Congratulations to undergraduate students on Receiving Awards in MJIIT Final Year Project Symposium 2019

MJIIT FINAL YEAR PROJECT SYMPOSIUM 2019 is a showcase for undergraduate research across disciplines to present about their final year project. The Symposium includes poster and presentation sessions by students. The symposium was examined by Industrial and Academic panels with different backgrounds to evaluate students’ project.

There are three categories nominated which are Best Final Year Project, Industrial Revolution 4.0 and Best Manufacturing Project. Congratulations to our TriPreM Undergraduate students, Muhammad Saifulnizam B. Mohd Yunus, and Shukri Nazri on winning the Best Manufacturing Project and also Muhammad Amirul Adha Bin Mohd Khalid on winning Best Final Year Project at MJIIT FINAL YEAR PROJECT SYMPOSIUM 2019. The event was organized by Malaysian – Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT), UTM KL sponsored by MSM Metal Industries Sdn Bhd on 16 May 2019. Saifulnizam, Shukri, and Adha presented their project on “Tribological Characterization of Anodic Composite Film Reinforced with Fly Ash Particles”, “ Tribological Characterization for Polyoxymethylene (POM) Reinforced by Oilpalm Empty Fruit Bunch (OPEFB)” and “Multiple Lubricant with Ultrasonic Excitation” respectively.


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Nizam receiving The Best Manufacturing Project Award


Shukri receiving The Best Manufacturing Project Award


Adha receiving The best Final Year Project Award







Invited Speech at PROTON R&D

On 22 February 2019, Prof. Dr. Kanao Fukuda was invited to give a lecture titled “Introduction to Tribology and How It Contributes to Industries” at PROTON Research & Development, Shah Alam. The lecture was assisted by the PROTON’s Head of Advanced Engineering, Ir. Azmi bin Osman and was attended by PROTON’S engineers. Fruitful discussion was made between PROTON R&D and TriPreM members.

Invited Speech by Prof. Dr. Fukuda to Meijyo University, Nagoya

On 29 January 2019, our Head of iKohza, Prof. Dr. Kanao Fukuda was invited to give a speech for for Tokai tribology workshop at Meijyo University, Nagoya. His speech was entitled “Relationship between water in environmental gases and friction and wear phenomena”.

TriPrem wishes Happy New Year to All

Wishing every day of the new year to be filled with success, happiness and prosperity.

Quoting the 2019 NEW YEAR ADDRESS BY THE VICE CHANCELLOR of UTM, Prof. Datuk Ir. Dr. Wahid Omar, What is needed is a continuous effort that is persistent and sincere that will lead us to more successes. This is the opportunity that we need to seize while stepping into the new year 2019.


Visit from Three Professors to TriPreM

TriPreM is pleased to welcome 3 Professors of their respective field to the laboratory on 18 December 2018.

The distinguished guests are:

  1. Professor Ir. Dr. Masjuki Bin Haji Hassan – University of Malaya
  2. Prof. Dr. Mohd Hasbullah B Hj. Idris – Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  3. Prof. Dr. Izman Bin Sudin – Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Delegation from Chosei High School


On 11th February 2015, TriPreM received guests from Chosei High School. From a group of 12 students, three students were delegated into TriPreM to present their school projects.

The visit to MJIIT is part of a week-long trip to Malaysia, where the students from Chosei High School visit various schools and tourism spots in Malaysia, exchanging knowledge and experience while broadening their horizons through inter-cultural exposure.

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The students were very impressive in both their presentation skills, and the amount of effort that were put in their projects. TriPreM hopes that the students would continue to work hard to improve themselves even further.

The following is a quote from the description of Chosei High School:

“One of the highlights of Chosei is the Super Science High School (SSH) program, which has been implemented here since 2010. SSH is a designation given to top-performing schools in the sciences by MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology in Japan). Students study advanced topics in science. Some students have gone abroad to multiple countries to give scientific presentations and share scientific knowledge.”

