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Former Dean of FEPS welcomes royal guest at IChemE Malaysia Awards

Professor Jonathan Seville, President of IChemE and the former Dean of Surrey’s Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, gave the opening address at the IChemE Awards dinner in Kuala Lumpur, which was attended by HRH Tuanku Zara Salim.

Professor Seville (left) meets HRH Tuanku Zara Salim.

The IChemE (Institution of Chemical Engineers) Malaysia Awards, which celebrated ten years of successful operation for the IChemE in Malaysia, were held at the Le Meridien Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, on 24 October.

Professor Seville, who is President of the IChemE for 2016 to 2017, gave the opening address at the annual Awards dinner and welcomed guests, who included guest of honour HRH Tuanku Zara Salim, IChemE’s Royal Patron, who is herself a chemical engineer by education. The event recognised outstanding achievements in the Malaysian chemical engineering community. Among those honoured for innovation and advances in safety and environmental protection were the national oil and gas company, Petronas, Sime Darby Plantation, Sarawak Shell, Synthomer and Petrofac. Special awards were made to promising young chemical engineers in industry and academia.

Professor Seville said: “IChemE’s purpose is to advance chemical engineering worldwide for the benefit of society, and Malaysia is one of the fastest growing regions in which we operate. Chemical engineering makes a huge contribution to the economy of this nation, and we are delighted to work with a plethora of companies to secure a pipeline of committed, competent and trusted professionals who will make the world a better place. Tonight’s ceremony has been a celebration of those trusted professionals, and I am so pleased to see such energy and passion from our Malaysian board, partners and members.”

The University has a thriving community of Malaysian students, and welcomes students from the country on to its chemical engineering programmes every year. This year, Surrey opened a regional office in Kuala Lumpur to promote engagement in the region.

Chair of IChemE Malaysia, Dr Abdul Aziz Bin Abdul Raman said: “Tonight has been incredibly special, not least because we are marking IChemE Malaysia’s 10 year anniversary and  we have been honoured by the attendance of our Royal Patron HRH Tuanku Zara Salim.

“This celebration is important because it brings unity and positivity to the profession. Tonight’s winners should take great pride in their achievements, and I hope they will join me in helping to secure Malaysia as the hub for chemical engineering excellence in South East Asia.”

IChemE has a growing global membership of over 44,000, and aims to promote advances in chemical engineering for the benefit of society, encourage young people in science and engineering, and support the professional development of members.

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