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  • 3 UTM graduates launch crowdfunding campaign

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    THEY are degree-graduate students from electronic engineering and mechatronic engineering, Faculty of Electrical Engineering (FKE). The lectures in the faculty has always kept them enthusiastic in the field of engineering.

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    (From left) Chik Sheng Fei, Lim Thol Yong and Cheok Ming Jin.

    They participated in UTM Robocon team where it open wide opportunities for them to learn, practice and apply hands-on engineering skills. Together with other participants, their team represented UTM in National Robocon competition in year 2012 and year 2013 where the team emerged as champion.

    Being in an entrepreneurial-conducive environment which UTM has established, there are ample opportunities to enter competitions and to connect with academician entrepreneur. These inspired them to take on the challenges to push their limits.

    They have participated in several competitions along with other participants, they were awarded champion in both Autonomous Hovercraft Competition 2014 and Dreamcatcher Software Hackathon 2015. As well as achieving first runner up in Imagine Cup Malaysia 2014 and Standard Chartered ICT 2014.

    Under the mentorship and encouragement of Dr Yeong Che Fai, they have started their own venture as entrepreneurs. Dr Yeong is Senior Lecturer at Faculty of Electrical Engineering as well as a successful serial entrepreneur who has recently won First Place in pitching in Royal Academy of Engineering’s Leaders in Innovation Fellowships in London.

    They started out to design smart home gadget, where they developed a prototype of smart plug controlled using Bluetooth and a timer which is aimed to save electrical energy of college hostel. They proposed the idea of installing this smart energy-saving system in hostel. However, they later found the installation cost was too high and it’s not practical to be done in small scale.

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    Three UTM graduates invented a smart cable and got fully funded on Indiegogo crowdfunding platform.

    Later, they tried another concept of 360-degree car sensor which was the Final Year Project of one of the co-founder – Lim Thol Yong which has won the Innovate Malaysia competition 2014. The idea is to install sensors around the car for blind spot and upcoming collision detection. They went through several rounds and pitched the idea to Cradle, but were rejected due to end-user installation barrier and car warranty issues.

    They refused to give up, on the very same day of rejection, they identified another problem out of their own frustration, which is the overnight charging issue.

    They bring forth their idea and participated in i-MSC Startup Challenge 2015. They seek market validation from phone users and retailers, and identified the problems related to charging and they continue to develop the prototype. They went through several rounds of competition and finally emerged as champion in the competition.

    They pitched their startup idea to Cradle, and after several rounds of screening, they secured the Cradle CIP150 fund in June 2016. Since then, they have been constantly developing and testing the prototype. The charging cable is designed to stop power supply completely once it detects the smartphone battery is fully charged, to avoid prolonged charging which causes the battery degradation to happen quicker.

    The challenge they face however is that some people mistaken that the phone can cut off the power supply completely, while in reality, Li-ion or Li Po battery which powers most of the phones in the market today, enters ‘trickle charge’ when battery is full, which cuts off at 100% but it recharges when battery level drops. This process continues until the power source is removed. Keeping phone battery at its max capacity for a prolonged period hasten battery degradation over time, which is why experts advise battery to be best stored at 50% capacity if it will be left unused for long period.

    Charby Sense helps smartphone users to prevent that by cutting off the power supply completely after the battery is fully charged. The cable also has several smart features such as charging speed detection, speed booster, and it is reinforced with Kevlar fiber for extra durability. Charby Sense was launched on Indiegogo on December 5, 2017, and it was fully funded in just 18 hours. (http://char.by/utm)

    They also developed two other complete prototype products, Charby Connect and Charby Battery app which they plan to launch in year 2018. The Charby Connect is a smart cable which provides a complete battery care system and the Battery App is a battery management app for users to optimize battery life and update themselves about battery health.

    Now, the team are constantly looking for support, so that they can grow their business and continue to share their invention to benefit more people worldwide. They also hope to be able to inspire more young entrepreneurs to take the leap and together build the nation’s economy.

  • Malam Tautan Abadi 2016

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    Majlis Makan Malam Alumni Fakulti Kejuruteraan Elektrik (FKE) merupakan suatu majlis gilang gemilang yang telah diadakan dengan jayanya di Dewan Tun Hussein Onn, Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) Kuala Lumpur pada 8 Oktober 2016. Ungkapan penuh bermakna ‘Malam Tautan Abadi’ dipilih sebagai tema majlis ini bagi meraikan para alumni yang pernah menuntut di FKE UTM sejak ia ditubuhkan pada 1973, yang dikenali sebagai Institut Teknologi Kebangsaan (ITK) ketika itu, sehingga kini dan juga bagi tenaga pengajar dan warga fakulti.

