The Academic Service Learning (ASL) programme was introduced to the teaching and learning approach of the SKEE 4653 (Photovoltaic and Wind Energy System) course of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), in the first semester of the 2017/2018 academic session.
The ASL is one of the components of UTM’s New Academia Learning Innovation (NALI) initiative. The main objective of the ASL, implemented through the SKEE 4653 course, was to engage UTM’s students with the community. The engagement was deemed vital to enhance the students’ soft skills and, at the same time, promote the key contents of the course, i.e., photovoltaic technology and interest, to secondary school pupils.
In implementing the ASL programme, 54 students undertaking the SKEE 4653 course were divided into four groups consisting of 10 to 13 members. They were required to approach secondary schools and plan for a talk and activities for the secondary school pupils; the main audience was the Form Three pupils. Four schools were selected for the programme, and they were SMK Mutiara Rini, SMK Skudai, SMK Desa Skudai and SMK Taman Universiti. During the ASL, all relevant planning and execution of the activities were done by the students, but closely monitored by the lecturers, Dr. Shahrin Md Ayob and Ir. Dr. Tan Chee Wei. The students’ talk and activity proposals were discussed with and carefully evaluated by the lecturers.
The ASL programme was successfully carried out for all the schools. The schools gave positive feedback on the programme and insisted similar programmes to be carried out at their schools in the future.
Student facilitator share her ideas with secondary school pupils
Prizes for secondary school pupils who won in the competitions during ASL
Interactive activity during ASL
By Dr. Shahrin Md Ayob , Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
In conjunction with the IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society (DEIS) Distinguished Lecturer Programme (DLP) on 7th November 2017, a workshop was conducted by Professor Toshikatsu Tanaka at the Institute of High Voltage and High Current, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor Bahru. The workshop, attended by 31 participants from academia and industry, began with Professor Tanaka’s presentation on “Dielectric Polymer Aging Phenomena and Diagnostics in High Voltage Engineering”. The participants were introduced by Professor Tanaka on various aging phenomena of polymeric insulators and diagnostic methods used in high voltage engineering, as well as the common practice of insulation diagnostics used in Japan for high voltage.
The workshop later continued with knowledge sharing sessions with 3 participants, namely, Professor Zulkurnain Abdul Malek of the Institute of High Voltage and High Current with his topic “Recent Dielectric and Electrical Discharge Studies at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia”, Ir. Dr. Ahmad Basri Abd. Ghani of TNB Research with his topic “Being a Step Ahead in Keeping the Lights On – TNBR Innovation in Cable Diagnostic”, and Mr. Sapto Endar of Behr Bircher Cellpack Malaysia with his topic “Basic Electrical Field and Stress Control”. During the sharing sessions, the participants had the opportunity to understand various research activities relevant to dielectrics and electrical insulation, had an overview of real life diagnostic projects carried out on-site, and had an overview of the products manufactured for use in high voltage cable jointings, briefed by Professor Zulkurnain, Ir. Dr. Ahmad Basri, and Mr. Sapto, respectively.
The committee members of the DEIS Malaysia Chapter wish to extend their sincere thanks to Professor Tanaka for conducting the workshop in conjunction with the DLP event in Malaysia. Professor Zulkurnain, Ir. Dr. Ahmad Basri, and Mr. Sapto’s kindness in sharing their knowledge during the workshop was highly appreciated. Co-operation and support from the members of the Institute of High Voltage and High Current of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and Malaysian High Voltage Network were also acknowledged.
Professor Tanaka delivering his speech
Professor Zulkurnain delivering his speech
Ir. Dr. Ahmad Basri sharing his knowledge
Mr. Sapto sharing his knowledge
Group photo. Sitting from the right are Mr. Sapto, Ir. Dr. Ahmad Basri, Professor Zulkurnain, Professor Tanaka, Ir. Dr. Lau, and Dr. Hidayat
By Ir. Dr. Lau Kwan Yiew, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
On 7th November 2017, the IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society (DEIS) sponsored distinguished lecturer programme (DLP) was held at the Institute of High Voltage and High Current, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor Bahru. The lecture was conducted by Professor Toshikatsu Tanaka of Waseda University, Japan, on “Polymer Nanocomposite Dielectrics: Fundamentals and Applications”. A total of 129 participants including students, lecturers and engineers attended the lecture.
