KUALA LUMPUR, 24 Nov – A total of 27 Malaysian researchers were adjudged the Top Research Scientists Malaysia (TRSM) 2012 and conferred the Fellowship of the Academy of Science Malaysia (ASM), at a function held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Of these, 12 were from UPM.
They are Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sham Badlishah Darman, Faculty of Food Science & Technology; Prof. Dr. Oi Lai Ming, Prof. Dr. Tan Wen Siang, Prof. Dr. Tan Soon Guan, all of Faculty of Biotechnology & Biomolecular Sciences; Prof. Dato' Dr. Mohamed Shariff Mohamed Din, and Prof. Dr. Mohd. Hair Beja, both of Faculty of Veterinary Medicine; Prof. Dr. Mohd Adzir Mahdi, Faculty of Engineering; Prof. Dr. Zobir Mohd Hussein, and Prof. Dr. Mohd. Basyaruddin Abdul Rahman, both of Faculty of Science; Prof. Dato' Dr. Nik Muhamad Ab Majid, Faculty of Forestry; Prof. Dr. Rahinah Ibrahim, Faculty of Design & Architecture;, and Prof. Dr. Zulkifli Idrus, Faculty of Agriculture.
Besides unveiling TRSM 2012, the prestigious joint annual programme organized by the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) also announced three senior Fellows and 24 new Fellows among Malaysian scientists including Dean of the Faculty of Forestry, UPM, Prof. Datin Dr. Faridah Hanum Ibrahim, Director, Putra Science Park, Prof. Dato' Dr. Mohamed Shariff Mohamed Din and Director, Institute of Mathematical Research, Prof. Dato’ Dr. Kamel Ariffin Mohd. Atan.
Honorary Fellow of ASM, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi expressed the hope that the TRSM databases which serve as points of reference for high calibre scientific expertise will increase.
“"We need many more scientists to ensure successful investment in R & D and Technological Innovation," he said.
The selection of TRSM is based on the scientists working in Malaysia who excel in the field of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) and who are recognized nationally and internationally. Besides this, they should have been actively involved in research in the past five years and contributed cumulatively to the development of STI for at least 10 years.
Also present at the ceremony was UPM Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and International), Prof. Datin Paduka Dr. Aini Ideris.
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