Research and Postgraduate Studies in the Engineering Faculty

Research in the engineering faculty comprises three major types, namely fundamental/basic research, applied research and experimental development. The research activities in the faculty are further classified into six research niche groups, namely:

  1.     Energy
  2.     Infrastructure development and management
  3.     Microelectronics system design
  4.     Computer and communication technology
  5.     Advanced materials
  6.     Manufacturing systems

The main objective of these research niche groups is to allow for research convergence and the optimization of research resources. At the faculty level, a cluster-based approach to research is encouraged. As far as possible, the faculty desires research to be inter-disciplinary in design and approach. Inter-faculty and inter-institutional research collaboration is encouraged since the sharing of expertise and techniques across disciplines and institutional boundaries shall eventually prove beneficial in adding value to research. It is preferred that each cluster-based research projects have a few postgraduate students (by research) attached to it. Working with principal researchers, the students derive their postgraduate theses from the research project. All research projects should have merit-based research scholarships and studentships for fieldwork to assist their postgraduate students financially throughout the duration of their studies.

In order to have synergy in some of the niche groups, the faculty has setup Center of Research Excellence on Energy and Environmental Engineering, or CORE3 in January 2008. The center will be strategically positioned to grab research opportunities that will be available from the new Sarawak’s corridor of economic development, SCORE. During the year 2007-2008, the faculty members have secured a total of six eScience research grants from MOSTI, five fundamental research grants from MOHE, and two contract research grants from Malaysian Pepper Board. The total value of the 13 grants is RM1,476,002.00. The faculty is also honoured to received an annual research grant of USD15,000.00 from Osaka Gas, Japan, with the main objective of supporting our young lecturers to kick-start their research projects immediately after coming back from their study leave.

The faculty recognizes the following as concrete evidence of quality research output:

  1.     Externally refereed publications
  2.     Presentation of research work at external conferences
  3.     Success in attracting further substantial research funding
  4.     Supervision of research students to completion of their degree

 

Dr Hushairi

Dr. Hushairi Zen
Deputy Dean (Postgraduate and Research)

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