During the lecture, Professor Tanaka shared with the audience on the fundamentals of nanocomposites, including an overview of nanocomposites, nanocomposite fabrication methods, interfaces of nanocomposites, and performance improvements of nanocomposites. Various promising experimental findings of nanocomposites, including partial discharge, treeing breakdown, and space charge, were shown to the audience. The applications of nanocomposites in high voltage engineering, such as in switchgears, dry-type transformers, power generators, and extruded cables, were also demonstrated to the audience. In addition, the DEIS educational video was broadcasted to the audience during the break. Through the video, the audience had the chance to understand the DEIS’ mission and vision, as well as its scope of interest in solid, liquid, and gaseous dielectrics.
The committee members of the DEIS Malaysia Chapter wish to express their sincere thanks to Professor Tanaka for his willingness to share his expertise in the field of nanocomposites with the Malaysian community. Co-operation and support from the members of the Institute of High Voltage and High Current of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and Malaysian High Voltage Network were also acknowledged for making the DLP event in Malaysia a great success.
Professor Tanaka delivering his lecture
Professor Tanaka receiving a token of appreciation from Professor Zulkurnain Abdul Malek, Director of the Institute of High Voltage and High Current
Professor Tanaka receiving a token of appreciation from Ir. Dr. Lau Kwan Yiew, Chair of the IEEE DEIS Malaysia Chapter
By. Ir. Dr. Lau Kwan Yiew, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
The Institute of High Voltage and High Current (IVAT) offers the following rooms for daily rental:
|Photograph||Room||Daily rental rate|
|IVAT’s Discussion Room
(accommodates up to 7 persons)
|Normal: RM 200.00
UTM’s staff: RM 190.00
UTM’s students: RM 170.00
|IVAT’s Meeting Room
(accommodates up to 15 persons)
|Normal: RM 300.00
UTM’s staff: RM 276.00
UTM’s students: RM 246.00
|IVAT’s Seminar Room
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|Normal: RM 350.00
UTM’s staff: RM 227.50
UTM’s students: RM 175.00
For more details, please contact IVAT (E-mail: email@example.com; Tel: +60-7-5535615; Website: http://ivat.utm.my/).
The 3rd IEEE Conference on Energy Conversion (CENCON 2017) was recently held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 30–31 October 2017. The objective of the conference is to share the latest research in the areas of power electronics, electrical drives, renewable energy, modelling and control systems. At the same time, it allows international delegates to discover the “Beautiful and Peaceful Malaysia”.
CENCON 2017 is sponsored by the the IEEE Power Electronics (PEL) Malaysia Chapter. The organising committee comprised of members from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Meanwhile, the International Advisory Committee comprised of experts in renewable energy, power electronics and drive systems. The conference programme featured technical paper presentations and technical exhibitions. Papers that were accepted and presented at the conference will be submitted to the IEEE Xplore for considering to be included in the IEEE Xplore digital library ISBN 978-1-5090-2948-8 (subject to the approval of the IEEE Technical Programme Committee) and hence indexed in SCOPUS.
Various scenes during the conference are shown below:
By Mr. Mohd Zaki Daud, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
The Institute of High Voltage and High Current (IVAT) continued to work closely with the industry through the training series with Behr Bircher Cellpack Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. (BBCMY). This time, 3 academic members and 2 assistant engineers of IVAT learned from BBCMY a different module of training, namely, “Research and Testing Collaborations on Plug-in Termination for Polymeric Cables up to 24 kV”. The training started at 9:00 am on the 1st of November 2017, welcomed by the BBCMY’s Managing Director, Mr. Hanspeter Ritzmann, and facilitated by two experienced engineers from the company, Mr. Sapto Endar Djuniarso (Technical Engineer) and Mr. Dody Ismoyo (Application Technology Engineer).
The training project consisted of 5 modules. The theoretical part included the following modules: (i) Introduction to Cellpack products, (ii) Single core cable construction, and (iii) Cellplux plug-in product introduction. Meanwhile, the practical part consisted another 2 modules: (i) Plug-in installation steps using T-form separable connector for single core polymeric cables up to 24 kV as well as termination points, and (ii) Laboratory testing. Four of the modules were conducted as a 1-day training and hands-on sessions at the BBCMY factory in Gelang Patah, Johor, while the other module will be carried out as a 2-day laboratory testing work at IVAT in coming weeks.
During the 1-day training session, the participants were theoretically and practically exposed to the construction, component selection, and installation steps for the joint point using T-Form separable connector especially for switchgear termination point. All the processes were demonstrated in detail by both the facilitators. The training session concluded at 5:30 pm with a brief speech by BBC Managing Director, Mr. Ritzmann and some fruitful discussion between the two parties.
IVAT sincerely thanks BBCMY for providing such a meaningful platform to bridge the knowledge gap between academia and industry. IVAT is glad that all the attended staff gained valuable knowledge during the training and hopes for more strategic collaborations between IVAT and BBCMY in the future.
