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Prof Zainuddin serves as the UTM
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic & International) (Feb 2017-Feb 2020; currently acting DVC). He works with local and international quadruplehelix
stakeholders in leading, developing and managing
– People – academic staff & students recruitment, deployment, development, well-being and
– Program development, delivery, and quality assurance;
– Partnership and collaboration
– Promotion and marketing
– Policy and regulations for higher education governance.
– Academic /organisational leadership, innovation, management, strategic planning and turnaround
– People, talent and team management
– Researcher and technopreneur
– Networking and partnership
– Practitioner and professional coach
– Social entrepreneur and activist
– Writer and motivator
University of Edinburgh 1995-1998
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Chemical Engineering
UMIST, Manchester 1990-1991
Master of Science (MSc) in Process Integration
University of Houston, USA 1984-1988
Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Chemical Engineering
Efficient, sustainable energy and resource systems engineering, planning and management.
– Professional Engineer (PEng)
– Chartered Engineer (CEng)
– Professional Technologist (Ts)
– Registered Electrical Energy Manager (REEM)
– ASEAN Certified Energy Manager
– ASEAN Certified Trainer
– Certified HRDF Trainer
Scopus : 35
Google Scholar : 42
Scopus : 4432
Google Scholar : 6397
Prof Zain was Ranked 2nd globally by Elsevier Scival Spotlight under DC#5; the distinguished competency of optimization, costs water in 2012.
Curriculum Innovation Award by the Ministry of Education of Malaysia, 2018.
Islamic Development Outstanding Global Scientific Achievement Award (Cash Prize USD 100,000), 2016-2017.
ASEAN Energy Management Gold Standard – 3rd Star Certification Awarded to Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. (Advisor).
Highly Cited Paper – Top 1% of the academic field of engineering. 2015. Web of Science, Thomson Reuters. Impact factor: 5.51 (Q1).”
Top-Ranking Highest Cited in 2012-2013 for Impact Factor year 2014. Clean Technologies & Environmental Policy.
Imperial College Chemical Engineering Distinguished Lecture, Sponsored by the Imperial College of London, United Kingdom, 2014.
Pannonia (Honorary Doctorate) Award, 2014, Awarded by University of Pannonia, Hungary
UTM Outstanding Researcher Award (Anugerah Tokoh Penyelidik UTM), 2014.
UTM Outstanding Academician Award (Anugerah Tokoh Akademik UTM), 2014.
Top Research Scientist Malaysia Award, Academy of Sciences Malaysia, 2013.
Ranked 2nd globally as expert under the Distinguished Competency (DC#5) of ‘Optimisation, Costs, Water’. Scival Spotlight 2012, Elsevier.
ASEAN Energy Award (Advisor) for Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
Fellow, Institution of Chemical Engineers, United Kingdom.
Prince Sultan Abdul Aziz International Award for Water 2008, Awarded by The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – Water Category.
2006-2009 IChemE Top Cited Journal, by Institution of Chemical Engineers, UK.
National Champion for Business Plan Competition 2006, Multimedia Development Corporation Sdn Bhd, 29 Mac 2006 (as the Project Leader)
ZAINUDDIN ABDUL MANAN
For 30 years (1990-2020), Prof Zainuddin Manan has advanced UTM’s mission to prosper lives and made impactful national and global contributions across his quadruple roles as a visionary global academic leader committed to advancing quality engineering education and chemical engineering; a distinguished expert, research leader and
technopreneur in chemical and process systems engineering championing energy and resource sustainability; an international practitioner and professional coach dedicated to promoting professional engineering best practices and policies locally and abroad; and a social activist advocating value-driven excellence in science and technology.
Having served for over two decades as the founding dean of 2 UTM faculties, founder of a UTM spinoff company, an NGO and 3 centres of excellences (one of which he served as the founding director); the founder, chair and driver of 3 major transformation initiatives to turn around UTM research, professional and academic achievements – Prof Zain personifies UTM’s innovative, entrepreneurial and global tagline.
CHAIRMAN AND FOUNDER, UTM SYNERGY 4.0 TRANSFORMATION (2017 – Current)
As the UTM Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic & International), Prof Zain engineered the massive UTM Synergy 4.0 (UTM-S4.0) transformation initiative that crafted a UTM Blue Ocean Shift of providing inclusive access to flexible quality engineering education programs/products. The UTM-S4.0 accomplished 4 key goals:
1. Built a cross/trans-disciplinary 6P synergy platform (purpose, people, program/product, partnership/promotion, physical facility, performance delivery) across UTM academic eco-system via the consolidation of 18 UTM Schools into 7 Faculties;
2. Designed, revised and implemented 21st century flexible, futureready and 4th IR-driven curriculum and micro-credential programs.
