Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic & International)



PhD Chem Eng (Edinburgh)
MSc Process Integration (UMIST)
BSc Chem Eng (Houston)



Professional Engineer (PEng)
ASEAN Certified Energy Manager
Registered Electrical Energy Manager (REEM)
Chartered Engineer (CEng)
Fellow, Institution of Chemical Engineers, UK.
Certified Professional Trainer under the Human Resource Department
Lead Trainer, ASEAN Energy Managers Accreditation Scheme (AEMAS)



Prof Ir Ts Dr Zainuddin Abdul Manan PEng, CEng, FIChemE, CEM, REEM is the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Vice President) of Academics and International of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).  He is a professor of chemical engineering, the founding director of UTM Process Systems Engineering Centre (PROSPECT), founding Dean of the UTM Faculty of Chemical and Energy Engineering, founder of UTM Sustainable Energy Management Program, the founder of OPTIMISE Sdn Bhd (a UTM spin-off company) and the founder of UTM Synergy 4.0 Transformation Program. He began his career as an engineer in PETRONAS and Hume Industries and has been an academic leader, educator, researcher, consultant and professional coach for 25 years. He completed over 100 R & D & consultancy projects, has numerous patents and more than 450 publications that include 15 books/chapters, more than 200 refereed journals and 220 conference proceedings on sustainable engineering of resources (energy, power, water, emissions & materials) (Scopus H-Index:33; Google H-Index: 41)


Zain is a UK/EU chartered engineer, a Fellow IChemE, a professional engineer PEng), a certified energy manager, a registered electrical energy manager and a certified trainer for ASEAN energy managers.  He is the chair of the IChemE Sargent Medal International Committee on Computer Aided Process Engineering. Zain was the winner of Saudi’s Prince Sultan International Prize for Water (2008) and was awarded as a Top Research Scientist of Malaysia by the Academy of Science of Malaysia (2013).  In 2014, he received the award as UTM Top ResearcherUTM Top Academician and the Pannonia Honorary Award from Hungary. He has delivered over 400 invited talks in professional courses, conferences and seminars across the world, including the 2014 Imperial College Distinguished Chemical Engineering Sponsored Lecture.


Zain is currently the chair of the EECA (Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act) Thermal Energy drafting committee under the Ministry of Energy, Science & Technology and Climate Change (MESTECC).  He founded and spearheaded the UTM Sustainable Energy Management initiative that led UTM to achieve more than USD 5 million energy savings between 2011 and 2016, and to win the ASEAN Energy Award in 2012.


Upon his appointment as the UTM Deputy Vice Chancellor (Vice-President) of Academic and International (DVCAI) in 2017, Prof Zain instantly engineered the massive UTM Synergy 4.0 transformation program that involved the consolidation of 18 UTM Faculties into 7 Faculties based on UTM key thrust areas. UTM Synergy 4.0 fosters the UTM Teaching-Research-Innovation-Commercialisation (UTM-TRIC) nexus and creates a synergistic collaboration platform across UTM academic eco-system as well as its global stakeholders. UTM synergy 4.0 is ultimately aimed at crafting the UTM Blue Ocean Shift on widening access to UTM quality Engineering Education and Research for Sustainable Development (EESD) across Asia with Its key programs that include future-ready 21stcentury innovative Engineering Education curricula embedding the 4th industrial revolution; nurtures future-ready educators and life-ready graduates, and promotes inclusive Trans-National Education (TNE) programs that advances the UTM-TRIC nexus in EESD.