Message From The Dean
Welcome to Faculty of Engineering Written by
Prof. Ir. Dr. Abdul Karim Bin Mirasa
Assalamualaikum wbt and my warmest greetings to all ...
I wish to offer you my deep thanks for visiting the website of the Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Malaysia Sabah. Currently, Faculty of Engineering offers five core professional programmes, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Computer Engineering, as well as two Information Technology programmes, Computer Science and Information System Management. The integration of the Engineering and Information Technology programmes under one-roof is an innovative initiative as many of the Information Technology system have been applied in solving complex engineering problems. A few examples of integration of research between engineering and computerization are the production of advance material chips, building structure design, intelligent process control to control chemical plants, robotics to manufacturing industries, and artificial intelligence in satellite radar and aerospace technologies. Nevertheless, it cannot be denied that the application of downstream computerization is also important to aid information system management especially in the era of the world without boundaries, and to improvise media telecommunication system. Faculty will focus 40% of its strength to improve its academic quality. Academic quality audits, which will be done continuously by experienced external and internal academicians, as well as representatives from industries who are the stakeholders. Studies on Outcome-based education will also be executed to examine the success of each output of programmes and courses offered. Apart from the OBE, it is also mandatory for all Engineering Accreditation body or well-known as Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC) every four years. The four professional programmes, i.e. Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical & Electronic Engineering have already obtained the accreditation certificates in the past, with Computer Engineering being accredited in August 2007. Outcome-based will also be implemented for Information Technology programmes, while an effort to obtain a relevant accreditation body is still in progress.
With respect to its internationalization aspect, Faculty will maintain the tradition of 1:10 ratio of expatriates to local lecturers. In research, in line with University’s visions and philosophies to achieve international recognition, Faculty will focus 40% of is strength to venture into advanced research such as advanced membrane, nanofluids/nanoparticles, advanced material, artificial intelligence, product formulation, microencapsulation, and others which have vast implications in the science and technology arena. The available natural resource influences the priority of research. As Sabah is a state that has abundant land which is rich in natural resources as well as a significant coastline, Faculty will make this aspect of Sabah as a research impetus. Among the research focus will be extraction and refining of the resources of the forest and sea, environmental engineering such as industrial wastewater treatment, basic infrastructure development research such as transportation system for sea, air and land, and safety control system to monitor erosion at the wide coastal borders. Other than development in advanced subjects, Faculty also plays an important role in the realization of university’s vision as a people’s university. In this context, Faculty has planned to utilize 20% of its strength to execute research in developing community’s quality of life. To achieve this objective, Faculty will utilize a “development of life quality based on local resources” approach. This objective will be implemented by integrating advanced research technologies to develop local resources, for instance, development of renewable energy research such as solar energy, wind energy as well as wave and gravity energy, housing development research based on local resources, the application of nanotechnology to produce clean water and the application of existing technology to increase the production of small-scale industries. It is Faculty’s hope to a leader in developing local resources to increase the economic level of community and to become the preferred educational hub for student from neighboring countries such as Negara Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and all the countries in the Asia Pacific region.