UTAR students emerge champions at Nehemiah Design Competition 2016!

Published by Afterschool.my on Oct 25, 2016, 10:04 am

The year, on the 18th of October, it was a momentous day at the Nehemiah Design Competition 2016, held at Monash University Malaysia in Bandar Sunway as Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) emerged champions once more!


Minister of Works, Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof inspecting one of the models. Seen beside him was Dr Lee Min Lee, UTAR lecturer.

The competition attracted 18 submissions but only 8 were shortlisted. Team Future Light from UTAR, nabbed the RM5,000 cash prize and joy was an understatement as they were selected to be the winners by a panel of four independent judges from Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM), CIDB Malaysia, Master Builders Association of Malaysia (MBAM) and Chartered Institute of Highway & Transport (CIHT).

Team Future Light consisted of Lee Yee Linn, Alice Lim Pei San, Tan Sheng Hua, Yap Ying Qin and Wong Huei Hann. In first- and second-runner up spots, teams ACES from UTAR and BOB from Inti took away RM3,000 and RM2,000 respectively.

2016 is the competition's fifth year since Nehemiah Reinforced Soil Sdn Bhd took up the competition as its corporate social responsibility initiative. This year, Works Minister, Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, attended the event and encouraged participants the participants to provide innovative solutions to a real-life issue relating to very soft soil along a 1-km section of the Pan Borneo Highway, near the town of Sibu.


Datuk Ir Dr Gue See Sew

This year also saw the debut of the Lau Phek Tin series of lectures, which featured guest speakers, Dato' Ir. Dr Gue See Sew, Chief Executive Officer of G&P Professionals Sdn Bhd, one of the top five largest engineering consultancy firms in Malaysia; Dr Eunho Lee, Chief R&D Center Manager at Towoong Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd. in Seoul, Korea; and Associate Professor Ir. Dr. Low Kaw Sai, Associate Professor with Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR).


The three teams who bagged a total of RM10,000 during the last edition of Nehemiah Design Competition, seen posing with Jason Khor (Nehemiah's Managing Director), Ir Tan Cheng Chong (chairman), Ir Dr Nehemiah Lee Chee Hai (founding chairman) and Dr Dr Mavinakere Eshwaraiah Raghunandan (Monash senior lecturer, civil engineering)

Nehemiah chairman, Ir. Tan Cheng Chong, the series of lectures, which attracted two Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points approved by the Board of Engineers, Malaysia, were held in loving memory of the company founder’s late mother, Madam Lau Phek Tin.

“The late Lau was a primary school teacher who was passionate about educating the younger generation of Malaysians, in particular education for the poor and needy and the female gender,” he said.

In honour of the late Madam Lau, Tan donated RM10,000 in cash to Monash University Malaysia’s Civil Engineering department for the purchase of reference books. “This is a small contribution we try to make every year to enhance the civil engineering profession in Malaysia. Students need to have access to good engineering books that can help to enhance their knowledge in the civil engineering field.” he added.

By hosting both the lecture series and the design competition, he hopes that both members of academia and practitioners will have a chance of meeting at least once a year.

“We are trying to build a bridge between the students who are still pursuing their university programme and those who are already in the field for many years."

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