In a remarkable achievement, the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) Student Section at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia (HWUM) has been honoured with the prestigious 2023 Outstanding IEM Student Section Award. They received this honour during the IEM Young Engineers Section (YES) National Summit (NATSUM) on 4 November 2023 at Ipoh, Perak.
This prestigious recognition is based on the club's dynamic activities and significant impact on the engineering community. It highlights the exceptional quality of the events organised by the HWUM IEM Student Section, cementing its status as one of the top student engineering clubs in the nation.
The HWUM IEM Student Section's commitment to excellence and sustainability has been recognised with several accolades. These include the Rising Star Award by HWUMSA in May 2022 and the Best Engineering and Sustainability Club in May 2023.
Founded in 2020 by a group of dedicated engineering students from the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS), the club has become a cornerstone of engineering excellence and student engagement at HWUM.
In just three years, the HWUM IEM Student Section has grown exponentially, now boasting over 100 members from diverse backgrounds. The club has established itself as a vital link between students and the engineering industry, facilitating a flow of knowledge and experience from seasoned professionals to the engineers of tomorrow.
The club organises various events throughout the year, focusing on practical knowledge and hands-on experiences. These initiatives are designed to prepare students for the expectations and challenges of a graduate engineering career, ensuring that they step into the professional world with confidence and competence.
Dr. Yew Weng Kean, the club's advisor, has been instrumental in steering the club towards these remarkable heights. As a former Chairman of IEM-YES, Dr. Yew's experience and insights have been invaluable.
Current president Lim Jia Yan acknowledges this, stating, “Dr. Yew's mentorship, our past president's leadership (notably Suki and Anson) and our members' relentless dedication have been the driving forces behind our success. This award is not just a recognition for our club but a symbol of what aspiring engineers can accomplish with a clear sense of purpose and unwavering perseverance.”
The HWUM IEM Student Section looks forward to continuing its mission of bridging the gap between academic learning and professional engineering practice. This award is not just a milestone but a stepping stone to further achievements and contributions to the engineering community.