By Nazrinzulaiqa Hasbi
KUCHING: The School of Chemical Engineering and Science, Swinburne Sarawak secured two finals spots in the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Malaysia Awards 2021, demonstrating its excellence once again in the field of chemical engineering.
Chemical engineering lecturer Dr How Bing Shen is a finalist for the second year in a row, nominated in the Young Researcher Awards.
He published more than 50 journal articles and has accounted for an H-index of 14 in Google Scholar. His research interests include sustainable biomass value chain, energy planning and carbon management; process integration and optimisation; multi-criteria decision-making; and P-graph application.
How thanked Swinburne Sarawak for the support and his research partners for their collaborations.
Also shortlisted as a finalist for the third consecutive time is Swinburne Sarawak’s IChemE Student Chapter under the Student Chapter award category.
This distinguished award acknowledges the accomplishments and activities of all the IChemE Student Chapters across Malaysia.
As the Student Chapter’s advisor, chemical engineering lecturer Dr Elaine Yeu Yee Lee recognised all the efforts of the Student Chapter as she witnessed how the committee had grown and supported each other throughout the years.
“After several submissions, we were shortlisted as a finalist for the first time under the leadership of former president Andy Law in 2019. The continuous growth of the Student Chapter led by former presidents Andrea Lee and Natalie Ho has earned it the ‘highly commended’ for 2020 entry.
“This year, we are thrilled to be shortlisted for the third time under the leadership of president Abdulqader Sahl.”
During her leadership, former president Ho effectively planned activities and events such as talks and webinars through online platforms due to the Covid-19 restrictions.
“I am proud of our Student Chapter for working hard to uphold our mission and provide virtual events to encourage strong engagement among students despite the pandemic. Being nominated as one of the finalists in IChemE Malaysia Awards 2021 for the third time in a row is truly a remarkable accomplishment.”
Meanwhile, Abdulqader expressed his appreciation to his team members and advisors, and hoped that the Student Chapter continue to provide insightful and interactive events to the community, as well as provide a platform for students to collaborate and develop their soft skills regardless of their roles in the chapter.