UKM grad’s re­search makes waves abroad

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FAC­ULTY of Engineering and Built En­vi­ron­ment (FKAB) grad­u­ate Chin Chuin Hao won the Royal Ed­u­ca­tion Award at the 41st con­vo­ca­tion of Univer­siti Ke­bangsaan Malaysia (UKM) re­cently.

Fac­ulty of Engineering and Built En­vi­ron­ment dean Prof Dr Mohd Marzuki Mustafa said Chin demon­strated ex­cel­lence in academics and earned the dean’s awards in all eight semesters of study.

Apart from the con­tin­ued sup­port of his fam­ily, Prof Marzuki at­trib­uted Chin’s suc­cess to coach­ing and guid­ance from his lec­tur­ers.

Chin’s keen in­ter­est brought him to re­search con­ducted at the depart­ment and un­der the guid­ance of Prof Dr An­danas­tuti Muchtar,

Chin man­aged to pub­lish his re­search find­ings on the de­vel­op­ment of zir­co­nia ce­ramic den­tal restora­tion ma­te­ri­als in two in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ences.

He and his team mem­bers earned in­ter­na­tional fame for UKM when the team be­came cham­pi­ons at the Shell Asia Eco Marathon 2012 in the so­lar car cat­e­gory.

Chin is now work­ing at Favelle Farco Cranes Malaysia Sdn Bhd

The youngest of three chil­dren, Chin comes from hum­ble be­gin­nings; Chin’s fa­ther is a re­tired me­chanic and his mother is a su­per­mar­ket pro­moter.

“My fa­ther was a me­chanic and I was ex­posed to a lot of en­gines, mo­tors and me­chan­i­cal parts in my younger days. That set off my in­ter­est and was also the rea­son why I chose to study me­chan­i­cal engineering.”

Chin said engineering was tough and one could eas­ily fail if not fo­cused. He de­vel­oped his own method of go­ing about his univer­sity life.

He di­vides his time for classes, re­vi­sion and home­work, ex­er­cise, ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties and so­cial­is­ing with friends so he could main­tain con­trol and fo­cus in his ac­tiv­i­ties.

“I pre­fer to plan ahead and keep a sched­ule, so that I can keep track of ev­ery­thing I do and not get lost or dis­tracted.

“If I have a club or so­ci­ety meet­ing, then I would do my re­vi­sion ear­lier or if the meet­ing fin­ishes early, I would add in more time to study. That is how I plan my day and I stick to the plan,” he added.

Chin be­lieves that all stu­dents should have a hunger for knowl­edge and strive to learn more about ev­ery­thing around them.

Stu­dents should not feel that study­ing is a bur­den but in­stead, have a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude to­wards learn­ing so they ab­sorb and ap­pre­ci­ate what is be­ing taught to them.

He said the award was a gift to his fam­ily, es­pe­cially his par­ents hop­ing that it would make them proud and re­pay them for all that they have given him.

He paid trib­ute to his lec­turer and project ad­vi­sor, Prof Dr An­danas­tuti Muchtar from FKAB, for be­ing a great men­tor and also thanked his room­mate of four years at the Keris Mas Res­i­den­tial Col­lege for al­ways be­ing a help­ful and un­der­stand­ing friend in good and bad times.

Chin Chuin Hao re­ceiv­ing the Royal Ed­u­ca­tion Award at UKM’s 41st con­vo­ca­tion.

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