Sunday, December 4, 2011

Shout Out - One Day Course On Process Integration For Waste Minimization And Production Carbon Footprint Reduction

This is a shout out for the IEM. My Technical Division will be  hosting a course on the 19th December, 2011. It'll start at 9:00 and is worth 6 CPD hours. You still gotta climb those steps at Wisma IEM. They promise up that the elevator will be ready by the next AGM.
Due to the growth of world population and concurrent economic development, the demands for natural resources such as natural gas, crude oil and water are increasing rapidly.  For instance, global water withdrawal for most uses (i.e. domestic, industrial, and livestock) is projected to increase more than 50% by 2025.  Fossil fuels (petroleum and other liquid fuels, natural gas, and coal) are expected to continue supplying much of the energy used worldwide. Furthermore, increase of public awareness towards environmental sustainability is reflected in more stringent emission legislation that has motivated the process industries to look into cost effective and more sustainable manufacturing processes.  One of the active areas for cost reduction and sustainable process development is resources conservation activities, where process integration and pinch analysis techniques have been well recognised as promising tools.  In this workshop, the targeting philosophy of process integration is emphasised, where rigorous targets for waste minimisation and carbon footprint reduction can be identified.
The workshop will introduce you to the following topics:
  • How to identify a rigorous benchmark target for waste minimization in a process plant?
  • How to design a resource conservation network that achieves maximum recovery?
  • How can opportunities for carbon footprint reduction be identified?
Ir. Dr. Dominic Foo is a Professor of Process Design and Integration at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, and is the Director for the Centre of Excellence for Green Technologies.  He is a world leading researcher in process integration for resource conservation.  He establishes international collaboration with researchers from various countries in the Asia, Europe, American and Africa.  Dominic Foo is an active author, with two fore-coming books, more than 65 journal papers and made more than 120 conference presentations.  He served as an International Scientific Committee for several important conferences (CHISA/PRES, FOCAPD, ESCAPE, PSE, etc.).  He is the winner of the Innovator of the Year Award 2009 of Institution of Chemical Engineers UK (IChemE), as well as the 2010 Young Engineer Award of the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM).  He actively conducts professional training for practicing engineers.
Register here or download the form here. A map to Wisma IEM is presented here.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Shout Out - Talk on Scientific Research Funding From The European Union

The Division will be hosting a talk on the 24th March, 2011. It'll be at 5:30 pm (makan-makan at 5:00). You still gotta climb those steps at Wisma IEM.
The Seventh Framework Programme for research and technological development (FP7) is the European Union’s main instrument for funding research in Europe and beyond. FP7 is the result of years of consultation with the scientific community, research and policy making institutions, the business community and other interested parties.
Since their launch in 1984, the Framework Programmes have played a lead role in multidisciplinary research and cooperative activities in Europe and beyond. FP7 continues that task, and is both larger and more comprehensive than earlier Framework Programmes. Running from 2007 to 2013, the programme has a budget of 53.2 billion euros over its seven-year lifespan, the largest funding allocation yet for such programmes. Non European countries are usually eligible to apply, under certain conditions and up to around 30% of the FP7 budget may be spent outside Europe.
In addition, some 15% of the budget is earmarked for small medium enterprises (SMEs). This talk focuses on the Cooperation, and People elements of the FP7 with a particular emphasis on opportunities for SMEs, which are regarded as integral players in most FP7 collaborative projects. Indeed throughout FP7, SMEs will actively be encouraged to participate in all research actions, especially those under the Themes of the Cooperation programme and the People programme.
The Speaker, David Crowley is an International Business Development Executive for The University of Nottingham. With a background in International Finance and Business from Trinity College in Dublin, David also was Paul Henri Spaak Scholar at the Institute of European Studies in Brussels where he obtained his Masters degree in the Economics of the European Union (through French) and also spent time at the University of Maryland, USA.

Register here or download the form here. A map to Wisma IEM is presented here.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Shout Out - Talk on Cleaner Production for Engineers

The Division will be hosting a talk on the 21st March, 2011. It'll be at 5:30 pm (makan-makan at 5:00). You still gotta climb those steps at Wisma IEM.

Cleaner Production (CP) means the continuous application of an integrated preventive environmental strategy to processes and products. For production processes, CP includes conserving raw materials and energy, eliminating toxic raw materials, and reducing the quantity and toxicity of all emissions and wastes. CP acceptance and awareness among industries in Malaysia and ASEAN region are increasing, especially among the small and medium industries. In this talk, the speaker will be sharing his experience on how engineers can utilise their expertise in implementing cleaner production concept in an existing and new premises using examples.
The Speaker, Ir. Dr. Abdul Aziz Abdul Raman is an Associate Professor at the Chemical Engineering Department, University of Malaya. He is involved in various research activities and have published more than 85 publications in local and international journals and proceedings.

Register here or download the form here. A map to Wisma IEM is presented here.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Shout Out - Malaysian Chem-E-Car Competition (Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS)

The Division will be hosting this Competition. It will be held on the 16th and 17th March 2011, 8am to 5pm at the UTP.

Chem-E Car Competition is an annual event organized by the Chemical Engineering Technical Division (CETD) of the Institution of Engineers of Malaysia (IEM) and a selected host institution of higher learning. The event, which started in 2005, will mark the 6th consecutive competition in Malaysia. The previous Chem-E Car Competitions have attracted considerable participation from institutions of higher learning locally and abroad.
You can register for the event here, and download the brochure here.