Four Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) researchers and academicians have become the member of the Global Young Academy (GYA), an independent scientific body which gives a voice to young scientists around the world.
The members from UTM were Assoc. Prof. Dr. Fatin Aliah Phang, Dr. Khamarrul Azahari Razak, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mimi Haryani Hassim and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohd. Hafiz Dzarfan Othman.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Fatin Aliah Phang Abdullah is currently attached to the Centre for Engineering Education (CEE), School of Education, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities (FSSK). Her research interests include Science, Technical, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education, Engineering Education, Environmental Education and Educational Research.
Dr. Khamarrul Azhari Razak currently serves as a Senior Lecturer at Razak Faculty of Technology and Informatics of UTM Kuala Lumpur. Besides being an academician, he is also attached at the Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT) Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Centre (DPPC).
The research interests of Dr. Khamarrul are mostly connected with the natural disaster analysis, Disaster Risk Assessment and Management and Multi, Inter and Trans-disciplinary Disaster Risk Management.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mimi Haryani Hassim is currently serving as an Assoc. Professor at School of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Faculty of Engineering of UTM Johor Bahru.
Her research interests include Plant Sustainability With The Emphasis On Occupational Health Assessment, Enhancement During Process Development And Design, Inherent occupational health assessment in chemical process development and design, Industrial hygiene, Sustainable process development and Multi criteria decision making.
Another expert from the School of Energy and Chemical Engineering was Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohd Hafiz Dzarfan Othman. He currently serves as the Deputy Director of Advanced Membrane Technology Research Centre (AMTEC), one of the Centres of Excellence (CoE) in UTM Johor Bahru.
His current research focus is on development of inexpensive ceramic/polymer membranes for environmental protection and energy generation. Until 2017, he has supervised 32 PhD students and 17 Master students and has published more than 130 articles in ISI/Scopus-indexed journals.
As an independent scientific body, GYA develops, connects and mobilises young talent from six continents of the world and empower them to lead international, interdisciplinary and inter-generational dialogue with the goal to make global decision making evidence-based and inclusive.
Members are selected for their scientific excellence and their commitment to service and serve five-year terms. As of 2018, the GYA has 216 alumni in addition to its 200 members representing 83 countries.
The vibrancy of this global organization results from the energy of its members who are passionate about the role of science in creating a better world.