KUALA LUMPUR, 26 October 2015 – The IChemE Malaysia 2015 Awards and Annual Dinner took place on 26th October 2015 at the Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur Hotel. Organized for the second time, the awards recognize and reward chemical engineering innovation and excellence.

The awards celebrate both team and individual achievements under the category of Education and Training; Oil and Gas, Food and Drink, Process Safety, Best Business Start Up, Innovative Product of the Year, Sustainable Technology Award and Water and Management Supply.

Each category is sponsored by major players of the chemical and oil and gas industry such as Petronas, DNV-GL, MMI Engineering, Talisman Energy and Shell.

IBD contended for the Education and Training Award which recognizes individuals or teams that best demonstrate innovation in training, development of staff or education of a wider community, that changes public perception, develops young people, or addresses a chemical engineering skills gap.

IBD’s project entitled “Education for All: Democratizing Knowledge for the Community” emerged as the winner of this category. Prof Ramlan Aziz the Director of IBD was present to receive the award sponsored by Petronas.

According to Prof Ramlan, “IBD has been involved actively since 2005 in providing training through short courses and postgraduate programs in the subject area of process technology, biotechnology and chemistry that specifically aims to address real issues and impart knowledge that would be of use in problem solving and creating opportunities to communities”.

The theme “Democratizing Knowledge for the Community” highlights the approach of accessing all relevant knowledge available at IBD gained through research and development, and acquired skills by all stakeholders (students, SMEs and industry, and community).

The effectiveness of these training programs have been recognized by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, with its headquarters in The Hague Netherlands, in promoting the good use of chemistry and chemical engineering.
The training program developed is highly applicable to global participants’ research, bioproduct development and policy making, thus enhancing valuable insights to their field of work.
Winners from Malaysia will be shortlisted for IChemE Global Awards to be held in the UK early next month and IBD will be representing Malaysia under the Education and Training category competing with eleven other big names in the chemical engineering industry amongst which is Air Products, BP Information Technology and Services, Dow Chemical Company Ltd, UK, University of Birmingham and University Strahtclyde.

Prof. Ramlan (left) receiving the award at IChemE Malaysia Awards 2015 presenting ceremony held at Hotel Le Meridian, Kuala Lumpur.

Prof. Ramlan (left) receiving the award at IChemE Malaysia Awards 2015, Hotel Le Meridian, Kuala Lumpur.