The website for Chosei High School may be reached here.

Prof Tanabe’s Visit to MJIIT

TriPreM was honoured to receive Professor Ikuo Tanabe as visiting professor to Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (2nd October 2014 – 8th October 2014).

The objective of Prof Tanabe’s visit to MJIIT is to plan the establishment of collaboration between MJIIT and Nagaoka University of Technology, in the form of joint research and supervision of post-graduate student. He also reviewed the course content for the Precision Machining/Manufacturing course.

Prof Tanabe attended TriPreM’s rin-koh session for 3rd October 2014, and met with the Head of MPE, Dr Aminuddin Abu.


Prof Ikuo Tanabe with members of TriPreM, in front of MJIIT.

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On his third day of the visit, Prof Tanabe met Deputy Dean Prof Dr Takashi Yamamoto, and gave a public lecture for post-graduate students of IDS and TriPreM (Development of Innovative Tool Using Taguchi-methods).


Prof Tanabe returned to Japan on 8th October 2014.



Public Lecture: Applying Microfabrication Technologies to Tribology Study


All prospecting students, both undergraduate and post-graduate, are invited to attend a public lecture from a world-renowned tribologist. Details are as follows.


Lecture: Applying Microfabrication Technologies to Tribology Study

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Yasuhisa Ando, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology

Abstract: Recently, progress in micro/nano-tribology has grown considerably due to technologies on SPMs, including AFM (atomic force microscope), FFM (friction force microscope). There are, however, limitations in SPM. For example, there are no alternative to a piezoelectric actuator for the scanning device, and friction force can be only detected by torsion of the cantilever. Thus, micro-fabrication technologies were applied to enhance the potential of SPM for tribology study. In this presentation, the author introduces two kinds of micro devices in order to improve SPM measurement; FIB processed micro-cantilevers, micro lateral force sensors and three-dimensional (3D) micro stages. In addition, two kinds of micro/nano patterning for studying tribological properties will be introduced; periodic asperity arrays and nano-stripes.

Date: 1st August 2013

Time: 2.30pm

Venue: Mechanical Precision Laboratory, Level 4, MJIIT Building, UTM Kuala Lumpur, 54100 Jalan Semarak, Kuala Lumpur

Visit of Tribology Professors from Japan, March 20th-21th 2013

TriPreM pleased to welcome the visiting professors:


Tetsuo Yamaguchi, Associate Professor, Ph.D, Kyushu University.

Takahiro Hatano, Associate Professor, Ph.D, The University of Tokyo.

Yoshinori Sawae, Professor, Ph.D, Kyushu University.


Biography of Visiting Professors



Prof. Tetsuo Yamaguchi is an associate professor at Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. He specializes in the fields of Tribology of Soft – Matter Physics.



Prof. Takahiro Hatano is an associate professor at Earthquake Research Institute, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan. He specializes in the fields of Tribology of Geoscience.



Prof. Yoshinori Sawae is a professor at Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. He specializes in the fields of Tribology of Bioscience.


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Taking this opportunity, there will be a seminar and public lecture given by the visiting professor scheduled as below:


Wednesday 20th March 2013, TriPreM seminar

Venue: Meeting Room 2, Level 2, MJIIT Building.

Morning Session 10:00 to 12:00, Presentations by the visiting professors on their research activities.

Afternoon Session 14:00 to 16:00, Presentations by TriPreM members on their research activities.


Thursday 21th March 2013, Public Lecture

Venue: Dewan Jumaah, UTM Kuala Lumpur, 54100 Jalan Semarak, Kuala Lumpur

Time: 14:30 to 16:00

1.Kanao Fukuda, Professor, Ph.D.
2.Tetsuo Yamaguchi, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D.
3.Takahiro Hatano, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D.
4.Yoshinori Sawae, Professor, Ph.D.


Topic: Tribology, Where Engineering Meets Science