HWUM Hosts the 33rd Symposium of Malaysian Chemical Engineers (SOMChE2022) in Collaboration with IChemE

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Opening ceremony via Zoom

The 33rd Symposium of Malaysian Chemical Engineers (SOMChE2022) were held successfully and attracted more than 100 researchers, academics, and industry experts to join the two-day event. The theme of SOMCHE2022 is 'Empowering and Building Resilience in Achieving Sustainable Development Goals.' Academic and industry experts covered various topics relevant to cutting-edge research, new technologies, and emerging growth areas in chemical engineering. Heriot-Watt University Malaysia (HWUM) jointly organised this symposium with the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Malaysia, with support from the Academic Research on Palm Oil Sustainability (ARPOS) Network and IChemE's Palm Oil Processing Special Interest Group (POPSIG). Meanwhile, the event was mainly led and executed under the guidance of Chairman, Professor Ir. Dr. Denny Ng and Deputy Chairman, Dr. Wong Voon Loong. 

The two-day conference comprised 45 scientific committee and advisory board members, one plenary session, six keynote speeches, and two panel discussions. The symposium featured 7 renowned speakers, including Professor Datuk Dr. Ahmad Fauzi Ismail from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM Kuala Lumpur); Professor Dr. Kathleen B. Aviso from De La Salle University; Professor Ir. Dr. Abdul Aziz Abdul Raman from University of Malaya (UM); Professor Dr. Mohamed Kheireddine Aroua from Sunway University Malaysia; Associate Professor Dr. Nishanth Chemmangattuvalappil from The University of Nottingham Malaysia; Associate Professor Dr. Yamuna Munusamy from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR); and, Associate Professor Dr. Wee-Jun Ong from Xiamen University Malaysia. 

The event also highlighted two panel discussions - 'Sustainability in Today's Palm Oil' supported by POPSIG and 'Can We Achieve Carbon Neutral by 2050?'. The first panel consists of Professor Ir. Dr. Dominic Foo Chwan Yee from The University of Nottingham Malaysia; Dr. Steven Lim from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR); Dr. Carmen Goh Kar Mun from Eureka Synergy Sdn Bhd; Ir. Prasath Ramani (moderator) and Ir. Dr. Calvin Chok from KL-Kepong Oleomas Sdn. Bhd.

The second panel consists of Professor Ir. Dr. Denny Ng (moderator) from Heriot-Watt University Malaysia (HWUM); Professor Dr. Agamutu Pariatamby from Sunway University Malaysia; Richard James Brice from IChemE Sustainability Hub; Ir. Dr. Suzana Yusup from Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) Research Sdn. Bhd. Malaysia; Kasturi Nathan from KPMG Malaysia; and Dr. Norfaizah Ab Manan from Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS). 

The organising committee of SOMChE 2022 also expressed their deepest gratitude to JJ-Lurgi Engineering Sdn Bhd and Novozymes Malaysia Sdn Bhd for their steadfast support and generosity in sponsoring the four best paper awards (Water, Sustainable Energy, Sustainable Processes, and Sustainable Materials) with monetary prizes and two best presentation awards with monetary prizes.