Various scenes during the training
By Dr. Mona Riza Mohd Esa, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
The Centre of Electrical Energy Systems (CEES), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), will be organising a Short Course on Power Quality, with approved continuing professional development (CPD) hours from the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM).
The objectives of the short course are to:
The brochure and registration form for the workshop can be downloaded here. Kindly book your seat by e-mailing your registration form to Ms. Aisyah (firstname.lastname@example.org).
On the 30th October 2017, a half-day visit to the Imagineering Institute in Nusajaya, Johor, was held by Dr. Noor Azlinda Ahmad for the 1st year students from sections 4 and 8 of the course “Introduction to Electrical Engineering (SKEE1012)”. Upon arrival at the Imagineering Institute, the delegate was greeted by the institute’s representative, Ms. Nurul Aini, and was given short briefing on the institute by the institute’s CEO, Mr. Charles Thomas.
After the briefing, the students were divided into several small groups for a demonstration session. Various interesting demonstrations, led by the institute’s senior research fellow, Dr. Kasun Karunayaka, were shown to the delegate. These include olfactometer, Invisible Island and multisensory book for vision impaired children, electric and magnetic thermal taste, scentee, augmented reality (AR) for education, and multisensory classrooms.
The students were overwhelmed by the demonstrations and the students enjoyed the trip very much. It is hoped that the trip will expose the students to electrical and electronics engineering technology and inspire them to be an innovative and creative engineers in the near future, apart from fulfilling the Teaching-Research Nexus element of the course.
Welcoming speech by Mr. Charles Thomas
AR for education demo
Listening to interesting demonstration on the application of Internet of Things in advance technology
Invisible Island and multisensory book
*All the above pictures are courtesy of the Imagineering Institute.
By Dr. Noor Azlinda Ahmad, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
About Imagineering Institute
The Imagineering Institute is a new research lab with the vision “Invent the Future of Internet”. It is the first independent multi-disciplinary internet and digital media research & development (R&D) institute in Malaysia which focusing on internet, digital media, and mixed reality research, while providing an entrepreneurial incubation space for start-ups. More information about the Imagineering Institute can be found here.
On 24 October 2017, the Institute of High Voltage and High Current (IVAT) of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering (FKE), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), organised a laboratory induction session for its undergraduate and postgraduate students needing access to the high voltage laboratory.
In line with UTM’s aspiration to have a safe and healthy workspace for its students, the 2-hour induction session intended to raise the awareness of the students on safety, health and environmental issues when carrying out their works in the high voltage laboratory. These include the need to obtain the necessary permission prior to accessing the laboratory, take appropriate measures to prevent hazards in the laboratory, use appropriate personal protective equipment for different tasks, and understand emergency response procedures.
FKE wishes to thank the Director of IVAT, Professor Dr. Zulkurnain Abdul Malek, the Laboratory Head of IVAT, Ir. Dr. Lau Kwan Yiew, and the Assistant Engineer of IVAT, Mr. Zamri Kassim, for delivering the speech on safety and health related practices during the induction session.
Professor Dr. Zulkurnain delivering his speech.
Ir. Dr. Lau briefing on the importance of safety and health.
Mr. Zamri explaining on the health and safety procedures.
By Ir. Dr. Lau Kwan Yiew, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
On 22 October 2017, students undertaking the course “Introduction to Electrical Engineering” had the opportunity to visit the high voltage laboratory of the Institute of High Voltage and High Current, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor. The main objectives of the visit to the Institute of High Voltage and High Current were to allow the students to gain exposure on high voltage engineering and be aware of the responsibilities of electrical/electronic engineers in high voltage industries. The visit was necessary for the students to fulfill part of the requirements for completing the course “Introduction to Electrical Engineering”, where at the end of the 12-week course, the students were expected to be able to (i) analyse the responsibilities of engineers to the society; (ii) explain the importance of sustainable solutions; (iii) be accountable on assigned tasks in an ethical manner; and (iv) manage a project. The visit to the Institute of High Voltage and High Current was fruitful for the students where the students had the chance to tour around the laboratory to understand various high voltage generation processes and watch a live demonstration on the flashover of a glass insulator.
Group photo at the high voltage laboratory of the Institute of High Voltage and High Current, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
By Ir. Dr. Lau Kwan Yiew, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
About Institute of High Voltage and High Current
The Institute of High Voltage and High Current (IVAT) of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia was established in 1991. It was initially an educational laboratory which provides facilities for carrying out experiments, research and consultancy services in high voltage engineering beginning as early as the 1970s. More details about the Institute of High Voltage and High Current can be found here.