan Studies & GNH (CBS & GNH).
The Centre for Bhutan Studies and GNH Research (formerly The Centre for Bhutan Studies) is a research institute located in Thimphu, Bhutan established in 1999 with the purpose of promoting research and scholarship in Bhutan.

This conference aim was to provide a creative platform for inspirational exchanges, interaction and scientific debate on research related to Gross National Happiness in areas not limited to Public policy development, Economic system, Education, Spirituality, Life Styles & Health, Cultural Communication, Tradition & Heritage, Ecosystem Resilience Measurement and Index.
The three days conference was officially opened by Pro-Chancellor of UiTM, YBhg Tan Sri Datuk Panglima Dr Abdul Rahman Arshad. Also attending the ceremony was President of the Centre for Bhutan Studies & Gross National Happiness, Mr. Dasho Karma Ura.

UTM Sends Its Young Happiness Ambassadors to Promote Gross National Happiness in the University

UTM Sends Its Young Happiness Ambassadors to Promote Gross National Happiness in the University

Nineteen Young Happiness Ambassadors from Malaysia joined some 150 delegates from 12 countries at the 8th International Conference on Gross National Happiness (GNH) from 14-16 November hosted by Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) in Shah Alam. UTM team, led by Dr Akbariah Mohd Mahdzir, was represented by Anis Fahizha binti Fahim (MJIIT), Lee Ern Tung (Razak Faculty) and Mac Foster Sulai Anak Langkau (MJIIT). The idea of forming a network of Young Happiness Ambassadors is to share the young people perspectives, experiences, actions and solutions in the GNH discourse. Besides contributing to the GNH discourse, the Young Happiness Ambassadors would advocate or promote GNH in schools, universities, colleges and youth organisations in order to mobilise a youth movement that champions the four pillars of GNH. The formation of the YHA network and the establishment of YHA Charter are some of the outstanding outcomes of the GNH conference.

UTM Researchers Honoured at Malaysia Research Star Award 2018

UTM Researchers Honoured at Malaysia Research Star Award 2018

KUALA LUMPUR, 25 Oct. – Kudos to our researchers !

Seven Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) researchers from various expertise and field of research received awards in multiple categories in the Malaysia Research Star Award, here, today.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation), Prof. Datuk Dr. Ahmad Fauzi Ismail received the International Research Collaboration award alongside with Prof Ir Dr Nor Aishah Saidina Amin from School of Chemical and Energy Engineering (SKT) and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sharidan bin Shafie from Faculty of Science.

Prof Dr Zainal Salam from School of Electrical Engineering (SKE) was selected as the Frontier Researcher, and Dr Tan Chee Wei, also from SKE was awarded in the High Impact Paper category.

Meanwhile Prof Ir Dr Sharifah Rafidah binti Wan Alwi from SKT and Assoc Prof Dr Nor Azwadi bin Che Sidik from Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT) were the winners for Young Researchers.

The Malaysia Research Star Awards were held at the Sama Sama Hotel in Kuala Lumpur on 25th October 2018,  and was graced by the Ministry of Education (MoE)  Secretary General, Dato’ Dr. Mohd Gazali Abas.

The awards also recognised Malaysia’s most promising and influential researchers, and the winners were chosen based on a combination of research metrics from Elsevier’s Scopus and qualitative factors.

The award recipients span a variety of research disciplines such as engineering, agricultural sciences, materials science, chemistry, social sciences and environment/ecology.

For the 2018 Malaysia Research Star Awards, Elsevier has worked closely with MOE to recognize a total of 18 researchers in 4 award categories.

Congratulations to all award recipients.

CONGRATULATIONS! Assoc Prof. Dr Norhayati from MJIIT Selected as WINNER for L’Oreál-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship 2018

CONGRATULATIONS! Assoc Prof. Dr Norhayati from MJIIT Selected as WINNER for L’Oreál-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship 2018

With intensifying urbanization and industrial revolution moving at rapid speed, our environment is constantly exposed to untreated wastewater discharged from various sources. Increasing demand for palm oil has raised concerns about the environmental impacts of wastewater streams.

