Speakers

 “Current status and future outlook in
Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses
in process control– An academic perspective”

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Syamsul Rizal Abd Shukor, 
UNIVERSITI SAINS MALAYSIA (Speaker)
Syamsul Rizal Abd Shukor obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom and specializes in process control and process simulation. He received his B. Eng (Honours) in Chemical Engineering from University of Bradford in 1997 and M.Sc (Chemical Engineering) from Universiti Sains Malaysia in 2000. He is currently an Associate Professor in School of Chemical Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia. His research interests include process control, process intensification, process modeling and simulation as well as separation technologies. Currently he is extensively working on process intensification technologies related to miniaturization of reaction vessels with its microfluidic properties, CFD analysis complete with its process automation, monitoring and control. He also has served as a Principle Investigator on various research projects funded by national ministries and research agencies. He has authored and published more than 100 peer-reviewed technical publication for national and international journals and conferences. He also has served as review panel for international and national high impact refereed journals and scientific proceedings. He is an active member of Society of Engineering Education Malaysia, Malaysian Automatic Control Engineers Society and Malaysia Process Control Consortim.

 

“Collaborations between industry and academia
to Enhance process control developments
in Malaysia”

Assoc. Prof. Ir. Dr. Zainal Ahmad, 
UNIVERSITI SAINS MALAYSIA (Forum Panelist)
Associate Professor Ir. Dr. Zainal Ahmad received his B.Eng (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from University of Surrey, UK in 1998. In 2001, he received M.Sc in Applied Process Control (with distinction) from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. He also obtained his PhD from this university in 2005. He worked as a process engineer in a petrochemical plant from 1998 to 2000 before joining USM in 2000.
Besides being responsible for the undergraduates, Dr Zainal also working together with his postgraduate students in designing and conducting innovative research projects, to continually enhance his expertise and professional knowledge.   In addition to that, Dr Zainal also conducted training, workshops, seminars, short courses and consultation for the chemical & process industries.   His main research interests include artificial neural network, process modeling, model-based control and neural network application in chemical processes. He has guided several Master and PhD students. He has several awards and more than 100 international journal/conferences publications to his credit. He also served as a reviewer for international journal and conferences. Involved in short courses for Aspen simulation in 2010 and 2011 and also for the Fundamental Process Control and Beyond in 2005. Recently, he involved in Process Control in Industry short course organized by School of Chemical Engineering USM and also in house training for UOP (2014) and NPK (2012). He also involves in consultation in developing “AGR system” for Energy and Lab Solution for TNBR (2013/2014). He also a certified trainer from PSMB (TTT/3749) and corporate member of IEM.

 

“Current status and future outlook in
Process control research – An academic perspective “

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Marappa Gounder Ramasamy, 
UNIVERSITI TEKNOLOGI PETRONAS
Dr. M. Ramasamy is currently an Associate Professor at the Chemical Engineering Department, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP). He has been in teaching and research for more than 30 years. He is specialized in Process Simulation, Optimization and Control and his current research interests include Advanced Process Control, Heat Exchanger Fouling, Energy Management in Oil and Gas Industries. He has supervised 6 PhD and 5 M.Sc. students so far. He has also published several research articles, two book chapters and a book and delivered several invited lectures and short courses. He obtained his B.Tech. from Madras University, India, M.Tech., from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and his PhD from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

“Collaborations between industry and academia to Enhance process control developments in Malaysia”

Prof. Ir. Dr. Mohd Azlan Bin Hussain
UNIVERSITY OF MALAYA (Forum Panelist)

Prof Mohamed Azlan Hussain joined the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Malaya in 1987 as a lecturer and obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, London in 1996. He is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and British Institute of Chemical Engineers. At present, he is holding the post of Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering. His main research interests are in modelling, process controls, nonlinear control systems analysis and applications of artificial intelligence techniques in engineering systems. He has published more than 250 papers in book chapters, journals and conferences within these areas at present. He has also published and edited a book on “Application of Neural Networks and other Learning Technologies in Process Engineering” published by Imperial College Press in 2001.

 

“Current status and future outlook in process control
applications in Malaysia – a technology provider’s perspective” 

Chai Kah Ming
Business Development Manager, Advanced Solutions,
Yokogawa Electric International 
(Speaker) 
Worked in Yokogawa for 15 years after graduation from Universiti Technologi Malaysia with Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering. Began his career as control system engineers, and progressed to technical sales and marketing roles. Prior to the regional role for South East Asia in 2013, he has been serving upstream and downstream of Oil & Gas market in Malaysia.