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innovate 2016From left: Ir. Dr. Yen Kim Sam, Fow Jun Ee, Tan Ting Feng, Dr. Teoh Soo Siang

IMDC is a multi-discipline engineering design competition open to all final year undergraduate engineering or computer science students in Malaysia with the goal to promote innovative culture in engineering design work, tackle real-world problems with practical engineering solutions, and churn out brightest talents for product development, further research, and commercialization.

More than 400 teams participation from 29 public and private institutions of higher education in Malaysia, and only the top 5 of each track enter the Grand Finale in Equatorial Hotel for conference and industry showcase. USM students had shown great results, out of 8 teams of USM students in the finals, 2 teams were represented by students from School of Mechanical Engineering.

A project title of “Development of Network Based Surveillance Module (NBSM) for the Wild” is the Champion of MathWorks track in IMDC 2016. This project is a combined effort of both School of Mechanical Engineering (PPKM) and School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering (PPKEE). The team consists of Fow Jun Ee from PPKM and Tan Ting Feng from PPKEE, under the supervision of Ir. Dr. Yen Kin Sam from PPKM and Dr. Teoh Soo Siang from PPKEE (Figure 1). The network based surveillance module developed is able to detect human (poachers) presence in both daytime and at night condition with 100% positive detection and able to transmit near instantaneous alerts wirelessly to the authorities. This project also won favour in the sight of judges and has been awarded the winner of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Malaysia Design Challenge. Design information: Development of Network based Surveillance Module (NBSM) for the wild

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 USM, PULAU PINANG, 8 Mac 2016 - Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) hari ini menandatangani Memorandum Perjanjian (MoA) dengan Bose Systems Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. untuk meneruskan latihan jangka pendek Bose Lean Enterprise terutamanya kepada pelajar ijazah pertama yang pernah dilaksanakan sebelum ini.

Naib Canselor Profesor Dato’ Dr. Omar Osman menandatanganinya bagi pihak USM manakala Bose System Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. diwakili oleh Pengarah Urusannya Ruben Nyul.

BOSE mula ditubuhkan pada 1964 oleh profesor dari Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Amerika Syarikat iaitu Profesor Dr. Amar Bose.  Antara prinsip BOSE adalah untuk mengekalkan komitmen yang tinggi untuk penyelidikan.

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Sustainability Challenge 2015


The Sustainability Challenge 2015 is co-organized by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) - Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD) Chair for Sustainable Development: Zero Waste Technology with the objective of exploring and developing innovative ideas on sustainability of the palm oil industry. This competition is aimed for providing an excellent opportunity for participants to present their ideas on sustainability to the industry practitioners.

The objectives of the competition are:

• To explore and develop innovative ideas on sustainability of the palm oil industry among university students.

• To provide a platform for initiatives on palm oil sustainability.

• To promote UKM-YSD Chair for Sustainable Development: Zero Waste Technology and CESPRO at national and regional level.

For the year of 2015, there are 205 teams from 21 public and private universities in Malaysia who had participated in this competition and the top 10 finalists were short-listed based on their salient and innovative ideas of promoting sustainability for the palm oil industry. The champion of Sustainability Challenge
2015 was identified among the top 10 finalists based on the qualified panels’ evaluation of team presentation and response to queries and concerns raised by the panels.

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Innovate Malaysia 2015


Innovate Design Competition merupakan satu pertandingan rekabentuk dan inovasi kejuruteraan dalam pelbagai bidang Kejuruteraan dimana pertandingan ini terbuka kepada semua pelajar tahun akhir bidang kejuruteraan dan Sains Komputer seluruh Malaysia. Pertandingan ini disokong oleh Sektor Industri yang bekerjasama dengan universiti bagi setiap projek yang dijalankan. Antara Syarikat dan pemain Industri yang terlibat adalah ALTERA. INTEL, Keysight, MathWorks,Microsoft, Motorola Solutions, National Instruments, SilTerra dan ViTrox dimana Pelajar perlu memilih ‘Track’ atau industri yang tersenarai bagi melaksanakan projek mereka.

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             On 29th May 2015 until 31st May 2015, final year students of Manufacturing Engineering with Management under the Lean Enterprise Training program visited Prince of Songkla University (PSU) in Thailand. In this program, both parties have committed to work together to establish the participants as more valuable leaders in USM with respect to Lean Enterprise development, where 18 selected USM undergraduate students who are also the Yellow Belt practitioners are given opportunities to expose to Lean implementation in the local industries. Six lecturers were also joining this trip.


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Industrial visit to SanDisk Storage Malaysia

On 27th April 2015 (Monday), a group of 38 curious and enthusiastic students of various engineering courses was sent for an industrial visit to SanDisk Storage Malaysia in Batu Kawan, Penang on a quest to gain more knowledge.

SanDisk, a leading flash memory storage manufacturer headquartered in Milpitas, California, is listed on NASDAQ, and is also a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company. Last year, SanDisk Corp put up the RM1.2bil manufacturing plant in Penang, where it started its production early this year, making it the first SanDisk Storage Sdn Bhd manufacturing plant in Malaysia.


The industrial visit, guided by Mr Esmond Yeoh, SanDisk HR representative, brings the participants to the manufacturing plant where it produces flash memory-based chip package called System-in-a-Package (SiP), which is particularly valuable in mobile phones where there is limited space due to their small size. The visit started with a briefing on the company’s background and the safety procedure during the visit to the plant. Electrostatic Sensitive Device (ESD) garments and shoes, or anti-static clothing are provided to the visitors before entering the manufacturing plant to prevent damage to the electronic components. The manufacturing plant expose students to the manufacturing procedure and machinery involved in the dust-free environment. The tour ended with a meal time at 5pm.

The outcome of the industrial visit is an invaluable experience and knowledge that makes the students think there is more to it than a tiny MicroSD card sitting in their mobile phone.

The tour was organized by Tengku Muhammad Faris b. Tengku Afzan (Aero 2nd Year) and his team as part of the student-initiated industry activity. He is also the author of this article.

Trip to National Instruments (NI)

A trip to National Instruments (NI) was made on 22 April 2015 by 30 undergraduate students from the School of Mechanical Engineering USM. During the visit, students are exposed to overview of National Instruments (NI). Mr. Kar Foong, who is a representative from R&D department gave us a speech to inspire us, especially those who are interested in this field.


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