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> Monash equips grad­u­ates with knowl­edge on en­ergy sav­ing and sus­tain­abil­ity

The Sun (Malaysia) - - POSTGRAD -

GRAD­U­ATES with a Mas­ter of Ad­vanced En­gi­neer­ing (En­ergy and Sus­tain­abil­ity) are great as­sets to both pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tors with their in­depth knowl­edge in en­ergy use and sus­tain­abil­ity.

“The course at Monash Univer­sity Malaysia will equip stu­dents with good back­ground knowl­edge on en­ergy sav­ing and sus­tain­abil­ity,” said vice pres­i­dent of the Fed­er­a­tion of Malaysian Man­u­fac­tur­ers, Datuk Dr Ir Andy K. H. Seo

“The Mas­ter of Ad­vanced En­gi­neer­ing will train them to have in mind en­ergy sav­ing and sus­tain­abil­ity when de­sign­ing a prod­uct, work­ing on a pro­ject, or in­stalling equip­ment,” he added.

As a mem­ber of the In­dus­try Ad­vi­sory Panel for the course, Seo said the knowl­edge gained from the Mas­ter's pro­gramme will al­low grad­u­ates to climb the ca­reer lad­der with wider job prospects.

“It will al­low them to work in in­dus­tries such as man­u­fac­tur­ing, food, en­ergy, biotech and bio­fuel, de­sign­ing en­ergy-ef­fi­cient build­ings, non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions (NGOs), as well as govern­ment agen­cies,” he shared.

The course, which com­menced this year, in­cor­po­rates as­pects of en­ergy use, con­ser­va­tion, sus­tain­abil­ity, man­age­ment, and pro­cess­ing in ar­eas such as wa­ter and light­ing. This is in line with the global sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals of the United Na­tions.

“This course will en­able grad­u­ates to speak with au­thor­ity on sub­ject mat­ters re­lated to en­ergy use and sus­tain­abil­ity. This is im­por­tant for those who work in lo­cal coun­cils and en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact as­sess­ment stud­ies, as they are the ones who will in­flu­ence the govern­ment and bring changes to sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment,” he said.

For those work­ing in NGOs, they will be able to high­light en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues, and their so­cio-eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal eco­nomic im­pacts to the gen­eral pub­lic.

Seo ex­plained that grad­u­ates will make good en­ergy man­agers, as they can be con­sulted on en­ergy sav­ing strate­gies that will help com­pa­nies and or­gan­i­sa­tions to not only save costs, but also be more en­vi­ron­men­tal friendly.

“If com­pa­nies hire qual­i­fied en­ergy en­gi­neers, they will be able to rec­om­mend sav­ings on pro­cesses such as buy­ing the right en­ergy-ef­fi­cient equip­ment, bet­ter air con­di­tion­ing for a build­ing or re­duc­ing the amount of light­ing used.

“They will also be the ones who will con­vince the bosses and en­gi­neers, to de­sign en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly equip­ment, prod­ucts and ser­vices. For ex­am­ple, they can ad­vise against the use of hy­draulic lift which may re­quire the dis­posal of used hy­draulic oil, which can cause wa­ter and ground pol­lu­tion, sub­se­quently af­fect­ing wa­ter sup­ply,” he said.

The Mas­ter's pro­gramme ac­cepts stu­dents with a bach­e­lor's de­gree in any en­gi­neer­ing dis­ci­pline, as it in­cor­po­rates el­e­ments of elec­tri­cal, chem­i­cal and me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing. The course also fea­tures sub­jects such as In­tel­li­gent Light­ing, and En­gi­neer­ing En­trepreneur­ship, where stu­dents are taught how to com­mer­cialise an idea or in­no­va­tion.

Seo said with strong tech­ni­cal knowl­edge, grad­u­ates will be able to help their re­spec­tive com­pa­nies to mar­ket their prod­ucts by high­light­ing their en­ergy-sav­ing ben­e­fits and at­tributes to end users.

“For ex­am­ple, salesmen who have never gone through the course will not be able to un­der­stand the fea­tures of LED light­ing. But with the knowl­edge gained from this course, they will be able to ex­plain all that and more,” he said.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Mas­ter of Ad­vanced En­gi­neer­ing at Monash Univer­sity Malaysia, visit www. eng.monash.edu.my

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