June 3, 2012

UTP bags 35 gold medals

UNIVERSITI Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) marked another international milestone when all of its 51 exhibits won medals at the recently-concluded International Invention, Innovation and Technology Exhibition (ITEX 2012).


UTP bagged 35 gold, 14 silver and two bronze medals, and also the MOSTI Patron Award and Best Booth Award, testifying its strengths and aspirations towards becoming a centre of innovation and creativity.

Overall, Hanita Daud won the Best Invention in ICT Award; Professor Dr Norani Muti Mohamed for the Best Green Invention University Category; and Associate Professor Dr Faiz Ahmad for the Severstal Russian Steel Division, SEVERSTAL OAO Award.

Hanita bagged three gold awards for all three inventions, namely the Bayesian Islamic Medications Expert System, Continuous Remote Patient Control and Monitoring System and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Enabled Fire Truck Navigation System and Hydrant Locator.

Norani won a gold for her Micro-Nano Dye Solar Module, which is lightweight, transparent and made of low cost and non-toxic materials which works efficiently in diffused light, while Faiz Ahmad took home a gold medal for his Metal Injection Molded Heat Sink Nanocomposites for Thermal Management; a silver for his Mineral-based Intumescent Fire Retardants Coating and a bronze medal for his Mental Injection Molded Material for Dental and Bio Applications.

Associate Professor Dr Abdul Rashid Abdul Aziz also won gold for his Free Piston Linear Generator and two silver awards for his Natural Wind Energy Electricity Generator called the Tree of Life and Time Resolved Velocity, Temperature and Concentration Measurement Using Quantitative Schlieren Method.

Associate Professor Dr Hussain H. Al-Kayiem received a gold medal each for his Hybrid Artificial Intelligent Code for Diagnosis of Boiler Trips and CO-GEN to enhance Thermal Chimneys Performance, and two silver awards for his SEHM Smart Engine Heat Manager and Orthoptic Therapy Device inventions.

Three inventions by Dr Wong Peng Wen won gold medals, namely u-Dumore, u-Trimore and u-Wit, while three of Associate Professor Dr Wan Fatimah Wan Ahmad's inventions, namely Spell It (Mobile Language Translation Game), Mathquest and LOCI IN 2 Dimensions also won gold.

A Safety Assessment System for Electrical Design and Operation invented by Associate Professor Dr Azmi Mohd Shariff, as well as two inventions by Associate Professor Dr Fakhruldin M Hashim (Conceptual Design Support Tool and Plant Diagnostic Tool), also bagged gold medals.

The other gold medals went to Associate Professor Dr Suzana Yusuf and Dr Murni Melati Ahmad for their ICA Gasification System; Associate Professor Dr Shamsul Rahman Mohamed Kutty (Multi-stage Biological Reactor-GSP and Integrated Wastewater Treatment Reactor); Associate Professor Dr Nasir Shafiq (High Ductility Fibre Reinforced Concrete); Professor Dr Muhd Fadhil Nuruddin (Microwave Incinerated Rice Husk-Ultra Rich Silica Rich Pozzolan and Novel Superplasticised GP Concrete); Mohd Syaifuddin Mohd (ALAM Portable Eco Generator); Dr Aamir Saeed Malik (Acne Vulgaris Grading System and 3D Video Analytics using single 2D Camera); Associate Professor Dr Dayang Rohaya Awang Rambli (Augmented Reality Advertisement on Android and Interactive Interface for Augmented Reality-Story Book); Dr Nursyarizal Mohd Nor (Green Electricity Generator); Associate Professor Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib (CIILS-Corrosion Inhibitors using Ionic Liquids); Associate Professor Dr Cecilia Devi Wilfred (Hydra-Pils-Hydrated Polymerised Ionic Liquids); Associate Professor Dr Mohamed Hasnain Isa (Low-Temperature Thermal Degradation Procedure); Associate Professor Dr Suzana Yusuf and Zamri Abdullah (Waste Cockle Shell for Carbon Dioxide Absorption); Dr Lau Kok Keong (Hollow Fibre Membrane Module Performance Prediction Programme; and, Ainol Rahmah Shazi Shaarani (Mobile Hajj Checklist).

Silver award recipients are Professor Dr Ahmad Fadzil M Hani for his Digital Imaging for Clinical Assessment of Healing in Chronic Ulcers, Associate Professor Ir Dr Shaharin Anwar (Portable Hydroelectric Generator), Associate Professor Dr Anita Ramli (Low-cost catalyst for sustainable production of Hydrogen from Biomass), Associate Professor Dr Nasir Shafiq (Luberplasticizer), Associate Professor Dr E. Irraivan (E-Class), Associate Professor Dr M Shahir Liew (Joint Probabilities of Malaysian Seastate Environmental Load and Integrity of Metocean Data for Hind Cast and Measured), Associate Professor Dr Azmi Mohd Shariff (Process Hazards Management System for Process Industries) and Mohd Syaifuddin Mohd (In-Wheel Motor for Retrofit Hybrid and Electric Vehicles).

Meanwhile, Rosmawati Mat Zain bagged a bronze for her Electro-Bump invention.

ITEX 2012, now in its 23rd series, is deemed as the region's leading expo on inventions and innovations that continues to promote the latest works by higher learning and research institutions, individual inventors and the corporate sectors.

This year's participation came from 14 countries in the Asian and European regions, including Philippines, Hong Kong, Russia, Iran, Taiwan, Poland, Korea and Saudi Arabia.

ITEX 2012 was organised by the Malaysian Invention and Design Society and serves as an international platform to promote and enhance the development and utilisation of inventions and designs.


Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS was presented a special Patron Award by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) after it won the highest number of awards at the recently-concluded International Invention, Innovation and Technology Exhibition (ITEX 2012).

UTP Vice-Chancellor Datuk Dr Zainal Abidin Kasim (second from right), who accepted the award from Tan Sri Datuk Dr Omar Abdul Rahman, former science adviser to the prime minister (second from left), said this award is a recognition for the transformation journey that the university started five years ago.

“We got the ball rolling by pushing for overall transformation in the fields of leadership, competency, research culture and research performance. We were not content with only producing quality graduates, but we also wanted to be at the forefront of technology and innovation, hence the transformation plan. This has led us to win awards, medals and recognition out there.

"We are also indebted to our partners from the industry and universities for contributing towards this journey. With this success, UTP's target to be the country’s first private research university by next year is well within reach."

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