UKM grad’s research makes waves abroad
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.