Biography

Introduction

This page is about my contributions and achievements at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) during my service from 1999 until present. I would say many of my contributions and achievements attributed by my knowledge, skill and experience gained during my PhD studies (2003-2007) at the Cardiff University, United Kingdom which is among the best civil engineering school in the world.

 

Research and Publication

I have involved in 19 research projects amounted more than RM 1 million associated with geotechnical engineering fields and lead 9 of them. Besides obtaining grants from the UTM such as GUP, I also participate in research teams from other universities such as UNIMAP and UMP of which the grants were funded by MOSTI through ERGS and FRGS.

The output of the research is mainly manifested in terms of publication. I have more than 58 numbers of publications.  I already had 3 book chapters. I have authored and co-authored 30 journal articles of which ten of them were indexed in ISI with impact factor and others indexed by scopus and other database agencies. I also have more than 20 papers in conference proceedings internationally.  I have been appointed as paper reviewer with several journal publication and conferences such as ASCE, ICE, Journal Technology, GEOTROPIKA and etc. I was appointed to be the session chairman in many prestigious conferences such as at GEOTROPIKA 2008 Kuala Lumpur and GEOTROPIKA 2010 Kota Kinabalu.

 

Teaching and Supervision

I am attached with the Department of Geotechnics and Transportation where I have taught core courses such as Geotechnic 1, Geotechnic 2, Soil Mechanic and Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory at undergraduate levels. The feedback from students through the ePPP reveals that my teaching performance can be considered as excellent based on scores that above the faculty’s and university’s average. Besides giving lectures, I have supervised more than 50 final year project students in the field of geotechnical engineering.

At Post Graduate level, I have been assigned to teach three courses shared with other lecturers.  The courses are Geotechnical Engineering Software, Unsaturated Soil Mechanic, Research Methodology and Slope Engineering. In research supervision, out of 12 PhD students, 5 were already completed.  For Masters Project, 40 students were completed and two are ongoing. I have been appointed as the examiners for PhD and Masters candidates in UTM and other universities and also chairman of Viva session for Master.

 

Consultancy and Industrial Network

With knowledge, skill and experience, I am acknowledged by many geotechnical agencies from government and private sectors. I am actively involved in consultancy and registered with Uni-technologies Sdn Bhd, in the areas of geotechnical engineering.  The total value of the consultancy works in the last five years is more the RM 100K.  Besides getting some extra money, I was also fortunate to gain recognition from many agencies that praised UTM of having experts in this field.  For instance, I was invited by a MBJB to observe, comments and give presentation on a slope stability design around Johor Bahru area.

 

Leasdership and Administration

I have been appointed to hold few posts in the faculty since my service at UTM.  Among them, I was the Space Coordinator, FKA from 2010 until 2012.  I was then again appointed as the Head of Postgraduate Studies, FKA (later change to Postgraduate Manager in Oct 2012) from Apr 2012 until now. As postgraduate manager, I managed to secure more than half million ringgit to the Faculty from the profit of master offshore programme . I also managed to execute most of the tasks required by the Faculty and my big achievement will be to secure ISO 9001:2008 for postgraduate studies (first in UTM and Malaysia). Besides that, I was and have been a member for many different committees.  Among the committees are EAC Committee, MQA Committee, AKA Committee, International Bridge Competition Committee, Geotropika Committee, ISO Committee etc. I am also the Deputy Chairman for the International Conference on Geotechnical and Transportation Engineering GEOTROPIKA 2016 which held in February 2016 at Kuala Lumpur and Chairman of 11th SEPKA and 1st ISEED International Conference in September 2016. I have been an academic advisor for more than 10 students each semester.

 

Awards and Miscellaneous

During my service at UTM, I am very thankful to be appreciated by the university, faculty and outside agencies due to my excellent achievements and contributions.  The list of awards, gifts, letters and certificates of appreciation are listed in my application form.  The most memorable award would be the UTM Excellent Service Award 2011 and 2015, Faculty Service Award 2010 and Faculty Academic Award 2010. I have also been awarded by the embassy of IRAN for Excellent Lecturer Award, 2012.

 

Conclusion

To conclude, my overall achievement can be seen spread across different area such as teaching, supervision, research, writing and administration which contribution to society. I have excelled greatly in all areas as required by the university due to my diligence, hardworking, creativity, innovation, team working, loyalty and passion. My life philosophy has carried me through all the challenges and obstacle to reach the line of my goal. A person with a total player character can be a valuable asset to an organization since the multi-tasking capability can spearhead the organization into a new height of challenge to be the best and the only the best. I assure that I will focus my skills, knowledge and qualifications on strengthening UTM reputation and create a new game plan strategy that is necessary for our university in the future.