Ex­cel­lence in re­search

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PROF Do­minic Foo, pro­fes­sor of process de­sign and in­te­gra­tion in the De­part­ment of Chem­i­cal and En­vi­ron­men­tal En­gi­neer­ing at The Uni­ver­sity of Not­ting­ham Malaysia Cam­pus ( UNMC), re­ceived the Top Re­search Sci­en­tists Malaysia ( TRSM) award on Aug 15.

The Academy of Sciences Malaysia award aims to recog­nise and show­case the ac­com­plish­ments of Malaysian re­searchers as role mod­els of ex­cel­lence in the dis­ci­pline, its am­bas­sadors and lead­ers, driv­ing the na­tion’s sci­ence, technology and in­no­va­tion agenda.

One key rea­son Prof Foo won the award is his world- lead­ing re­search in chem­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing process de­sign and in­te­gra­tion. Also equally im­por­tant is his will­ing­ness to give back to the next gen­er­a­tion of en­gi­neers com­ing through the ranks at UNMC.

Apart from his re­search, he is very en­gaged with the post­grad­u­ate re­searchers that he su­per­vises, as well as the un­der­grad­u­ates he teaches.

Prof Foo says, “I am pas­sion­ate about work­ing with young peo­ple to help them suc­ceed in their ca­reers.

“I spend time with them to pro­vide ca­reer guid­ance and also men­tor new re­searchers and aca­demics in plan­ning their re­search ca­reer.”

“We are hon­oured to have one of our re­searchers win this pres­ti­gious award,” says Prof Gra­ham Ken­dall, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer and provost of UNMC.

“This award re­flects our po­si­tion as a lead­ing re­search uni­ver­sity, in Malaysia and glob­ally. The qual­ity of the re­search we pro­duce is ground­break­ing and has a pos­i­tive im­pact to so­ci­ety at large,” adds Prof Ken­dall.

The award was pre­sented by Sultan Nazrin Muiz­zud­din Shah, the Sultan of Perak on the first day of the In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Sci­ence for Peace in Kuala Lumpur.

“I am very hon­oured to re­ceive this award from Sultan Nazrin Shah, whom I highly re­spect and who is a friend of the uni­ver­sity,” shares Prof Foo.

“I feel very blessed as a Malaysian grad­u­ate com­plet­ing my stud­ies from an un­der­grad­u­ate level to a post­grad­u­ate level in Malaysia. Also, all my re­search work is based in Malaysia. I would also like to ac­knowl­edge all my re­search col­lab­o­ra­tors through­out Asia, Europe, Africa and North Amer­ica for their sup­port,” he adds.

Prof Foo is an ac­tive mem­ber of pro­fes­sional en­gi­neer­ing bod­ies in Malaysia and the United King­dom. He has pub­lished three books and more than 110 pa­pers in in­ter­na­tional ref­er­eed jour­nals and has com­pleted more than 170 con­fer­ence pre­sen­ta­tions.

He is also the ed­i­tor- in- chief for Process In­te­gra­tion and Op­ti­mi­sa­tion for Sus­tain­abil­ity ( Springer), and sub­ject ed­i­tor for Process Safety & En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion ( El­se­vier), among others.

No stranger to ma­jor ac­co­lades, in 2009 he won the In­no­va­tor of the Year Award of IChemE ( In­sti­tute of Chem­i­cal En­gi­neers).

Shortly af­ter­wards, he was recog­nised with the Young Engi­neer Award 2010 from the In­sti­tu­tion of En­gi­neers Malaysia.

In 2012, Ju­nior Cham­ber In­ter­na­tional lauded him the Out­stand­ing Young Malaysian Award, while in 2013, he re­ceived the Award for Out­stand­ing Asian Re­searcher and Engi­neer from the So­ci­ety of Chem­i­cal En­gi­neers Ja­pan ( SCEJ).

In 2014, he was awarded the Vice Chan­cel­lor’s Achieve­ment Award by The Uni­ver­sity of Not­ting­ham.

ASM has em­barked on the TRSM ini­tia­tive since 2010 to iden­tify and recog­nise lead­ing Malaysian sci­en­tists who are push­ing the bound­aries of re­search and de­vel­op­ment to gen­er­ate new knowl­edge, make discoveries, cre­ate value- added op­por­tu­ni­ties and trans­late their re­search into mean­ing­ful and im­pact­ful out­comes that would sig­nif­i­cantly con­trib­ute to the so­cioe­co­nomic trans­for­ma­tion of the na­tion.

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Prof omini oo re ei in the o e ear h S ienti t Mala ia award from Sultan Nazrin Muiz­zud­din Shah, the Sultan of Perak. SM

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