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One of the indicators for a growing nation is its construction industry. It plays an important role in the economy and activities related to it are vital to the achievement of national socio-economy goals of providing homes, infrastructure, economic activities surrounding the population, and employment. It is safe to say that without the construction industry, the economy is either dead or in the path of dying.

By Dr Ibrisam Akbar, Associate Professor, School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society

Associate Professor Dr Ibrisam Akbar is currently the Programme Director for Civil Engineering at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia (HWUM) in Putrajaya since August 2015. The Malaysian campus which is opened in 2013, is one of the 5 campuses worldwide with its main campus at Edinburgh, Scotland. He leads a team of academics to deliver the BEng and MEng in Civil Engineering programme to the students and prepared the programme for the accreditation processes for the UK Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) and the local Malaysia Qualifications Agency (MQA) and Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC).

Associate Professor Dr Ibrisam Akbar graduated in 1998 from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia with a Bachelor in Civil Engineering. He then stayed at UTM as a Research Assistant before pursuing his MEng by research in Civil Engineering which he received in 2002. While was doing his MEng, he took up the position of a tutor at Universiti Putra Malaysia in 1999. Not long after that, he took the position as a tutor at Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) in 2000.

As one of the pioneer academic member at the Department of Civil Engineering, UTP, he taught and contributed to the development of the department in the area of structural engineering. In 2006, he pursued his PhD in Civil Engineering at The University of Adelaide, Australia and received his degree in 2011.

In 2012, he was appointed as a Senior Lecturer and not long after that he received his Chartered Engineer certificate from the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology (MIMarEST).

In August 2015, he took up the position of an Associate Professor at HWUM at Putrajaya to start the Civil Engineering programme in the Malaysian campus. He is now leading a team of highly technical academics and liaising with the coordinators in Edinburgh, UK and Dubai, UAE to deliver a high quality education to the students.

Throughout his career to date, he also received research grants from Yayasan Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS and the Ministry of Education, Malaysia in the area of rehabilitation of structures. He also led and was the member of consultancy works, including with PETRONAS Penapisan (Terengganu) Sdn Bhd, PETRONAS Carigali Sdn Bhd (PCSB), Institut Penyelidikan Hidraulik Kebangsaan Malaysia (NAHRIM) and SAJ-Ranhill Sdn Bhd.

With these experiences, he authored and co-authored technical papers in the area of structural engineering, focusing on rehabilitation and maintenance works.

Who should attend?

School leavers, Foundation students and undergraduates who are interested in civil engineering, quantity surveying or construction project management.