Academic recognised for pioneering work



A Heriot-Watt academic has been recognised with an international award for her pioneering work in education.

Dr Melanie Ooi received the IET Mike Sargeant Career Achievement Award for Young Professionals (The Institution of Engineering and Technology) at a ceremony held in London this week. In addition, she is also the youngest female Fellow to be elected by the organisation.

It is a tremendous privilege for this work to be recognised by the IET.

Dr Melanie Ooi

Dr Ooi, who is an Associate Professor at the School of Engineering & Physical Sciences in Heriot-Watt’s Malaysia Campus, received the accolade after establishing strong links between the university and major electronic industries in Southeast Asia. This approach led to the formation of ‘industry-linked’ educational programs, transforming the educational experience for engineering students.
The impact of this work has been transformational, equipping graduates with relevant skills, improving their qualification and making them industry-ready.
On receiving her award, Dr Ooi, said: “Providing the strongest possible education to our students and making them industry ready is at the heart of what we want to do at Heriot-Watt University.
“It is a tremendous privilege for this work to be recognised by the IET.”
The IET Career Achievement award is made annually to a young professional who is judged to have made the most significant achievement in their career for three years or more.
The IET is one of the world’s largest engineering institutions with over 168,000 members in 150 countries.