3. Developed holistic and future-ready talents; including graduates, future-ready educators and professionals; Driven the founding of the UTM Institute of Life-Ready Graduate (UTM-iLeaGue) to nurture life-ready, gainfully employed graduates; mainstreaming entrepreneurship, innovation and experiential service learning, and data-driven research on student development.
4. Fostered partnerships among local/international stakeholders to democratize lifelong and trans-national education (TNE) via flexible learning-on-demand, digital and distance learning modes such as open distance learning (ODL), micro-credentials, MOOCs, blended, remote supervision, apart from residential modes.
HEAD OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT (2000-2007); FOUNDING DEAN OF UTM FACULTY OF CHEMICAL AND ENERGY ENGINEERING (FCEE) (2010-2017)
For nearly 14 years, Prof Zain, who is the longest-serving UTM Chemical Engineering Head of Department, and Dean of Faculty of Chemical and Energy Engineering (FCEE), thrived with his team and community through his inspirational, value-driven and visionary leadership.
• 4 times winner of the UTM Academic Quality award (2014-2017); 3 times winner of UTM publication award (2015-2017).
• Winner of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) global award of excellence with a cash prize of USD 100,000; UTM FCEE cited “outstanding achievement in the field of chemical engineering”.
• Listed among the world’s top 50 chemical engineering subject, and No.1 in Malaysia by National Taiwan University (NTU), University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) (2016-2017) and US Best News (2020) University Ranking.
FOUNDING DIRECTOR, UTM PROCESS SYSTEMS ENGINEERING CENTRE (2007 – 2011)
Driven by the mission to build a sustainable society, Prof Zain led his team and UTM to champion energy, water and resource sustainability via Process Integration and Process Systems Engineering (PSE) solutions in Malaysia, ASEAN and beyond over the last three decades (1990-2020). Their success in providing PSE solutions for industry led them to establish UTM Process Systems Engineering Centre (PROSPECT) in 2007. Being the first PSE centre of excellence in Malaysia and ASEAN, Prof Zain and his team steered PROSPECT on a journey to develop and commercilise cutting-edge technologies and solutions for maximising savings of water, energy, power and resources for industries and facilities based on Pinch Analysis concept
that promotes industrial symbiosis. In 2012, UTM-PROSPECT was ranked 1st globally under the Distinguished Competency (DC#5) of Water, Costs and Optimisation by Elsevier’s Scival Spotlight. In 2014, PROSPECT was ranked 1st by Elsevier Scival in the Emerging Competency (EC#49) of “Heat Exchanger, Retrofitting and Design”. In less than a decade, PROSPECT and its network from South-East Asia, Europe, USA, Asia, Africa and New Zealand have developed state-ofthe- art Pinch Technology tools for maximising resource efficiency that have been utilised by researchers, students and industries worldwide.
PRACTITIONER/COACH AND ADVOCATE OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING BEST PRACTICES (2000-Current)
Prof Zain founded and spearheaded the UTM Sustainable Energy Management Transformation Program (SEMP) that led to the following UTM achievements:
• UTM became a showcase energy-efficient organisation in ASEAN.
• UTM won the ASEAN Energy Award (2012 – Large building).
• UTM was the first organization to be certified ASEAN 3-star (best performance) Energy Management Gold-Standard (EMGS).
• UTM achieved energy savings of RM29 million (2011-2019).
• UTM was appointed by the Ministry to be the centre for training energy managers for the southern region of Malaysia.
• UTM has been involved in training over 1600 Certified Energy Managers across Malaysia and ASEAN.
• UTM was the first university to get recognition by the Energy Commission of Malaysia to offer a postgraduate program with dual qualifications: Master in Energy Management with Energy Manager Certification.
FOUNDER, OPTIMAL SYSTEMS ENGINEERING SDN BHD (2014 – Current)
Prof Zain founded Optimal Systems Engineering Sdn Bhd (OPTIMISE) as the spin off company to take PROSPECT R&D products, services and know how to the market, and lead the commercialization of innovative PSE solutions to contribute toward universal sustainability and prosperity. OPTIMISE’s core expertise is in Sustainable Planning and Engineering of Resource Systems and Supply Chain, leveraging on smart, 4IR-driven technologies. PROSPECT and OPTIMISE have outreached over 500 companies via technology transfer or commercialization of solutions. Their patented technologies and 4IRdriven software solutions have been used by numerous industries from sectors such as oil and gas, petrochemical, power generation, oleochemical, palm oil, chloral-kali and semiconductor plants. Prof Zain and his team’s resilience and dedication has enabled them to realise their vision of being an ASEAN leading provider of Process Systems Engineering solutions for sustainable development.
FOUNDING PRESIDENT, MALAYSIAN MUSLIM SCIENTIST ASSOCIATION (PERINTIS) (2010 – 2017)
PERINTIS is a Non-Governmental Organisation advocating valuedriven excellence in science and technology for universal well-being through quadruple helix national and international collaboration.
Among others, it promotes STEM innovation among the youth.