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Keynote Speaker 1



Prof. Dr Nasir Shafiq

Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Department of Management & Humanities

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1999, PhD by University of Leeds
1987, Master in ME by Asian Institute of Technology Bangkok
2002, Degree in Bachelor of Arts by National University of Malaysia

He is a Professor in Structural Engineering and Sustainable development apart from research and academics I am actively involved in administrative position. Current portfolios include Director of Sustainable Resources Mission Oriented Research, Chairman Innovation Committee and Chief Editor of the Research Bulletin RESINEX. The administrative positions main KPIs are research management at MOR level, strategic and business planning, monitoring of IP filing, Research Commercialization and Technology Licencing

Keynote Speaker 2

Prof. Dr. Zuruzi Abu Samah

Chairman of Mechanical Engineering, Alfaisal University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 

Professor Zuruzi bin Abu Samah – Universiti Teknologi Brunei


Professor Zuruzi Abu Samah received the bachelor and Honours degrees in materials engineering from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 1996 and 1997, respectively. He earned his PhD at the Materials Department of the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2005. From 1997-2000 he was a junior research staff at the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) where he worked on microelectronics materials and processes. IMRE is an institute under the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore. As one of the first few staff of IMRE, he was involved in its infrastructure planning and setting up. Zuruzi completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Agilent Labs, California and subsequently joined Intel Inc., Arizona as a senior engineer. After his post-PhD training period, he returned to Singapore to assume senior lecturer positions at Nanyang and Temasek Polytechnics and Singapore University of Technology and Design. He was responsible for setting up the diploma in nanotechnology and materials science including its laboratories, curriculum and staffing. He joined Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) in early 2015 as a professor in the Mechanical Engineering Programme Area. He served as UTB’s Deputy Dean of Graduate Studies and Research Office (GSRO) from July 2015 until June 2017 at which time he was appointed UTB's Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Research). Zuruzi received the Regents scholarship of the University of California, the International Fellowship from Agency for Science, Technology and Research and the Graduate Student Silver Award of the Materials Research Society (MRS) during his graduate studies. He received the Outstanding Volunteer Award from IES in 2014 and honoured with a place in the 2016 Emerging Leaders Alliance Program by The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS). His research interests are in the broad areas of metal oxides, nanomaterials, porous materials and sustainable materials, and their applications for energy, healthcare, and sensing. Zuruzi has expertise in materials characterization and processing, and materials failure analysis through his academic and industrial experience. He has published in top ranked journals such as Advanced Functional Materials, Angewandte Chemie, Applied Physics Letters, Journal of Applied Physics, Lab on a Chip, Langmuir, Materials & Design, Materials Science and Engineering A, Nature Materials, Physica Status Solidi A, RSC Advances and others. His research was funded by competitive grants from National Research Foundation, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Defense, TOTE in Singapore and the Universiti Teknologi Brunei. Zuruzi is a senior member of the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES); member of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (USA); member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) and member of the Institute of Physics (UK).
Invited Speaker

Dr. Idawati Ismail

Deputy Dean (PPP) (Credited Co-Curriculum and Human Development)
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Dr Idawati Ismail is a senior lecturer at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak. She obtained her PhD from University of Melbourne, Australia, specializing in durability of alkali activated binders. Her field of
expertise also includes materials characterization, particularly looking into the correlations between microstructural characteristics and performance of alkali activated materials and concretes. She has
published several papers reporting different types of raw materials that have the potentials as alternative binders.