    Perancangan dan gerak kerja bagi pelaksanaan majlis ini telah bermula lebih dari setahun yang lalu oleh sekumpulan jawatankuasa kerja yang terdiri dari Jawatankuasa Alumni FKE sendiri, dan diketuai oleh Dr Zaid Omar selaku pengarah program. Pelbagai cabaran yang ditempuhi dan usaha dilakukan demi merealisasikan majlis yang penuh bersejarah ini. Penganjuran Majlis Tautan Abadi 2016 ini turut mendapat kerjasama UTM Alumni, Jazari Robotics Club dan IEEE UTM Student Branch.

    Sejajar dengan objektif program, Malam Tautan Abadi berjaya mendapat sokongan menerusi penglibatan 200 orang hadirin pada malam tersebut. Mereka terdiri dari pelbagai generasi graduan FKE UTM samada yang lama dan baru, jauh atau dekat untuk menjadikan majlis ini sebagai platform pertemuan semula. Majlis dirasmikan oleh Timbalan Naib Canselor UTM (HEMA) iaitu Y.Bhg. Dato’ Prof Dr Mohd Ismail Abdul Aziz. Turut sama hadir adalah Dekan FKE, Prof Dr Johari Halim Shah Osman, Pengarah UTM Alumni, Prof Madya Dr Mohamad Ibrahim Mohamad, Pengerusi Majlis Profesor UTM, Prof Dato’ Dr Ahmad Darus dan juga mantan-mantan pensyarah FKE. Kehadiran warga staf FKE, para pelajar pascasiswazah, pra-siswazah dan ahli keluarga mereka juga menambahserikan lagi majlis bermakna ini.

    Majlis berjalan lancar bermula pada jam 8.00 malam dengan kehadiran para hadirin serta tetamu dan berakhir pada jam 10.30 malam dengan sesi bergambar kenangan bagi semua yang hadir. Pelbagai video montaj berkisarkan perjalanan FKE dahulu dan kini serta FKE Success Stories yang berjaya digapai dipertontonkan kepada semua yang hadir. Gimik perasmian Robot Arm Dance dari DF Automation yang juga merupakan syarikat alumni FKE menggamatkan lagi suasana pada malam tersebut. Turut dibanggakan dan mendapat perhatian hadirin adalah sesi demonstrasi robot dari pasukan Robocon UTM yang telah merangkul Juara di Robocon Asia-Pacific Championship 2016 baru-baru ini.

    Kegemilangan pencapaian dan sumbangan para alumni kepada fakulti turut diberi pengiktirafan pada majlis Malam Tautan Abadi ini. Terdapat empat kategori anugerah tokoh alumni FKE yang dinobatkan. Anugerah Alumni Unggul dikurniakan kepada ahli alumni yang meraih pencapaian unggul di dalam kerjayanya serta memberi sumbangan besar kepada fakulti dan universiti, dan penerima anugerah kali ini ialah Dato’ Rozilah Abdullah (Diploma Kejuruteraan Kuasa, 1985).  Anugerah Tokoh Alumni Akademik pula telah dikurniakan kepada Allahyarham Prof Datuk Dr Marzuki Khalid (Diploma Kejuruteraan Elektrik-Kuasa, 1980) berdasarkan sumbangannya dan kejayaannya yang telah mengharumkan nama fakulti melalui pencapaian cemerlang di peringkat antarabangsa dalam bidang akademia. Penerimaan anugerah ini telah diwakili isterinya Prof Datin Dr Rubiyah Yusof. Dr Mazlan Abbas (Sarjana Muda Kejuruteraan Elektrik, 1984; PhD Kejuruteraan Telekomunikasi, 1993) telah dipilih sebagai penerima anugerah Tokoh Alumni Industri menerusi kecemerlangannya dalam industri kejuruteraan elektrik di negara, serta sumbangan besarnya kepada fakulti. Bagi kategori alumni yang telah mengharumkan nama fakulti di bidang belia dan kesukarelaan di negara, serta berpotensi melonjakkan lagi nama fakulti pada masa hadapan, Tokoh Alumni Harapan telah disampaikan kepada En Mohd Shahar Abdullah (Diploma Kejuruteraan Elektrik-Elektronik, 2000; Sarjana Muda Kejuruteraan Elektrik-Elektronik, 2004; Sarjana Kejuruteraan Elektronik & Telekomunikasi, 2013). Semua pemenang anugerah menerima plak sebangai tanda penghargaan.

    Menerusi penganjuran majlis ini, diharapkan silaturrahim sesama alumni dapat dieratkan dan juga warga pensyarah yang mendidik mereka, serta menjadi pencetus usaha untuk menjalin hubungan usahasama alumni dan universiti di masa hadapan. Selain itu, untung kutipan daripada majlis akan disalurkan kepada Tabung Endowmen sebagai sumbangan Fakulti Kejuruteraan Elektrik kepada universiti.



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