The levels of pollution generated from the palm oil industry have been escalating following its rapid expansion in Malaysia.

Without adequate treatment, surface water pollution becomes an issue where there is either insufficient or improper disposal of solid and liquid wastes into receiving rivers or lakes.

Despite the continuous expansion of wastewater treatment technologies, researchers are still finding it challenging to maintain the efficiency of the existing methods, many of which are relying on conventional activated sludge model.

Dr. Norhayati’s research focuses on aerobic granular sludge, which are seeds made of special microorganisms. These microorganisms break down the organic compounds in wastewater into much simpler compounds, allowing the treated wastewater to be released safely into receiving water bodies.

Aside from the positive ramifications on the environment, her method is a cost-effective treatment reducing operational and maintenance costs.

It is no surprise that Dr. Norhayati chose wastewater treatment as her research subject.

Since 2002, she’s been actively involved in the International Water Association (IWA), networking and meeting water and wastewater experts from around the world as Board of Director and Fellow.

“I was motivated by IWA’s notion to inspiring change together and contribute more to the sector. In fact, IWA has been instrumental in shaping my water career until today,” she says.

She has been an active IWA member since her student days back in 2002.

Dr Norhayati was instrumental in the development and regional implementation of IWA Young Water Professional program of activities that aim to empower young professionals and develop the global awareness around water needs in term of skills and actions.

She is the recipient of the prestigious IWA Young Water Professional Award 2012 in Busan, Korea. Her commitment has been recognised by her election as the Chair of the IWA Young Water Professional Steering Committee and then being nominated by the general assembly of the IWA to be a member of the Board of Director of the International Water Association (IWA).

HER SCIENCE STORY

“I was actually interested in philosophy, positive psychology and human behavior when I was starting out as a student. I never made it to any of the degree programmes for them though. However, the combination of interest in environmental psychology and engineering helps me to better communicate science to society,” shares Dr. Norhayati.

Dr. Norhayati went on to excel in her environmental sciences courses, so much so she eventually became a senior lecturer for Environmental Engineering and completed her Masters project on anaerobic treatment for wastewater containing antibiotics.

Having a supportive husband, Assoc Professor Dr Ali Yuzir who is a former fellow academia at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, allowed Dr Norhayati to pursue her PhD. “He shared the responsibilities of taking charge of our young boys during the busy years and most importantly, for letting me explore science wherever and whenever I wanted,” says Dr. Norhayati.

Her collaborative work between Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Newcastle University, UK was presented at the House of Commons in London, during the eminent SET for Britain Engineering Exhibition in 2011.

In 2017, Dr Norhayati spent four months at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor USA for her US-ASEAN Fulbright Visiting Scholar Initiative. Her scholarly and professional research experiences in the United States focuses on Malaysia and ASEAN issues on traversing responsible technologies for methane strategy.

Dr Norhayati was elected among the Top 50 Most Impactful Leaders in Water & Water Management (A Global Listing) in February 2018.

RECOGNISING WOMEN SCIENTISTS AND INSPIRING A NEW GENERATION

“It is exhilarating to uphold such a prestigious research brand and position endorsed by both L’Oréal and UNESCO at national and international levels,” says Dr. Norhayati.

“The award gives visibility to outstanding women scientists globally. They become role models and an impelling strength to girls and young women to consider a career in science. It also provides women scientists the opportunity to network and foster partnership with others working in the same field.”

Her message to the next generation of women scientists? “Science is fierce and uplifting, and it is no longer a road less travelled by women. In science, I learned about the inevitable disappointments but found triumphs and discoveries.”

UTM is honored to see Dr. Norhayati as the winner of the L’Oreál-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship 2018 as this would give encouragement to many of our members, fighting for developing awareness, actions and results on the sustainable water challenges.

By :

Associate Professor Dr. Norhayati Abdullah
Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT)
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia